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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.05.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday eve!

- Kansas Sports -

KU’s Ellis to miss Oklahoma game |

“He’s going to be sore here for a few days. Hopefully he’ll be able to respond to treatment and be back out there next week. That’s what we’re hopeful for,” Self added of Ellis returning for the Big 12 tournament, which for KU starts a week from today in Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

The Day After: Revenge against West Virginia | Tale of the Tait |

KU has trailed at halftime in 12 games this season, including the past three. But the Jayhawks have found a way to win most of those, with toughness being the key ingredient in all three comebacks. KU is a much different team at home than it is anywhere else, but with the rest of the season — however long it goes — coming away from Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks will have to channel the fight and ferocious play that they put forth to win the past two games to help get them through the next couple of weeks. Luckily for the Jayhawks, those two games, what worked and what didn't and the confidence and pride that came from both results will be fresh in their minds.

Notebook: Christian Garrett goes out in style on Senior Night |

Garrett, who per tradition, made his first career start — committing one foul and being fouled once before giving way to Kelly Oubre, Jr. one minute, 46 seconds into the game, also spoke to the fans after KU’s pulsating 76-69 overtime victory.

The Kansas Jayhawks Challenge Everything Americans Believe About College Basketball

Death. Taxes. Bill Self winning the Big 12. It’s part of the air we breathe in college basketball, as regular as your morning coffee or six timeouts in the final two minutes of regulation.

University of Kansas Athletics - Bill Self Named Naismith Coach of the Year Award Finalist

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2015 Naismith Men's Coach of the Year Award the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Wednesday. Self was the 2012 Naismith Coach of the Year and this is the seventh time he has been a finalist for the honor.

Rock Chalk Weekly: Basketball, An International Language

Landen Lucas, who has been to almost as many countries as he has U.S. states, has meshed his international experiences with his playing time in America. While the basic rules and fundamentals of the game are universal, there are some differences that have influenced Lucas' brand of basketball.

Kansas Announces Spring Football Dates

Beaty and his program will open up spring practice on Tuesday, March 24, and the schedule will conclude with the 1 p.m., game on Saturday, April 25. The Jayhawks will spread out their spring practice dates over a five-week period spanning the last week of March and the month of April.

Kansas Baseball - Jayhawks Bounce Back at Grand Canyon, 9-5

The Jayhawks (5-8) pounded out 12 hits, four extra-base hits, two home runs and scored nine runs off a Grand Canyon (10-4) club that is off to one of the hottest starts in program history.

Kansas Softball - Kansas Migrates South Once Again For Stetson Classic

For the third-straight weekend, the Jayhawks return to Florida for another five-game non-conference tournament. Kansas heads to DeLand, Florida for the Stetson Classic March 6-8.

Rock Chalk Weekly: Sister, Sister

For the Aldridges, seeing Lauren go off to college to become a Kansas women's basketball player was not an easy transition to make, but they have learned to overcome the challenges of her being gone and have become closer as a family as a result.

- College Sports -

Oregon State Beavers start 5 walk-ons against Oregon Ducks - ESPN

Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle started five walk-ons Wednesday night in the final home game of the season, which the Beavers lost 65-62 to in-state rival Oregon. Tinkle, in his first season as head coach of the Beavers, does not have any seniors on the team. He started four players who made the team in an open tryout Oct. 4 and one who was a practice player last season under former coach Craig Robinson.

Podcast: Seth Davis chats UK, KU and state of college hoops -

Gary Parrish is joined by Seth Davis for this edition of the Eye on College Basketball podcast. They discuss Kentucky's quest for perfection, KU's 11th straight Big 12 title and the state of college basketball.

NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

The new flat-seam ball in college baseball is having the desired effect, with teams hitting 40 percent more home runs so far this season. The NCAA announced Wednesday that teams are hitting a home run about every other game. Last year, teams homered about once every three games through the first three weeks of the season.

- Professional Sports -

Buffalo Bills get Matt Cassell in trade with Minnesota Vikings - ESPN

The Buffalo Bills continued their busy offseason Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for Matt Cassel. The Bills will send two undisclosed draft choices to Minnesota, while the Vikings will send an undisclosed draft choice to the Bills with Cassel, the teams announced.

Andrew Hawkins put weights in his pocket before his Toledo pro day -

"Before my Pro Day, I made a pit-stop at Michael's — you know, the craft store — to pick up some clay. I bought clay that matched my skin tone, molded it to the heels of my feet and taped my feet up all the way past the ankle, like I would for a game. When it came time to measure me, it gave me about another inch and a half. Then, when I weighed in, I dropped a two-and-a-half pound weight in each of my pockets, which gave me an extra five pounds."

- VIdeo of the Day -

Incredible Russian Gymnasts Take First Place

Mr Ed says: This is pretty cool.