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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.26.14

Hope y'all had a good Christmas yesterday.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Not much going on right now... but that's OK, I found a few links for you.

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Kansas Basketball: the three things at the top of Bill Self’s Christmas wish list

Christmas comes but once a year and Bill Self may have a longer wish list this Christmas than he ever has before in any of his previous eleven seasons as Kansas basketball’s head coach. The Jayhawks are currently still ranked as the number ten team in the nation with nine wins on their resume compared to only two losses however, after being man-handled on the road at Temple this past Monday, the Jayhawks have left Self with plenty to wish for this Christmas as his team nears the midpoint of the season.

Kansas Basketball: new faces starting to come up big for Jayhawks

Bill Self has shown no hesitation in sitting all of his freshmen this season while they adapt to the collegiate level and it’s starting to pay huge dividends. Some have criticized Self this season for his reluctance to give some of his freshmen more minutes, in particular the two former McDonald’s All-Americans Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre.

Recruiting Class of 2015 considered another strong one |

The high school basketball recruiting Class of 2015 — which includes blue-chippers Ben Simmons, Malik Newman, Jalen Brown and Stephen Zimmerman — is considered quite deep in terms of talent. “I think there are more good players today than there ever have been because more kids are playing and the training is so much better for young kids and they are getting so much more exposure,” Self added. “Whether or not we’ll have top-heavy classes every year, I don’t know if that will happen. That’s cyclical, but it appears to me there are just more really really gifted kids out there right now.

Cummings confident about Beaty selection |

The quarterback from Killeen, Texas, who admitted the Jayhawks felt skeptical about how the coaching search would turn out before Beaty was hired, at least knows what he and his teammates are getting in Beaty, whom Cummings described as an honest guy. “He’s gonna tell you like it is,” Cummings added. “And he’s sort of like Clint Bowen in his fire and his passion for the university and the game. And that’s always great to have, as a leader.”

The five most underwhelming college football teams in 2014

Kansas in 2014 was the special kind of inept only afforded to one in college football. The Jayhawks were the only sub-100 Power 5 team in both scoring offense (115) and total defense (106).

Year in review: Charlie Weis experiment ends in Lawrence |

The question came at Big 12 media days in July, a reporter wanting to know how much longer Charlie Weis planned on coaching with Kansas. “I think about five years, because I’d like to be able to enjoy some of the success,” Weis said with a grin. "What do you think, I just want to do all the grunt work and hand it off?”

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Ranking Big 12 defenses through analytics - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

With that in mind, ESPN Stats & Information keeps track of a pair of metrics that better define how a defense performs: The yards a defense allows per play; and the points a defense gives up per drive. Factor in a third category -- turnovers gained -- and you have a better account of who is actually playing good defense. And who is not.

George Washington Colonials vs. Wichita St Shockers - Recap - December 25, 2014 - ESPN

Kethan Savage, running tirelessly at the top of a 1-3-1 zone, twice swatted away passes and turned them into layups as the Colonials were relentless to the end Thursday night in a 60-54 upset of No. 11 Wichita State in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.

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LeBron James' review of Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a great talent' | 'Hawks in the NBA |

“I’m a competitor so it’s fun for me,” (Wiggins) told the Star Tribune. “I’m sure it’s fun for him (James) and fun for fans to see. He’s one of the best players in the league, so I think I learned a lot. He can score in a lot of different ways and impact the game a lot of different ways.”

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How the U.S. Military Turned Santa Claus Into a Cold War Icon

You've probably heard the story by now: On Christmas Eve 1955, a young boy in Colorado Springs dialed a Sears-sponsored hotline that let kids talk with Santa Claus. It's a cute story that pops up in the news every year. The only problem? It's not true.

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PICTURE: SEC Network Airs Christmas Yule Log with Fight Songs - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Not that the Longhorn Network is much better airing “BEVO Home for the Holidays.”

Going to Nebraska

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