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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.29.15

Happy Kansas Day!

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So as anyone who ever went to elementary school in Kansas knows, today is Kansas Day!  Fun fact - Kansas Territory used to extend to the Continental Divide in modern-day Colorado; the city of Denver is named after Kansas territorial governor James W. Denver.

Of course, it won't be a real holiday until I have the day off work.

- Kansas Basketball -

Worrisome win: Jayhawks' late mistakes nearly cost them at TCU |

“I’ve been to the dentist and got a root canal. I may have enjoyed that slightly more than watching the last two minutes,” Self said. “It seemed we gave them every opportunity. They played well and attacked the basket ... but that’s a terrible way to close the game. Hopefully it will be a good teaching tape for us.”

AUDIO: Bill Self: Entire game at TCU 'frustrating' (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was far from pleased with much of anything that transpired in the Jayhawks' 64-61 win at TCU on Wednesday night.

Horned Frogs lament blown chances at foul line |

TCU made just 15 of 29 free throws. In its previous game, a one-point loss in overtime at West Virginia, the Horned Frogs were better, but 63.6 percent isn’t too spiffy either. Kansas didn’t win Wednesday night’s game as much as the Horned Frogs lost it in their heads.

Are the No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks lucky ... or good? (Spoiler: It's the latter) | FOX Sports

Are the Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) threatening to snatch an 11th straight Big 12 title from a league that had allegedly "closed the gap" (feel free to use your own air quotes as you read along, it's more fun) simply because of ... good fortune?

Rock Chalk Weekly: The Clutch Gene

Inside a basketball player's DNA, having the ability to be clutch can make the difference between winning and losing. It's about being able to perform while the stakes are the absolute highest. Something Brannen Greene proves to be easy.

KU commitment Carlton Bragg earns McDonald's All-American invite |

Future Kansas University basketball power forward Carlton Bragg will play in the 2015 McDonald’s All-America basketball game on April 1 at Chicago’s United Center.

- Kansas Football -

National Signing Day is fast approaching.  RCT will have you covered next week as each recruit signs.

KU keeping an eye on football recruits |

The Class of 2015 will be eligible to sign their letters of intent bright and early Wednesday morning. Until then, it’s hold-your-breath-and-scramble time for the first-year KU coaching staff that has hit the recruiting trail with the disadvantage of limited time but made up for it by working tirelessly since the dead period ended earlier this month.

How the top Big 12 signees from 2014 fared as freshmen - ESPN

Kansas center Jacob Bragg: It wasn’t over the top to think that Bragg could slide right into Kansas' offensive line as one of two ESPN 300 signees for the Jayhawks. Yet three-star signee Junior Visalia was KU’s impact true freshman offensive lineman, starting the Jayhawks' final three games after Ngalu Fusimalohi was injured. Bragg redshirted but did impress during his redshirt season and could be poised to force his way into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman.

Hidden gems in the Class of 2014 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas cornerback Matthew Boateng: A three-star signee, Boateng ended up providing depth at cornerback behind seniors JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald while playing in seven games for the Jayhawks. He finished with nine tackles, five pass breakups, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception as a true freshman. Boateng should play an even bigger role in 2015 with Shepherd and McDonald moving on.

Ranking coaching hires: Michigan scores, but what about Florida? -

11. David Beaty, Kansas: Irony, thy name is Kansas. AD Sheahon Zenger dipped into the Mark Mangino pool to upgrade the program after the Charlie Weis fiasco.

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas women upend Iowa State, 61-56 |

Chelsea Gardner’s double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds carried Kansas University’s women’s basketball team to a 61-56 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday.

Rock Chalk Weekly: Rich Bloodlines

Each of the Conley children have chosen athletics like their father, but each has put their own unique and personal characteristic into carrying on this family tradition. Unlike her father, Sydney loves to compete in sprinting events and Mike, Jr., has become an outstanding NBA point guard.

- College Sports -

Remember when Georgia Tech used to be good?  Yeah, I don't really remember, either.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes - Recap - January 28, 2015 - ESPN

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 24 points, and the Yellow Jackets earned their first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season by upsetting No. 23 Miami 70-50 on Wednesday night.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Purdue Boilermakers - Recap - January 28, 2015 - ESPN

The Boilermakers clamped down on the Big Ten's best scoring team by harassing Indiana's shooters into tough shots and poor decisions, as Purdue ran away from its biggest rival 83-67.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma Sooners - Recap - January 28, 2015 - ESPN

The Sooners allowed the fewest points ever by a Big 12 team in a conference game, and No. 24 Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 81-36 on Wednesday night. The Sooners eclipsed the league record of 37 points set by Texas against Oklahoma in 2004 and matched by Oklahoma against Texas A&M in 2008.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Recap - January 28, 2015 - ESPN

Jerian Grant finished with 23 points and 12 assists as the Irish rallied from 10 points down to win 77-73 on Wednesday night. And in the final 67 seconds, he hit a jumper just as the shot clock expired, fired a pass to a wide-open Steve Vasturia for a 3 from the corner (also as the shot clock expired) and blocked a layup attempt.

- Professional Sports -

Report: Markieff And Marcus Morris Under Investigation For Assault

According to CBS 5 News, Phoenix Suns twins Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated by Phoenix police for their role in an alleged assault that occurred Saturday outside of a gym. Details are scant, but CBS 5 News says the twins are "being looked at as suspects in the crime."

- Potpourri -

Make sure you're really bored at work today before you click on this link.

Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked

With the release of yet another time travel movie this week (Project Almanac), it's time for us to look back at the great time travel movies of our past. Here are all the major time travel movies ever, ranked. Here are the rules: No animation. No short films. And no movies that where someone is frozen (or something) and then they wake up in the future (so Mel Gibson's Forever Young, Encino Man are OUT).

- Videos of the Day -

Ok, I'll go ahead and admit it.  Marshawn Lynch is my favorite NFL player.

Marshawn Lynch adds 'you know why I'm here' to his media repertoire -

He set a timer on his phone to five minutes, and this time around, he answered every single question with "you know why I'm here." Lynch essentially repeated the same phrase 14 times, slightly altering his approach at times.

LOOK: Someone made sure to shovel Boston Marathon finish line -

An unidentified Bostonian took it upon himself to clear the finish line, an important symbol "whose significance only increased after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings," according to Runners World.

VIDEO: Wiggins lobs to Zach LaVine way, way up top -

Zach LaVine's in the All-Star Dunk Contest, and he gave the fans a little preview on Wednesday. Check out the elevation on this deep alley-oop lob from Andrew Wiggins.

LOOK: Marshawn Lynch and his fines get The Simpsons treatment -

Because the internet is a wonderful, magical place, we now have Simpsonized Marshawn Lynch writing "I'm here so I won't get fined" over and over and over on the chalkboard. I wonder why he got sent to detention in the first place.