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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.23.15

A look-see around a sad day-after in Kansas basketball.

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Lots of sad links today.  Maybe skip down to the bottom for the puppy video.  Puppies make everything better.

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NCAA Tournament: Kansas Season Ends With WSU, 78-65

In the end, the Shockers simply didn't miss. No. 2 Kansas got its 17 points from Perry Ellis in the ultra-hyped matchup against his hometown team and even got an additional 17 off the bench from Devonte' Graham. Yet, No. 7 seed Wichita State had every answer – the biggest being a 60 percent second-half shooting performance, to end the Jayhawks' season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon inside CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Bounced: Shockers do as they please, send Jayhawks home |

“I hate to say it, but I feel they might have wanted it a little bit more than we did,” Lucas said. “I think we came in this game thinking that we did (want it more) but if you look at the small things when it really mattered ... the loose balls, extra possessions, executing, listening to coach, focus, I think the veteran team (WSU) came out and took the game."

Hustle, desire define Shockers' victory over Jayhawks |

“That summarized the game right there,” said WSU point guard Fred VanVleet, who finished Sunday with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. “That guy's supposed to be a lottery draft pick and we've got Zach Brown just outworking him and getting the ball. That was big for us. That sums up us. That sums up the game.”

Jayhawks got beat by a tougher team, and that will haunt KU coach Bill Self | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

Kansas coach Bill Self and his players were out-hustled by a Wichita State team that just seemed to want it more.

'Battle of Omaha?' Kansas Jayhawks-Wichita State Shockers was more like 'Bloody Sunday' | FOX Sports

Bracketville is all about daydreaming; just not during the actual games themselves. Nor did it comfort the legions of Kansas faithful when freshman wing star Kelly Oubre -- in what could be his last contest in a Jayhawk uniform -- allegedly told reporters that he'd slept through Wichita State's 81-76 win over Indiana in the second round. "He can sleep all he wants to now," VanVleet countered.

After season-ending loss, Jayhawks will contemplate what's next |

Kelly Oubre, Jr., a McDonald’s All-American who arrived at Kansas University as an almost-certain one-and-done college player, shed no light on his future plans after Sunday’s 78-65 loss to Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State atones for last season with stellar win over No. 2 Kansas -

No. 7 Wichita State, most certainly an underseeded Shockers team, took out No. 2 Kansas 78-65 to advance to the Sweet 16. Repeat after me: This is why Bill Self doesn't schedule Wichiblah, blah, blah. Forget about that. We already know why. Let's talk bigger things, the reverberations of this game -- which wasn't a terrific game, but certainly a memorable one.

AUDIO - Self, Ellis and Graham explain what went wrong in season-ending loss to WSU (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Minutes after Kansas University's basketball season ended Sunday in Omaha, Jayhawks coach Bill Self, as well as players Perry Ellis and Devonté Graham, answer questions from the media about how Wichita State knocked them out of the NCAA Tournament.

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Kansas State Wildcats boast Big 12's best quarterback production - ESPN

In a study of Total QBR in the league since 2012, the Wildcats have had the most consistent success. (Mr. Ed says: Wow. I expected the Jayhawks to be dead last. But I didn't expect them to be so far behind the rest of the league. David Beaty has got to improve the QB play - that's gonna be job #1.)

KU Men’s Golf Wins Desert Shootout

With every Jayhawk finishing in the top-20, the Kansas men's golf team won the Desert Shootout at Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Arizona, Saturday.

Swimming & Diving - Miller Completes KU's Run at NCAA Championship

Chelsie Miller concluded the 2014-15 season for the Kansas swimming and diving team, completing the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:17.02 at the NCAA Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. Miller finished 26th in the early heat, the second highest among Big 12 competitors, with the championship final to be completed later Saturday evening.

- College Sports -

2015 Frozen Four: NCAA hockey tournament field set -

College hockey is in an unprecedented era of parity, making for unpredictable results in a single-elimination format that brings as much to the table as its basketball brethren, minus about 48 teams.

Charles Barkley shows he doesn't know NCAA hoops | FOX Sports

Charles Barkley is part of CBS’ coverage of March Madness for one reason and one reason only: He is entertaining. Watch him for the laughs and the jokes, because you definitely don’t want to take any of his college basketball analysis seriously. The guy doesn’t follow the sport very closely and showed that on Sunday.

Reports: Indiana coach Tom Crean said 'you suck' to ref after loss -

Indiana, a No. 10 seed, fell 81-76 to No. 7 Wichita State, and as the game ended, Crean immediately walked over to one of the officials and dropped his opinion on that man.

- Videos and Pics of the Day -

LOOK: 410-pound LaQuan McGowan is still catching passes -

"The hardest thing is practicing with him, because we don't want to get anyone injured. But we've got three games in nonconference to see what he can do," Briles said. Well, it turns out Briles wasn't messing with the public's hearts. Check out this video from a recent Baylor practice.

LOOK: South Carolina dugout wins the day -

Photobombing behind manager interviews is becoming a regular thing on Major League Baseball broadcasts, but it would appear the kids are a bit more advanced on this one, because the players from the University of South Carolina Gamecocks went full-on banana phone with this one.

LOOK: Villanova crying piccolo player visibly upset after Wildcats are upset -

Just seconds after East No. 1 seed Villanova lost to NC State 71-68 on Saturday, the Villanova band was in its post-game routine when TBS cameras caught a piccolo player with tears streaming down her cheeks. (Mr. Ed says: Hey, at least she kept playing...)

VIDEO - Jayhawk-killer Ali Farokhmanesh surprises Kansas fans in Omaha | All Eyes on KU |

The Omaha World-Herald grabbed the now-Nebraska graduate assistant and brought him to CenturyLink Center, where the Jayhawks started their 2015 NCAA Tournament.  (Mr. Ed says: In case you missed it in the FanShots, I thought I'd link this today.)

- Cats and Puppies -

Cats Meeting Puppies for the First Time

Mr. Ed says: Go ahead, try not to smile while watching this.