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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.14.15

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A special Saturday edition of the News and Notes.

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- Kansas Sports -

Kansas to Face Iowa State in Big 12 Championship Title Game

This is the third-straight year Kansas and Iowa State will meet in the Big 12 Championship with both previous battles in the semifinals.

Landen Lucas banged up, too | KUsports.com

“Machines, ice baths ... we have a great staff that provides that, makes it happen,” Lucas said. “At this time of the season you have to expect these things (bruises) and play through it. Understand that this is what you play for all year. It’s not the time of year to be worrying about that (beat-up body). You’ve got to worry about that after the season is over. I’m getting through it fine and I know other guys on our team are doing the same thing.”

Bears see different version of Perry Ellis | KUsports.com

“He was looking more for his jumper,” said Baylor big man Rico Gathers, who finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bears. “You could tell that he was favoring that knee, but he did what good players do. Guys like that have a lot of options and he started looking more for his jumper.”

Embrace the ugly, Lawrence: A Top 25 defense is going to have to carry the Kansas Jayhawks | FOX Sports

Take Friday night. Friday night, two aspirin and a fifth of bourbon. No. 9 KU missed on 28 of 49 attempts from the floor, on nine of 12 from beyond the arc, and on 10 of 27 from the free-throw line. Oh, and turned it over 18 times, because why the hell not.

#KUReview: A graph that's heading in the wrong direction | CJOnline.com

Kansas' 64-59 victory over TCU on Thursday contined a string of poor offensive performances for the Jayhawks. Let's take a closer look at the slide. I'm going to be using KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency here, which takes into account how strong an opponent's defense is. Because we do that, all these numbers can be more easily compared to each other.

Hard to please KU fans may see surprising Jayhawks run this March - CBSSports.com

This column is probably going to enrage some Kansas fans. There, how's that for trollin'? Anyway, glad to do it. We're here to please.

Beaty Announces Isaiah Johnson Will Not Return for 2015 Season

"My time at KU has been a great experience," said Johnson. "I have learned a lot from my coaches and have made friends I will keep for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, I will play my last year somewhere else, but I will always be grateful to Coach Beaty and his staff for all that they have done for me and how much he has helped me during this time."

Baseball - Jayhawks Back on Track, Top Michigan, 6-5

With a young pitching staff and a recent bout with inconsistency on offense, the Jayhawks (7-11) needed to find a way to get back to their winning ways and grab some momentum as the non-conference schedule begins to wind down.

Softball - Pille Dazzles in Rock Chalk Park Debut Victory

The Jayhawks opened its home slate with a 5-0 victory over Northern Colorado improving to 22-2 on the season.

Bowen Vaults to All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Championships

Junior Casey Bowen earned a seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday night inside the Randal Tyson Track Center. Bowen's finished earned him first team All-America honors for the first time in his career and marked the 23rd time a Jayhawk pole vaulter has taken home All-America honors from the indoor national championships, the most of any team in nation.

- College Sports -

So much going on in college basketball; there's no possible way for us to cover it all here.

Utah Utes vs. Oregon Ducks - Recap - March 13, 2015 - ESPN

Joe Young hit a long 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left and scored 25 points, helping Oregon outlast No. 17 Utah 67-64 on Friday night to earn a spot in the Pac-12 tournament championship game.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Montana Grizzlies - Recap - March 13, 2015 - ESPN

The ending was not without controversy. Someone from the Montana bench, whom the Big Sky Conference has identified as Jermaine Edmonds, an academically ineligible player for the Grizzlies, went out to midcourt before realizing there was still time remaining and diving back to the sideline -- a violation that could have resulted in a technical foul. But officials determined that the commotion did not interfere with the play, and no technical was called. However, when the head coaches met in the postgame handshake line, Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy appeared to poke DeCuire in the chest and a scuffle ensued with some shoving but no apparent punches thrown.

Jordon Granger of Auburn Tigers ejected for throwing punch in SEC tournament quarterfinal game - ESPN

Auburn forward Jordon Granger was ejected in the second half of an SEC tournament quarterfinal matchup Friday afternoon after he tussled with LSU forward Jordan Mickey and threw a punch that appeared to graze the back of Mickey's head.

O'Bannon vs. NCAA: A cheat sheet for NCAA's appeal of paying players - CBSSports.com

The Ed O'Bannon case returns to court March 17 -- the first day of the NCAA Tournament -- for oral arguments in the NCAA's appeal of a federal judge's decision to allow football and men's basketball players to be compensated beyond the value of their scholarship.

Scouting Kentucky: Coaches tell us how to beat the Wildcats - CBSSports.com

How can you beat the Wildcats? Where are the weaknesses, and what do coaches really think? I spoke with eight coaches from inside and outside the SEC in the past week, some head coaches, some top-notch assistants. Given the cloak of anonymity, they gave their honest evaluation of Big Blue. And there was a lot of praise.

Fake Female Ole Miss Fan Used Twitter To Recruit Athletes For Years

A prominent Ole Miss athletics backer known for tweeting at and promoting potential Rebels student-athletes was revealed to be a fake account yesterday, ending years of speculation that the blonde and perky "Analesa Presley" did not exist at all.

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LOOK: Will Ferrell has a Strat-O-Matic card and it is tough but fair - CBSSports.com

By the standards of non-ballplayer 47-year-olds, Mr. Ferrell acquitted himself quite nicely. Among his highlights? Making contact with an actual pitch, hitting the cutoff man and executing a 1-3 putout. However, in the remorseless and unsparing cauldron that is the Strat-O-Matic card, Mr. Ferrrell was revealed to be decidedly human.

WATCH: Braves' Fredi Gonzalez ejected from spring training game - CBSSports.com

In that same game, we also saw a rarity: a spring training ejection. Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez got tossed -- after one pitch! -- by home plate Dan Iassogna for arguing balls and strikes.

WATCH: Oregon downs Utah on Joseph Young's buzzer-beating 3 - CBSSports.com

Oregon will play Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament final after beating Utah on an awesome buzzer-beating three-pointer from Joseph Young.

There's a new golf movie on the way; Shooter McGavin is involved - CBSSports.com

It doesn't feel like there has been a good golf movie released in a while, does there? Unfortunately, that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.