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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.06.15

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This Cliff Alexander thing is sounding more and more like a Reggie Bush situation to me.

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Happy Friday everyone!

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Reports: Cliff Alexander's 'NCAA issue' is tied to impermissible benefits - CBSSports.com

Citing multiple sources, Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde says that the NCAA is investigating whether a family member received benefits from an NBA agent. Alexander cannot return to the court for Kansas until he is interviewed by the NCAA, and that process has reportedly been held up by the freshman forward retaining legal counsel.

#KUReview: How unlikely was KU's comeback? | CJOnline.com

KenPom.com has listed game-probability charts for each of the last six seasons in college basketball. I went back through each game to find the times KU had less than a 20-percent chance of victory and later came back to win. There have been nine instances of this happening since 2009-10. Here, in reverse order, are KU's top comebacks in that time period, calculated with help from KenPom's win-probability calculator.

Self Discusses Regular-Season Finale in Weekly Presser

With its 11th-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title already on lock, No. 9/10 Kansas will travel to No. 15/15 Oklahoma for the finale of the league slate. Head coach Bill Self addressed the media about his team's injury issues, strength of schedule and the differences between a good season and a great one.

Bill Self: Big 12 champion Jayhawks going to OU to win | Smithology | KUsports.com

Just one game remains in the regular season for Bill Self’s Kansas basketball team, and his Jayhawks (24-6 overall, 13-4 Big 12) already have sole possession of a conference championship sealed up. Plus, two guys that started for KU just less than two weeks ago — forwards Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander — don’t figure in the plans. That makes Saturday’s game at Oklahoma (20-9, 11-6) unique, but Self still plans on going down to Norman to win.

The Shot Heard ‘Round the Big 12: Perry Ellis Surges at Crucial Time

Perry Ellis’s response to missing that layup in Morgantown has been terrific. In the three games that followed that disappointing loss, Ellis put up 23, 24, and 28 points. He shot 60% from the floor (28/47), averaged nearly 10 rebounds, and poured in at least nine baskets in each game. While it is the first time in his career that he scored 20+ points in three straight games, the biggest difference has been in things that don’t register in the box score.

KU’s Mickelson makes most of chance | KUsports.com

“Hunter and Svi (Mykhailiuk, no points three minutes) and Landen (Lucas, six rebounds, two blocks, 26 minutes) have probably had as good attitudes as anybody in our program. It’s not easy to do when you want to play and don’t get a chance to and you’re sitting there. Like you don’t want the quarterback to get hurt, but you want an opportunity. And that’s kind of where those guys have been all year long,” Self added.

Welcome Home! Jayhawk Baseball Hosts Utah to Open the Hog

After playing six games in seven days, the Kansas baseball team returns home to open up Hoglund Ballpark for the 2015 campaign welcoming Pac-12 Conference foe Utah for a three-game series, March 6-8.

Former KU pole vaulter Jordan Scott going for gold… and green | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

Finding the money for proper training is only half of the battle. After that, Scott would still have to make the team. He reached the final round of Olympic qualifying in both 2008 and 2012 but came up just short in the finals. However, he spent the past year ranked in the Top 5 nationally among all male pole vaulters and believes he's in the best vaulting shape of his life. Twenty-four vaulters are selected for the qualifying round and 12 of those go on to the finals. From there, the top three make the Olympic team and two others sign on as alternates.

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410 lb LaQuan McGowan practicing at tight end, H-back for Baylor Bears - ESPN

"We're looking at him as kind of a slot- and tight end-type of guy," Baylor coach Art Briles told reporters Tuesday. "He can certainly help us in the run game in those situations. The way we're looking at it is we've got three games in nonconference to kind of feel it out and see what he can do and teach him what to do in live action."

Texas coach Charlie Strong: 'I didn't kick them off' the team - CBSSports.com

Charlie Strong wants you to know that nobody was kicked off the team. He said as much during a radio interview with CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney.

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Moron USA Today Columnist Thinks The Cardinals Poop Vanilla Sprinkles

Mr Ed says: You know, I hate the Cardinals as much as any red-blooded American. But this Deadspin writer REALLY hates the Cardinals.

Best Part of Russell Westbrook's Game is That He Can Hit His Free Throws, Says Your Dad - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

“Russell Westbrook makes his free throws,” says your dad, of Westbrook’s 83.9 percentage from the stripe. “Too many basketball stars today are all about the razzle dazzle and razz-ma-tazz. The dunks. The crazy passes. The what have you. But he’s one of the few who make free throws. He’s one of the good ones.”

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Wisconsin Freshmen Practice Not Dying While Diving For Loose Balls

The Golden Gophers gym is one of the last few in America that features a raised floor—of about two feet—and the Badger freshmen have likely never played on one. So yesterday featured some fun looking diving practice!

Steph Curry Launches A Three, Doesn't Even Watch It Go In

Hey, Steph Curry, how is your confidence level these days?

GIF: Yep, Clayton Kershaw still has that wicked curveball - CBSSports.com

Yep, Kershaw's still got it. That hook is a thing of beauty.

LOOK: Snow covers Globe Life Park in Texas - CBSSports.com

Much of North Texas got record-level snowfall Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The Dallas-Fort Worth area -- Arlington is the site of Globe Life Park and it's close -- got 3.5 inches, which is the fourth-highest recorded total ever in the month of March. Further, the last time the area saw such levels of snow in March came in 1947.

Watch A Brazilian Plane Nearly Miss The Caribbean's Most Famous Runway

Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch half of St. Marten is known for its impressive approach as heavy international flights buzz Maho Beach due to one end of its runway being extremely close to the shore.

WATCH: Happy Gilmore II? Adam Sandler and Bob Barker reunite - CBSSports.com

It's the 19th anniversary of Happy Gilmore (how old do you feel now?), so Bob Barker and Adam Sandler decided to get the band back together for a Comedy Central reunion.