Big 12 Tonight: KU (links) hopes to avoid “Look Ahead upset,” Bedlam and Tech @ Iowa State

February 22nd, 2012 8 PM CST Who: Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas A&M Aggies Where: College Station Texas TV: ESPN2 Online: ESPN3 FirstRowSports Radio: Jayhawk Radio POINTS PPG FG% FT% 3PT% T. Robinson 17.7 .548 .684 .364 T. Taylor 16.6 .476 .662 .433 REBOUNDS REB OFF DEF BPG T. Robinson 11.8 2.7 9.1 1.1 J. Withey 6.6 2.3 4.3 3.4 ASSISTS APG SPG TO AST/TO T. Taylor 5.1 1.2 3.7 1.4 E. Johnson 3.7 1.6 2.0 1.8 POINTS PPG FG% FT% 3PT% E. Turner 14.0 .406 .810 .386 K. Middleton 11.8 .401 .667 .250 REBOUNDS REB OFF DEF BPG K. Roberson 5.5 2.1 3.4 0.2 R. Turner 5.4 2.6 2.9 0.4 ASSISTS APG SPG TO AST/TO D. Harris 4.4 1.6 1.9 2.4 J. Branch 2.5 0.4 2.2 1.2 There are three games on the Big 12 slate tonight, none is more important than KU @ Texas A&M. The Jayhawks [Read more...]

KU-Tech GameDay links 2/18/12: KU looks to continue dominance over Tech @ AFH, Football news, more

7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2012 Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS Coverage: ESPN 3/Big 12 Network, Jayhawk Radio Network T Tech W-L 8-17 21-5 Avg Points 60.2 74.7 Avg Points Allowed 66.2 60.8 Home Record 7-6 13-1 Road Record 1-8 6-2 Current Streak L1 W3 POINTS PPG FG% FT% 3PT% J. Tolbert 11.4 .534 .709 .000 T. Nurse 8.6 .391 .917 .354 REBOUNDS REB OFF DEF BPG J. Tolbert 5.9 2.0 3.9 0.8 J. Crockett 5.8 1.5 4.3 0.8 ASSISTS APG SPG TO AST/TO T. Gotcher 2.6 0.4 1.4 1.8 J. Willis 1.8 0.6 1.9 0.9 POINTS PPG FG% FT% 3PT% T. Robinson 17.8 .546 .694 .400 T. Taylor 16.9 .479 .658 .431 REBOUNDS REB OFF DEF BPG T. Robinson 12.0 2.7 9.3 1.2 J. Withey 6.5 2.3 4.2 3.4 ASSISTS APG SPG TO AST/TO T. Taylor 5.1 1.2 3.7 1.4 E. [Read more...]

K-State uglies game, but KU holds off Cats (highlights and links)

#5 KU (21-5, 11-2 Big 12) 28 31 59 KSU (17-8, 6-7) 18 35 53 Josh Campos & Brian Graham, KC SportsNation MANHATTAN, Kan - A baseball enthusiast would call a pitchers duel. Basketball enthusiast call it boring, unless its the Big 10. Kansas State had to make it that way, and it almost worked, but Kansas held of the Cats, winning 59-53 in Monday's Big Monday Sunflower Showdown win at Kansas State. It was ugly, but KU will take it. Kansas State used a 19-8 to open the second half to take a 37-36 lead eight minutes into the half, but Kansas answered with 11 straight in taking a 47-37 lead, then almost pulled another Missouri but avoided a late-game collapse s K-State would not take the opportunity and run with it. The Cats (17-8, 6-7 Big 12) rallied within 55-51 and had the ball three times down four, but couldn't convert and missed their chance. The K-State pressure caused the Jayhawks to commit several travels, charges, and throwaways. Tyshawn Taylor [Read more...]

KU-KState Sunflower Showdown, Part 2

February 13th, 2012 8 PM CST Who: Kansas Jayhawks vs Kansas State Wildcats Where: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan Kansas TV: ESPN Online: ESPN3.com Brian Graham & Josh Campos, KC SportsNation MANHATTAN, Kan - Kansas State is officially on the bubble, and a win over rival Kansas could go a long way in helping out the Cats (17-7, 6-6 Big 12), who already has a win over Missouri this year at Bramlage. Easier said than done. The game is a continuance of a brutal stretch of schedule for Kansas State, which began in Saturday's loss at Texas. KState plays the league's top four teams starting with three games against Top 10 foes - KU, @ Baylor Saturday, @ Mizzou Tuesday, followed by Iowa State at home Feb. 25. Its make a break for Kansas State, who makes their only appearance on Big Monday this season. Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, the Jayhawks are 43-16 on Big Monday, though just 18-15 on the road. That includes a 24-8 mark since Self took over as [Read more...]

Kansas blows out Baylor…again (highlights, links)

1 2 T #10 KU 33 35 68 #6 BAY 30 24 54 Josh Campos, KC SportsNation Jeff Withey bounced back from his scoreless night against Mizzou with 25 huge points against Baylor. WACO, TX - If you didn’t read the title, don’t. I’ll paint a different picture for you; Kansas was down by 10 points in the first half. Then, Thomas Robinson was unable to play the final 4 minutes of the first half due to foul trouble. After that, Kansas scored 16 points in the final 14 minutes of the game. “How many points did Kansas lose by?” would be the logical follow-up question. Then I would respond; “Kansas won by 14 points (68-54).” It would be hard to believe until you learned the opponent was the Baylor Bears. Early on it appeared as if Kansas’ streak of 227 consecutive games without back-to-back losses was seriously in jeopardy as all the momentum and energy was on Baylor’s mind from the 18-point loss earlier in Allen Fieldhouse. In the opening seconds of the game [Read more...]

Baylor’s big week starts tonight with Kansas

6 PM CST Who: Kansas Jayhawks vs Baylor Bears Where: Waco TX                                           TV: ESPN2 Radio: Jayhawk Radio (Listings across Kansas) Brian Graham & Josh Campos, KC SportsNation Baylor begins the week in a three-way tie atop the Big 12. They could end in position to win the league, on the outside looking in, or somewhere in between. The Bears (21-2, 8-2 Big 12) play in two of the league's three remaining high profile games this week alone, starting tonight with Kansas (6 pm, ESPN 2) - whom they own a 2-16 all-time record against, followed by Missouri (22-2, 9-2) Saturday on the road (12:47, Big 12 Network/ESPN 3). Baylor has already lost two both teams already and can not afford to lose two more. "Every week's big," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Because if we weren't as successful in the last four games, we wouldn't be in this position. So you've got to get up for every game. The only difference is this game will probably be more talked-about [Read more...]

Border War Final Chapter, Part 1 Photos, Quotes & Links

Denmon went Thomas Gradner/Clarence Gilbert, hitting 6-of-9 3's and scoring 29 points. He scored 9 of Missouri's 11 points in the game-ending 11-0 run. Steve Moore drew one of two Kansas charges in the final 3 minutes. "STEEEEEEEEVE" is a fan favorite. Kim English scored a quiet 18 points and despite giving up six incehs, held 7-footer Jeff Withey to no points and one shot attempt. Mike Dixon offered what he thought the MU's feelings about Kansas were on College GameDay Dixon drew a charge - and then hit two free throws with 9.8 seconds left to put Mizzou up 74-71. Dixon scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting. He has 36 points on 13-of-15 shooting the last two games. Thomas Robinson was a beast, scoring 25 points with 13 rebounds - his 15th double-double of the season. He scored 21 points in the second half. Tyshawn Taylor played a great 37 minutes - but a poor final three, with a charge, a turnover and two Christian Moodly-like free throws. He scored 21 points, 17 in the first [Read more...]

Campos’ Commentary: Dear fellow Kansas fans: We’re still better

Dear Heart Broken Jayhawk Nation, Somehow you knew that Marcus Denmon would break his recent shooting slump against the Jayhawks. Somehow you knew a late referee call would affect the outcome in their favor. Somehow you knew that the late lead might not hold up. Somehow, you were right. I offer an optimistic view in all of this.  This is not a rant where I offer scenarios how the Big 12 title is still possible and where the 2 other horses in the race might slip up. No, this is just a good pick me up about how we’re still better than Missouri. First off, Duke lost today...at home. That is the appetizer. The main course will arrive from Columbia to Lawrence on February 25th, that is when your bloodlust will be satisfied. Lets talk, first, about why the better team lost. No coulda, woulda, shouda’s where had this happened or the referee blows a late call we win. This game reminds me a lot of the 2009 game in Missouri with a little sprinkle of the 2005 (Christian Moody free-throw game). [Read more...]

MU > Kansas: The Final Chapter, Part 1 Video

Here is a great video on the rivalry and yesterday's 74-71 Missouri win. This is all we'll have on the game after I spent all day writing an extended GREAT piece about the game and the rivalry and it got erased as I published. Not happy about it, and will not re-write it. My apologies. Will post Border War The Final Chapter, Part 1 links tomorrow, so you can read about it elsewhere.

MU-KU Border War Remembrance (videos) and Preview (links)

Brian Graham & Josh Campos, KC SportsNation First, let me preface this by saying, at some point it will sink in that this might be the last time the two schools play in Columbia for a LONG time. And that just plain sucks. But, you couldn't ask for much better circumstances - in what is one of the biggest regular season matchups between the rivals ever. Both teams in the Top 10 for only the third time ever - and first time since 1990, when the Tigers were the No. 2 team both times, knocking off No. 1 Kansas and sweeping the season series, College GameDay, a Big 12 title in contention. But hell, do we really need another reason? Its MU-KU - the greatest rivalry in college basketball. Kim English got his wish from 2010, as GameDay came to Columbia today. This game has a "different" feel. Maybe its the idea that it could be the last one in Columbia for a long time. Maybe its that Missouri is actually ranked ahead of Kansas, and favored (-3). Either team could make the Final [Read more...]