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Daylight savings time is awful. What a terrible idea.

Kansas Sports

Busted: Crunch-time 'D' costs Kansas again |
Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard needed just four seconds to accept an inbounds pass and traverse the length of the court, missing a driving layup that was tipped in by league Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield with two-tenths of a second left in Oklahoma’s 75-73 victory over KU in Noble Center.

Bill Self: A negative ruling on Cliff Alexander would keep him out of NCAAs |
Kansas University freshman Cliff Alexander did not make the trip to Oklahoma Saturday for the Jayhawks’ 75-73 setback, because of his issue with the NCAA that has been described as a possible extra benefit situation involving an agent and Alexander’s family.

Public filing ties Cliff Alexander parent to financial firm - Yahoo Sports
A Uniform Commercial Code filed in August 2014 ties the mother of suspended Kansas basketball player Cliff Alexander to a finance company that, according to its website, specializes in loans to professional athletes and agents, Yahoo Sports has learned.

OU's Buddy Hield makes final case for Player of Year |
If Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield felt he needed to make one more statement to help his candidacy for Big 12 Player of the Year, he picked a heck of a way to do it.

KU baseball falls to Utah |
“I think it was all Carroll today,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “He was 92-94 mph all day, and we weren’t able to get his pitch count up enough to get him out of the game. I compliment him. He threw first-pitch strikes to almost every single hitter that went up there.”

Kansas softball splits pair |
“We had a tough game earlier offensively. We were not locked in,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “They came out and accepted our challenge of having better at-bats and stringing them together. I’m really proud of the way our team bounced back.”

Bill Self on Oklahoma loss: 'I thought our kids competed their butts off' |
The Jayhawks don’t usually enter as 61/2-point underdogs with three scholarship players sitting out and a fourth battling injury. They don’t always go into a tough road game having already sealed a Big 12 outright championship with more important games to come in the next few weeks.

Big 12

Big 12 Tournament matchups set |
The undisputed league champions, the Jayhawks (24-7 overall, 13-5 Big 12) will have to wait until Wednesday evening to find out who they will play in the tournament quarterfinals.

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - March 07, 2015 - ESPN
West Virginia didn't squander a double-digit lead this time even with injured seniors Juwan Staten and Gary Browne in street clothes for their final home game.

Kansas St Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns - Recap - March 07, 2015 - ESPN
The Texas forward missed two games after suffering a concussion on Feb. 4 against Oklahoma State, went through a six-game shooting slump after returning, and had has to worry that the Longhorns will miss the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Recap - March 07, 2015 - ESPN
Georges Niang and Monte Morris each had 19 points and No. 17 Iowa State ended the regular season with another comeback win, beating TCU 89-76 on Saturday night to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

Odds and Ends

There’s no proof Daylight Saving Time saves electricity, so why do we even bother? - Quartz
If you’re looking for someone to blame for Daylight Saving Time, allows us to suggest the Germans. (Ed note, ban daylight savings time!)

Dick Vitale Delivers Ridiculous Rant Defending Jim Boeheim
Dick Vitale is missing yet another UNC-Duke game tonight, having been dispatched to Louisville for tonight's battle between Virginia and the Cardinals. And Dickie V used his podium to launch into a strenuous defense of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, declaring the Orange skipper "not a cheater."

Belmont Knocks Off Murray State In Bonkers OVC Finale
Belmont earned this year's first NCAA tournament invite when the Bruins ended the nation's second-longest win streak in knocking off Murray State via a Taylor Barnette three-pointer with four seconds remaining.