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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.12.15

Big 12 Tournament play starts for Kansas today.

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Availability of Perry Ellis to be determined Thursday |

Coach Bill Self said after the Sprint Center workout that Ellis’ status will be determined right before the game. “He looked good today,” Self said of Ellis, who wore a knee brace at practice and will wear it in games. “We only practiced for an hour in Lawrence. He didn’t really move around much over here (at shoot-around) by design. He practiced full practice (in Lawrence). He went about 50 percent of practice."

TCU awaits Jayhawks in Big 12 tourney |

Few, if any, Kansas State fans will be in Sprint Center at 1:30 p.m., today, when Traylor’s (24-7) Jayhawks take on (18-14) TCU, a 67-65 winner over K-State in Wednesday’s first-round game in Sprint Center. (Mr. Ed says: Gay Bedore FTW!)

Creation of Kansas basketball uniforms calculated |

When the Kansas University men’s basketball team opens play in this year’s Big 12 tournament at 1:30 p.m. today inside Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, the Jayhawks will do so in their brand new postseason uniforms, the adidas brand “Made in March” look specifically designed for the 2015 season.

Rock Chalk Weekly: No Plan is the Best Plan - Frank Mason

A man of few words, and even fewer expressions, Mason is wise far beyond his life of two decades. What you see - the humble and oft softspoken person - is what you get all of the time. Especially in terms of basketball.

Swimming and Diving - Jones and Khechfe End Season at NCAA Diving Championships

Kansas divers Graylyn Jones and Nadia Khechfe gained valuable experience and improved from day one to day two during the duo's trip to the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, which concluded Wednesday. The three-day regional collection of the best divers in the middle of the country was hosted in the University of Iowa's Campus and Recreation Center and included all three diving events: three-meter, one-meter, and platform.

University of Kansas Softball - No. 23 Kansas Heads Home for Jayhawk Invitational

After five weeks and 23-straight games away from home, nationally-ranked Kansas softball heads home to host the Jayhawk Invitational, its first of two tournaments, at the brand-new Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

University of Kansas Baseball - Jayhawks Look to Get Back on Track Hosting Michigan

The Jayhawks are headed into the weekend looking to get things turned around, currently on a three game winless streak with an overall record of 6-11. The story of the still-young season so far has been inconsistency.

All three games of the series against the Wolverines can be seen live on ESPN3 through, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox Live to Gold Members and on Apple TV. In addition, all three games can be heard live on the Jayhawk Radio Network through

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Entitled, immature and (worst of all) outhustled: Kansas State Wildcats' season ends as it began - mercurially | FOX Sports

Scribes and cameramen picked through the bones of K-State hoops 2015-'16 late Wednesday evening at Sprint Center, after the eighth-seeded Wildcats sort of Wildcatted their way around a first-round matchup with the ninth-seeded Horned Frogs.

Texas Longhorns keep NCAA tournament hopes alive with win - ESPN

How did a Texas team with this talent pool arrive here, biting its nails four days before Selection Sunday?

Any system that omits Murray State is a system that needs adjusting -

If it's a numbers game, forget it, because Murray State won't win a numbers game. Anybody who understands the numbers understands the Racers can't match mediocre power-conference schools top-50 win for top-50 win. And their RPI is in the 60s. So if it's a numbers game, forget it. If it's a numbers game, there's not much else to discuss here. But is it really just a numbers game?

How to make the NCAA tournament even better - Jay Bilas - College Basketball - ESPN

And while many might think the system is as perfect as it's ever been, in the spirit of actually making things better without simply adding games, I have a suggestion. While I am not crazy about the automatic bid that puts lesser teams into a national championship event -- do we really think the 23 teams that have made the field with losing records have made the tournament better? -- I am also a realist and understand that the automatic bid is not going anywhere, at least until the power conferences break away to keep all of the money for themselves.

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Andrew Wiggins' defensive abilities and potential being tested nightly -

Various key injuries to veterans depleted an already shaky roster as they began their latest rebuilding effort they're hoping will be more fruitful than the previous two. No matter what the lineup has looked like, they've asked Wiggins to be the star on the court on both sides of the ball.

Police return 'home-run balls' to Trevor Bauer in Indians prank -

He told the players, "I just wanted to return these three baseballs that disrupted traffic on Estrella Parkway at 2:20 p.m., 2:21 p.m. and 2:22 p.m. on Tuesday." The officer then walked over to Trevor Bauer and handed him the baseballs. The clubhouse erupted in laughter.

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LOOK: Terrifying giant alligator takes over Florida golf course -

This insanely large gator was photographed at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Fla., near the Gulf Coast, according to WPTV. (Mr. Ed says: Damn, Florida! You scary!)

Young tennis fan hits lob for winner against Roger Federer -

Federer took it easy on the kid and perhaps he shouldn't have. After getting into a rally, Federer came to the net and volleyed a shot back at the kid. Then the young boy executed a perfect lob over the world champion's head for a winner.