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Kansas State earns big home win over No. 7 Kansas


Kansas State blew a nine-point lead with under two minutes remaining and it didn’t look like the Wildcats had the momentum entering overtime facing in-state rival Kansas. The No. 7 Jayhawks had a ridiculous rally and Kansas State seemed to be battling injuries for the entire night and it appeared that Kansas was the favorite entering the extra frame.

But battling was the key for the Wildcats, as Kansas State never stopped fighting as they persevered through overtime to knock off the Jayhawks 85-82 in the Octagon of Doom during the Sunflower Showdown. Students rushed the floor in Manhattan as Kansas State was just 3-48 against Kansas since 1994.

Freshman guard Marcus Foster battled through injury to score 20 points and others for the Wildcats kept going down with minor injuries throughout the game. While players like Foster played good minutes in their starting roles, Kansas State also had a tremendous amount of depth on Monday as nine different players had at least four points for the Wildcats.

Omari Lawrence and D.J. Johnson each contributed nine points for Kansas State and unsung senior guard Will Spradling added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals as he had a great overall floor game.

Kansas struggled to find offense at times as the Kansas State defense forced a lot of one-on-one possessions and bad shots. Kansas was 3-for-17 from the perimeter for the game and only shot 41 percent from the field.

By holding home court, Kansas State improves to 17-7 on the season, and at 7-4 in the Big 12 with a signature win over Kansas, they’re in great shape as the conference season moves along. The depth and heart that Kansas State displayed in the win Monday was a good sign of things to come as the Wildcats can rely on a lot of different role player to get things done in key situations.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.