This week on the Jayhawk Sports Report we covered Men’s basketball’s victory over the University of Texas, their upcoming match-up with the Iowa State Cyclones, and an update on the new NCAA rankings for men’s basketball.
KU took on the long horns of Saturday and trailed for most of the game until the 12:31 mark in the second half. This is when a Perry Ellis layup gave the hawks a 44-42 lead that they never gave up leading them to a 76-67 victory.
This was Bill Self’s 200th win inside the Fieldhouse and gave the Hawks a piece of first place in the Big 12.
The now fourth place Jayhawks visit 14th ranked Cyclones in Hilton Coliseum. Last year on this road trip the Jayhawks dropped the contest 86-81.
Also on JSR the Women’s basketball team dropped their 10th straight loss on the season to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. The Jayhawks lost 74-46 in the contest where they only show 31%. The Hawks also let the Pokes score the first 13 points in the contest. “It’s very troubling. You don’t ever want to be down double digits early, but I think it’s even a factor that makes it even more difficult for our team. I think that when we get behind we get younger, in that we get mentally younger” said Head coach Brandon Schneider after the game.
For the Jayhawks it wasn’t the best game they played but it was fun for a few fans that partook in superhero day. One set of these fans included the Jacquinot’s, a family out of Topeka.
“We come over for a handful of men’s games every year,” said Justin Jacquinot, father of Avery (who dressed up as Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Pierce (who dressed up as Batman), “but we saw it was superhero day for the women and thought that this would be a good time”
Some of the festivities included reduced prices for children in costume, root beer floats, and Avery and Pierce’s favorite part, the halftime parade around the court.
“They’re pretty excited to get out on the court and walk around,” explained Angie, mother of the two superheros, “They felt pretty big to be doing that.”
Another sport was in action this weekend, as swim and dive swept their exhibition slate of William Jewell, Morningside College, and Tabor. The Jayhawks claimed the top three spots in all but two events Saturday as they prepare for the upcoming Big 12 Championships.
Also making news is KU Softball after being selected to finish fourth in the Big 12 by all of the big 12 coaches.
Senior KU thrower Daina Levy also made Big 12 news, as she was the Big 12 female athlete of the week. The honor was the first of levy’s career and the first KU female to be recognized with a weekly honor since 2014. Levy posted an NCAA-best mark in the weight throw during her first outing of the season, topping the 20 meter mark on four of her six attempts, also posting a personal best in the process.
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