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Experienced Jayhawks showing progress? Self wants to see more

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Failure to Innovate Offensively Will Limit Kansas In March « Rush The Court

After last night’s 79-73 loss to Michigan State at the Champions Classic, Kansas head coach Bill Self lamented his team’s inability to score inside the paint–a staple of Self’s high-low offensive scheme. The Jayhawks astonishingly made just 13 of their 33 layups: “The one thing, in order for us to win big consistently, is we’ve got to be able to score with our back to the basket some,” Self told the media after the game. It’s not the first time he has raised this concern. After nearly every loss last season either Self or one of his players made reference to the team’s inability to play through the team’s bigs and score on the inside.

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Winning experience gave Michigan State edge against KU | Smithology |

Facing Michigan State at the United Center is on par with a Sweet 16, Elite Eight or even Final Four matchup in March. This group has yet to learn how to win on that stage.

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By all accounts, this was a bad loss. And not because Michigan State (2-0) is a bad team or because the Jayhawks no-showed. Worse. Because Michigan State is a good team, Kansas (1-1) had 'em beat and still could not close the deal.

Self sees progress but looks for more |

“Obviously it’s a bottom-line business, wins and losses, but we didn’t play poorly last night,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday on his Hawk Talk radio show. “We controlled the game for 33 minutes. We didn’t play well the last seven at all. There were some good things that happened last night and certainly some correctable things I think will make us better.”

Winless Kansas still brings energy, effort to each game and practice - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

At 0-9, Kansas didn't have much to play for against TCU. But it sure didn't show in the Jayhawks' effort or energy last Saturday. The effort is something that stood out to West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who will bring his team to Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday.

Rock Chalk Weekly: The Freshmen Focus

"We have a lot of young players so there's been a lot more time spent on fundamental training to make sure that we are properly fundamental before we get into the group stuff," Beaty said.

6 Questions with Kenny Perry

In this week's episode, Shaffer picks on KU co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry.

Kansas Track & Field Announces Standout Fall Signing Class

Kansas track & field head coach Stanley Redwine and his staff announced the addition of 13 new members to the KU's 2015 signing class. The Jayhawks' 2015 recruiting class features several high school standouts who boast a long list of achievements at the state and national levels.

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North Dakota announces 'Fighting Hawks' as new school nickname -

UND president Robert Kelley announced Wednesday that the former "Fighting Sioux" will now be known as the "Fighting Hawks," the nickname chosen by UND voters in an online voting runoff over runner-up "Roughriders." The "Fighting Sioux" moniker was controversially dropped at the NCAA's behest in 2012, sparking years of debate and discussion over what the university's athletics programs -- perhaps most notably, its powerhouse men's hockey program -- should be called instead.