3-point shot: McLemore tests KU's patience

December, 14, 2011
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1. Kansas State and West Virginia started a home-and-home series this season with the first game a double-overtime thriller on a neutral court in Wichita. But what happens to the return game if the Mountaineers leave the Big East for the Big 12 next season? Kansas State coach Frank Martin said he has talked to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and if the Mountaineers get in the league next season they may play three times in the regular season. “If he wants to do it, then I’ll do it,’’ said Martin of two league home-and-home games and then a return game in West Virginia from the previous contract. “I’m not sure two teams have played three times in a regular season before. But if we don’t then Huggs said maybe he’ll just give us the one [in Wichita without a return].’’

2. Kansas ineligible freshman Ben McLemore was arrested Tuesday for failing to show for a court appearance for underage possession of alcohol. It will be interesting to see how McLemore handles this latest setback. He was billed as the second-best pro prospect on the roster next to Thomas Robinson. I don’t see KU giving up on McLemore since they have worked too hard on having him make an impact on this program. But he’s not making things easier on the school. Still, KU will have to continue to show patience as McLemore deals with this setback and gets ready to start practicing in his second semester before potentially coming in 2012-13.

3. Villanova’s comeback win over Boston University Tuesday night isn’t going to put the Wildcats into NCAA contention. But it will go down as one of the most important non-conference wins of the season for ‘Nova. Villanova, which had lost four of the last five, heads to hot Saint Joe’s Saturday for the first time ever. After a home game against American the Big East tour begins with road games at West Virginia and Marquette. Yikes.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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