Votes will be counted for postseason honors in college basketball this week. Nobody wants to wait until April to identify award winners, so we vote, and selecting a player of the year in the Big 12 could prove difficult. Same with the Southeastern Conference.
Speculation about seeds for the NCAA Tournament is escalating, and the unbeaten Shockers and Big 12 champion Jayhawks both have solid resumes. Each school will give the selection committee something to consider.
If Wichita State stays unbeaten, should the Shockers be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament? The Star's Blair Kerkhoff & CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss this and where Kansas fits into the bracket.
A canyon exists between the Florida Gators and the rest of the SEC. At 12-0, Florida holds a three-game lead on Kentucky, four on Georgia and five on Mississippi. Everybody else has six or more losses. The conference championship race isn’t mathematically over, but it practically is. But it means little either to the coach of the leader or top pursuer.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins wouldnt go into somebody elses workplace and scream at an employee. He doesnt expect that happen in the arena. Huggins was referring to Jeff Orr, the Texas Tech fan who provoked Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart toward the end of the Red Raiders victory over the Cowboys on Saturday night.
Apologies were offered by both sides on Sunday, less than a day after Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart pushed Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr during a game. Smart was given a three-game suspension and apologized. So did the fan for his words that triggered the shove, but even if piece of crap was Orrs lone description of Smart, what a rotten thing to call a 19-year-old, Blair Kerkhoff writes.
Theres nothing else like it in major-college basketball, Kansas command of Kansas State on the Wildcats floor. But if there was ever an occasion for a short memory for K-State, it is now. Not just because the longer view when it comes to Mondays Sunflower State clash is loaded with failure, but because the most recent exercise was such a positive.
Tuesday, an undisclosed number of Northwestern University football players moved to form a union, the College Athletes Players Association. There is a broader message here. As the college sports model changes, influenced more and more by television revenue that enriches coaches and administrators, athletes should be a bigger part of the evolution.
This seasons Big 12 is unforgiving and makes a team pay for a lousy shooting or terrible ball-handling game. The trick, for Iowa State on Saturday and for Kansas State now, is to not allow a couple of slips become a free fall.
The Cyclones are in the throes of eight straight against the powerhouses, and this helps explains Iowa States three-game skid heading into Saturdays home meeting against Kansas State.
The biggest difference-maker in Kansas 80-78 victory/escape over Oklahoma State on Saturday was not Joel Embiid, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, Phil Forte or Jamari Traylor. KU point guard Naadir Tharpe was good early and dependable late. His production flowed steady, and his confidence never wavered.
So, when Joel Embiid isnt elbowing somebody in the noggin or pulling somebody to the floor, the Kansas big man and physical specimen is something to behold. I think Embiid is the best player in the country, said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.
Bulldogs coach Mark Fox gets emotional after Georgia pulls upset. His father Raymond Lewis Fox, 78, died on Saturday in the familys home town of Garden City, Kan.
New format for determining college football’s champion is coming next year.
Florence, Ala.'s run of nearly three decades as host of the NCAA Division II national title game ended Saturday with Northwest Missouri States 43-28 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne. Next year, the event moves to the Heartland to Sporting Park and the soccer stadium becomes a football championship site for some of the same reasons it landed in Alabama.
With the handoff of the crystal ball from BCS president Bill Hancock to either Florida States Jimbo Fisher or Auburns Gus Malzahn on Monday, an era in college football will conclude, and the immediately consensus of opinion will be, good riddance. They forget that before the BCS, certain national championship games could not be arranged.
Today, and on this day for the previous 15 years, we debate whether the BCS got it right. This year, like most, it did with a championship game that matches Florida State and Auburn. So, as we consider this years pairings and there are some attractive ones lets plug in this seasons results into next years format and pretend the College Football Playoff is already upon us.
With its 59-42 loss to Auburn on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championship, Missouri will conclude this chapter of college football history without a chance to play in the Bowl Championship Series. Maybe Missouri’s fortune will change in the new system, the College Football Playoff, because if any program is worthy of the sports grandest stage based on its accomplishments, it’s Mizzou.
The SEC championship game was the first of its kind, and when Alabama beat Florida at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., in the inaugural event in 1992, the Crimson Tide won major college footballs first playoff game.
College football faces the prospect of a national title game without a team from the Southeastern Conference. Thats not a popular concept for the conference that has won seven straight national championships.
With three years of realignment nearly in the books, the biggest upset has been recorded in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri and Texas A&M battle in Columbia on Saturday and the Tigers are playing for a spot in the SEC championship game. Win, and Mizzou heads to Atlanta to face the Alabama-Auburn survivor. If this happens, Missouri could achieve a level of success beyond any others in the recent realignment class.
On-field disappointments for Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty and Marcus Mariota and off-field trouble for Jameis Winston paint a confusing picture in race for Heisman Trophy.
No. 22 Oklahoma’s 41-31 victory Saturday over Kansas State was wind-aided. The Sooners managed the 15 mph gusts from the north in Bill Snyder Family Stadium better than the Wildcats and kept their slim Big 12 championship hopes alive in the process.
Hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago Friday, a group gathered to discuss whether the Nebraska-Oklahoma football game should be played. Big Eight commissioner Wayne Duke, now 85, asked advice from the President’s brother: “We called Bobby … He said the country needed a pick up.”
A couple of Southeastern Conference football teams could have come to the aid of Missouri on Saturday, and for a while it appeared fortune was smiling on the Tigers. But now Mizzou knows precisely what is required to win the SEC East. South Carolina finished league play 6-2. The Tigers need to finish 7-1. It’s theirs for the taking.
One school, Baylor, which has never played in a BCS bowl, loves the direction of its football program and throws contract years and cash at its coach. The other, Florida, among the national leaders in BCS bowls, issues statements from the president and athletic director supporting its embattled coach.
At this point, Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game seems more of a sure thing than Alabama.
When the NAIA scheduled its inaugural Champions of Character Foundation Awards Luncheon, it didn’t consult with the Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito. But there it was, the intersection of tumultuous topic and positive message building in athletics.
College football begins its home stretch with this cool scenario. The top five conferences each have an undefeated team, and this quintet holds the top five spots in the BCS standings.
The Tigers reacted to last weeks gut-punch with determination and an edge Saturday, pounding out a 31-3 victory against a Tennessee team that was good enough to beat the Gamecocks two weeks before they shocked the Tigers.