K-STATE’S FISHER UP FOR AWARD GIVEN TO NATION’S BEST SHORTSTOP: Kansas State sophomore Austin Fisher earned a spot Monday in the Brooks Wallace award watch list, one of 14 players up for the honor give to the nation’s top shortstop. Fisher hit .358 in 53 games with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers and 34 RBIs. He led the Big 12 in conference-only batting average at .412. The top-seeded Wildcats begin play in the Big 12 Tournament at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday against No. 8 Texas Tech in Oklahoma City.
WU GOLF IN 10TH AFTER FIRST ROUND AT NCAAS: The Washburn golf team is tied for 10th after the first round of the NCAA Midwest/Central Regional Tournament, which took place on Monday in Kenosha, Wis.
WU finished with a 7-over-par 295 team score. Ronnie … Continue reading
Musings at the mid-week:
■ The prospect that intrigues me about Bill Self is coaching longevity. At Kansas.
■ Through 10 seasons he is averaging 30 wins, sitting at 300 exactly. Phog Allen holds the KU coaching record with 590.
■ Rather than bandy about Self’s name for the NBA, how about he coaches at KU long enough to be its winningest coach?
■ He quickly dismisses any questions about win totals, and records, but at this pace …
■ I liked it when he expressed confidence about next season despite losing five starters.
TOPEKA NATIVE LEADS OSU BASEBALL PAST KU: Topeka native and Seaman product Robbie Rea, an Oklahoma State junior, went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer to help the Cowboys baseball team beat Kansas 14-3 on Saturday in Lawrence. No. 19 OSU had a season-high … Continue reading
BOULDER, Colo. — The Kansas Jayhawks aren’t about to complain about their No. 12 seeding.
After all, they realize they were likely the last at-large team to make the women’s NCAA Tournament after losing seven of their last 11 games.
They’re eager, however, to prove that they’re not your average 12th seed.
The Jayhawks (20-13) were the ones chanting “Sweet 16!” for the second straight season Monday night after senior Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27 points in a 75-69 upset of fourth-seeded South Carolina.
LAWRENCE — Carolyn Davis leaned forward and then back. Fellow senior Angel Goodrich sat beside her perched forward the entire time with her hands crossed together as platform for her chin to rest on.
The two were in the second of three rows of Kansas players waiting to see what their future held. Would they make the NCAA Tournament?
The first teams were announced at 6:04 p.m., and knees began to bounce and feet began to twitch left and right, as the Jayhawks grew increasingly anxious to see their name.
LAWRENCE — The 6th day of February was when fashionable overkill favoring prohibitive underdogs went viral.
Kansas triggered the sentiment. It lost at TCU.
What had been a mere whisper suddenly swelled into an uproar: This is the year a No. 16 seed beats a No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament!
Well, the time has come. The NCAA bracket was unveiled Sunday.
And, as fate would have it, Kansas was seeded on the 1-line.
“It’s going to happen, a 16 is going to beat a one. Eventually,’’ KU coach Bill Self said.
Kansas and Kansas State’s postseasons will continue in Kansas City.
The Jayhawks (29-5) earned a No. 1 seed after winning the Big 12 Tournament and will open against Western Kentucky (20-15) on Friday at Sprint Center.
Kansas State (27-7) is seeded fourth and plays the winner of a play-in game between Boise State (21-10) and La Salle (21-9).
A KU win would set up a potential rematch with former coach Roy Williams and North Carolina.
The eighth-seeded Tarheels (24-10) play No. 9 Villanova (20-13) in another first-round game in Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State and Kansas tied for the regular-season Big 12 title.
That doesn’t mean they feel very good about themselves entering the league tournament.
The Wildcats lost a road game against Oklahoma State on Saturday, while the Jayhawks were routed by Baylor a few hours later in a game that would have given them the outright title.
Consider it proof that the Big 12 Tournament, which starts Wednesday night at Sprint Center, promises to be among the most intriguing and unpredictable in conference history.
WACO, Texas – Bill Self called Perry Ellis the best player on the floor for Kansas on Saturday, which was both a compliment and an indictment.
Ellis, a freshman forward from Wichita, scored 12 points and went 5-for-7 from the floor in KU’s 81-58 loss at Baylor. The Jayhawks needed him, too, after starter Kevin Young picked up two fouls in the first four minutes.
“He was aggressive,” Self said. “He attacked them. The guys he was scoring on or over or around were legitimate shot blockers that were much bigger.”