Tuesday was a lot busier than I expected, and I expected it to be busy, with all three colleges playing. The big news was a fight at the end of the Kansas and Kansas State game at Allen Fieldhouse. We should learn about suspensions in the next day or two. I would expect both teams to take as many suspensions as possible this weekend in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge to reduce the impact on conference games.
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KANSAS (81) VS KANSAS STATE (60)
This game will be remembered for two things (not necessarily in this order): 1) Kansas just destroyed Kansas State in every way possible, and 2) the game ended in an ugly brawl.
Kansas dominated this game from the beginning and the player of the game was Christian Braun. Braun hit six of his ten three-point shots. After Bill Self talked about how timid the bench was in the first half of the game against Texas on Saturday, he didn’t play them in the second half.
Christian Braun apparently took that to heart and was aggressive from the first minute he entered the game. Braun scored 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting from behind the arc. He took 15 shots overall in his 29 minutes.
Udoka Azubuike scored ten points to go with 14 rebounds and four blocks. He had one assist but passed the ball very well.
Some are saying that the Kansas defense wasn’t very good and that it was more Kansas State just missing shots but I don’t buy that. The Kansas defense made it tough for the Wildcats to get good shots. Kansas State shot just 40% from the field but was 36% behind the arc.
Marcus Garrett’s five assists really makes me want him to take over the point guard duties more and let Dotson play off the ball. That won’t happen, and most would disagree, but Kansas does better offensively when Garrett gets opportunities to drive to the basket and dish the ball to others, especially lobs to Azubuike.
David Sloan started for Kansas State and played well in this one. He scored 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting. He also had four rebounds and five assists. He did have four turnovers which you would like to see reduced but he did so much good that you can live with four turnovers every now and then.
The only other player who played well for the Wildcats was Xavier Sneed. Sneed scored 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-8 behind the arc.
Kansas dominated the game the entire way which is a large part of the reason for the brawl at the end of the game. Kansas was up 81-59 with time running out. Silvio De Sousa crossed half court and was dribbling out the clock when DaJuan Gordon stole the ball. If you remember the end of the Monmouth game early in the season at Allen Fieldhouse then you understand exactly what I am saying.
Gordon thought he would go get two easy points for his team but Kansas hustled back and Gordon was blocked by Silvio De Sousa. It was a clean block. No foul was called. The problem was that De Sousa stood over Gordon. I couldn’t see if De Sousa said anything but I would assume he did.
At this point, Kansas State players on the court and others off the bench went to confront De Sousa for his actions. A player not in uniform, identified by many as James Love, was involved in the altercation. Punches were thrown by players on both teams. Kansas players left their bench as well.
Silvio De Sousa picked up a stool or chair and raised it above his head like he wanted to hit someone with it but dropped it before he made a terrible mistake.
Bill Self and the rest of the Kansas coaching staff ran into the middle of the brawl to break it up.
The game resumed for one second of play after both teams had left the court and most of the fans had left the arena. The only players out of the locker rooms to finish the game were the ten on the court at the time of the brawl.
So now we wait for the suspensions. Everyone who left the bench was ejected from the game and can expect suspensions. Some, if not all, of the players on the court will be suspended as well.
Some of the things that were said immediately after the game were a little foolish. There is no doubt that this was a bad situation, but some of the talk is going a little overboard. I will discuss this in more detail in the Thursday night podcast.
MISSOURI (64) VS TEXAS A&M (66)
So close! Missouri shot terribly from everywhere but the free-throw line and still almost beat Texas A&M. Maybe the worst part is that Texas A&M is not a very good team. But they are an SEC team and any conference win is a good one. But it didn’t go the Tigers’ way this time. Regardless, Missouri played hard all night even when things weren’t going their way.
Dru Smith and Mark Smith were most of the offense for the Tigers. Mark scored 19 points on 5-for-13 shooting from behind the arc. Dru scored 18 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field and 11-for-11 at the free-throw line. Dru also had eight assists and eight rebounds.
Mitchell Smith deserves a little recognition for how hard he worked on the boards. Mitchell only score five points. He was 0-for-6 from the field but he was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line and pulled down 11 rebounds.
The problem for Missouri was that they shot just 30% from the field as a team. They shot 26% from behind the arc.
The Royals announced their 2019 award winners on Tuesday. Jorge Soler was the Player of the Year. Ian Kennedy was the Pitcher of the Year. Whit Merrifield won the Special Achievement Award.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker. Derek Jeter was selected on 396 of the 397 ballots. We have already heard from baseball writers who are upset that Jeter was not selected on every ballot. Larry Walker tweeted earlier in the day that he didn’t think he would be elected but enjoyed reading everything voters wrote about him.
The Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with OF Marcell Ozuna on a one-year, $18 million contract.
WHAT TO WATCH
Wednesday has a nice doubleheader on FS1. Georgetown plays at Xavier at 5:30 pm. Providence plays at Seton Hall at 7:30 pm. Seton Hall is number ten in the KenPom rankings so if you get a chance to watch them you might like it.
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