For the second time in three weeks, ESPN's College GameDay covered by State Farm will originate from a Big 12 venue.
The 10 finalists for the 2016 Karl Malone Award have been announced by the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Big 12 is well-represented. Taurean Prince of Baylor, Iowa State's Georges Niang and Perry Ellis of Kansas have all been recognized, giving the Big 12 more finalists than any conference in the country. The Karl Malone Award is given annually to the nation's top power forward. Niang ranks second in the Big 12 with 19.1 points per game, while Ellis checks in at third (16.5 ppg). Prince is fifth with a 15.1-point scoring average. All three players are among the top 11 rebounders in the conference and Niang and Ellis are among the top nine players in the league for field goal percentage. "In terms of power forwards who have had a significant impact on the game of basketball, Karl Malone is at the top of the list," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "When it comes to consistent play, ‘The Mailman' always delivered and we are delighted to include him in this recognition of the best power forwards in the game today." In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame's selection committee for the 2016 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. The winner of the 2016 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's from Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Friday, April 8, 2016. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the 10 finalists for the 2016 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Kansas standout Wayne Selden Jr. is included in the group. Selden is second on the Jayhawks in scoring with 15.4 points per game. He is shooting 51.1 percent from the field in 2015-16 and ranks third on the squad with 20 steals. Named after Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA All-Star Julius Erving, the annual honor in its second year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men's college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10. "As a small forward, Julius Erving excelled at both the collegiate and professional level for nearly thirty years," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Dr. J is one of the most gifted athletes to ever play the game of basketball and it only seems right that this award would bear his name." Julius Erving attended the University of Massachusetts and averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds, making him one of only six NCAA men's basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. After two seasons, Erving made the jump to the American Basketball Association and was the league's most recognizable player when it merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. During his professional career, Erving won three championships, four most valuable player awards and three scoring titles. In 1996, Erving was named a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and in 1993 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame's selection committee for the 2016 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. The winner of th
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield is one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its second year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men's college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10. Through 20 games this season, Hield is averaging 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 34.1 minutes per contest. He's shooting .528 (171-324) from the field, .524 (87-166) from long distance and .905 (95-105) from the foul line. Hield is currently the only player in the country averaging greater than 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from downtown and 90 percent from the charity stripe (min. 20 FT attempts). Hield, who was also a finalist for this award last season as a junior, currently ranks second in the nation (first among major conferences) in scoring. He has registered at least 30 points in eight games this season (same total as the rest of the players in the Big 12 combined). It's the most 30-point games by a Sooner in a campaign since Jeff Webster in the 1993-94 season (10). The senior has 12 games this year scoring at least 25 points. He currently ranks first in the country with his 4.35 3-pointers per game and has made at least five treys in a game nine times this year. Hield has shot at least 50 percent from 3-point range in 16 of 20 outings year. Hield has climbed the OU scoring chart this season, now ranking seventh overall in total points (1,890). Earlier this year, he passed Terry Evans into first place all-time in 3-point field goals made in a career at OU (now has 289 in his career). In March, five f
After taking the Big 12/SEC Challenge for the third consecutive season, the league returns to conference play, where 26 of 40 games played this year have been decided by 11 points or less.
Iowa State junior Monté Morris is one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, the Basketball Hall of Fame has announced.
Strong performances in the Big 12/SEC Challenge helped propel Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Kerwin Roach (Texas) to the latest Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week awards. Hield is honored for the fourth time in 2015-16, while Roach earns his first accolade. The four player awards for Hield ties for the third-most in a season in Big 12 history, while five different player have earned weekly recognition for the Longhorns in 2015-16.
Key free throws down the stretch led Oklahoma State to a 74-63 win against Auburn at the Auburn Arena on Saturday in the final game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Wayne Selden Jr. scored a career-high 33 points, seven in overtime, and fourth-ranked Kansas beat No. 20 Kentucky 90-84 on Saturday night in the premier showdown of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds, and No. 17 Baylor used a quick start to the second half to beat Georgia 83-73 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday night.
Buddy Hield made seven of his eight 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a 32-point performance, Isaiah Cousins hit a go-ahead jumper with 4 seconds left and No. 1 Oklahoma overcame a 14-point deficit to escape with a 77-75 victory over LSU on Saturday.
Dusty Hannahs scored 25 points against his former school, and Moses Kingsley added 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Arkansas to a 75-68 overtime victory over Texas Tech on Saturday in the Big 12- SEC Challenge.