All three local colleges were playing at the same time on Tuesday night. Do you know how hard that makes it to watch these games? It’s nearly impossible but I give it my best shot. We also learned about more of the fallout from the Houston Astros cheating scandal. And Sporting introduced their new striker for the 2020 season.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
KANSAS (66) AT OKLAHOMA (52)
Although Bill Self had previously said that Devon Dotson would play at Oklahoma on Tuesday, Dotson ended up missing the game because of the hip pointer he got in Saturday’s game against Baylor. However, the Jayhawks were just fine without him for this game. Udoka Azubuike, Isaiah Moss, and Marcus Garrett made up for the scoring that Dotson might normally pitch in.
Azubuike was terrific in this one. He finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds. His field goal percentage dropped a little since he was just 7-for-10 from the field but he was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Azubuike has been getting better and better shooting free throws in games recently. We have heard about how well he does in practice and it seems to be carrying over a little in games. He seems to shoot free-throws better when he is tired.
Isaiah Moss stepped up to fill in for Devon Dotson. Moss was aggressive looking for his shot. He finished with 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting behind the arc.
Marcus Garrett ran the point and scored 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting, five rebounds and five assists with just one turnover. Garrett provides more value to the team on offense when he is driving the ball and scoring at the rim or kicking it out for the other shooters rather than standing around the three-point line while Dotson drives simply because he’s not a threat from the outside.
The Jayhawks held Oklahoma to 31% shooting overall and 28% from behind the arc. Kansas led by just one point at the half but took charge and ran away with the game in the second half. Kansas’ defense continues to be the secret to their success.
Kansas plays at Texas Saturday at 1:00 pm on ESPN.
MISSOURI (45) AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (72)
Saturday we saw Missouri take a different approach to their offense when they pushed the ball up the court on turnovers and missed shots. It worked beautifully as they just dominated Florida on their way to a big win. That same approach did not work at Mississippi State on Tuesday.
Missouri shot just 35% from the field and 20% from behind the arc. They also turned the ball over 19 times and were outrebounded 36-24. Nobody stood out for the Tigers in this game.
Missouri next plays at Alabama on Saturday at 2:30 pm on the SEC Network.
KANSAS STATE (63) VS TEXAS TECH (77)
Kansas State fell to 0-4 in the Big 12 with a 77-63 loss at home to Texas Tech. The Wildcats’ defense let them down in this game. Kansas State averaged allowing just 61 points per game entering the game but allowed 77 to Texas Tech.
Texas Tech shot 39% from behind the arc in this game, going 7-for-18. Both teams shot the same percentage from two but Tech had 17 more attempts. Tech shot 10% better from three and took four more shots.
Kansas State was hurt not only by the better three-point shooting by Texas Tech but also by Tech’s offensive rebounds. The eight additional offensive rebounds led to more opportunities for Tech. So in addition to Tech shooting better than the Wildcats, they got more opportunities because of those offensive rebounds.
Kansas State hosts West Virginia at 1:00 pm on Saturday on ESPNU.
SPORTING INTRODUCES ALAN PULIDO
Sporting Kansas City introduced striker Alan Pulido on Tuesday. Pulido was recently acquired by Sporting for a $9.5 million transfer fee. That fee is $5.5 million more than the club has paid in all transfer fees combined in its history. Pulido is 28 years old. He signed a four-year MLS contract through 2023. He will occupy an international spot on Sporting’s roster.
Pulido said that it is a big dream of his to be here, presumably meaning the United States and in Major League Soccer. He wants to bring Sporting to its former glory as he put it. Joining MLS and Sporting KC was very attractive to him. Pulido has never seen such a specialized and organized club as Sporting.
Pulido said that he will have to get used to the weather in Kansas City. The quality of life in the United States is something that draws Mexican players to MLS. He said that Mexican players know that European teams watch MLS and it is a way for them to get noticed by those clubs.
Pulido attended the Chiefs game against the Houston Texans on Sunday and was motivated by how the fans rallied around the team.
Pulido considers himself a leader. He has been a champion everywhere he has been. He said that he has the experience to offer the club.
Pulido is proud and very happy to be the most expensive player in Sporting’s history. It shows the trust the club has in his abilities.
Pulido wants to return to the Mexican national team. One of his former coaches said that the MLS offers him a new challenge and exposure.
Mario McKinney is leaving Missouri. He entered his name in the transfer portal and will look for a new school for next season. McKinney was suspended indefinitely prior to the Florida game last Saturday.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons. He oddly mentioned the number of Pro Bowl appearances he had and that he broke many records.
LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady is leaving the Tigers to be the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.
RED SOX FIRE CORA
The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora because of his role in the cheating scandal as reported by MLB when it handed down the punishment to the Astros. MLB did not hand out any punishment to Cora in that report. Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he was waiting to do that after MLB finished its report on the Red Sox cheating. Red Sox management decided to let Cora go because they felt that Cora would not be able to effectively lead the club.
The Minnesota Twins agreed with 3B Josh Donaldson on a four-year, $92 million contract.
WHAT TO WATCH
There are several college hoops games on Wednesday. I am most interested in the Baylor game against Iowa State.
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