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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 2.8.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 2.8.13


Kansas Basketball

Just how bad was the loss No. 5 Kansas suffered at TCU? | CollegeBasketballTalk
Just days after saying his team has no point guard, Bill Self sat back and watched as Kansas was thoroughly embarrassed in what was the biggest upset, in terms of RPI difference, in at least 20 years. The Horned Frogs were 270 spots below Kansas in Kenpom’s rankings.

TCU Horned Frogs take big step with upset of Kansas Jayhawks - college basketball - ESPN
"The only thing that we talked about is that we're going to have to keep this thing simple," Johnson said. "When they make runs, we can't do too much. But they didn't shoot the ball well and it happens. It was the perfect storm for us."

Jayhawks vs. Horned Frogs: Calling Kansas' upset loss the year's biggest too limiting - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
“Bad play, bad coaching, bad everything,” coach Bill Self said on the Jayhawk IMG Radio Network, well after the game ended. “This is not a bad loss. It’s an unbelievably bad loss.

Opinion: Could KU be too nice? |
What is it about this team that makes it so different from Self’s others, which all rebounded so well from tough losses? I racked my brain — dug through dead cells, piles of regret and the indestructible sweet tooth running around up there — in search of an answer. A basketball explanation would not suffice. It’s more than this team’s sub-standard point-guard play, more than the broken string of exceptional power forwards (Thomas Robinson, Marcus Morris, Darrell Arthur, a veteran Darnell Jackson, Julian Wright, Wayne Simien, Nick Collison/Drew Gooden). Basketball reasons can explain Oklahoma State, not TCU. More is at play.

Staying the course: Bill Self, Jayhawks not panicking over skid |
Bill Self isn’t going to throw Kansas University’s basketball playbook out the window and start diagramming new offensive and defensive sets.

Kansas Football

Breaking down KU football's latest recruiting class three at a time | Tale of the Tait |
Quick list style review by Tait.

KU football recruiting class gets some national love |
The Sporting News is the national media outlet that has, by far, the most faith in the Jayhawks-to-be. KU’s class landed 25th on the Sporting News’ final team rankings, which were released Wednesday night. No explanation was given, but it seems fair to suggest that the Sporting News clearly values junior-college prospects more than the others.

College Basketball

15 wins that could send bubble teams to tourney, more Hoop Thoughts - College Basketball - Seth Davis -
We have officially entered the Season Of The Mock Bracket. Everywhere online -- most prominently, here on, courtesy of the incomparable Andy Glockner -- you will see lots of projections and bubble watches popping up on your laptop. When you take a closer gander at some of the teams included in the field of 68, you will often ask yourselves: How in the world did they get in?

Can Andrew Wiggins deliver Canada its biggest hoops star in history? - College Basketball - Pete Thamel -
The potential of Andrew Wiggins, the Canadian basketball phenom considered the best high school-aged player in the world, is layered in hyperbole.