McLemore's 22 gives Kansas huge road win, 74-66


McLemore's 22 gives Kansas huge road win, 74-66

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday.

It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year's NCAA semifinals.

The Jayhawks, who had yet to play a true road game, held Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas' 16 points, hit just 9 of 36 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Jeff Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks.

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What Lamar Jackson has done in his first 16 game 'season' as starting QB

What Lamar Jackson has done in his first 16 game 'season' as starting QB

Lamar Jackson hasn’t been the Ravens’ starting quarterback for a calendar year, but on Sunday in Cincinnati, he wrapped up his first career “season” as quarterback of the Ravens. 

In his 16th career start, he led the Ravens to a 49-13 win over the winless Bengals and stated his case for MVP with both his arm and his legs, spotlighted by a spin move that left the Bengals’ defense in shambles.

Still just 22-years-old, Jackson hasn’t had as much time as other young quarterbacks to develop in a system. And he’s still an MVP candidate. 

If you put together the two seasons from 2018 and 2019, Jackson’s first NFL “season” is now complete.

Through the first 16 starts of his career, over two seasons, Jackson is on-pace for 3,078 passing yards and 1,258 rushing yards. The NFL record for rushing yards in a season is 1,039 yards, set by Michael Vick in 2006. 

That means that through Jackson’s first 16 starts, he’s on a pace of 4,336 total yards from scrimmage. 

He’s 260-for-413 passing, a completion percentage of 62.9 percent. He’s thrown for 20 touchdowns and has thrown eight interceptions in his starts, too. 

On the ground, he’s rushed for 10 rushing touchdowns and fumbled 14 times. He’s also been sacked 33 times. 

Through his 16 starts, the Ravens have a 13-3 record. The only losses came to the Chiefs in 2018 and the Chiefs and Browns in 2019. 

He and the Ravens lost a playoff game to the Chargers last season, though those numbers aren’t reflected in his regular-season starts. 

Jackson has improved rapidly in his second year and is currently on-pace for nearly 5,000 total yards and nearly 40 combined touchdowns. Even with an adjustment period in 2018, his first NFL “season” has surpassed nearly all expectations for him.


Giant killers unite as Evansville tweets at UMBC after upsetting top-ranked Kentucky

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Giant killers unite as Evansville tweets at UMBC after upsetting top-ranked Kentucky

Evansville believes they are the new, 2019-20 version of the UMBC Retrievers following their monumental upset over the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. 

On Tuesday the Purple Aces shocked the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the country on their home floor, handing Kentucky their first loss of the season. It was only the fifth time since 2010 that the top team in the country has fallen on their home court to an unranked team.

Following the victory, Evansville basketball's Twitter account thought they had quickly joined the annals of NCAA basketball "Giant Killers." They tweeted at UMBC, the famous Cinderella story to be the first No. 16 seed to unseat a No. 1 seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Spiderman meme linking the two together.

The always socially-savvy UMBC was quick to respond with an epic handshake to acknowledge the upset. 

Gotta love the support mid-major programs have for each other. Evansville isn't quite on the historic level of UMBC or garnered the fame of other famous Cinderella programs, but an incredible win for the program nevertheless. 

Based out of Evansville, Indiana, and the Missouri Valley Conference, the Aces have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1999. They weren't expected to end that 20-year drought this season either as they were picked eighth in the MVC.  Probably a good chance for many MVC voters to reconsider. 

Who would have thought that through two weeks of the college basketball season Evansville would hold the biggest victory so far? Now, it's just time for them to find that magic it in the NCAA Tournament.