Wayne Selden’s breakout performance carries No. 18 Kansas over Oklahoma

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Perry Ellis went for 21 points and 11 boards and Naadir Tharpe chipped in with 17 as No. 18 Kansas bounced back from an atrocious offensive performance against San Diego State by scoring 90 for just the third time this season in a 90-83 win at Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

As a team, the Jayhawks shot 54.7% from the floor and 8-for-16 from three, a stark contrast to the 29.8% that the Aztecs held them to. Making those numbers all the more impressive is the fact that the two star freshmen for the Jayhawks did a whole lotta nothing.

Joel Embiid had six points and six boards while shooting 2-for-4 from the floor, but at least he had an excuse. His left eye was nearly swollen shut, and he was forced to wear goggles that he was clearly uncomfortable with.

Andrew Wiggins was another story. He shot 2-for-9 from the floor, committed a pair of turnovers and just seemed out of it the entire game. He never got into a rhythm. He was never aggressive. He didn’t want to finish strong at the rim. He essentially did everything that we’ve been concerned about regarding Wiggins all season long, and he was rightly ripped for it all game by ESPN color commentator Jay Bilas.

The good news for Kansas?

That their forgotten freshmen, Wayne Selden, had the best game of his young career. He finished with 24 points, with 15 coming in the first nine minutes of the game, and hit five threes. Coming into the game, his career-high was 15 points. That’s big for the Jayhawks, because if Wiggins is never going to fully embrace his talent level, than they need to find a scoring punch from somewhere on their perimeter.

Selden is as talented as anyone that they have, and while it would be tough to ask him to duplicate a performance like this on a nightly basis, getting the freshman a little confidence is never a bad thing.

As far as Oklahoma is concerned, their next three games are huge. They host Iowa State on Saturday and then head to both Kansas State and Baylor never week. The top four teams in the Big 12, back-to-back-to-back-to-back. That’s an easy way to lose four straight if they’re not careful.

LaSalle parts ways with longtime head coach Dr. John Giannini

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La Salle announced on Friday that they are parting ways with head coach John Giannini.

Giannini had been the head coach of the program for 14 seasons, amassing a record of 212-226. Before taking over at La Salle, he spent seven seasons as the head coach at Rowan and eight seasons coaching at Maine.

“Today Bill Bradshaw and I mutually agreed that La Salle University could benefit from a new voice in leading the program,” said Dr. Giannini. “It is difficult to admit this but I have given every effort possible for success and I have received nothing but support and encouragement from Bill and President Hanycz. Greater things may be accomplished for this storied program and great university with the approach of a new coach. I am forever grateful, especially to my loyal staff and dedicated student-athletes. I look forward to my next challenge and La Salle’s future success.”

Kentucky clarifies ‘false reports’ they did not shake Kansas State hands after loss

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After Kansas State knocked off Kentucky in the Sweet 16, the purple Wildcats alleged that the blue Wildcats did not shake their hands after the game.

“They didn’t shake our hands,” Kansas State junior guard Amaad Wainright told ESPN last night. “It’s sorry.”

“They know what they did.”

Kentucky bristled at the allegations.

“They were turned and celebrating, so I walked off,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “There was no disrespect for anything. It’s just that they were celebrating, and I was happy for them.”

“My team’s not like that. There’s no disrespect in any way. They beat us. They deserved to win the game.”

NCAA amends rule to allow Isaac Haas to play

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BOSTON — The NCAA has changed their interpretation of the rule that kept Isaac Haas out of the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Haas broke his elbow in Purdue’s first round win over Cal St.-Fullerton, but he was not allowed to play in a second round game against Butler because his brace did not meet NCAA standards.

So they changed those standards.

“With ample time this week to review the intent of the playing rule, the committee decided to provide a more contemporary interpretation, while keeping health and safety for all players the highest priority,” said Gavitt. “Technology has improved materials used in braces, so now there will be more flexibility in applying the rule as long as the brace is fully covered and padded. Isaac and other players in similar circumstances should be able to play, as long as the brace is safe for all.”

Sources have told NBC Sports that, despite Haas’ lobbying to get onto the court, he is not expected to play on Friday night. If he does, it will be in a very limited capacity.

“He didn’t practice the last two days,” Painter said on Thursday, “and when you don’t practice, you don’t play.”

“I don’t see him playing until he can practice and show me he can shoot a right-handed free throw and get a rebound with two hands.”

USC’s Chimezie Metu declares for NBA draft

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USC junior forward Chimezie Metu announced on Thursday evening that he will be declaring for the NBA draft:

This decision is not surprising. Metu finished his degree — Law History and Culture —  in three seasons. He held himself out of USC’s NIT games in an effort to keep himself from getting injured with NBA workouts on the horizon.

Metu averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 boards and 1.6 blocks for the Trojans this season. He is considered a borderline first round pick.

VIDEO: Kansas State legend celebrates revenge on Kentucky 67 years in the making

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In 1951, Kansas State lost to Kentucky in the National Championship game.

Ernie Barrett, who eventually became the school’s athletic director and is known as “Mr. K-State“, played on that team.

He’s wanted to get revenge on Big Blue ever since.

On Thursday night, Kansas State did.

Ernie was there, and here was his reaction in the locker room: