Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas Jayhawks set their sights on yet another Big 12 title, as they welcome the Oklahoma Sooners to the Allen Fieldhouse for a conference clash on Monday evening. You catch all the action live on TSN at 9pm et/6pm pt. With a win here, the Jayhawks will clinch at least a share of their 10th straight regular-season crown. Kansas moved to 12-2 in conference play with Saturdays demolition of nationally-ranked Texas, 85-54. The win over the Longhorns gives Bill Selfs squad a three-game cushion atop the standings with four to play. Lon Krugers Sooners would like nothing better than to prevent a Kansas celebration here and in the process bolster an already solid NCAA Tournament resume. Oklahoma comes into this game with a 20-7 overall record, including a 9-5 mark in-conference. The team has won two straight games, including an impressive 86-73 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. Kansas has a firm grip on the all-time series with Oklahoma, with a 140-65 advantage. The Jayhawks have won 11 of the last 12 meetings and are seeking a regular-season sweep after posting a 90-83 win in Norman back on Jan. 8. Oklahoma took advantage of a sluggish first half by Kansas State, taking a 41-22 lead into halftime. the Wildcats shot 58.1 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes, but the Sooners countered with 60 percent accuracy in the second half to keep KSU at arms length and earn the win. Buddy Hield led the way with 18 points, followed closely by Isaiah Cousins and his 17. Cameron Clark and Jordan Woodard also notched double figures in the victory, finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Sooners are a dangerous offensive squad, ranking 12th in the nation at 82.7 ppg. The team is shooting a solid .452 from the floor, as well as a .744 clip from the free-throw line (521-of-700). Krugers squad has benefited from continuity, as the team has enjoyed the same starting lineup for all 27 games thus far, with all five players averaging double figures in scoring. Hield has been the best of the bunch at 16.7 ppg. Clark is next in line at 15.2 ppg. Woodard can both score (11.0 ppg) and distribute (4.7 apg) at a high rate. Cousins (10.5 ppg) and Ryan Spangler (10.3 ppg) round out the potent quintet. The 6-foot-8 Spangler has also made his presence felt on the glass, leading the Big 12 in rebounding at 9.6 rpg. Kansas may have a young roster, but the team has played like a veteran group. Offensively, the Jayhawks can hang with just about any team, averaging 79.7 ppg. The overall efficiency is what makes KU so dangerous, ranking second in the nation in field-goal percentage (.503). The team has also done a great job on the boards, with a +7.8 rebounding margin. Depth is also a strength, with four of the five starters averaging double figures. Freshman star Andrew Wiggins leads the charge with 16.4 ppg, Sophomore Perry Ellis (13.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and freshman Joel Embiid (11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg,2.6 bpg) are a formidable frontcourt tandem. Freshman Wayne Selden Jr. (10.1 ppg) and junior Naadir Tharpe (8.7 ppg, 5.2 apg) complete the starting five in Lawrence. One of Kansas conference losses this season came against the Longhorns, so it was no surprise to see the Jayhawks bounce back with an emphatic victory at home this past weekend. KU made light work of Texas by blowing out the visitors in the first half and taking an insurmountable 46-18 lead into intermission. Wiggins led the way offensively with a game-high 21 points. Frank Mason came off the bench to tally 14 points, while Embiid did his thing down low, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots and in the process set the schools freshman record for blocked shots in a season (68). Joe Allen Wales Jersey
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"Obviously I had some success last year, but it was a 48-game season," said van Riemsdyk, ahead of the season opener in Montreal on Tuesday. "This will be a full season to really, I dont know if prove myself is the right word, but just keep continuing to take strides as far as consistency. "I think thats the big thing you find that separates guys in this league is their consistency. If youre able to be consistent night in and night out I think thats what makes you a better player and more reliable player so thats what Im going to continue to try to do." Just as Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and James Reimer thrived with breakout campaigns in the lockout-shortened schedule of 2013, van Riemsdyk too will be challenged with demonstrating similar production over 82 games this winter. With an imposing stature, speedy wheels and easy hands, the tools are certainly there for him to become a dominant power winger, an evolution Joffrey Lupul realized in totality upon his arrival in Toronto. "With his size and his skill, he can score that pretty goal where he dangles a [defender] and goes in and snipes, but he also gets a lot of greasy goals; battling in front, hes not afraid to stand in there," James Reimer observed. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle prodded van Riemsdyk to put those to gifts to use with greater consistency early last season, preaching that he establish a Holmstrom-like presence around the net. Evident in stretches a year ago, the test will be to become more consistent in that regard this season. "Hes impressed me," said David Clarkson, who faced off against van Riemsdyk as a Devil. "I think you dont really see what a player has until you practice with him. "Hes got the size, hes got the hands and hes shown what he can do in this league.dddddddddddd" While conceding that he has more to offer in the future, van Riemsdyk also suggested that his performance in Toronto last season was more a by-product of opportunity after being wedged behind a talented group of forwards with the Flyers for the three seasons prior. "…in my time in Philadelphia I showed when I was given the opportunity that I was able to produce and here I got a more consistent opportunity and I think I was able to consistently produce a little bit more," said van Riemsdyk, who averaged upwards of 19 minutes last season, substantially more than the 15 or so he garnered in Philly. Taking full advantage of the increased ice-time at the outset, van Riemsdyk scored 12 goals in his first 22 games as a Leaf before cooling down the stretch with only six snipes in the final 26 games. When the playoffs began, however, it was the playoff-tested van Riemsdyk that emerged to the forefront once more. He was perhaps the lone player in blue who appeared at home in a chaotic Game 1 loss. Much like the tease he offered in the 2011 playoffs – 7 goals in 11 games – van Riemsdyk showed signs of domination against the Bruins over the course of the first round matchup, finishing with seven points in what proved a heartbreaking 7-game series. Inked to what now looks to be a cap-friendly deal stretching beyond the 2016-2017 season – $4.25 million annual cap hit – van Riemsdyk is in line to take another leap this season, perhaps even adding responsibility on the penalty kill for Carlyle. "I got an opportunity last year to play in some key roles and some key minutes and I think I was able to take advantage of that and now Im going to have to continue to do that this year," he said. Whether the Leafs can climb to another level this season will in part lie in how the class of emerging youth in the lineup rises or falls. Can van Riemsdyk knock down the door with 30 goals? Can Kadri and Franson re-establish impressive 2013 production over a full 82-game slate? Can Jake Gardiner regain his rookie form and inject a whirling offensive force on the back-end? Can Jonathan Bernier realize the pedigree and potential he offered in glimpses with the Kings? And what of Reimer, can he stave off a challenger to the crease and cast aside doubts once more? Answers to those questions will help determine whether the Leafs can build on a surprising 2013 and climb new heights this season. ' ' '