Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 2.4.2014

Stacy Revere

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Kansas Basketball

KU basketball coach Bill Self says Texas defeat 'not the end of earth' | CJOnline.com
Heading into a 6 p.m. Tuesday road game at Baylor, Self has kept his word following the Jayhawks’ 81-69 setback at Texas on Saturday. In the past few days, Self has mostly avoided criticizing his players and team, instead shrugging off Saturday’s effort as one of those days.

Column: Wiggins, Jayhawks not likely to repeat UT dud | KUsports.com
I wish life were as simple and easy as Keegan likes to make it sound.

Bill Self tells Seth Davis he's not interested in coaching in the NBA | All Eyes on KU | KUsports.com
Self told Davis he has never received an NBA job offer, and has only had a few people talk to him "generically" about such a scenario. Self added he was happy for Stevens, and he expects Boston's first-year coach to eventually experience success with the Celtics, which should help other college coaches land NBA jobs in the future.

Getting reacquainted with Baylor | Smithology | KUsports.com
The 76-70 victory over the Cowboys (then ranked No. 8 in the country) proved, at most, the people who voted Baylor into the top 10 back in December weren't completely off the mark or, at least, the Bears could beat a team in the Big 12 not named TCU. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. The good news for Drew is his players shouldn't enter tonight's home game against No. 8 Kansas staggering. You'll remember the Bears (now 14-7 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12) lost, 78-68, at Kansas on Jan. 20.

Don’t panic: Self steadies ship after loss as KU preps for Baylor | KUsports.com
“I told our team, ‘Guys, you weren’t going to run the table and might not lose just one, may not lose just two, who knows?”’ Self said Monday, referring to his frank message to the 2013-14 Jayhawks, a bit shell-shocked after Saturday’s 81-69 setback against Texas in Austin.

Football

KU football picks up commitment from one of top prospects in Dallas | KUsports.com
Avery, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star prospect who ranks as the 87th best player in Texas and the 43rd best “athlete” in the nation, chose Kansas via the hat ceremony live on a Dallas news station. Won a hatter!

Sign of the times: Does National Letter of Intent need reform? - CBSSports.com
The National Letter of Intent is a three-page document that represents a combination of Golden Ticket, American Idol pass-through and indentured servitude.

Big 12 success not just about stars in football recruiting - ESPN
According to ESPN’s recruiting rankings, only Alabama and Florida have landed more four- and five-star players in the last four years than Texas. In fact, other than Oklahoma, the Longhorns have signed roughly four times more four- and five-star players than every other program in the Big 12.

How Big 12's top football recruits in 2010 panned out - ESPN
As we close in on national signing day, it’s an appropriate time to look back at how the top Big 12 recruits from four years ago performed.

Examining the pre signing day flipping epidemic -- college football recruiting - ESPN
For Cook, No. 21 in the ESPN 300, reality struck as college coaches lined his doorstep in December to offer their in-person pitches. "I started hearing the same thing from every school," Cook said. "I had to be like, 'Hey, it's a business.' I decided I had to do what was best for me, not them." Every coach, according to Cook, told him he could be "the greatest."

Devonte Field of TCU Horned Frogs attacked, robbed at gunpoint - ESPN Dallas
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has declined to press charges after telling Fort Worth police that he was attacked at his home, was robbed and had his life threatened at gunpoint early Tuesday. (Odd)

General News

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Recap - February 03, 2014 - ESPN
It took some extra effort, but Iowa State finally got it done. DeAndre Kane had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the 16th-ranked Cyclones defeat No. 19 Oklahoma State 98-97 in triple overtime on Monday night. It was Iowa State's first in Stillwater since March 2, 1988 -- a span of 18 games.

Fans Turn Marcus Smart Flopping Picture Into Comedy Gold |
It is no secret to college basketball fans by now, Marcus Smart flops, a lot. Some find this to be brilliant, and look at it as a way to help his team win games.

the kenpom.com blog (Daily Kenpom lesson)
From the archives in 2010: Question - when Texas A&M beat Washington 63-62 in College Station last Saturday, were you convinced that the Aggies were the better team? If you are like most fans and media members, you were. However, if anything, that result proved the opposite.

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