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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.05.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas MBB - Runnin' Away With It: No. 13/14 Kansas Tops UNLV 76-61

Mason led the pack with 18 points, seven assists and a career-best four steals, making a clearer case everyday as the team leader. Junior forward Perry Ellis came up a rebound short of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Selden joined him with 16 points, including a season-high four three-pointers. Freshman forward Cliff Alexander contributed 10 points, good for his fifth game in double-figures this season.

Hustle and flow: Jayhawks work for final non-conference win |

KU outscored UNLV, 47-28, the final half. The Jayhawks hit 60 percent of their second-half shots after struggling to 32.4 percent the first half. KU hit 44.8 overall to UNLV’s 40.7 percent mark.

Recruit Carlton Bragg to announce college choice on Thursday |

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Bragg, who is ranked No. 14 nationally by, will choose either Kansas University, Kentucky or Illinois.

KU experiencing some bumps, bruises |

Said Self: "Perry was solid and good; Cliff solid and good. I didn’t see any reason to go deeper than those guys."

KU wide receiver Nigel King to declare for NFL Draft |

King, who came to KU after graduating from Maryland, said his intention when he arrived in Lawrence was to finish graduate school before moving on to professional football. However, a strong finish to the season and a gut feeling told him the time was right.

More on KU football strength coach Je'Ney Jackson and where KU's coaching staff stands | Tale of the Tait |

Although the identity of a few of his staff members remains a mystery, sources have indicated that Beaty has nailed down most of the positions during the past couple of weeks. Here's a quick recap of what we know.

Beaty focusing on depth, development |

Although adding talent is always important, Beaty consistently has said that college football is a player-development business. Because of that, adding depth, at least initially, seems to be just as important.

University of Kansas WBB - Jayhawks Fall at No. 3 Texas In Big 12 Opener, 60-46

Kansas led by six early in the first half and headed into the locker room trailing nationally ranked Texas by only four points, but the No. 3 Longhorns came out of the halftime break with a 13-2 run and a second-half offensive surge to power past the Jayhawks, 60-46.

- College Sports -

All The Biggest SEC Questions Answered

Q: How hilarious is it that the SEC has a .500 record this bowl season (5–5) and that three of their wins are thanks to former Big 12 teams Missouri and Texas A&M and Big Ten refugee Bret Bielema?

A: Quite hilarious.

- Professional Sports -

Sorting the Sunday Pile: NFL needs to explain non-flag in Lions-Cowboys -

From a "spirit of the law" approach, you could argue Anthony Hitchens did a nice job playing defense on Brandon Pettigrew, particularly in light of Matthew Stafford hitting a defender in the back of the shoulder. From a "letter of the law" view? It's impossible not to call Hitchens' defense illegal.

Mike Mitchell is 'going to hit every single guy in the knee' going forward -

If those words sound familiar they should. Here's Mitchell back in September, after he was flagged for hitting Ravens wideout Steve Smith in the head. "It's going to make me start hitting everyone in the knees, to be totally honest with you," the safety said at the time.

- Videos of the Day -

Ed Hochuli Makes Mysterious Reference To "Jungle Boy"

Early in the second half of tonight's NFL playoff game between Arizona and Carolina, referee Ed Hochuli announced something bizarre to the Bank of America Stadium crowd: "I got the word from Jungle Boy that was a good call."

VIDEO: Randy Johnson's slider was not particularly fair -

Regarding Mr. Johnson and his craft, please do enjoy the following 21-second video, in which the Big Unit uncorks his famous wipeout slider at the expense of a mostly non-consenting Kenny Lofton.

Andrew Luck's reaction to the Bengals not biting on his hard count is the best -

That's Luck saying "Oh, stop it!" when he can't get anyone to bite on his hard count. Of course, this is not the first time Luck's... odd on-field talkativeness has been exposed. The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Luck's habit of congratulating players who sack him, while ESPN ran a similarly-themed segment.