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The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

SPOTLIGHT

Josh Jack­son Guard, Kansas The 6-foot-8 guard scored a ca­reer-high 31 points, in­clud­ing the win­ning free throw, and added 11 re­bounds in the Jay­hawks’ 80-79 es­cape from Texas Tech. Jack­son is the first Kansas player with at least 30 points and 10 re­bounds in a game since Thomas Robin­son on Dec. 31, 2011, ac­cord­ing to ESPN Stats & Info. “I thought about ask­ing him, like af­ter the game, ‘Hey, Jack­son, can I bor­row a cou­ple hun­dred dol­lars?’ ” Texas Tech Coach Chris Beard told re­porters. “‘I’ll pay you back next year when you’re in Lubbock.’ Be­cause he’s not com­ing back to Lubbock. He’ll be a one-year player in the Big 12. He’s spe­cial.”

STOCK UP

Is the flawed Rat­ing Per­cent­age In­dex washed up as a mea­sure of se­lect­ing the NCAA tour­na­ment field? Maybe not, if the pre­lim­i­nary rank­ings of the top 16 over­all seeds re­leased Satur­day are any in­di­ca­tion. More teams’ seeds hewed closer to RPI than to any other met­ric, par­tic­u­larly No. 2 over­all seed Kansas (ranked third na­tion­ally in RPI, ninth by KenPom.com), No. 6 Florida State (6, 13), No. 9 Ari­zona (9, 22) and No. 13 But­ler (8, 24). Ex­cep­tions were No. 4 Gon­zaga (10, 1) and No. 14 West Vir­ginia (33, 4). Of course, it means noth­ing un­til Se­lec­tion Sun­day.

STOCK DOWN

Xavier’s hopes to be a post­sea­son threat might rest upon Trevon Blui­ett’s an­kle. And for one day, at least, it’s not en­cour­ag­ing. Blui­ett, sec­ond in the Big East in scor­ing, ap­peared to ag­gra­vate his sprained right an­kle mid­way through the first half against No. 2 Vil­lanova and had to be helped off the court. He did not re­turn and fin­ished the Mus­ke­teers’ 7357 loss with­out a point for the first time in his ca­reer. Xavier (18-7, 8-4 Big East) al­ready is miss­ing point guard Ed­mond Sum­ner, who suf­fered a sea­so­nend­ing knee in­jury last month. Se­nior Myles Davis, last sea­son’s start­ing point guard, played only three games this sea­son be­fore leav­ing the team last month. Into that vac­uum stepped fresh­man point guard Quentin Goodin, who played a ca­reer-high 40 min­utes Satur­day . . . and was 1 for 14 from the field for three points.

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