Emotions ran high as the arena counted down the final minutes before the first puck dropped.

In September, Graham told ESPN.com he returned to Kansas and rejected a chance to turn pro because he wanted to finish his senior season and bounce back from the “B-minus” season he had in 2016-17.

If 13.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 38.8 percent from the 3-point line and 79.3 percent from the charity stripe is a B-minus season, then the rest of the Big 12 should fear what’s ahead with Graham replacing Wooden Award winner Frank Mason as KU’s catalyst.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (13.8 percent): Starting tight end Jordan Reed left the team’s Week 8 game because of injury, opening the door to the possibility of Davis stepping in again to fill his role. Davis remains a plus athlete for the position and a player who, when called upon, has been a reliable piece of the offense. He has four games with 50 or more receiving yards already this season and should crack our top 12 tight end ranks for Week 9 if Reed sits.

There were video tributes from players around the league, and another from famous musicians, to declare themselves on Vegas’s team.

The Astros wanted desperately to wrap up their first title in franchise history amid a sea of orange here in Houston. Saturday’s 6-2 loss eliminated that possibility. But they return to Los Angeles needing only one victory with a fresh Justin Verlander on tap Tuesday night. Verlander threw only 79 pitches at Chavez Ravine last week, and Hinch resisted the temptation to use him for an inning or two of relief between starts over the weekend.

The question is, who will Hinch go to in the late innings if Verlander is unable to crank it up and go the distance? Hinch went to Chris Devenski for the save Sunday night, and that didn’t work out so well when a Yasiel Puig homer and a Chris Taylor RBI single turned a 12-9 Houston lead into a 12-12 tie in the ninth.
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