Top-ranked Kentucky destroyed Kansas, 72-40, and, really, it wasn’t as close as the final score suggests. A 32-point beatdown is not the ideal way for a college basketball powerhouse to get on the right track.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self was understandably distraught after the loss. After taking a big swig of water at his postgame press conference, he quipped that he’d rather be guzzling vodka.
Kansas freshman star Andrew Wiggins was held scoreless in the first half against the Baylor Bears before stealing the ball in the final seconds and nailing a half-court buzzer-beater to put the Jayhawks up 35-27, giving his team a huge boost in this important Big 12 matchup.
Naadir Tharpe would score 22 points, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night.
High school football running back, Brett Sterbach, who just played in the Shrine Bowl in Kansas, was attacked by two knife-wielding muggers at a gas station, and was stabbed during the altercation. Video from the Kansas City star shows the muggers approaching Sterbach, who was in the backseat while his family went inside for snacks. The amazing part about this whole ugly situation was Sterbach, only 5-foot-7, 155 pounds, was able to wrest a knife away from one of the attackers – after he was stabbed in the leg – and then fought back, stabbing them and chasing them until he realized his leg was covered in blood. So crazy.
“These two guys come up to my car and one knocked on the window to ask for something,” Brett said. “I opened the door and, as soon as I did, they pulled a knife on me and said, ‘Give me all your money.’”
“I hung up my phone and acted like I was going to put it in my pocket,” Brett said. “He had the knife at my rib level, so I pushed it down because I didn’t want it near any vital organs. He pushed it forward at the same time, and that’s when I must have been stabbed in the leg, but I didn’t even feel it go in.”
Police later watched the entire surveillance video and told Sterbach he stabbed one of the attackers five times in the collarbone area.
Thirteen seconds is how long it took Andrew Wiggins to make jaws drop in a Kansas uniform on Wednesday afternoon.
Wiggins, playing in a scrimmage for Bill Self’s basketball camp in front of a packed house at KU’s volleyball arena, got the ball off a steal and took flight from the left block. By the time he reached his peak, his head was at the rim and all Sacramento Kings center Cole Aldrich could do was watch from below as Wiggins threw down a monstrous dunk.
Kansas trailed unranked West Virginia early in the first half, but 19 points from Ben McLemore helped give the Jayhawks a 45-31 halftime lead at home. His final points of the half came on this huge baseline dunk that made announcer Kevin Harlan go crazy, while the Mountaineers just stood around and watched. The Jayhawks would go onto win by double digits.