Iowa State’s objective Saturday wasn’t simply to defeat Kansas and keep pace in the Big 12 race, but to ensure there would be one. As loud as it got in Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones put the finishing touches on an 86-81 triumph, cheering echoes were detected throughout the Big 12. Every team with designs on winning the Big 12 and dethroning Kansas was uplifted on Saturday.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Big 12 opens conference play Saturday as the top RPI league in college basketball. Six teams are ranked, the league owns a 25-15 record against other power conferences and seven of its 10 teams have been ranked this season.
The most ridiculous sequence of this Kansas basketball season took 41 seconds. It included three blocks, six missed shots, four passes, one wild loose-ball showdown at midcourt, and it also included one Jamari Traylor.
Jayhawks football coach David Beaty landed commitments from two Texas high school prospects over the weekend, adding to the Jayhawks’ 2015 recruiting class in the weeks before national signing day. Jeremiah Booker, a receiver from College Station, and Dorance Armstrong, a three-star defensive end from Galena Park, each committed to Kansas over the weekend, according to Rivals.com.
Sophomore guard Brannen Greene said the black eye formed after he collided with teammate Perry Ellis during a Kansas practice on Thursday. But it didn’t seem to affect Greene during Kansas’ 75-62 victory at Texas on Saturday afternoon.
Nino Williams scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds Saturday as Kansas State beats Oklahoma State 63-53 in Big 12 basketball at Manhattan. Marcus Foster scored 14 points and had five assists for the Wildcats, who climbed to 5-2 in conference and 12-8 overall.