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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 1.31.12

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Kansas Basketball

Depth potential factor with new Big 12 grind |
It's been touched on several times since Saturday, but Kansas has the lowest bench production in the league. That hurts.

Bill Self worried about energy |
“It’s not about playing hard. I’m talking about just being enthusiastic, energetic. When we do that, we’re pretty good. When we are not (energized), we don’t appear to be near as athletic and don’t seem to make plays that players make when games are tight."

Bracketology 2012: Conference Grind Creates Shifting NCAA Tournament Landscape -
Not sure how you can put Baylor in as a top seed. Then again, not sure who I'd argue for.

Weekly walkthrough: Big showdown in Big 12 - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Kansas (17-4, 7-1 Big 12) at Missouri (19-2, 6-2), Saturday 9 p.m. Streaks can be overrated in sports. Championships mostly aren’t, unless they’re regular-season college basketball league titles – which rarely are suitably acknowledged. So what about a streak of league titles? Kansas has won seven Big 12 regular seasons in a row. This night may decide if there’ll be an eighth.

Kansas Football

QB Turner Baty eager to compete |
“I think the biggest selling point for me was that I loved all the guys. But I think one of the other things is that the coaches told me, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to come in and play. We do not have depth at quarterback, and we will play the best guy no matter what.’ They said right away, ‘You’re gonna be competing for No. 1.’”

Big-game experience: Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera relishes second chance |
Very cool opportunity for Rivera

Charlie Weis hoping to learn from past, rebuild Jayhawks - NCAA Football -
Some more National press for the new head man.

Weis offers Parmalee chance to prove recruiters wrong |
An article about one of Weis's first commitments and a local player at that.

Big 12

Dixon, Mizzou slip past Texas 67-66 -
Texas is pretty bad. Couldn't stay in front of Mizzou all night and then they had no help defense. I'm concerned about Teahan defensively on Saturday because I don't think he can effectively contain any of the Tiger guards. I know it's popular to write of Mizzou's chances, but right now we're going to have to win this league, they aren't going to go away.

A little recruiting talk

Recruiting bust Bobby Sabelhaus becoming star in Hollywood - Andy Staples -
Just an interesting story about the inexact science of evaluating talent.