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Bill Self was livid. Maybe he didnt expect Kansas opener against Louisiana-Monroe to spark this much angst and emotion. But five minutes into the second half on Friday night, with Kansas still struggling to pull away, freshman point guard Frank Mason was whistled for his third foul.
For Kansas freshman guard Frank Mason, it wasn’t the ideal start to his first career start. Just five minutes into the game, he had committed two fouls and was seated on the KU bench for the rest of the first half.
Kansas sophomore safety Isaiah Johnson can admit that there is no precise recipe for an interception. Sometimes it takes a little good fortune, a little timing, and some sound football instincts.
The defensive tackle with the deep belly laugh and wide smile didn’t set out to become some revolutionary in the ongoing clash against the NCAA. He doesn’t claim to be one — nor does he necessarily want the title.
Frank Mason always believed he could compete for playing time at Kansas during his freshman season, even if his national profile didn’t quite match those of his fellow blue-chip freshmen.
There was a moment in the first half, just under four minutes left, when the Kansas Jayhawks hit the 50-point mark on Fort Hays State. That, of course, wasnt all that surprising.
Charlie Weis’ weekly news conference had already descended to a pretty weird place, and that before Weis suggested that Kansas might build a statue for him outside Memorial Stadium if the Jayhawks can win their last four football games and finish 6-6.
The Sunflower Showdown will be the last November Saturday of 2014, but it won’t be Kansas State’s final game next season.
Just a few minutes into his exhibition debut, Kansas freshman Wayne Selden had already picked up two quick fouls. First came an offensive charge on a drive to the basket. Then a moment of overaggressiveness on defense. And Selden, 6-foot-5 guard, found himself on the bench, just a few feet away from KU coach Bill Self.
Another week, some more history for Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
The endless search for more consistency on offense continues for Kansas coach Charlie Weis.
Key play: KU’s Billy Owens committed a running-into-the-kicker penalty inside the Texas 10-yard line, keeping a Longhorns drive alive. Texas would drive down the field and score.
For the better part of four years, Kansas has turned losing into an art form. For four years, as the Jayhawks have wandered through Big 12 purgatory, the losses have been defined by a certain inevitability.
Conner Frankamp believes in himself. Not that Perry Ellis doesn’t. Quite the opposite. Ellis is brimming with confidence as the college basketball season begins. It just took him a while to brim.
On the night before Wilt Chamberlain was to make his debut in the fall of 1956, a small crowd gathered inside a cafeteria at the Kansas Student Union. They pushed some tables together, set up a few television cameras, and Chamberlain folded his sprawling frame into a seat next to Northwestern sophomore center Joe Ruklick.
If Kansas players had forgot about last year’s crushing loss against Texas, a last-minute heartbreaker on their home field, Charlie Weis came up with a pretty unorthodox reminder this week.
One week of practice, and Montell Cozart had proved he could play. That was all it took, really. One week, and Cozart was the starting quarterback.
Wichita State starts the season at No. 16 in the Associated Press top 25, its first appearance in the preseason ranking since 1981-82.
Chelsea Gardner scored 18 points to lead five Jayhawks in double figures as the Kansas women beat Pittsburg State 85-54 in a women’s basketball exhibition game Wednesday night in Lawrence.
After Kansas' 97-57 victory over Pittsburg State in its first exhibition game on Tuesday, here are three thoughts on the performance: