Colorado’s Askia Booker hit a running three-pointer in the final seconds as the Buffaloes took down No. 2 Kansas 75-72 on Saturdayafternoon in Boulder.
For KU coach Bill Self, who spent the last week talking about playing with the right kind of energy and toughness, the reserved personalities of his young players can be a significant sound barrier. But when Kansas tips off against Colorado at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Self will insert freshman guard Frank Mason into the starting lineup for Naadir Tharpe, adding another quiet voice to the fray.
Keep up with all the action from the SEC title game as The Star's MU crew tweets from Missouri-Auburn. Auburn held a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Missouri took down No. 18 UCLA 80-71 in a battle of unbeaten basketball teams on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers are now 9-0.
On one end of the court, Thomas Gipson fought his way to the rim and made a contested layup. On the other, he blocked back-to-back shots and helped his teammates score in transition. The crowd at Bramlage Coliseum, easily the largest of the season, roared in approval. That sequence didn’t go down as the decisive moment in Kansas State’s 61-58 victory over Mississippi in Thursday’s Big 12/SEC challenge, but it might have been the most important.
Kansas State played in front of a large crowd for the first time on Thursday, and the 11,990 fans in attendance at Bramlage Coliseum made a noticeable difference.
For the third straight year, the Big 12 has arranged games that directly impact the league championship on the final weekend. All four teams playing Saturday have a chance at a piece of the title. Oklahoma State plays host to Oklahoma at 11 a.m., and the Longhorns visit Baylor at 2:30 p.m. in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.
The Kansas volleyball team had four players selected all-Big 12, including setter of the year Erin McNorton, and Ray Bechard won coach of the year for the second straight time.
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Travel delays forced Missouri to cancel its scheduled walkthrough Friday at the Georgia Dome. Missouri, which wasn’t planning to practice and hasn’t done Friday walkthroughs on the road all season, was delayed leaving Columbia due to “weight and balance issues” with the plane prior to takeoff, a team source said.
Facing first-year UMKC coach Kareem Richardson, No. 7 Louisville reminded the former Cardinals assistant what he left behind in 90-62 win Wednesday night.
Before Carla Wilson took the podium at a Sprint Center gala, six other speakers addressed an audience of about 150 friends, family and student-athletes. But there was meaning to the celebration beyond naming a new boss of UMKC’s 16 sports. According to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, Wilson becomes the only African-American woman athletic director in Division I who doesn’t work at a historically black college or university.