Sam Mellinger

Jayhawks got beat by a tougher team, and that will haunt Bill Self

There is no question KU coach Bill Self wanted this one with a particular passion. The Jayhawks led Wichita State by eight with five minutes left in the first half. Which had to make watching his team fall apart over the last 25 minutes hurt even more.

Sam Mellinger

One phrase sums up KU’s plan to beat Wichita State

The phrase is simple and to the point, somehow both specific and vague. It is strong enough to be the basis of how Bill Self maintains one of college basketball’s powers, but flexible enough for him to bend into the moment.

Sam Mellinger

Think KU and Wichita State players see this as a rivalry? Think again

Rivalry between Kansas and Wichita State? Not as far as the players are concerned. Any added intensity comes from geography, and fans, and a recent push from Wichita and media in the state for these programs to play each other. The Jayhawks and Shockers play for a slot in the Sweet 16 at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Sam Mellinger

Finally healthy, Alex Rios believes he’ll see a surge in his power numbers with Royals

The Royals hit 95 home runs last year, the fewest in the majors, and just the sixth team since 2000 to not hit at least 100 home runs in a regular season. The Royals won anyway, but new right fielder Alex Rios presents what might be the Royals’ best and most interesting shot at adding power. He replaces Nori Aoki, who hit just one home run. Rios has 11 seasons of 10 or more home runs and three of 20 or more.

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