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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.24.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Ugh, what a disaster.  West Virginia would be proud of this dumpster/couch/tire fire.  If you're fortunate enough to not work with any K-State fans, I envy you.  Today is going to blow.

- Kansas Sports -

Latest Big 12 road loss leaves Jayhawks searching for answers |

KU was left searching for answers after connecting on just two buckets in the final 10 minutes against a (14-15, 7-9) KSU team that entered having lost seven of eight games. The Jayhawks were scorched by KSU guard Nigel Johnson, who scored a career-high 20 points off 8-of-11 shooting (4-5 from three). That’s the same player who’d scored just two points combined in the past three games.

Kansas State upset makes Jayhawks title quest seem vulnerable - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

But the loss, along with the other two defeats in February, might create some doubt in Lawrence, Kansas. More importantly, it might make the Sooners and Cyclones more confident that the Jayhawks' grip on the title can be broken.

Nigel Johnson helps K-State make some more memories |

The huge win momentarily righted a K-State ship that had gone careening off course during the past few weeks. The Wildcats entered Monday having lost seven of their last eight games.

Celebration turns ugly with aggressive court-storming |

A student who stormed the court zeroed in on Kansas junior Jamari Traylor and shoulder-checked him, delivering an up-and-in blow. Traylor had enough discipline not to retaliate. (Mr. Ed says: I'm breaking the Keegan ban for one day. Some of the pictures in this article are just... sad.)

Chaotic court storming mars Kansas State Wildcats win over Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

In other video, several students appeared to intentionally jump into Kansas players, and a fan can be seen running across the court and slamming into Kansas forward Jamari Traylor with a hard shoulder to the junior's shoulder, knocking him off-balance before the fan is quickly grabbed by someone else.

"That's disappointing that happened again, but we also allowed it to happen again," Self said of the fans storming the court, which also happened when the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks last season.

Basketball Recruiting Notebook |

Jaylen Brown will take his time; Thon Maker details visit to KU

KU’s JaCorey Shepherd relishes combine experience |

Shepherd, who went through all of the other elements of the combine — orientation, measurements, interviews with teams, etc. — did participate in the bench press and recorded 14 reps at 225 pounds. Despite not being able to show the dozens of NFL coaches, scouts and front office reps in attendance what he could do, Shepherd said just being at the combine was worthwhile.

Beaty, Staff meet with KC coaches

"One of the comments he made to us was; we know we aren't going to get every one of your kids," Radke said. "He told us he knows they haven't earned anything but asked for us to get to know them. He asked us to give them a chance and they will earn the respect."

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Toughest coaching job in the Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

An argument can be made for Kansas as the toughest job in the Big 12. The Jayhawks are ranked just one spot ahead of the Cyclones and haven't won more than three games in a season in five years. Iowa State, meanwhile, has been to a pair of bowl games during that span. Kansas' recent attendance figures have been embarrassing. Iowa State, meanwhile, is renovating Jack Trice Stadium due in part to ticket demand.

Poll Attacks: It's past time to remove Texas from your AP ballot -

I continued to rank the Longhorns until they took their 10th loss of the season. (So I was late to this party, too.) But even I dropped Texas after a 10th loss because, let's be honest, at this point the Longhorns are little more than a 10-loss team with almost no good wins, and it's difficult to defend ranking a 10-loss team with almost no good wins -- regardless of how good the losses might be.

Petersen returns to Boise State with Washington on a Friday in Week 1 -

The game will, of course, mark the return of Chris Petersen, the former Boise State coach now in charge of the Huskies. Petersen's Broncos lost the 2013 meeting 38-6 to Steve Sarkisian's final team at Washington, before he left for USC and opened the vacancy that would be filled by Petersen.

- Potpourri -

Girls HS Basketball Teams Booted From Postseason For Playing To Lose

When the Riverdale High School and Smyrna High School (Tenn.) girls basketball teams met in the District 7-AAA consolation game Saturday night, facing them were a perverse set of incentives. The winner would be on track to face national power Blackman in the semifinals of the Region 4-AAA playoffs, while the loser wouldn't meet Blackman until the finals (assuming they made it that far). So, both teams intentionally tried to lose.

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal' - Yahoo Finance

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?

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See incredible footage from a drone flying over frozen Niagara Falls | For The Win

Intense cold in the Northeast has left Niagara Falls mostly frozen over, so NBC flew a drone carrying an HD camera over the falls.

Frozen Feat: Adventurer climbs icy walls of Niagra Falls

There have been countless attempts by daredevils to ride down both parts of Niagara Falls -- the American Falls on the U.S. side and Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. But earlier this week, Gadd made history when he became the first person to climp up the falls.