Kansas men's basketball signee Conner Frankamp had a scary moment Friday night when he was undercut by a Scott City player and landed on his face.
According to Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle, the game was delayed 10 minutes as a trainer tried to stop the bleeding on a cut on Frankamp's left temple. The senior was later removed from the court via an office chair.
Chadwick said Frankamp later received stitches for the cut and also was diagnosed with a concussion. Rivals.com's No. 31 player in the class of 2013 will not play in Saturday's championship game against Shawnee Mission South in the Dodge City Tournament of Champions.
A few links to start off your Thursday ...
• Better late than never, right?
We now have 2012-13 Kansas men's basketball desktop wallpaper schedules available, featuring some of the top photos of the year by Journal-World photographer Nick Krug.
There are also some iPhone schedule wallpapers available at the same link as well.
• The Waco Tribune's John Werner is the latest writer to praise Allen Fieldhouse.
Here's a snippet from his Wednesday column:
With 16,300 fans jammed into the bleachers, the night begins with a loud, rousing pregame introduction video that shows Jayhawk legends like Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning. The noise hits a crescendo when the big screen shows Mario Chalmers hitting the game-winning 3-point shot against Memphis to win the 2008 national championship.
Then you look down the Kansas bench and see one of the best teams in college basketball and one of the premier coaches in Bill Self.
It all got to me, and I was just there to write about it.
• Speaking of the Fieldhouse, ESPN.com's Jason King ranked it as the top college basketball home-court advantage in his latest "King's Court" column.
Also, in King's weekly straw poll (which surveys five ESPN writers), KU coach Bill Self ranked as the second-best X's and O's coach in the nation behind Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Self received one of five first-place votes.
• The Austin American-Statesman's Kevin Lyttle says KU men's basketball is "most successful brand name in the Big 12."
Here's more from Lyttle ...
Sure, Oklahoma wins a lot in football. And Texas is a marketing giant. But nobody dominates like Bill Self’s Jayhawks. Through the Big 12 years, they have the most of everything, including victories, star players and fans.
• In case you weren't at Monday's game, this YouTube clip shows both the KU introduction video (1:13 mark) and pump-up video (3:49 mark) before KU's contest against Baylor.
• KU has moved up to No. 2 in Luke Winn's Power Rankings at SI.com.
Winn also puts together an interesting chart, showing that KU guard Ben McLemore's freshman-year numbers compare favorably to those of Ray Allen when he was a freshman at UConn.
• KU 2013 commit Brannen Greene tied a career-high with 37 points in his high school's 87-77 victory Tuesday night.
Greene's effort included six three-pointers, five dunks, and eight rebounds.
Here's what the Albany Herald's Mike Phillips said about Greene in the game story:
Greene plays the game as if he is ready for Division I right now. Greene, a 6-foot-7 forward, can play outside and is dangerous at the wing and deadly from 3-point range. He opened the game by hitting back-to-back 3s and just kept coming.
Greene is averaging 26 points and five rebounds this season.
• St. Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova had one of the best buzzer-beaters of the year last night ... and one you probably missed if you went to bed at a decent hour.
• Ben McLemore has moved up to No. 2 in Jeff Borzello's freshman of the year rankings on CBSSports.com.
• And finally, this is not KU related, but I promise you this is the funniest video you will see today.
Just watch. I promise it's worth it.
A few links following Kansas' 61-44 victory over Baylor on Monday night ...
• Pay Heed: Episode 10 was released Monday by KU Athletics, and once again, it provides a look inside the locker room, this time following KU's 97-89 overtime victory over Iowa State on Wednesday.
KU coach Bill Self's postgame talk begins about the four-minute mark, as he tells his team it's one of the best three or four wins he's had in the Fieldhouse in his 10 years coaching there.
"I don't know if you guys realize," Self tells his players in the video, "we were dead. Dead."
• KU Athletics also has started an "AirMcLemore" website to promote freshman guard Ben McLemore.
• Former KU forward Thomas Robinson was involved in a car accident Monday night, according to the Sacramento Bee. Robinson was not injured in the crash.
• The blog Rock Chalk Talk takes a funny look at conclusions we can make about each KU basketball player based on what they are doing in the now-famous Ben McLemore dancing GIF.
• Some highlights from KU's win over Baylor from KU Athletics.
• The Waco Tribune's John Werner started his game story talking about KU's 13 blocks:
With 16,300 fans cramming into Allen Fieldhouse for Monday’s Baylor-Kansas showdown, the ones sitting closest to courtside found themselves in grave danger.
Hard hats and protective vests would have been in order.
The Jayhawks swatted away Baylor shots at an alarming rate, leaving balls flying everywhere.
• ESPN's Jason King talked about Allen Fieldhouse — one of the loudest gyms in college basketball — becoming silent after McLemore's injury.
• FoxSports.com's Sean Keeler was so impressed with KU's defense that he believes it's almost time to start engraving the Big 12 trophy.
This from Keeler's column:
If this is the second best the Big 12 has to offer (and that's up for debate), then it's high time we put a bow on this bad boy, once and for all, and wrap that puppy up tight. Here you go, Bill Self. League Title No. 9. You're going to need a bigger shelf, buddy.
• An interesting stat in C.J. Moore's latest blog post: KU is plus-259 with Jeff Withey on the court this year and only plus-20 when he's on the bench.
• Here's more on Self's Oklahoma Hall of Fame induction from The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson.
• KU has moved up to a No. 1 seed in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology on ESPN.
• And finally, a picture from our own Nick Krug that might just win an award in the near future. Just wanted to make sure you didn't miss it.
A few links to start off your Monday ...
• After both Duke and Michigan fell last week, ESPN writers made their arguments for who should be No. 1 this week.
Andy Katz chose KU, saying:
Of all the one-loss teams who are in the discussion -- Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Arizona, Michigan, Syracuse, Gonzaga and Creighton -- the Jayhawks shouldn't take a backseat to any of them.
Other candidates for the top spot in the article included Louisville, Indiana and Duke.
• On Saturday, former KU guard Mario Chalmers knocked down 10 three-pointers in a victory over the Sacramento Kings, tying the franchise record set by Brian Shaw in 1993.
The 10 threes also is the most made by a player in the NBA this season.
It's interesting to watch both LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's reaction to Chalmers' performance. Though Chalmers has often gotten the "little brother" label in Miami, the Heat's two biggest stars seemed to be genuinely happy for him Saturday.
• If you haven't heard it yet, Bob Davis' radio call of Ben McLemore's game-tying three against Iowa State is definitely worth a listen.
• ESPN.com's Jason King has more on Jamari Traylor's back story, which includes sleeping in an abandoned Buick on the south side of Chicago after he was kicked out of his house during high school. A couple weeks ago, CJonline.com's Austin Meek also wrote a feature story on Traylor's struggles.
• A final look at some highlights from KU's 60-46 victory over Texas Tech, from KU Athletics.
• Here's another insightful blog from C.J. Moore, who shows how opponents sagging defensively off Kevin Young is hurting the Jayhawks' ability to get the ball to Jeff Withey.
• KU basketball's favorite courtside couple — Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde — have gone public with their engagement.
As you probably remember, the two sat behind the bench for KU's 89-57 victory over American late last month.
• Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal says NBA general managers "would be foolish not to at least consider McLemore at No. 1."
• I saw this posted on another site, and it was too interesting to not share.
The video below is of a KU-Missouri men's basketball brawl from 1961. I guess not much has changed in 50 years.
• With KU taking on Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night, here's a quick look back at the biggest highlight from last year's KU-BU game in Lawrence.
• And finally, this isn't sports-related, but LJWorld.com's Chad Lawhorn wrote a tremendous piece over the weekend on an abandoned baby, a dime and a Lawrence laundromat.
A few links and videos following Kansas' 97-89 overtime victory over Iowa State on Wednesday ...
• I know you've probably seen KU guard Ben McLemore's game-tying three already, but you'll want to look in a different spot the next time you play it.
If you look on the baseline under the basket, KU football coach Charlie Weis (dressed in black) is watching the game from a courtside seat.
And his reaction to the three is pretty spectacular. Definitely worth a look.
• Speaking of the game-tying three, is it possible that McLemore was fouled on the play?
Good nugget from Randy Peterson in the Des Moines Register.
Tyrus McGee did foul Kansas’ Ben McLemore with just more than a second to play Wednesday night.
“The ref just didn’t call it,” Iowa State’s energizer guard said after sixth-ranked Kansas’ super shooter sent the Big12 Conference game into overtime. “I got him on the bottom of his hand. I should have smacked him in the head.”
• A lot of talk in Iowa about whether ISU coach Fred Hoiberg should have told his team to foul up three with just over eight seconds left.
The Register's Bryce Miller says he agrees with the decision to not foul, partly because former coach and ESPNU announcer Matt Doherty said he wouldn't have fouled in that situation either.
There's also this snippet:
Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg decided to play on. Then, Kansas did what Kansas does — in soul-crushing fashion on a banked 3-pointer by Ben McLemore with one second dangling on the clock.
• Peterson also has an interesting take in his postgame blog, wondering how the game would have changed if Georges Niang hadn't picked up a technical foul in the first half.
Niang later fouled out in the last minute of regulation.
"And if he’s not sitting the bench on Kansas’ last-second possession," Peterson writes, "coach Fred Hoiberg orders an intentional – non-shooting—foul.
• Blogger C.J. Moore does a great job here of diagramming KU's "chop" play, which KU coach Bill Self runs at the end of close games when he needs a three. Moore shows why KU has so many options on the play, and even points out that Mario's Miracle in 2008 was probably the worst-executed chop play of the bunch.
• ESPN.com's Jason King was at Allen Fieldhouse, and he left wowed by McLemore's performance.
No KU player under Self -- and, heck, none since Pierce in the late 1990s -- has ever been pegged as a “star." Until now.
King also bumped McLemore up to No. 4 on his latest Wooden Watch player of the year ballot.
• A few more highlights of the game from different angles, from KU Athletics.
• NBADraft.net was so impressed with McLemore's 33-point performance that the site moved him to No. 1 on its newest 2013 Mock Draft board.
• And finally, KU's late-game execution was enough to even get Self some praise on Twitter from former Missouri forward Kim English.
Hand off, ball screen, flare screen... Bill Self is like Vince Lombardi. You know what's coming end of game. But it somehow always works.
A few links to start off your Tuesday ...
• Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg met with media members Monday, using the term "Human Eraser" to describe KU center Jeff Withey.
"Last year, the ability to play different (with forward Royce White playing the point) was the reason we hung in there and had a shot," Hoiberg said. "You have to think outside the box when you play Kansas."
After watching Hoiberg's 10-minute, 34-second press conference, here are a few more notes and quotes from him.
• Hoiberg labeled KU as "scary good," saying the Jayhawks excel at making other teams uncomfortable offensively. "Their defense is phenomenal," he said. Hoiberg indicated the single most important thing for Iowa State would be taking care of the ball, noting that worked well out for Temple, which hung around with KU before eventually falling, 69-62, on Sunday.
• Hoiberg on scouting KU's defense: "I didn't sleep much after watching the Colorado game. ... It was like there were eight guys out there on the court." Something to keep in mind: ISU has had a lot of time to prepare for this game, as the Cyclones have only played one game after Dec. 19. That will make Wednesday's game only ISU's second in 21 days.
• ISU has been simulating crowd noise in practice to prepare for Allen Fieldhouse. Hoiberg even mentioned the team working on its hand signals.
• A couple times, including the quote above, Hoiberg talked about having to "play different" to beat KU. I'd have to guess the coach is focusing his offensive gameplan on trying to get Withey away from the basket defensively.
• An Ohio State-Kansas pregame video gathered a bit of buzz from those of us who saw it live last month, as KU coach Bill Self's head was placed on the Wicked Witch of the West's body during a Wizard of Oz clip.
After some digging, I found the pregame video on YouTube for those wondering about it. Skip ahead to the 1:42 mark to get through KU's introductions.
• Gary Bedore mentioned this in his Jeff Withey story today, but ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan had a nice write-up about Withey's "crazy" defensive season.
• And finally, in his college basketball conference previews, Scout.com's Ken Davis says, as of early January, KU coach Bill Self is national coach of the year.
A few more notable links following the Kansas men's basketball team's 69-62 victory Sunday over Temple.
• Following Friday's extended story on KU's basketball tradition, Philly.com's writers continued to sing Allen Fieldhouse's (and KU fans') praises following Sunday's game.
When it was finally clear KU was going to win again, those great fans started to chant and sway. It was the moment for "Rock Chalk Jayhawk, KU." But it took quite a long time and, at Allen Fieldhouse, that is about as close to victory as any opponent gets.
Inquirer writer Kevin Pompey, who called the Fieldhouse "part Smithsonian and part basketball mecca" in his preview story Sunday, had this to say in his "best and worst" notebook afterwards:
The deafening sound from 16,300 screaming fans created an electric atmosphere I’ll always remember. Covering a game at “The Phog” is by far one of my best experiences at a sporting event.
A few other links ...
• Foxsports.com's Sean Keeler emphasizes the importance of KU guard Travis Releford in his postgame column, noting that KU was plus-10 with the senior on the court in the second half and minus-nine with him on the bench.
• Speaking of Releford, ESPN.com's Robbie Pickeral selected him as one of her five "underrated and overlooked" players nationally.
• And finally, here's a quick look at game highlights from KU Athletics. Definitely worth a look is Travis Releford's reaction to his three-pointer at the 1:08 mark.
A few links in case you missed them ...
• There's been a lot of buzz lately about this story on the Kansas basketball tradition and Allen Fieldhouse from the Philadelphia Daily News' Dick Jerardi.
The article tries to give Temple basketball fans a glimpse of what makes the KU basketball tradition special.
Here's a snippet:
Smack in the middle of the country, hard by I-70, with its throwback gym right in the middle of campus on Naismith Drive, KU is as much a feeling as it is a place. But it is a place that has a longstanding love affair with its basketball team that shows no signs of abating.
The article is worth a read if you haven't yet.
• Speaking of Allen Fieldhouse, KU coach Bill Self talked about how special it was in a radio interview with CBS and Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brando on Friday.
"It's in the heat of the game," Self says at the 2:30 mark of the audio, "and (I'll) turn to my assistants and say, 'Hey, would you listen to this?'"
Self discusses other topics, including his team's good practices recently and instant replay in college during the rest of the 14-minute, 30-second interview.
• DraftExpress, which has Ben McLemore ninth on its latest mock draft, recently posted an informative video breakdown of the freshman highlighting his strengths and weaknesses.
The video does a nice job of showing, through video examples, where McLemore thrives and also where he needs to improve through a scout's eyes.
In case you were wondering, KU center Jeff Withey is listed at 25th on DraftExpress' latest board.
• KU offensive lineman commit Joey Bloomfield has taken to Twitter to try to help raise money for his high school.
The Louisville Courier-Journal has selected Bloomfield as one of four candidates for "December Athlete of the Month." The athlete that picks up the most votes receives a prize pack and also has money donated to his/her high school through the newspaper.
As of Saturday morning, Bloomfield was in second place with 34 percent of the vote.
It's that time of year again. March Madness is upon us.
And, that means it's time, once more, for the annual KUsports.com Bracket Contest, presented by Henry T's, Brotherhood Bank, Lynn Electric, Intrust Bank and Crown Automotive.
We've got a new twist this year: you must pick the winners of the play-in games. That means there's just two days to enter our contest, and we've already lost 16 hours! The deadline is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. If you haven't already made a bracket, do it today.
If you've never participated before, our bracket allows you to track yourself against the leaders, any friends you follow on KUsports.com, as well as against our own staff.
As Jesse Newell and I mentioned at an event in Kansas City's Power & Light District this weekend, everyone wants to know when they're beating Tom Keegan.
As I mentioned in the headline, there is a fantastic prize for the best bracketologist among us: a 42-inch, high performance plasma HDTV, courtesy of Kief's Audio/Video in Lawrence.
Get your picks in. Get your brackets set. Good luck!
KUsports.com has you covered — from Kansas City to Tulsa (?) and maybe even, possibly, could it be, Houston; details on KUsports Bracket Challenge revealed
With the Big 12 Tournament literally days away, KUsports.com is about to kick its coverage into high gear.
In addition to all the coverage we're going to offer here — videos, blogs, stories, photos — we're also excited to announce details on one long-running tradition and one that's a little younger.
First, this week, we're excited to announce KUsports.com is returning to the Power & Light district to be part of the pre-tournament Fan Fest. Stop be our tent for free stuff, to sign up for our KU scoring text messages and e-mail alerts, as well as meet and talk to members of our staff. We expect Tom Keegan, Jesse Newell, Nick Nelson, Nick Krug and Matt Tait — among others — to stop by before or after KU's games. In addition, we're also excited to announce that we'll be moving our Big 12 tournament party inside Johnny's Tavern during the game. We'll have a live fan cam from Johnny's that we'll be embedding on the side of our KUsports.com live game coverage.
If you're going to be down in Power & Light, make sure you stop by.
The second announcement pertains to the KUsports.com Bracket Challenge. This year, we're going to take the changes the NCAA is making as a chance to make some of our own. In years past, you haven't had to choose the winner of the play-in game. This year, with four play-in games, you will. So that means the contest will only be open from Sunday night through Tuesday night. Come back to KUsports.com after the brackets are announced and make sure you enter for a chance to win a plasma HDTV, courtesy of Kief's, here in Lawrence. Presenting sponsors for this year's bracket contest include Henry T's, Brotherhood Bank, Lynn Electric, Crown Automotive and Intrust Bank.