College basketball notebook: WVU's Staten, Iowa State's Kane named 1st-team all-Big 12
Junior guard Juwan Staten of West Virginia and Schenley product DeAndre Kane, a senior guard at Iowa State, earned All-Big 12 first-team honors Sunday by the league's coaches.
Staten, who averaged 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, also was named to the Big 12 all-defensive team. Kane, a Marshall transfer who averaged 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists, was named the league's newcomer of the year.
Iowa State senior forward Melvin Ejim was selected as the Big 12 Player of the Year. He was second in the league with averages of 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.
A pair of Kansas freshmen earned individual awards, with Andrew Wiggins voted the top freshman and 7-foot Joel Embiid the defensive player of the year. Texas' Rick Barnes is coach of the year.
Joining Ejim, Kane, Staten and Wiggins on the All-Big 12 first team is Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart.
West Virginia sophomore guard Eron Harris was named all-Big 12 honorable mention.
WVU, Duquesne learn foes
Duquesne and West Virginia will open postseason play Thursday.
Duquesne (13-16), the No. 10 seed, will play No. 7 Richmond (18-13) at 6:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The winner will meet No. 2-seeded VCU in the quarterfinals.
Sixth-seeded West Virginia (17-14) will play No. 3-seed Texas (22-9) at 9:30 p.m. in the Big 12 quarterfinals at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The winner will play either Oklahoma, Baylor or TCU in the semifinals.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 92-86 win over No. 8 Kansas.
Area teams qualify for NCAA Division II Tournament
The NCAA Division II Tournament released its brackets late Sunday, and several area teams qualified.
The IUP and Gannon men received at-large bids. IUP (23-4) meets West Chester (20-9) at noon Saturday at Atlantic Region host East Stroudsburg, and Gannon (19-9) faces Charleston (19-9) at 8:30 p.m.
The PSAC champion Edinboro women received an automatic bid, and Gannon was awarded an at-large bid.
Gannon (27-3) faces Shaw (21-8) at noon Friday at Atlantic Region host Glenville State, followed by Edinboro (24-5) against Charleston (21-8) at 2:30 p.m.