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Rock Chalk Talk News and Notes: Weekend Edition

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Hey guys, remember when we all picked Texas to win yesterday?

Kansas Sports

Kansas bests Texas in near flawless road victory |
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who can be a perfectionist when it comes to assessing the play of his team after games, found little to nothing to fault after Saturday’s 75-62 dismantling of Texas on Saturday in Frank Erwin Center.

Notebook: Injury forced Greene to miss practices before big day at Texas |
Kansas University sophomore Brannen Greene, who scored 14 points in 20 minutes during the Jayhawks’ 75-62 road win at Texas Saturday, had not practiced the previous two days. Greene got hit by a Perry Ellis elbow at practice, keeping him from normal basketball activities. He had a shiner under his right eye.

Cliff Alexander keeps motoring |
Cliff Alexander has been trying to play with an accelerated “motor” since being benched the last 14 minutes of the Iowa State game on Jan. 17.

Play of the year?: Traylor's hustle draws high praises |
After running to the other end of the court, the junior forward dove on a loose ball near halfcourt, and knocked it off UT’s Demarcus Holland. The play ended with a basket and free throw from Frank Mason III. Traylor had eight floor burns in the game.

Barnes: Freshman Turner better off closer to hoop |
Kansas University center Cliff Alexander has had his steps forward and backward, which can be said of almost every freshman in the country. But Alexander never has been one to drift too far away from the basket. Texas forward Myles Turner, on the other hand, hasn’t always used his 6-foot-11 frame to his advantage, according to Longhorns coach Rick Barnes. (Ed note, if only he had a coach with a track record of developing bigs)

KU women knock off West Virginia for 2nd straight Big 12 victory |
The game notes for Saturday’s Kansas University women’s basketball game against West Virginia featured each Jayhawk wearing a superimposed mask to celebrate Superhero Day at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas tennis drops opener at New Mexico |
Kansas University’s tennis team opened its 2015 spring season with a 4-3 loss to New Mexico on Friday.

Former Jayhawk Thornton proud of Pro Bowl-bound ex-teammates |
When former Kansas University safety Justin Thornton sits down to watch this year’s NFL Pro Bowl — 7 p.m. Sunday night, ESPN — he’ll see three guys he started next to in KU’s 2008 Orange Bowl secondary making their first appearances in the postseason all-star game.

KU swimmers take two wins |
Kansas University’s women’s swim team, sparked by three individual event victories by Lindsay Manning, defeated Truman State, 164-90, and William Jewell, 169-83, on Saturday at William Jewell.

Bill Self lauds 'best play I've seen since I've been at Kansas' |
“I thought that was the best play I’ve seen since I’ve been at Kansas,” Self said after KU’s 75-62 win over Texas on Saturday at Erwin Center. “I don’t think there’s ever been a better hustle play than that one.”

Around the Big 12

After Cyclone loss, fair to question how good Big 12 is - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
It's time to be unpopular, to question one of the few certainties we've all come to agree on in this wildly unpredictable college basketball season: Is the Big 12 really as good as we think it is -- the best conference in the land, to be exact, -- or is it just a bunch of similarly decent, not exceptional, teams beating up on one another?

TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - January 24, 2015 - ESPN

"I've been dreaming that my whole life," Carter said. "When I was a little kid, I had the thought. It was always going to be a big game with no time remaining on the clock and I got to the line and go to the free throw line to make two shots and win the game."

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. Kansas St Wildcats - Recap - January 24, 2015 - ESPN
Nino Williams would have fit right in during the era of short-shorts, when set shots were the norm and there was no such thing as a 3-point line.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Recap - January 24, 2015 - ESPN
Texas Tech noticed that Iowa State players weren't making it around Red Raiders' screens, so they started putting up 3-pointers.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears - Recap - January 24, 2015 - ESPN
"At the critical time there of the second half I thought Baylor was a little quicker to boards," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "Made plays, made shots there in the key stretch when the game was even to create a little bit of a margin."

Misc Links

ESPN's Chad Ford Has Been Retroactively Editing Draft Boards For Years
This website has been using ESPN NBA analyst Chad Ford as a punching bag for nearly ten years. And we don't feel a bit sorry for it after discovering tonight (upon unearthing by those Reddit rapscallions) that Ford has been retroactively re-ranking his NBA draft boards years after the fact.

ProFootballTalk: Seahawks To Be Penalized Yardage For Lynch Dick Grabs
The NFL will be trying a new tactic to force Marshawn Lynch into line, according to a report from ProFootballTalk. Lynch was fined $20,000 for the above crotch grab in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, and fined $11,500 earlier this season for doing the same. Since fines apparently do not deter behavior the league would like him to cease engaging in, they're apparently ready to try a new tactic: yardage penalties.

Articulated Tripodal UFO And Alien Moon Base In 1971 Apollo 15 Mission Photo
A UFO researcher reported an anomaly in an Apollo 15 mission photo found in the archives of the website of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) maintained by the Arizona State University (ASU).