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Friday, October 21, 2011
3-point shots: Would SEC kill KU-Mizzou?

By Andy Katz

1. Amid speculation of Missouri possibly leaving for the SEC, Kansas coach Bill Self reiterated that he sees no need to continue the Missouri-Kansas rivalry if the two teams aren’t in the same league. “I don’t feel any obligation to play Missouri,’’ said Self at Thursday’s Big 12 media day in Kansas City. “The Missouri fans want us to play, but I’m not sure Kansas fans care. If they’re not in our league then we should do what’s best for us. If it’s to play them in the Sprint Center, then so be it. But I’m not sure that will be the case.’’

2. Iona and Fairfield should have one of the best conference title races in the country now that Lamont Jones has been granted a waiver to play this season without sitting out after transferring from Arizona. The Gaels have quite a trio with Jones, Michael Glover and Scott Machado to go against Fairfield’s Derek Needham and Rakim Sanders. Don’t be shocked to see the winner of the MAAC as a team capable of pulling an upset in the NCAA tournament.

3. Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said Thursday that the Tigers have sold 18,000 season tickets. He said he has to keep 700 tickets available for opposing teams and a few others that the department can sell on gameday. This figure speaks volumes about to the interest in college basketball in Memphis, where coach Josh Pastner says there's as much pressure to win as any top-10 gig. Johnson can’t get a return call from the Big East so clearly the Tigers aren’t on the league's wish list. But the Tigers’ fans clearly are showing their commitment, as they always have. Memphis is the pick to win Conference USA and was ranked No. 9 in the country in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday.