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On Tuesday night the Jayhawks went from looking like easy winners to facing another excruciating loss. But a short jumper by Frank Mason III with 1.8 seconds to go gave the Jayhawks a 77-75 victory over top-ranked Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

"The play was to iso (isolate) me, and my teammates did a good job of spacing the floor," Mason said. "It felt good when it left my hand. `'

A long 3 at the buzzer by Duke's Frank Jackson was off line.

The Jayhawks (1-1) beat a top-ranked team for the eighth time.

"This was more of a must win for us than it was for Duke. Not that there's must win this time of year, but I think it will do something for us because for the first time we won a game where we shot it like crap," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "So hopefully we learned some lessons and know that you cannot be great offensively and still win if you do little things and play aggressively. So I think it should bode well for us moving forward. `'

Self was all smiles talking about his senior point guard.

"He's made a lot of big plays for us," Self said of Mason. "I don't know if he's made any game-winners but he's made plays to put us in overtime. Yeah he's a stud."

"Mason made a big-time play and it was well guarded," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He just made a big-time play.'

Kansas was ahead 62-50 with 8 minutes to play but the Blue Devils (2-1), despite a terrible shooting game by Grayson Allen, the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team, managed to suddenly start hitting shots and they tied the game at 75 with 15 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Jackson..

Kansas called a timeout with 8.2 seconds left and set up the game-winner.

"That was quite a play we called, just get out of his way," Self said.

"I just took advantage of the separation I created and I just shot the ball," Mason said. "It felt good when it left my hand and I just thank God that it went in."

Mason, who had a career-high 30 in the loss to Indiana, led Kansas with 21 points, freshman Josh Jackson added 15 and Devonte' Graham had 13.

Luke Kennard led five Duke players in double figures with 22 points. Allen finished with 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting.

"I think Grayson had a very frustrating game," Krzyzewski said of Allen who started the game by making 1 of 12 from the field. "I think you can't expect to get a foul. I think he's going to a point where he makes a move and it's a good move and he expects a foul. I'm not saying they're not calling fouls. You can't do that. That can't be what you're doing. The last few minutes, he moved well. He's playing hard when he gets the ball and he needs to play harder when he doesn't have the ball. It's what he did in the last few minutes."

Kansas finished 2 for 17 from 3-point range but the Jayhawks shot 50.8 percent overall (33 for 65) including making 60.6 percent of their shots in the second half (20 of 33).

Duke shot 48.9 percent for the game (23 of 47) including 8 of 19 on 3s.


Duke: In its first two games the Blue Devils held opponents to 55.0 points on 32.3 percent shooting, including 16.2 percent from 3-point range while forcing an average of 17 turnovers. ... This was the 950th consecutive game the Blue Devils made at least one 3-pointer. That's the fourth-longest stretch in Division I history. ... Duke played again without freshmen Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum who Krzyzewski has said will brought along slowly as they rehab from injuries.

Kansas: The Jayhawks were facing an AP No 1 team for the 24th time and the first time since the 2014 Champions Classic when they lost to Kentucky 72-40. They are 8-16 all-time against No. 1s. ... The Jayhawks' opening game was a 103-99 overtime loss to then-No. 11 Indiana in Honolulu. "If you're going to travel 11,000 miles you might as well get a win," Self said.


Duke was No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first voting of the regular season. That will change this week with the loss. Kansas was No. 3 in the preseason poll, dropped to seventh with the loss to Indiana and the Jayhawks should move up a couple of places with the win over Duke.


Krzyzewski walked onto the court before the game and went straight across to see Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. The two shared a hug and a laugh. They combined to win three Olympic gold medals for the United State.


Duke: The Blue Devils stay in the Northeast heading to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday and Saturday. They open with Penn State.

Kansas: The Jayhawks finally get to play in Allen Fieldhouse when they face Siena on Friday.


[Frank Jackson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils drives in the lane against Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.]
[Chance Comanche #21 of the Arizona Wildcats attempts a shot against the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners during the second half of the college basketball game at McKale Center on November 15, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona.]
[Nov 15, 2016; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears forward Johnathan Motley (5) drives on Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher (25) during the second half at Ferrell Center. Baylor won 66-49.]
[Nov 15, 2016; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) dunks the ball in front of St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers guard Glenn Sanabria (10) during the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia won 72-32.]
[Nov 15, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) drives against Michigan State Spartans guard Eron Harris (14) and Michigan State Spartans forward Nick Ward (44) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Kentucky won 69-48.]
[Creighton center Justin Patton (23) celebrates a dunk during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Creighton won 79-67.]
[Syracuse guard John Gillon drives to the basket against Holy Cross guard Robert Champion during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Syracuse won 90-46.]
[North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks (3) reaches for a rebound with Long Beach State's Gabe Levin (0), Mason Riggins (5) and Evan Payne (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.]
[Rhode Island's Jared Terrell (32) dribbles the ball up court after stealing it from Marist's Khallid Hart (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in South Kingstown, R.I.]
[West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip (12) fouls Mississippi Valley State guard Darrell Riley (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va.]
[Notre Dame's Kathryn Westbeld (33) falls onto Fordham's Hannah Missry (25) under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in South Bend, Ind.]
[Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett (5) shoots against Buffalo forward Quate McKinzie (24) and forward Nick Perkins (33) in the first half an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Cincinnati.]
[Iowa State guard Monte Morris reacts after getting fouled during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mount St. Mary's, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.]
[Nov 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats guard Troy Caupain (10) drives down court against Albany Great Danes forward Mike Rowley (10) during the second half at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati won 74-51.]
[Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball during the game against the William and Mary Tribe at KFC YUM! Center on November 14, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.]
[Nov 14, 2016; Waco, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Nicole Kornet (0) and Baylor Bears guard Kristy Wallace (4) fall to the court during the second half at Ferrell Center. Baylor won 84-70.]
[Villanova guard Mikal Bridges (25) and Purdue forward Vince Edwards (12) go for the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.]
[Connecticut's Kia Nurse steals the ball from Florida State's Shakayla Thomas in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla.]
[Duke's Amile Jefferson #21 and Chase Jeter #2 struggle for possession of a rebound with Grand Canyon's Darion Clark during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Nov. 12. Duke won 96-61.]
[Duke's Frank Jackson #15 and Grayson Allen #3 guard Grand Canyon's Fiifi Aidoo #1 during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Nov. 12. Duke won 96-61.]
[Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen #3 reacts after scoring a three point shot against the Grand Canyon Lopes in the first half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.]
[Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives against Malik Morgan #13 of the Tulane Green Wave during the first half of a game at the Smoothie King Center on Nov. 11, in New Orleans.]
[Jaylen Johnson #10 of the Louisville Cardinals fights for position against David Howard #44 and Duane Gibson #25 of the Evansville Purple Aces in the first half of the game at KFC YUM! Center on Nov. 11, in Louisville. Louisville defeated Evansville 78-47.]
[Derek Willis #35 of the Kentucky Wildcats and Josh Huntley #5 of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks battle for the ball during the game at Rupp Arena on Nov. 11, in Lexington, Ken.]
[Josh Hart #3 of Villanova attempt a shot as Myles Cherry #54 of Lafayette defends during the second half of a game at The Pavilion on Nov. 11, in Villanova, Penn. Villanova defeated Lafayette 88-48.]
[Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers steals a pass intended for Albert Christensson #4 of the Central Arkansas Bears during the first half of a game at the Kohl Center on Nov. 11, in Madison, Wisc.]
[Josh Hart #3 of Villanova attempts a shot as Nick Lindner #11 and Kyle Stout #24 of Lafayette defend during the second half of a game at The Pavilion on Nov. 11, in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Villanova defeated Lafayette 88-48.]
[Tobias Sjoberg #11 of the Marist Red Foxes battles Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils for a rebound during the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Nov. 11, in Durham, N.C.]
[Utah Valley guard Conner Toolson, right, shoots against Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews #4 during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Nov. 11.]
[Arizona guard Kadeem Allen, right, controls a rebound as teammate center Dusan Ristic, left, looks on while playing against Michigan State in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Armed Forces Classic, Nov. 11, in Honolulu.]
[Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett #5 is fouled as he is defended by Lehigh guard Austin Price, center, and forward Pat Andree, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Nov. 11, in Cincinnati. Xavier won 84-81.]
[Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby #3 drives to the basket against Kansas Jayhawks forward Carlton Bragg Jr. #15 at Stan Sheriff Center on Nov. 11.]
[Marist Red Foxes forward Ryan Funk #30 and guard Richie Mitchell #0 block out Duke Blue Devils forward Javin DeLaurier #12 during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke won 94-49 on Nov. 11.]
[Louisville Cardinals forward Jaylen Johnson #10 and guard Donovan Mitchell #45 battle Evansville Aces forward Solomon Hainna #5 and guard Christian Benzon #2 for a rebound during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Evansville 78-47 on Nov. 11.]
[Virginia Cavaliers guard Devon Hall #0 and forward Jarred Reuter #31 fight for the ball from UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward Jordy Kuiper #32 at Greensboro Coliseum. Virginia wins 76-51 over the Spartans on Nov. 11.]Previous SlideNext Slide
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Heisman Trophy-winning football player Rashaan Salaam, 42, was found dead in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday night.

Salaam’s body was discovered in Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, according to a statement from the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. 

An investigation into Salaam’s death is underway, the Boulder County Police Department told The Huffington Post, but there is no indication of foul play or a threat to the community.

Salaam, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, was a star running back at the University of Colorado in the ‘90s. He was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. After college, Salaam played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears for three seasons.

“The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today,” Rick George, the athletic director at the University of Colorado, said in a statement. “We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.”

Salaam most recently lived in Superior, Colorado.

Neither Michael Vick nor Ray Lewis is a coon. They simply have no interest in going toe-to-toe with white supremacy. And Colin Kaepernick has no interest in being a well-behaved, respectable Negro to get a job in the National Football League.

Such behavior will not liberate black people, and he knows it. His stance is bigger than throwing the pigskin, which is what Vick and Lewis fail to grasp in their respectability-laced commentary about Kaepernick.

Vick’s and Lewis’ own muddled pasts with the law—like lying about running a dogfighting ring (Vick) and pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in a case involving the killing of two people (Lewis)—make them curious options to trumpet their respectable instructions to a man who has never been in trouble with the law.

But their murky pasts don’t disqualify them from embracing the respectable mores that have earned the respect of white NFL elites determined to punish Kaepernick for his activism.

In effect, Lewis and Vick have become a reformed version of respectability designed to keep black men like Kaepernick in their place.

To be clear, being respectable is not about “cooning.” Instead, it’s a well-meaning survival tactic, even if it often risks subjugating our humanity for white approval. When Vick advised Kaepernick to cut his hair (a statement he quickly walked back), I believe he was looking out for the player’s best interests. And Lewis’ Facebook video post Tuesday afternoon advising him to stay quiet about his off-the-field social justice work came from a place of sincere concern.

Just play football.

Get a roster spot.

You’ve done your part.

Don’t talk about that race stuff too much.



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