Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.12.13

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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.12.13

Kansas Basketball

Jayhawks: ‘There’s nothing to celebrate’ | KUsports.com
“I wouldn’t say we’ve celebrated at all,” KU senior center Jeff Withey said. “We lost when we won it. It’s not a very good way to win it.”

2012-2013 NBCSports.com Postseason Awards | CollegeBasketballTalk
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jeff Withey, Kansas

Kansas loses badly to Baylor, but a reminder: Bill Self is unreal - CBSSports.com
Back to Kansas. Even in spite of the loss, if any of you Kansas fans wants to cue up some criticism of Self, check out these numbers first. All but maybe five programs in the country would trade their coach for yours because of a resume like this.

Kansas is keen on parlaying one trip to KC into two - KansasCity.com
The trip back home was slow and quiet. Some Kansas players took the time to process a lost opportunity. Some just needed a few hours to rest after a grueling 18-game conference season.

Kansas Football

Kansas WR Justin McCay out to prove himself | KUsports.com
“The depth chart is where they perceive us to be,” McCay said. “But we all gotta perform. You can go from last to the top, so the depth chart doesn’t really matter, you just gotta go out there and compete every day.”

Big 12 Regular Season Champ Talk

Fans flock to Bramlage Coliseum to celebrate Wildcats’ Big 12 title - KansasCity.com
This will be the last time I mention it and I really could care less about dwelling on it. I have good friends and family who went to K-State and my hatred always existed with the Missouri side way more than the Kansas State side. However, one side throws a celebration and cuts down nets when they back into a Big 12 title. The other does nothing. Look neither side went out and won this thing, both backed in so to speak, unless of course you look at the obvious two game sweep completed by the Jayhawks over the Wildcats. Either way both sides deserve the title because that's the rule and that's the way it was when it started, so hat tip to Kansas and Kansas State for that. But if you look at it for what it really is you have one team that seems disappointed for not having seized the moment and the team that was swept holds an odd, random net cutting ceremony at a arbitrary time slot with a few thousand fans. I'm glad I'm on what I perceive to be the right side of these two perspectives. That said, I do really hope that the seniors on this Kansas team at least understand how big of a deal it was to keep the streak alive and how appreciative we are as fans, but I am also glad they are acting like they've been there before, they expect more and they realize they left a little on the table.

College Basketball

Gonzaga Bulldogs still No. 1 in AP poll; Duke Blue Devils rise to No. 2 - ESPN
Down to six, G'Town jumps us despite also losing.

Small-Conference Entertainment Complex claims Middle Tennessee State, Stony Brook | One And One - SI.com
The Blue Raiders won the Sun Belt’s full double round-robin 20-game regular-season schedule by five games. Five! In an 11-team league! They went 19-1, with the only loss coming in overtime on the road. Their reward for that dominance? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. They had to play a quarterfinal game against an 8-seed. They didn’t get homecourt advantage in any round, as the event is held in Hot Springs, Ark. They had utterly destroyed a league over a couple of months, and the powers that be thought it would be a great idea to see if they could win three more games. And they couldn’t.

Sporting News college basketball All-Americans, 2012-13 - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Withey second team, McLemore third. Would anyone have ever guessed Jeff Withey would be an All American three years ago?

2012-2013 NBCSports.com All-American Team | CollegeBasketballTalk
Two on the third team here.

Opinion: Big 12 better than it seemed | KUsports.com
How deep? So deep that the Big 12 coaches didn’t vote Jackson onto the five-man first team. Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey of Kansas, Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder and Oklahoma’s Romero Osby beat out Jackson. (The media gave Jackson the nod over Osby).

Barkley: Kentucky (And Other Players) Should’ve Stayed in School | ZagsBlog.com
“Kentucky had six guys and ain’t none of them made an impact [in the NBA], not one,” Barkley told SNY.tv Monday morning at the Turner Sports and CBS Sports NCAA Tournament media day.

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