Big 12 M5: 10.17.12 Edition

Posted by Nate Kotisso on October 17th, 2012

  1. We knew Texas and UCLA were playing a non-conference game in Houston but now we know that this will be much more than just a game. Coaches Rick Barnes and Ben Howland held a conference call yesterday to officially announce the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but the good news is that it’s going to be an annual event. The showcase will feature the women’s teams from Texas and UCLA first followed by the men’s team next on December 8. The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is a big part of Houston’s “mini-hospital city” known as the Texas Medical Center. Part of their renown comes from the successful Proton Therapy Center within M.D. Anderson, which provides treatment of tumors in the prostate, lungs, head, neck, esophagus and brain. Hopefully we’ll see this game in support of this great hospital for many years to come.
  2. Hey look, today is Big 12 Media Day and the Big 12’s official site has all the bases covered. You can watch all 10 head coaches including a select amount of players speak to the media live in 5- and 10-minute intervals. There’s also a full schedule of events as well as a media guide to look over instead of doing dumb, stupid work. Now we’re just t-minus two weeks until the exhibition games get started. Awesome.
  3. Texas Tech is currently one of the worst situations in college basketball but interim head coach Chris Walker is going to pour everything he has into this season. This year is essentially his job interview to prove to athletic director Kirby Hocutt and the fans that he’s deserving of a long-term contract in Lubbock. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal gives us a glimpse into Chris Walker, the coach and the man.
  4. Last night ESPN aired another outstanding 30 for 30 film called There’s No Place Like Home (I assume it was outstanding because every film preceding this usually is). The story follows the journey of one Kansas fan’s desire to bring James Naismith’s official document of the rules of basketball to Lawrence, Kansas. A review from The Wichita Eagle claims that there’s not as much drama in this film as there normally is in other 30 for 30s but I’d say it’s still worth a watch. History’s always cool. If you’re like me and you missed it, here’s when and where you can watch a replay of the film. (Then you’ll have to click “Upcoming Schedule” across the middle of the page).
  5. It may not seem that way now but TCU is looking like a program on the rise. They have last year’s Mountain West Freshman of the Year (Kyan Anderson), Sixth Man of the Year (Amric Fields) and Arkansas transfer Devonta Abron, who was a key reserve on the Razorbacks a season ago. TCU360 takes you on a grand tour of a team in transition and one that I believe will not finish last in the Big 12 this year. Strong claim, right?
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