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RCT News and Notes: Weekend Edition

A look around Kansas Athletics

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Well that sucked. Losing winnable games on the road hurts.

Kansas Athletics

Cyclones blow by Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum |
ESPN GameDay, Hilton Magic and, oh yes, a dose of high-octane Iowa State basketball proved a bit too much for Kansas University’s Jayhawks on Saturday night in crazed Hilton Coliseum.

Notebook: KU has little time to recover before Big Monday |
“It is a quick turnaround,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Our league ... in our bylaws we’re not allowed to do this ... have to play a Saturday night game and a Big Monday game, but something slipped through the cracks. It was a good atmosphere tonight and I’m glad we were a part of it, but now the real fun begins trying to get your team back in a short turnaround after kind of a deflating loss today.

ISU atmosphere 'speaks for itself' |
During Saturday night's 86-81 victory by 11th-ranked Iowa State over No. 9 Kansas, the Hilton Coliseum video board caught a quick glimpse of a flawless copy of the “Pay Heed” banner that hangs in the north end of Allen Fieldhouse. However, instead of the tag line reading, “Beware of The Phog,” it read, “Beware of Hilton Magic.”

Cyclones out-run Jayhawks in KU road loss |
Iowa State and its fans waited all day and night for a chance to show the nation it was capable of beating mighty Kansas.

Heeney, Harwell in all-star games |
“I really enjoyed the experience I had here this week,” Heeney said about the Shrine game. “As far as the football part goes, it was a little different than I expected. It was a pretty intense environment. Visiting the Shriners Hospital and meeting all of the great people involved with that side of the week was also amazing. I learned a lot, and it meant a lot to me to be able to put a smile on some of the kids’ faces.”

KU track teams third at K-State |
Kansas University’s men’s and women’s track and field teams could not keep up with their in-state foes, as they combined to finish third in the Kansas State-Kansas-Wichita State triangular Saturday.

Recruit Ferguson has 'crazy' visit to Lawrence |
Blue-chip basketball prospect Terrance Ferguson tweeted that he had a “crazy time” on his unofficial visit to Kansas University on Tuesday. He watched the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma State, 67-57

Around the Big 12

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns - Recap - January 17, 2015 - ESPN
Cam Ridley scored 19 points and set the tone with a thunderous early dunk as the Longhorns (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) snapped a two-game skid. Jonathan Holmes added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Myles Turner scored 16 Texas routinely peppered the Mountaineers with dunks, blocks and ripped down rebounds at will.

Baylor Bears vs. Kansas St Wildcats - Recap - January 17, 2015 - ESPN
Nino Williams possess an old man's game. He loves to shoot baseline jumpers, prefers layups to dunks. The next time he takes a 3-pointer might just be the first.

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners - Recap - January 17, 2015 - ESPN
"One of the best players in America, and he showed it," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. "I've got a lot of respect for him. I understand how hard he works. I hear all those things. I know he's more than capable of doing that. I would like to say we didn't do a good job, but he earned them."

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Recap - January 17, 2015 - ESPN
The Horned Frogs broke a 23-game Big 12 skid with a 62-42 road win against Texas Tech on Saturday. The victory was also their first on the road in Big 12 play.

Fred Hoiberg turns Iowa State into offensive power while avoiding one particular shot |
After each game, Fred Hoiberg starts by looking at his team’s box score to see how his team did statistically. Right after that — and perhaps just as importantly — the fifth-year coach examines the location of both teams' field-goal attempts.

Former teammate expects 'Mayor' to stick around Ames |
“I don’t particularly see him going to the next level,” Williams told the DesMoines Register. “I think when you go to the next level, you deal with a lot more than just coaching.

Notes From All Over

Former NBA player, CBS analyst Greg Anthony arrested in Washington D.C. - ESPN
CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony was arrested Friday night and charged with soliciting a prostitute.

2 Chainz and Nancy Grace debate marijuana legalization on HLN: Rapper schools Grace on prison overcrowding, origins of name Tity Boi (VIDEO).
Nancy Grace and 2 Chainz might seem like the two public figures least likely to have an insightful conversation about whether we should legalize marijuana. But that’s exactly what the two attempted to do on Tuesday night when the Georgia rapper appeared on Grace’s HLN show to talk all things weed. Grace, in accordance with her usual hysterics, confronted 2 Chainz, a known smoker, with stories of child abuse that involved weed—among other drugs. Grace’s absurd equation of pot-smokers with child abusers in turn elicited a surprisingly thoughtful counterargument from 2 Chainz.

Have Obamacare? You May Need It to Navigate Tax-Filing Headache
Obamacare is about to collide with the U.S. tax-filing season, adding frustration for millions of taxpayers trying to figure out how to comply and how much they will owe the government. (Ed Note, this is a good article outlining some of the changes that will effect everyone who files a return this year.)