Larry Krystkowiak

Pac-12 announces roster for team headed to China in August

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For the first time since 1996 the Pac-12 has decided to put together an all-star team for a summer trip overseas, and on Friday the conference announced the members of the squad that will visit China in August. The team will be coached by Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak and includes guards Andrew Andrews (Washington) and DaVonte’ Lacy (Washington State), and forwards Xavier Johnson (Colorado) and Jordan Loveridge (Utah).

The 13-member squad will begin practice in San Francisco on August 7, departing for Shanghai on August 10. While in China the team will play four games and participate in youth clinics, and they’ll also be able to visit some historical sites in three different cities.

“It’s an honor to have the chance to represent the University of Utah and the Pac-12 in China this summer,” Krystkowiak said in the release. “This is a great educational experience for everyone involved and I can’t wait to work with this select group of outstanding student-athletes.”

Ten of the conference’s 12 members are represented, with Oregon and UCLA being the programs without a player on the roster. Utah (three) and Oregon State (two) are the only programs with more than one player on the roster.

The players on the roster are:

  • G Andrew Andrews (Washington)
  • G Bo Barnes (Arizona State)
  • G Malcolm Duvivier (Oregon State)
  • G Jacob Hazzard (Arizona)
  • F Xavier Johnson (Colorado)
  • F Nikola Jovanovic (USC)
  • G DaVonte’ Lacy (Washington)
  • F Jordan Loveridge (Utah)
  • F Roger Moute a Bidias (California)
  • C Cheikh N’diaye (Oregon State)
  • C Jeremy Olsen (Utah)
  • C Schuyler Rimmer (Stanford)
  • G Brandon Taylor (Utah)

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

Wayne Selden Jr., Jeff Roberson
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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.