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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.17.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Did Staten travel?  Was Perry fouled?  I dunno, but I do know this - the refs did not win or lose that game last night.

- Kansas Sports -

Last Second Dooms No. 8 Kansas at No. 23/22 West Virginia, 62-61

No. 8/8 Kansas lost in the final seconds to No. 23/22 West Virginia, 62-61, on ESPN Big Monday inside WVU Coliseum. The reported crowd of 7,033 rushed the floor where the ranked Mountaineers had defeated the Jayhawks just one year ago.

Buzzer-beaten: Perry Ellis, Jayhawks take last-second loss hard |

“I’m not upset because we missed the shot,” the coach continued. “I’m upset because we let Juwan get behind us when that was our whole game plan, keep the ball in front of us. That’s on me. “He (Ellis) will get over it. Guys make shots, miss shots all the time. He can’t let that bother him. But I am anxious to see how wide open he was. He may have been surprised how wide open he was there late.”

Jayhawks recruiting Cheick Diallo and his younger teammate |

Cheick Diallo, a 6-9 senior forward from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, has been studying videos from his five finalists — KU, Kentucky, Iowa State, St. John’s and Pittsburgh — to see where he might best fit in, reports.

Notebook: Big 12 travel tough on Mountaineers |

“You think about it ... we go there (to Morgantown, West Virginia) once, they come here nine times,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of WVU visiting the states of Kansas, Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma. “It’s a lot harder on them than us over time. They’ve tried to set it up to play two games on some road trips.”

- College Sports -

Poll Attacks: Maryland's resume is actually pretty solid, my friend -

Valpo is 24-4 with one top-50 RPI win and three losses to schools ranked outside of the top 130. In other words, Maryland has five times as many top-50 wins as Valpo, and Valpo has three losses way worse than Maryland's worst loss. So while I'm all for throwing a so-called bone to the so-called little guy, to do so at the expense of a Maryland team with a legitimate resume is difficult to make sense of unless you just ignore the résumés.

- In The News -

Kansas lawmaker wants to legalize fantasy sports leagues -

Rep. Brett Hildabrand of Shawnee, Kan. has submitted a bill to classify fantasy sports leagues as a game of skill rather than a lottery, Associated Press reports. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission said in August that private fantasy leagues meet the criteria of a lottery, and under the state constitution, only the state is allowed to administer lotteries.

- Video of the Day -

WATCH: What if Alex Gordon had kept running in Game 7? -

Needless to say, many were left wondering what would've happened if Gordon, an excellent base-runner, had been waved home. Based on where the ball was and Gordon's slight misstep around second, it appeared he very likely would've been out at the plate by a comfortable margin. However, you don't find many more compelling "what ifs" than this one.  (Mr. Ed says: I still think you send him.  The likelihood of Gordon scoring is still higher than the likelihood of Perez getting a hit.)