Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 1.29.13

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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 1.29.13

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Mono-dramatic: Jayhawks sloppy in new jerseys | KUsports.com
“We don’t have to burn ’em since we won,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks’ 61-56 victory over West Virginia on Monday night in WVU Coliseum.

Opinion: Guard play concern for KU | KUsports.com
“Elijah just made a bad play,” Self said. “The whole play was for him to drive it. The lane was open. Andrew didn’t relocate right, and we just threw it to them for a layup. That happened two or three times in the first half. We’ve got to do better with that. You can’t close halves out like that. The worse you can be is be up by 10, the worst, when you’re playing for one shot and to do that is ridiculous. We’ve got to get better in that area.”

Releford, Withey lead KU past West Virginia 61-56 - KansasCity.com
The night had dragged on, pushing toward midnight on the East Coast, and Kansas had fought off West Virginia for the better part of the second half. Now, Ben McLemore had scored six straight points, and the Jayhawks led by six, and Releford slipped open one more time.

Travis Releford impresses Bill Self, takes top honor | The KUsports.com Ratings | KUsports.com
Afterwards, Kansas coach Bill Self called Releford "by far our best player." The senior once again posted an efficient offensive line, tying the team lead with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

No. 2 Jayhawks overcome 16 turnovers to win 18th in a row | CJOnline.com
Turned out, the Jayhawks overcame both Huggy’s reputation and his dry ink, overcoming 16 turnovers and 16 missed free throws to trip West Virginia, 61-56.

Bob Huggins: KU's Bill Self 'a guy who can really coach' | KUsports.com
“Kansas is good,” Huggins said. “It’s not like they’re one of those teams that plays nobody in the preseason and gets ranked. They play people in the preseason. Bill (Self) does a great job. They’re playing three fifth-year seniors. They’re playing a sophomore (red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore) that played with them in practice every day (of second semester), wasn’t allowed to participate, but practiced with them, and from what I hear may be a top-five pick in the draft.

Kansas vs. Michigan: There can be only one - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Because they haven't lost since the first week of the season. I'm not wild about the poll-voting tendency to weigh recent losses more heavily than those from weeks ago. At least at this point of the season, it can obscure the larger data set in favor of a handful of games. But, you know what? I'm sorry, Kansas' record is legitimately impressive.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - NCAA Basketball - ESPN
Up to no. 2

La Salle's growth, a March Madness sleeper and other Monday musings - college basketball - ESPN
I have four All-Americans if the season ended today: Doug McDermott (Creighton), Trey Burke (Michigan), Ben McLemore (Kansas) and Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga). The fifth spot is wide-open.

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