Monday’s roundup: No. 1 Kansas romps past No. 23 Texas
Austin, Texas — Perry Ellis scored 20 points and top-ranked Kansas rolled over No. 23 Texas, 86-56, on Monday night, an emphatic exclamation point that clinched the outright Big 12 championship for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks already had earned at least a share of a 12th straight crown and settled the question of whether they would get to claim it as their own in the opening minutes with a barrage of 3-pointers, a steady diet of points from Ellis and defense that gave the Longhorns nothing easy.
Kansas (26-4, 14-3) made 11 3-pointers, led by 24 points by halftime and sent Texas’ sellout home crowd headed to the exits early. Ellis finished 9-of-11 from the field.
Frank Mason III added 14 points for the Jayhawks.
Javan Felix scored 13 points for Texas (19-11, 10-7), which has never beaten a No. 1-ranked opponent in nine tries.
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(At) No. 8 North Carolina 75, Syracuse 70: Brice Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tar Heels in their home finale.
Joel Berry II added 13 points and two key late free throws for North Carolina (24-6, 13-4 Atlantic Coast), who led by as many as 13 points after halftime but had plenty of trouble putting the game away against Syracuse’s zone.
Michael Gbinije scored 17 points to lead the Orange (19-11, 9-8).
(At) No. 21 Iowa State 58, Oklahoma State 50: Abdel Nader scored 19 and Georges Niang added 17 with 10 rebounds for the Cyclones.
Jameel McKay had six points with 10 rebounds for Iowa State (21-9, 10-7 Big 12).
Tavarius Shine, Jeff Newberry and Joe Burton all scored nine points for Oklahoma State (12-18, 3-14), which has lost five straight.
Three Minnesota men’s basketball players were suspended after an illicit video appeared on one of their social media accounts.
The three are not under investigation for any criminal charges, The Associated Press reported.
The clip was posted Friday on Kevin Dorsey’s Instagram and Twitter feeds before being disabled about a half-hour later. Dorsey and fellow guards Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were benched for Sunday’s loss at Illinois.
A university statement, citing educational data privacy, said additional information on the punishment will not be shared “at this time.”
Vanderbilt has been fined $100,000 by the Southeastern Conference after fans stormed the court Saturday following the Commodores’ 74-62 victory over Kentucky. Fines start at $50,000, but this was a second offense for Vanderbilt, which also was fined in 2007 after its victory over No. 1 Florida.