“They’ve had really good defensive teams. It’s not like they haven’t been good,” said Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, whose team has lost 19 straight in the Phog. “But this team is really good. They’re really together. They react to each other well. They have lots of length at the rim. They’re a really good defensive team. Good in other areas too.”As expected, the Sooners spent the first half slumping into the paint, trying to keep Azubuike and fellow big man David McCormack from getting easy looks at the rim. As a result, they backed off the 3-point line and dared Garrett — who shot just 29 percent there coming into the game — to begin hoisting up shots.He finally did. And he made Oklahoma pay.Garrett knocked down a trio of first-half 3-pointers, including one that capped a 17-5 surge over the final 8 minutes and gave Kansas a 41-32 lead at the break. That barrage forced Oklahoma to begin guarding the perimeter, and that opened for Dotson lanes to the basket, and the Jayhawks’ big men began working with their backs to the basket.Garrett didn’t just do it with his shooting, either. One of the nation’s best defenders also had steals on back-to-back possessions late in the half, leading to easy run-outs and layups that crushed Oklahoma’s confidence. “Coach has been saying for about two weeks now, when I’m open I have to take it,” Garrett said. “I don’t really care about how the defense is playing. I know what we’re trying to do offensively. I just took the shots that were there.”His barrage opened up things for the rest of the Jayhawks.“Obviously if Marcus makes six 3s we’ll be hard to deal with,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “That was probably the best offensive game he’s had since he’s been here.”Udoka Azubuike took advantage of newfound real estate in the paint to pile up 15 points and 17 rebounds. Devon Dotson found lanes the basket and scored 19 points. Ochai Agbaji took advantage of the sagging defense to score 10, all helping the Jayhawks (22-3, 11-1) win their 10th straight since falling to top-ranked Baylor in early January.Kristian Doolittle had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Oklahoma (16-9, 6-6), but the senior forward needed 20 field-goal attempts to get there. Austin Reaves added 12 points, while leading scorer Brady Manek dealt with early foul trouble and was held to seven points and 1-for-6 shooting from the arc. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Garrett has carved out a reputation at Kansas as one of the nation’s best defenders, the kind of consummate leader and team-first player just about every team with national title aspirations needs on its roster.He wasn’t known as a particularly good 3-point shooter until Saturday.Dared to shoot from beyond the arc by Oklahoma, the junior guard responded by knocking down a career-high six 3s to highlight a virtuoso performance. Garrett finished with a career-best 24 points, added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals, and led the third-ranked Jayhawks to an 87-70 rout that keeps them in the running for the Big 12 title. Garrett’s career-high 24 points lead No. 3 KU past Oklahoma Associated Press February 15, 2020 “It was very critical,” Doolittle said. “It wasn’t the intensity we wanted.”Kansas kept its momentum going with a 12-2 run to start the the second half, only for the Sooners to make their lone big run of the game. Manek finally got a couple of shots to drop, and McCormack and Tristan Enaruna committed offensive fouls on consecutive possessions for Kansas, allowing the Sooners to trim their deficit to 61-51 with 11 1/2 minutes left.Dotson answered with a pair of layups, and Agbaji knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Kansas bench a few minutes later, allowing the Jayhawks to stretch the lead and cruise to the finish.“I thought we battled for a bit and then I thought we made a couple weak plays, they made a couple good plays to draw it out before the half,” Kruger said. “They’re good. They’re really good. Our guys battled in a lot of good ways and the big guy inside bothered us a bit. Garrett making 3s bothered us a bit.“They’re just good.” TECHNICALLY SPEAKINGThe Jayhawks were leading 76-60 when they had a run-out and the Sooners’ De’Vion Harmon knocked the ball out from behind. Referee Gerry Pollard incorrectly whistled that it went off Kansas, sending coach Bill Self sprinting down the court and bumping into him. Self was given a technical foul and Doolittle made one of two free throws.BIG PICTUREOklahoma was 8 of 24 from beyond the arc and beaten on the boards, and that’s never a recipe for success against the Jayhawks. The Sooners also allowed Kansas to pile up 14 second-chance points.Kansas committed 10 turnovers, but most of those came in the final few minutes. They had just three at halftime, when the Jayhawks had built a cushion they would never relinquish. Dotson had five assists and Kansas had 17 as a team. UP NEXTOklahoma: hosts top-ranked Baylor on Monday night.Kansas: concludes its homestand against Iowa State on Monday night.___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25
The Blast Pro Series will return to Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in November 2018. While CS:GO team Astralis has been confirmed as the first team to join the series.The series has also secured a partnership with TV 2 Denmark to broadcast all BLAST Pro Series events in 2018.CEO and Founder of RFRSH Entertainment, Nikolaj Nyholm, had this to say: “Our goal with BLAST Pro Series is to create the most important and interesting esports tournament from a live perspective, the viewer experience and for everything we create around the events and tournament.”“We are constantly developing the tournament and digital content around it and working with a national broadcaster and digital powerhouse and provider like TV 2 is yet another step in reaching our ambitions to develop and present the best and most engaging esports product out there!”TV 2, a Danish-based subscription channel will host the event on national TV. TV2 Sport, Editor in Chief, Allan Hvid had this to say about the move:”Esport and Counter-Strike is already an established media product, and it is no longer a matter of teaching the viewers or explaining the game to the audience. We strongly believe in the product and the format of BLAST Pro Series, and we will be bringing the Danish audience full coverage on both our Flow TV Channel and digitally. “Talking about how the Pro Series will differ from traditional sports coverage he said: “We’re going to treat the product the same way as any other competitive entertainment and sports; with the same professional standards, respect and level of entertainment as any other major production. We are looking very much forward to including BLAST Pro Series in our portfolio of content and to present esports at it’s best.”Esports Insider Says: BLAST Pro Series clearly feels at home in Copenhagen so it’s great to see it return. The Royal Arena is a great venue for esports and the TV 2 deal will get more esports events into more homes, which is never a bad move.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says Arsenal and Juventus target Paulo Dybala ‘will be sold by the end of April’.The striker is drawing attention from a host of top clubs after netting 13 goals in Serie A this season.Arsenal are reportedly interested in the Argentine, while talkSPORT told you yesterday that Juventus were arranging talks with Palermo.“Dybala will be sold by the end of April,” Zamparini told Tuttosport.“Along with Juventus, Roma are the team most interested in my lad from our league. Dybala would help them for sure, and Roma don’t have money problems.“But then there are foreign teams. [Dybala’s agent Pierpaolo] Triulzi, with my blessing, is going between Paris and London getting the offers, and then we’ll evaluate them together.“Also, we’ll meet with [Juventus general manager Giuseppe] Marotta again. I wonder if he wants to raise his offer.” 1 Paulo Dybala in action for Palermo