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Baylor takes down Oklahoma State in another Big 12 Monday overtime thriller

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Both Baylor and Oklahoma State needed wins entering Monday night’s game in Waco, but, in the end, it was the Bears prevailing with a 70-64 overtime win over the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds stole an inbounds pass and drilled the game-tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime, but the Cowboys fell as they ran out of gas in the extra frame.

Playing without Marcus Smart for the third game of his three-game suspension, the Cowboys (16-10, 4-9) lost their seventh consecutive game. Baylor (17-9, 5-8) won its third straight game as the Bears had 22 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points.

Cory Jefferson had a tremendous outing with 25 points and Isaiah Austin added 13 points and Kenny Chery also had 10 for a balanced Baylor effort.

The Bears just simply wore down the Cowboys and outrebounded them 51-36 and outplayed them in overtime. It looked like Oklahoma State was outplaying Baylor early in the second half, but they didn’t have enough firepower in the end.

Markel Brown gave a great effort for the Cowboys. At 26 points, Brown was devastating as a primary ball handler as he also finished with six assists and no turnovers. With Brown’s ability to hit jumpers on pull-ups off-the-dribble or get to the rim by changing speeds around a high ball screen, he should spend more possessions alternating the ball with Marcus Smart. If the two wore down opposing defenses by attacking the rim on a consistent basis, Oklahoma State could break this losing streak.

As for Baylor, they have some quality wins, have now swept Oklahoma State and have four of their last five games against West Virginia, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State. There’s a shot for them to play into the NCAA Tournament with wins over Kentucky and a trip to the Maui Invitational finals.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.