College basketball short takes

  • Updated: February 7, 2014 - 9:37 PM

There has been plenty of chatter about Kansas big man Tarik Black potentially playing at the next level. But which sport, exactly? Apparently that is up for debate.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently told Bill Self that Black would have a tryout with the Packers, the Kansas coach said on his weekly radio show, according to KUsports.com.

“He said, ‘I want to try that guy at tight end,’ ” Self said of Black. “I said, ‘Tight end? He can’t go across the middle and get hit.’ But then I started thinking about it ... they [NFL teams] love to have basketball players. He [Rodgers] said, ‘I want to throw balls at him and see what he can do.’ Certainly [Black] is a phenomenal athlete for his size.”

• John Gasaway points out in his weekly “Tuesday Truths” that the difference in Wisconsin’s recent slump has been “all about threes.” Going into Tuesday’s game at Illinois, the Badgers had lost five of six games, and they had allowed opponents to shoot 39 percent of their attempts from three-point range in that stretch, while managing only 28 percent themselves. Wisconsin connected on 10 of 23 three-pointers in its tromping of Illinois, however, so maybe the Badgers are back on track heading into their home game against Michigan State on Sunday.

• The Gophers’ Saturday opponent, Indiana, features 6-10 freshman Noah Vonleh as the most efficient player on a team that is lackluster offensively at times. But Inside the Hall’s Seth Hendrickson pointed out that the Hoosiers struggle to get the ball in the forward’s hands for long stretches. Hendrickson breaks down Vonleh’s usage (when a player registers a field-goal attempt, free-throw attempt or turnover) in every possession, noticing that Indiana essentially goes to him less and less as the game goes on. Not only that, but over the course of the season, the Hoosiers have only gotten worse at targeting Vonleh, Hendrickson shows. That’s not a recipe for success.

• ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan pointed out this nugget: The current top nine teams in the AP poll — Syracuse (ACC), Arizona (Pac-12), Florida (SEC), Wichita State (Missouri Valley), San Diego State (West Coast), Villanova (Big East), Cincinnati (American Athletic), Kansas (Big 12) and Michigan State (Big Ten) — all come from different conferences. It’s the first time that has happened since Jan. 31, 1984.

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