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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 1.28.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 1.28.12


Kansas Basketball

First ascent: Mountaineers, Huggins await Jayhawks |
As of today, however, the teams coached by Bill Self (two Final Fours, one NCAA title) and Bob Huggins (two Final Fours) classify as strangers preparing to meet for the first time in the history of the two proud programs.

KU’s Elijah Johnson trying to shake off shooting slump -
Elijah Johnson thought it all sounded intriguing, maybe even promising. The ball would be in his hands. He could dictate the pace. After three years of waiting, he would be the man charge.

WVU trip a departure from routine for KU |
“I don’t think it’ll feel like a Big 12 game right off the jump, because it’s the first time we’ve been there,” senior Travis Releford said.

Notebook: Elijah Johnson believes shooting will improve; KU will wear alternate unis Monday |
The “tone-out” jerseys have been described as featuring a “more aggressive Crimson and Blue.” They will only be worn during the West Virginia game. KU also will wear “tone-out” warm-ups and shoes. The jerseys are available for sale in the KU store in Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

Opinion: KU not perfect but still deserving of No. 1 spot |
“No,” Self said. “Nor are we deserving.”

Opinion: A look at best recent NCAA Tournament coaches |
Three coaches are responsible for six of the nine national championships since Williams departed Kansas, making room for Bill Self. UConn’s Jim Calhoun, in his first year of retirement, won titles in 2004 and 2011, Williams in 2005 and 2009. Florida’s Billy Donovan won back-to-back titles (2006-2007). Self (2008), Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (2010) and Kentucky’s John Calipari (2012) each won one title during the nine-year stretch.