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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.31.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

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Holy crap it's cold outside - currently six degrees according to the internet.  How can we send this air back to Montana where it belongs?

Also, who knew Svi could dunk?  More of that, please - from everyone.

Anyway, Happy New Year's Eve to everyone.  Not sure if there will be a N&N tomorrow or not.  We'll just have to see what happens.  Everyone stay safe tonight.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas MBB - No. 13/14 Kansas Ends 2014 With Kent State Win

For the second time this season – and the first since the Kentucky game – head coach Bill Self went with junior forwards Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor, sophomore guards Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden, Jr. and Oubre. Each came through in their own way, but none more than Oubre. The New Orleans native went 6-for-6 in the first half, highlighted by a 4-for-4 three-point accuracy. By the end of his evening, he finished 8-for-12 with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds.

Flashes can't follow through on golden game plan | KUsports.com

With just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, Kent State's Kris Brewer hit a jumper that gave the Flashes a 22-16 lead and forced KU coach Bill Self to call timeout. From that point on, the Jayhawks (10-2) outscored Kent State 23-11 to close the half and 33-13 during a run that spilled over into the second half and pushed the Kansas lead to double digits for the first time.

Trustworthy: Freshman Oubre delivers after Self keeps him on floor | KUsports.com

It’s common for a college basketball starter to be banished to the bench after picking up his second foul of the first half. Freshman wing Kelly Oubre Jr. was given no such hook by Kansas University coach Bill Self after committing foul No. 2 just two minutes, five seconds into Tuesday’s KU-Kent State game.

KU point guard Graham no longer wearing boot | KUsports.com

“He saw the doctor (Tuesday). He came out of the boot. That can be headline news: ‘He’s out of the boot,’’’ KU coach Bill Self cracked after his team beat Kent State, 78-62, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU still has questions -- but Kelly Oubre ain't one of 'em | FOX Sports

"He's got more confidence in himself," the Kansas men's basketball coach said of the young colt after his 13th-ranked Jayhawks dispatched visiting Kent State, 78-62. "And guys have got more confidence in him ... he was the best player of the game for us (Tuesday)."

Je'Ney Jackson to join KU football staff as strength coach | KUsports.com

At any school facing a transition, the strength and conditioning hire is widely regarded as one of the most important decisions a coach can make, and Jackson has a strong reputation in his field and is well respected both in the Big 12 and around the country. Jackson, like several of the other known members of Beaty's staff, has a strong relationship with the new KU coach and also should benefit from having been at KU before.

- College Sports -

Dominant Kentucky, surprising Big East part of tasty early slice of college hoops | FOX Sports

The Big 12 doesn't have the single marquee team at the top of the league like the SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Big East, but the conference has an otherworldly amount of parity and a depth we haven't seen since the old Big East -- especially considering this is only a 10-team league. Seven Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 25 in KenPom.com, and that doesn't include perennial cellar-dweller TCU, which is currently undefeated and just outside the AP Top 25. (Pay no heed to TCU's last-in-nation non-conference strength of schedule.)

Jim Harbaugh's Michigan contract: 7-years, same pay as 49ers - CBSSports.com

Harbaugh will be paid $5 million a year, plus incentives. That figure is much lower than the reported $8 million annual salary and matches the deal Harbaugh had with the San Francisco 49ers. Interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Tuesday that the program will be reevaluated after one year and Michigan, at that time, will "determine an appropriate deferred compensation arrangement."

- Professional Sports -

MLB -- Strange But True in 2014 - ESPN

If you thought that the 2014 season wasn't packed with strange but true feats on and off the diamond, Jayson Stark can explain where you're wrong, chapter and verse.

Lions' Ndamukong Suh wins appeal, will play against Cowboys

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has won his appeal and will be allowed to play Sunday against the Cowboys.

- Videos of the Day -

Mr. Ed says: Everyone point at Missouruh basketball and laugh!!  HAHA!!

Night Court: Wild Mizzou-Okie State ending; wilder Florida-FSU finish - CBSSports.com

Oklahoma State survives heart-stopping finish against Missouri, 74-72 in overtime and Florida falls to Florida State because of final basket scored by Florida.

VIDEO: Michigan State Fan Kid Picks, Eats Booger on National TV - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Mr. Ed says: I'm guessing Chase Daniel is his hero.