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.”
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.
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.