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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.12.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Several upsets over the weekend in college basketball, with three Top-10 teams going down.  And KState beat OU in Norman... who saw that coming?  And once again, those slackers at Kentucky should have lost.  Come on, SEC.

- Kansas Sports -

Alexander working to one day join KU greats |

Alexander knows the names well. He came to Lawrence to add to their legacy and fill an annual role as “Kansas’ Next Great Big Man.” He doesn’t shy away from that. “That’s the reason I chose here,” Alexander said. “Because of that history. I see myself fitting in perfectly.”

University of Kansas Football - Sendish’s American Team Falls 26-14 in 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl

Sendish, who was credited with three solo tackles in the game for the American squad, was active in the secondary and also saw a lot of time on special teams. He played under head coach Willie Jeffries, the former longtime South Carolina State head coach, and defensive backs coach Bobby Johnson, who most recently was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 2002-10.

University of Kansas WBB - Jayhawks Fall at K-State in Sunflower Showdown, 58-52

"We kept turning the ball over and we were careless," head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "I'm not saying there weren't a few (players) that did a good job, but we were our own worst enemy. We need to attack and make the right decisions."

University of Kansas Golf - Levonowich Finishes 15th at Harder Hall Women’s Invitational

In a field of 90 golfers, Levonowich shot an 83 (+11) in her final round Saturday and finished with a four-round 309 (+21).

University of Kansas Volleyball - Volleyball Announces Summer Camp Dates

"It's great to welcome campers into our gym," Bechard said. "We really enjoy these camps and the turnout is always very good, which says a lot about the level of commitment to volleyball in our area. Plus, of course, our players love being involved since that's how so many of them became involved with Jayhawk volleyball."

University of Kansas Rowing - Jayhawks Shift Preseason Training to Florida

Winter means intense training and conditioning inside the Kansas Boathouse as the Kansas rowing team prepares for its spring season. For the next eight days, however, the Jayhawks move those preseason workouts to the warm waters of Tampa, Florida for its annual winter training trip.

- College Sports -

Bob Bowlsby says Big 12 will continue to discuss how it crowns conference champion - ESPN

In order to best position the league for a spot in future playoff games, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the conference will continue to discuss how it crowns a conference champion, look into the importance of a 13th game and consider requiring a Power 5 conference opponent in nonconference schedules.

North Dakota State Bison vs. Illinois State Redbirds - Recap - January 10, 2015 - ESPN

Carson Wentz ran 5 yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run put Illinois State ahead, and the Bison became the first team to win four straight FCS titles with a thrilling 29-27 victory Saturday.

College Football Playoff -- Oregon Ducks-Ohio State Buckeyes expected to be most heavily bet college football game ever - ESPN

Heading into game day, the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T between Oregon and Ohio State was on pace to be the most heavily bet college football game ever at William Hill's Nevada sports book.

Duke Blue Devils vs. NC State Wolfpack - Recap - January 11, 2015 - ESPN

Trevor Lacey scored 21 points and N.C. State shot 55 percent to beat Duke 87-75 on Sunday, knocking off one of the last three undefeated teams in the country. N.C. State (12-5, 3-1 ACC) knocked down shots all day -- some wide open after defensive breakdowns -- and made 10 of 16 3-pointers. Defensively, the Wolfpack ran constant double teams at preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor to slow Duke's big man.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Recap - January 11, 2015 - ESPN

A couple of dozen fans ran on the court after the final buzzer but the crowd of 6,887 was remarkably well restrained after the contest ended, possibly wondering how a team that lost to St. Peter's and St. Francis, Pennsylvania, earlier this season, knocked off a team that went to the Final Four last year.

Rutgers, which trailed by 12 entering the second half, shot almost 67 percent from the field after the break. The Badgers did not have leading scorer Frank Kaminsky for the game because of a concussion.

Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon St Beavers - Recap - January 11, 2015 - ESPN

Langston Morris-Walker made a go-ahead lay-in with 26 seconds left, lifting Oregon State over No. 7 Arizona 58-56 on Sunday night for its first win over a top-10 team since 2000.

UNC beats Louisville on Marcus Paige floater with 10 seconds left -

No. 18 North Carolina welcomed No. 5 Louisville to ACC play Saturday with a 13-point second half comeback and a late Marcus Paige floater to win 72-71.

Kentucky forced to two OTs with Texas A&M, but survives -

For the second straight game, Kentucky was taken to overtime by a double-digit underdog. But for the second-straight game, the Wildcats escaped with a win despite a less-than stellar performance against an inferior opponent. No. 1 Kentucky defeated Texas A&M 70-64 in double overtime, moving to 15-0 on the season.

- Professional Sports -

I was kinda pulling for the KU defense Denver Broncos yesterday, actually.

Harbaugh says NE ran 'illegal' plays; Tom Brady says study the rule book -

Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't flat-out accuse New England of cheating during the Patriots 35-31 playoff win on Saturday, but after the game, he did say that he believed the Patriots were using "illegal" formations during the game.

NFL: Patriots ran 'legal' formations vs. Ravens -

In an email to the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora said everything the Patriots did was within the rule book.

Aaron Rodgers makes 'New York Bozo' the new 'Omaha' -

This year's Omaha is "New York Bozo" and we have Aaron Rodgers to thank for that as he was caught saying "New York Bozo" as an audible during the first quarter of the Packers-Cowboys game.

- Video of the Day -

Really, there can be only one.  Was it a catch or wasn't it?  Strictly according to the rulebook, it was not a catch.  I think the rule needs to be... uh... let's just say "reviewed."

Dez Bryant appears to make crazy catch, call overturned after challenge -

It's probably safe to say that no one will be talking about pro-Dallas officiating conspiracies this week and that's thanks to a call that went against the Cowboys during the fourth quarter on Sunday.