Sharp-Shooting Selden Powers No. 18 Kansas at Oklahoma

All but unstoppable to start his career-high night, freshman guard Wayne Selden, Jr., sent a spark through the Jayhawk offense to ignite No. 18/20 Kansas past Oklahoma to open Big 12 Conference play with a 90-83 win, Wednesday evening inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

Kansas (10-4, 1-0) opened conference action on the road for the first time in three years and was forced to do so against an Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1) squad that entered the evening as the best-scoring team in the league. With an inevitable high-scoring night ahead, the Jayhawks embraced it. Surpassing the 90-point mark for the third time this season, and the first time in a conference-road opener since 2002, KU was charged by a season-high tying eight three-pointers – thanks in large part to Selden.

Aside from his career-high 24 points, Selden hit six of his first eight shots and tied KU’s season-high with nine field goals on 17 attempts, but was even more impressive from three-point territory. His five treys marked the most by a Jayhawk this season. Sophomore forward Perry Ellis joined him on the leaderboard with his second double-double of the year with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He led the Jayhawks’ season-best 80 percent effort at the free throw line (24-for-30), by hitting 10 of his 12 attempts.

Junior point guard Naadir Tharpe provided additional ammo with his 17 points as he and freshman guard Conner Frankamp teamed up to provide the other three three-pointers made by someone other than Selden.

Oklahoma senior guard Cameron Clark, the Big 12’s third-leading scorer, led the floor on Wednesday night. His 32 points included a nearly seven-minute stretch in the second half where he did all of his team’s scoring. He was joined by sophomore guard Buddy Hield’s 18 points as the offensive leaders.

As a unit, Kansas outrebounded Oklahoma by an impressive 36-22 margin, Oklahoma’s lowest output on the boards this season.

Not seven minutes into the high-tempo contest, Selden already had a new career-high in three pointers when his third long ball put the Jayhawks up, 20-14. When Frank Booker answered with a three on the other end, Selden came right back with a layup. He laid in yet another after a Jamari Traylor block resulted in a fastbreak for his 15th point – tying his previous career high – in just eight minutes.

Meanwhile, his teammates were equally hot-handed as they got out to a 10-of-12 shooting start and a 20-11 lead. As predicted, the Sooners continued to score despite a shooting percentage that stayed below 50 percent for the entirety of the first half. A pair of free throws knotted the game at 37-37 with just under four minutes remaining in the opening frame.

High-powered offense led to high-powered scoring and, ultimately, high-powered emotions. Oklahoma shook off its 10-for-22 shooting effort in the first half by taking advantage of its 22 trips to the line. The Sooners went 19-for-22 from the line after Kansas fell into the double bonus early in the game. By the time Wiggins was called for a foul away from the ball, those emotions found their outlet in a technical foul called on head coach Bill Self. After controlling the lead for much of the first half, Kansas watched OU take the lead on the ensuing free throws, 43-39.

This time it was Self’s turn to provide the spark. After play resumed following the technical shots, Ellis knocked down four-straight free throws and was the reason behind the steal that ended up in Frankamp’s hands, who responded with his first three-pointer in more than a month. He hit another jumper in the final seconds to fuel the Jayhawks’ 11-1 run that closed the first half in favor of Kansas, 50-44.

The Sooners restarted following the break, knocking down five of their first eight attempts, but struggled to keep pace with Kansas. Although Selden’s scoring was front-heavy in the first half, he swung right back into action to start the second. The freshman’s back-to-back three-pointers quickly pushed the KU lead past the 10-point mark, 65-54.

Ignoring OU’s attempt to protect its home court, the Jayhawks kept the tempo to their liking and stayed in front by double-digits for the majority of the second half. Clark turned a KU turnover into a pull-up jumper on Oklahoma’s end to cut into the lead, 74-67. Ellis came back with a layup, but the Sooners were picking up steam – led completely by Clark. A free throw followed by four-straight baskets saw Clark bring his team to within four, 76-72, forcing a Kansas timeout.

While Clark kept coming at Kansas, Kansas kept coming at him. Tharpe was crucial. His second three-pointer of the game kicked the lead back out to seven, and he nailed a jumpshot on the next trip down the floor to put KU up 83-75 just under the five-minute mark.

Oklahoma kept clawing, but Kansas didn’t budge. Free throws from Tharpe and Ellis pushed KU to the 90-point mark and a final block from Wiggins ended the night with a Jayhawk road win, 90-83.


Kansas returns home to host No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Jayhawks will have a short turnaround after the K-State contest as they will play their first of four ESPN Big Monday games at No. 9/7 Iowa State on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Kansas and No. 11/12 Oklahoma State were co-preseason Big 12 favorites and the Cowboys will come to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. on CBS.

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Shockers Cruise to Win over Illinois State

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and No. 6 Wichita State cruised past Illinois State 66-47 on Wednesday night with tight defense and a balanced effort.

Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).

Bobby Hunter scored 11 points to lead the Redbirds, outrebounded 44-37.

Already up by 13 at halftime, Wichita State started the second half with seven straight points. Chadrack Lufile scored the first four down low, and Tekele Cotton hit a 3-pointer for a 44-24 lead.

An 8-3 Shockers run featuring Nick Wiggins hitting a 3-pointer and converting an alley-oop slam pushed the their lead to 54-30 with 10:53 remaining.

Late Rally Lifts TCU Past Kansas Women

 Junior guard Natalie Knight delivered a season-high 20 points as the Jayhawks fell in the final seconds against TCU, 52-50, Wednesday evening, inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 

Knight, an Olathe, Kan., native scored her season-high point total behind a career-high six three-pointers and added two steals for the Jayhawks, as Kansas (7-8, 0-3 Big 12) was defeated by TCU (11-4, 2-1 Big 12).

Senior guard Markisha Hawkins was the only other Kansas player in double figures, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench for the Jayhawks. Junior forward Chelsea Gardnerblocked two shots to give her 91 for her career and place her 10th on Kansas’ all-time blocks list. 

TCU was led by junior guard Donielle Breaux, who delivered 10-straight points late in the second half and was the only Horned Frog player in double figure points with 14. Breaux also added two steals and a block to help the TCU defense along with senior center Latricia Lovings, who grabbed eight rebounds, blocked three shots and recorded three steals.

Defense was the story early on in the game, as both teams held each other under double-digit points through the first two media timeouts. With the score deadlocked at nine, Knight knocked down her second three of the game to give the Jayhawks the lead, 12-9, with 9:48 remaining in the half.

After a TCU bucket, another three-pointer from Knight grew the Jayhawk lead to four, 15-11, and sparked seven-straight points to force a TCU timeout with 3:51 remaining in the half and the Jayhawks up eight, 19-11. With the Kansas lead at six, 21-15, TCU got a bucket from junior forward Chelsea Prince as the clock expired to bring the margin to four, 21-17, heading into the break. The 17 points allowed by the Kansas defense was the least they have surrendered in a half since last season, when they held Texas to 12 in the first half of a game in Allen Fieldhouse. 

After shooting just 27.6 percent in the first half, the Horned Frogs came out strong in the second half, connecting on the first-five points of the half to take their first lead of the game, 22-21, with 18:16 remaining. Knight answered once again for the Jayhawks, knocking down back-to-back threes, her fourth and fifth of the game, to put the Jayhawks back in front, 27-22, with 17:18 remaining.

Gardner returned to the Kansas lineup after sitting most of the first half with foul trouble and delivered back-to-back buckets to help maintain the Jayhawks’ lead, 31-24, with 14 minutes remaining.

After a 6-0 run from the Horned Frogs to bring the Jayhawk lead down to one, 35-34, the Jayhawks went back to Knight, who knocked down her sixth three of the game and sparked eight-straight from the Jayhawks to build their lead to nine, 43-34, with just over seven minutes to play. Breaux answered with 10-straight points for TCU to bring the Horned Frogs within one, 47-46, and force a Kansas timeout with 2:42 left in the game.

After several empty possessions, TCU junior guard Natalie Ventress delivered from beyond the arc to extend the Horned Frogs run to 13 and give them a two-point lead, 49-47, with just over a minute to play. TCU drained another shot with 22 seconds to play and a missed free throw by the Jayhawks put the game out of reach for Kansas, who fell, 52-50. 

The Jayhawks will return home on Jan. 11, to take on Texas Tech at 7 p.m., in the second-part of a double-header with the men’s team, inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Emporia State Sweeps Missouri Western

Missouri Western traveled to Emporia State and Missouri Southern went to Central Oklahoma to open week nine. 

Missouri Western at Emporia State 
WBB – #3 ESU 69, MWSU 52 
Emporia State used 41 first half points to propel them to victory over Missouri Western at home. ESU shot .448 from the field as they moved to 6-0 in the league this season. 

For the Lady Hornets Kionna Kellog had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Amber Vandiver also finished with a  double-double scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. For the Griffons Quenisha Lockett had 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Jallisa Lewis had 10 points and added six rebounds on the evening. 

MBB – ESU 87, MWSU 80 
Emporia State scored the last seven points of the game as they defeated Missouri Western at home. ESU shot .611 from the field as they moved to 3-3 in the league this season. 

For the Hornets Kaleb Wright scored 28 points and added nine rebounds. Terrence Moore had 20 points and Gavin Brown added a double-double with 12 points and a game best 17 rebounds. For the Griffons Ryan Devers had 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Han Thun scored 18 points and Adarius Fulton scored 15 points on the night. 

Missouri Southern at Central Oklahoma 
WBB – UCO 62, MSSU 60 
Central Oklahoma erased a seven-point halftime deficit as they came from behind for a win at home over Missouri Southern. UCO hit 13 free throws in the second half while allowing MSSU only two as they moved to 3-3 in league play. 

For the Bronchos Jill Bryan had 13 points and Britney Morgan finished with 12 points on the evening. Olivia Mason led the way on the glass pulling down 11 rebounds. For the Lions Sharese Jones had 13 points and Alexis Fitzpatrick had 10 points. Dominique Mosley had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. 

MBB – MSSU 92, UCO 79 
Missouri Southern scored 58 points in the second half as they picked up a win on the road at Central Oklahoma. MSSU got 37 points from their bench as they moved to 4-1 in the MIAA. 

For the Lions Marquis Addison led the way with 18 points and Slim Magee added 15 points. Austin Wright had 13 points and Greg Renfroe had 12 points while Jordan Talbert pulled down eight rebounds. For the Bronchos Josh Gibbs had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Cal Andrews had 16 points and  Aaron Anderson had 15 points on the night. 

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, while Craig Biggio fell just short.

The results were announced Wednesday.

The trio will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee.

A player needs 75 % of the vote. Maddux  got 97.2%, Glavine 91.9%, Thomas 83.7%, Biggio 74.8%, Piazza 62.2%, Morris 61.5%, Bagwell 54.3%.

High School Basketball Scores From Tuesday January 7th

High School Basketball scores from Tuesday, January 7th. 



Highland Park 51 Shawnee Heights 35

Seaman 55 Topeka High 47

Manhattan 55 Washburn Rural 40


Shawnee Heights 57 Highland Park 33

Seaman 45 Topeka High 33

Manhattan 57 Washburn Rural 51




     Abilene 70, Chapman 16
     Andale 55, Circle 43
     Atchison County 58, Riverside 39
     Augusta 55, Wichita Collegiate 38
     Baileyville-B&B 54, Troy 42
     Baldwin 59, Eudora 54
     Basehor-Linwood 59, KC Turner 30
     Beloit 68, Osborne 54
     Bennington 51, Berean Academy 44
     Bishop Seabury Academy 82, McLouth 33
     Blue Valley Southwest 68, Spring Hill 60
     Blue Valley Stilwell 48, St. Thomas Aquinas 40
     Caldwell 54, Norwich 37
     Cambridge, Neb. 48, Norton 43
     Central Plains 59, Hoisington 46
     Centralia 61, Doniphan West 28
     Cheney 65, Conway Springs 50
     Cimarron 58, Johnson-Stanton County 43
     Concordia 63, Clay Center 41
     Council Grove 56, Mission Valley 39
     Derby 67, Salina South 53
     Dodge City 35, Garden City 26
     Douglass 62, Chaparral 55
     East (Kansas City), Mo. 60, Heritage Christian 38
     El Dorado 48, Rose Hill 47, OT
     Ell-Saline 41, Sedgwick 33
     Ellis 57, Ness City 43
     Ellsworth 58, Russell 51
     Eureka 72, Burlington 45
     Fairfield 55, Kiowa County 45
     Falls City, Neb. 76, Marysville 49
     Fort Scott 71, Parsons 33
     Fowler 62, Bucklin 26
     Goddard-Eisenhower 73, Andover 70
     Goodland 71, Colby 55
     Halstead 51, Sterling 34
     Haven 36, Nickerson 29
     Hays 61, Pratt 21
     Hesston 53, Lyons 47
     Highland Park 51, Shawnee Heights 35
     Hill City 61, Quinter 38
     Hillsboro 63, Smoky Valley 29
     Holcomb 63, Southwestern Hts. 29
     Holton 50, Jefferson West 46
     Horton 72, Oskaloosa 59
     Humboldt 72, Marmaton Valley 19
     Hutchinson Trinity 53, Canton-Galva 22
     Inman 54, Remington 30
     Jackson Heights 67, Jefferson North 50
     KC Piper 75, Bonner Springs 50
     LaCrosse 52, Western Plains 48
     Larned 78, Hays-TMP-Marian 61
     Lebo 43, Madison 37, 3OT
     Liberal 40, Ulysses 30
     Lincoln 42, Tescott 34
     Lyndon 63, Herington 37
     Macksville 86, Cunningham 24
     Maize 63, Goddard 50
     Maize South 62, Andover Central 51
     Manhattan 55, Washburn Rural 40
     Marais des Cygnes Valley 52, Southern Coffey 12
     McPherson 58, Buhler 42
     Medicine Lodge 51, Garden Plain 41
     Moscow 49, Hardesty, Okla. 23
     Newton 60, Wichita Campus 47
     Olathe East 50, SM West 42
     Olathe North 93, SM North 87
     Olpe 81, Waverly 47
     Onaga 41, Valley Heights 39
     Osage City 69, Chase County 54
     Oxford 60, Cedar Vale/Dexter 35
     Paola 76, DeSoto 60
     Perry-Lecompton 41, Royal Valley 32
     Prairie View 59, Frontenac 56
     Rock Creek 67, Riley County 31
     Sabetha 60, Hiawatha 34
     Salina Central 60, Hutchinson 52
     Silver Lake 60, Rossville 52
     SM East 52, Lawrence Free State 44
     SM Northwest 65, Olathe South 51
     SM South 67, Olathe Northwest 48
     Solomon 44, Rural Vista 37
     Southeast Saline 59, Salina Sacred Heart 36
     St. Francis 74, Idalia, Colo. 44
     St. James Academy 43, Bishop Miege 35
     St. John 83, Kinsley 27
     St. John’s Beloit-Tipton 58, Pike Valley 27
     Sylvan-Lucas 76, Natoma 52
     Thunder Ridge 65, Lakeside 36
     Tonganoxie 82, KC Bishop Ward 55
     Topeka Seaman 55, Topeka 47
     Valley Center 47, Arkansas City 42
     Valley Falls 65, Maur Hill – Mount Academy 48
     Wellington 64, Clearwater 58
     West Elk 41, Fredonia 37
     West Franklin 55, Northern Heights 40
     Wheatland-Grinnell 42, Trego 41
     Wichita Defenders 71, Coffeyville 68
     Wichita East 74, Wichita West 30
     Wichita Heights 70, Wichita Northwest 34
     Wichita Independent 78, Belle Plaine 46
     Wichita South 72, Wichita North 64
     Wichita Southeast 50, Wichita Bishop Carroll 44
     Wilcox-Hildreth, Neb. 59, Northern Valley 48
     Wilson 62, Chase 41
     Winfield 61, Mulvane 60
     Abilene 54, Chapman 19
     Andover Central 54, Maize South 38
     Atchison County 44, Riverside 20
     Augusta 40, Wichita Collegiate 29
     Axtell 61, Wetmore 52
     Baileyville-B&B 46, Troy 34
     Baldwin 54, Eudora 37
     Basehor-Linwood 54, KC Turner 16
     Beloit 56, Osborne 51
     Berean Academy 52, Bennington 21
     Bishop Miege 59, Metro Academy 40
     Bishop Seabury Academy 37, McLouth 28
     Bucklin 47, Fowler 37
     Burlingame 55, Hartford 41
     Burlington 56, Eureka 16
     Burlington, Okla. 55, Attica 34
     Caldwell 50, Norwich 42
     Central Plains 58, Hoisington 29
     Centralia 55, Doniphan West 42
     Centre 51, Peabody-Burns 18
     Chanute 34, Iola 32
     Chase County 53, Osage City 33
     Cheney 35, Conway Springs 25
     Cherryvale 60, Erie 31
     Cimarron 70, Johnson-Stanton County 20
     Circle 49, Andale 42
     Clearwater 45, Wellington 41
     Clifton-Clyde 46, Frankfort 39
     Council Grove 58, Mission Valley 22
     Cunningham 45, Macksville 24
     Derby 26, Salina South 22
     Dighton 48, Oakley 29
     Douglass 50, Chaparral 23
     Ell-Saline 48, Sedgwick 31
     Fort Scott 56, Parsons 28
     Fredonia 47, West Elk 39
     Frontenac 43, Prairie View 34
     Garden City 53, Dodge City 46
     Garden Plain 54, Medicine Lodge 26
     Girard 39, Oswego 22
     Glasco/Miltonvale-Southern Cloud 44, Rock Hills 27
     Goddard-Eisenhower 42, Andover 38
     Halstead 69, Sterling 48
     Haven 54, Nickerson 22
     Heritage Christian 47, East (Kansas City), Mo. 25
     Hesston 44, Lyons 35
     Hill City 96, Quinter 26
     Hillsboro 53, Smoky Valley 22
     Holcomb 51, Southwestern Hts. 26
     Holton 40, Jefferson West 24
     Horton 47, Oskaloosa 16
     Hutchinson Trinity 50, Canton-Galva 34
     Idalia, Colo. 59, St. Francis 23
     Ingalls 50, South Gray 22
     Jefferson North 77, Jackson Heights 30
     KC Piper 46, Bonner Springs 38
     KC Washington 76, Atchison 74, OT
     Kiowa County 52, Fairfield 26
     Lakin 66, Wichita County 33
     Larned 44, Hays-TMP-Marian 40
     Liberal 66, Ulysses 45
     Lincoln 54, Tescott 38
     Linn 58, Hanover 31
     Lyndon 35, Herington 29
     Madison 40, Lebo 23
     Maize 58, Goddard 18
     Manhattan 57, Washburn Rural 51
     Marais des Cygnes Valley 47, Southern Coffey 40
     Marysville 47, Falls City, Neb. 39
     McPherson 60, Buhler 55
     Moscow 41, Hardesty, Okla. 35
     Moundridge 46, Marion 26
     Natoma 50, Sylvan-Lucas 46
     Ness City 67, Ellis 60
     Newton 54, Wichita Campus 39
     Northern Heights 69, West Franklin 40
     Norton 59, Cambridge, Neb. 39
     Olathe Northwest 56, SM South 52
     Olathe South 62,
SM Northwest 50
     Olpe 50, Waverly 43
     Oxford 39, Cedar Vale/Dexter 33
     Paola 41, DeSoto 28
     Perry-Lecompton 48, Royal Valley 36
     Pratt 70, Hays 29
     Pretty Prairie 46, Burrton 37
     Riley County 43, Rock Creek 31
     Rose Hill 62, El Dorado 32
     Russell 50, Ellsworth 46
     Sabetha 48, Hiawatha 27
     Salina Central 45, Hutchinson 21
     Shawnee Heights 57, Highland Park 33
     Silver Lake 69, Rossville 47
     SM East 38, Lawrence Free State 34
     SM North 68, Olathe North 54
     SM West 39, Olathe East 37
     Solomon 47, Rural Vista 39
     South Barber 45, South Central 42
     Southeast Saline 52, Salina Sacred Heart 34
     Southwest, Neb. 42, Rawlins County 34
     St. John 61, Kinsley 23
     St. John’s Beloit-Tipton 58, Pike Valley 53
     St. Thomas Aquinas 52, Blue Valley Stilwell 28
     Thunder Ridge 45, Lakeside 26
     Tonganoxie 53, KC Bishop Ward 31
     Topeka Seaman 45, Topeka 33
     Trego 44, Wheatland-Grinnell 38
     Valley Center 56, Arkansas City 45
     Valley Falls 47, Maur Hill – Mount Academy 26
     Valley Heights 63, Onaga 33
     Victoria 51, Plainville 35
     Washington County 60, BV Randolph 41
     Wellsville 45, Maranatha Academy 36
     Wichita Bishop Carroll 63, Wichita Southeast 22
     Wichita East 52, Wichita West 20
     Wichita Heights 57, Wichita Northwest 34
     Wichita Independent 47, Belle Plaine 31
     Wichita South 79, Wichita North 17
     Wichita Trinity 64, Bluestem 13
     Wilcox-Hildreth, Neb. 41, Northern Valley 31
     Wilson 55, Chase 25
     Winfield 46, Mulvane 43
     Yates Center 43, Flinthills 32

Kansas State Pushes Winning Streak to 10 With Win Over TCU

Thomas Gipson knew he didn’t play very well last season when he traveled home for Kansas State’s game at TCU, and he admits he was a little anxious for Tuesday night’s game, too.

But with 24 family members cheering him on, Gipson had 19 points and eight rebounds, and No. 25 Kansas State ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 65-47 victory over TCU.

“I feel like the freshman and the young guys were anxious,” Gipson said. “I mean, I was kind of anxious, too, because I was at home and I wanted to make plays.”

The TCU campus is about 30 miles from where Gipson played at Cedar Hill High School southwest of Dallas, and last season Gipson managed just four points, one rebound and two turnovers in Kansas State’s 67-54 win.

This time, Gipson had three dunks and was a key cog in the middle.

“I don’t think we did handle him — for the most part he had his way with us,” TCU forward Amric Fields said of Gipson. “We had problems with him all night.”

The Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12), who made their way into the Top 25 for the first time this season on Monday, played their first true road game of the season. But it didn’t seem to faze them. Kansas State had its highest shooting percentage of the season both overall (52.5 percent) and from 3-point range (46.7 percent).

“When we were patient, we were able to exploit them and get it to Thomas (Gipson) and then Marcus Foster in the second half,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said.

Foster, a freshman playing about 120 miles from his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas, added 16 points for the Wildcats. The reigning Big 12 newcomer of the week hit two 3-pointers in a one-minute span late in the second half that helped put the game out of reach.

“He’s so consistent and he’s so focused for a young guy,” Weber said. “He made big shots for us where we were dying there in the second half.”

Fields scored 14 points and Kyan Anderson added 12 for TCU (9-5, 0-2), which trailed 31-21 at halftime.

The Horned Frogs used a 10-2 run to get within 36-33 with 13:45 to play, but Kansas State responded with a 9-3 run — keyed by a wide-open 3-pointer by Shane Southwell — and the Wildcats’ lead wouldn’t dip below seven points for the rest of the game.

TCU, which is 6-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, were pounded on the glass with Kansas State finishing with a 37-21 advantage.

“We had shots,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “When the ball doesn’t go down it shouldn’t affect the way you play on the other end. They had 18 turnovers but it didn’t affect the way they played on the other end. What does that say? They’re a mentally tough team.”

Powerful dunks by Gipson and Wesley Iwundu gave Kansas State a 20-10 lead with less than 6 minutes to play in the first half. TCU’s next possession ended with a layup by Jarvis Ray and that ended a span of just three points in nearly 11 minutes for the Horned Frogs.

The Wildcats went ahead 31-17 with 1:12 to play on a dunk by Gipson, but Anderson’s layup made it 31-21 as time expired in the first half.

Foster Named Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week

Freshman Marcus Foster collected another weekly honor on Tuesday, as he was selected as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week in helping Kansas State to a pair of wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State last week.

Foster was chosen for the weekly honor by’s Jeff Borzello in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 25, a standout first-year player will be selected for the honor.

Named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday, Foster averaged 16.0 points on 52.2 percent shooting (12-of-23), including 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from 3-point range, in helping the Wildcats notch RPI Top 25 wins over the Colonials and Cowboys. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.5 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game during the week.

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Foster began the week with a 15-point effort in helping K-State hand George Washington just its second loss of the season, 72-55, on New Year’s Eve. He went a season-best 6-of-10 from the field, including one 3-point field goal, with three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Facing his toughest task to date against preseason Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State, he was again stellar with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, with a season-high eight rebounds, two assists and block in 32 minutes. He has now led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best seven times this season.

Foster is one of only two players to start every game this season and paces the team in a number of categories, including scoring (14.0 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (12), field goals (65) and 3-point field goals (29), while he is among the Top 5 in rebounding, assists, blocks, steals and minutes. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games, including a streak of 10 consecutive games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 21, 2013. He has at least one 3-pointer in 13 consecutive contests.

No. 25 Kansas State (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) returns to the court tonight, as the Wildcats face their first road test of the year at TCU (9-4, 0-1 Big 12). The game will be tip at 7 p.m. CT at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the Big 12 Network. The team’s current nine-game winning streak is the longest of the Bruce Weber era at K-State and the longest since winning 10 in a row during the 2009-10 season. Fans can watch the game locally on KMCI (Kansas City), KMTW (Wichita) and KSNT (Topeka), while it also available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app at


Kansas Announces Future Football Series With Illinois

Kansas and Illinois will meet on the gridiron for the first time since 1968 when the Jayhawks host the Illini in 2023 as the first part of a home-and-home series, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

The 2023 home game against Illinois is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. KU will travel to Champaign, Ill., for a return game at the Illini’s Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024.

“I am really pleased to add Illinois to our schedule,” said Kansas football head coach Charlie Weis. “This series gives us another opportunity to play a game in an important area to our recruiting efforts. Additionally, it’s a chance to accommodate our large alumni base in the Chicago area.”

Kansas trails the all-time series with Illinois, 2-3. KU defeated the Illini, 26-4, on Nov. 1, 1892 in Lawrence in the programs’ first ever meeting. The 1892 meeting came in KU’s second year of fielding a football team.

Illinois put together three-straight wins over KU, all in games played in Champaign. The Illini took a 30-0 win in 1916, followed by a 22-0 victory versus the Jayhawks in 1917. They closed out the winning streak with a 25-0 triumph over KU in 1929.

The Jayhawks won the most recent game against Illinois, putting together a 47-7 win in Champaign on Sept. 21, 1968.

Florida State Completes Comeback and Wins BCS Title

Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night.

Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn’s Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver for the touchdown.

Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.

Mason ran for 195 yards.

Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes.