Josh Selby

In their final Big 12 season, the Cornhuskers are third to last in the conference and have lost three of their last four games.
Nebraska started the season 13-2 until stumbling into league competition.
“I think our team’s better than its ever been, but it’s not good enough to just show up,” head coach Doc Sadler said on Jan. 24.
Sadler’s team started off with a single-digit defeat against Missouri, which was then ranked No. 15 in the nation, before losing to Kansas 63-60 in Lawrence. Nebraska appeared to be a contender for the second or third spot in the North division in mid-January.

But the Huskers kept sliding and have not been able to string together consecutive victories since that loss to the Tigers. Their most recent games were a defeat at Kansas State on Feb. 2 and then a 20-point blowout loss against Kansas at home over the weekend.

“Right now, when we’re so far removed ... we better not start looking beyond today’s practice at 1:30 or we’ll be in trouble,” Sadler said.

Nebraska plays at Baylor on Wednesday.

Selby still sidelined

The preseason conference freshman of the year Josh Selby missed his second straight game for Kansas on Monday with a foot injury.

Selby hurt his right foot in practice a week ago and then aggravated that injury versus Texas Tech on Feb. 1.

“We’re talking about minor stuff going into our Texas Tech game last Tuesday,” said Kansas coach Bill Self. “It became more sore after that.”

X-ray and MRI results were negative but team doctors remain worried about a “hotspot” on the bottom of Selby’s foot, which Self explained, “means he could play on it but if he were to roll it or something there could be a chance [that] there could become a line there, or a fracture.”

Self expects Selby to be back in practice this Thursday.

“We are erring on the side of caution in this particular case,” the coach added.

Paralyzing parity

With Missouri’s loss to Kansas on Monday night, there are now six Big 12 teams with a conference record of either 4-4 or 4-5, creating an extensive logjam in the middle of the standings.

“It’s all mumble-jumbled right now,” Missouri coach Mike Anderson said on Monday. “I’ll think you’ll start seeing the truer picture in probably the next two weeks.”

Texas A&M and Oklahoma each sit at .500 in conference play while Missouri, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Colorado are 4-5.

“Parity sometimes gives the appearance of mediocrity and that’s not the case at all,” Self said. “There’s good teams and certainly winning on the road is a bare.”

Only Texas (8-0 Big 12), Kansas (8-1), and Baylor (5-4) have winning league records.

Turns out the 69-game home winning streak that the Longhorns snapped two weekends ago at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse was not the only major loss that occurred on the Lawrence campus in January.

Thomas Blubaugh, a former consultant to KU’s basketball program, had knowledge of a ticket-selling scheme headed by his wife Charlette, an employee in the university’s ticket office. She was reportedly put aside huge amounts of season tickets and illegally sold them in an unofficial, non-KU-affiliated ring. She would then split the proceeds from the illegal sales with her husband, who last Friday pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, tax evasion and transportation of stolen goods.

The tickets were reportedly worth more than $2 million in total, and the sentence could be up to 20 years in jail with a hefty fine, in addition to the mandatory repayment of the lost revenue.

“[Thomas Blubaugh] will continue to cooperate with the government in the prosecution of others in this case,” Stephen E. Robison, Blubaugh’s lawyer, said to a judge last week.

The Blubaughs and three others were indicted in November. Kassie Liebsch, also a former employee in the ticket office, and former Kansas assistant athletic director Rodney Jones pleaded guilty to similar charges.

Ben Kirtland, a former developmental director, is the last remaining defendant and is scheduled to go to trial in March.

<strong>Singletary, Selby earn honors</strong>

After big weeks for No. 2 Kansas and resurgent Texas Tech, Jayhawk freshman Josh Selby and Red Raider senior Mike Singletary earned the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week awards, respectively.

For Selby and the Jayhawks, the week started with a tough road win at Colorado and ended with a home romp over crumbling rival Kansas State. Selby averaged 14.5 points while shooting more than 50 percent from the floor in the two wins for the one-loss Jayhawks.

Meanwhile in Lubbock, Pat Knight’s Red Raiders are starting to gain some momentum after wins at Iowa State and in overtime against Oklahoma State. Senior swingman Singletary was a major player to the big week for Tech. He averaged a stellar 29 points and nearly nine boards per game while shooting 60 percent on 18-of-30 from the floor and 91.3 percent free-throw shooting.

Last week, Texas frontcourt mates Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson took home the weekly awards.

<strong>Weather delays Baylor game</strong>

A conference game between Oklahoma and Baylor, scheduled to be broadcast as part of ESPN2’s Super Tuesday, has been postponed until today because of the monumental winter storm that has torn through more than half of the country. Up north in Norman, Okla., officials predicted large amounts of wintry weather last night and did not want to take any risks with the game.

A huge event for both teams, including bubble tournament contender Baylor, the makeup game will take place today at 3 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center, and OU will offer free admission to all.

The Sooners have won three straight since their trip to Austin, while Baylor has lost three of five and only received one vote in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll this week. However, the Bears can move to 5-3 in the Big 12 with a road win at Oklahoma.