Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.24.13

Jamie Squire

Today's look around the interwebs.

'Tis the season!  Lots to do today, so I'm getting this to you early.  Hopefully those of you that have to work have a shortened day like I do.

Kansas Basketball

Black on track: ‘Hard work paid off’ for Kansas’ big-man transfer | KUsports.com

Although Black’s Kansas career started slowly, it had more to do with constant foul trouble and less to do with his offensive production. During his first 10 games in a KU uniform — eight of them starts — Black had delivered 11-of-20 shooting, good for 55 percent. After Saturday’s effort, Black is up to 64 percent and feeling good about his game once again.

KU senior Tarik Black named Big 12 newcomer of the week | KUsports.com

Black, a transfer from Memphis, scored a career-high 17 points during the Jayhawks' 86-64 victory over Georgetown at Allen Fieldhouse, KU's first home game since Nov. 22.

Kansas moves up to No. 16 in AP college basketball poll; Seth Davis required Sunday night Twitter reading | Double-Chin Music | KUsports.com

Bill Self: Zone defenses not without merits | KUsports.com

“I think if you ask 100 coaches, 80 would say, ‘If we could really guard, I wouldn’t play anything else (but man),’” Self said. “That’s what we have to get back. Last year’s team was 36.1 (percent field-goal defense). We’ve been in the top 10 in field-goal-percentage defense nine times in 10 years, and one year we were awful: We were 12th in the country. It is our staple, our identity.”

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 23 | KUsports.com

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Wiggins & West.

Kansas Football

Column: Stowers powers recruiting for KU | KUsports.com

Here’s a guy who, just two years ago, was in the same position many of these junior-college prospects find themselves in today — loaded with offers, overwhelmed with questions and unsure which was the right path to take. Today, he’s a returning team captain, a guy who can look these young guys in the eyes and tell them, ‘If you follow my lead, you too can put yourself in this position.’

Misc.

Southern Illinois Salukis love basketball coach Barry Hinson - ESPN

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Arizona Wildcats - Recap - December 23, 2013 - ESPN

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Akron Zips - Recap - December 23, 2013 - ESPN

Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers - Recap - December 23, 2013 - ESPN

Auburn Tigers' Gus Malzahn named AP coach of year - ESPN

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