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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.09.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

#KUReview: Jayhawks' schedule ranks as best in a decade |

KU has had the nation's top strength of schedule in three of the last four seasons. It's also the only school in the last 14 years to have the nation's top slate three different times. In short, the Jayhawks have managed an impressive record this season while playing a historically tough schedule with a team that doesn't feature as much high-end talent as years past. Seems to me like Bill Self was snubbed in the Big 12 coach of the year balloting.

Report: Cliff Alexander faces ineligibility because mom took loan -

Alexander's family took meetings with NBA agents during August, sources said. Discussions with agents for the purpose of gaining information on a player's market value do not violate NCAA rules, but entering into a written or verbal agreement and receiving compensation is a violation. Alexander has not yet been interviewed by the NCAA, sources said, though not because of a reluctance by either the school or NCAA investigators.

Brannen Greene likely to return this week; Perry Ellis 'fine' |

“I don’t want to say positively. I’m hopeful it’s a one-game deal. If B.G. handles his business he should be back (for Thursday’s Big 12 Tournament opener),” Self said.

The Day After: Almost at Oklahoma | Tale of the Tait |

It remains to be seen how well the Jayhawks will play this postseason, but you can't question the fact that they're ready. The past three games — two victories and one loss — have all resembled Big 12 or NCAA Tournament games, with both teams fighting and scrapping for every possession, point or advantage they could get. The two victories were at home and the Jayhawks won't have that advantage the rest of the way. But Sprint Center is close to home and their showing at Oklahoma, without three regulars, has to at least be a little encouraging when they think about playing away from Allen Fieldhouse.

Four Jayhawks Land on Coaches’ All-Big 12 Team

Ellis was named All-Big 12 First Team, marking the conference-leading 26th time a Jayhawk has been named to the league's first team. KU sophomore guard Frank Mason III earned second-team recognition, while sophomore guard Wayne Selden, Jr., and freshman guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. were honorable mention selections.

JaCorey Shepherd Announced as one of KU's 2015 Men of Merit

The 2015 University of Kansas Men of Merit have been announced, recognizing a group of students, faculty and staff positively defining masculinity through challenging norms, taking action and leading by example while making contributions to university and/or the community. Among the 15 students honored this year is KU Football's JaCorey Shepherd.

Spring dates and other KU football notes | Tale of the Tait |

First-year KU coach David Beaty announced earlier this week that the Jayhawks would kick off their 15-practice spring schedule on March 24. Beaty's first spring in charge of the program will wrap up with the April 25 spring game, scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

- College Sports -

Big 12 tournament 2015: Full bracket and TV schedule | FOX Sports

With only 10 teams, this tournament wraps up neatly in four days. The champion will be crowned on March 14 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Odds to Win the Conference Tournaments | FOX Sports

If you had to pick one conference tourney to watch because of the overall competitiveness of the conference, the Big 12 would be it. Six of the ten teams are at 8-1 or under to win this thing.

Jim Boeheim of Syracuse Orange vows to stay -- 'I'm not going anywhere' - ESPN

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim vowed Sunday to ride out the turbulence of the program's harsh NCAA penalties, saying he was "not going anywhere" in the wake of a nine-game suspension, the docking of 12 scholarships and 108 vacated wins.

2015 Big 12 Spring Practice Watch: Who's your quarterback? -

Spring practice is either underway, or soon to begin at schools around the Big 12, so it's time to look at the league's biggest storylines, questions, developments, etc. … in short, the things we're watching most closely as spring practice unfolds. Here's 10.

Proposed change in Illegal man downfield rule tabled - ESPN

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel tabled a proposal Friday to change the illegal man downfield rule from 3 yards to 1 because it did not get enough feedback from head coaches.

Death of UAB football: Will new consultant's study lead to revival? -

A University of Alabama at Birmingham task force reevaluating the decision to kill football announced Saturday night it has selected California-based consulting firm OSKR to perform a new study.

- Videos and Pics of the Day -

WATCH: Bees -- lots and lots of bees -- attend Royals-Angels game -

Bees! Purveyors of honey and stings! Bees! Friends of agriculture but possibly unwelcome at sporting events!

WATCH: The worst dunk contest dunk, ever -

I have no words for what you're about to see. Sometimes the video is the only thing that can do it justice.

LOOK: Northwestern's pregame dunk contest brings down the shot clock -

Pregame warm-ups were delayed slightly when one of the Wildcats apparently brought down the shot clock during shootaround.

WATCH: Southern California tops TCU on walk-off squeeze play -

On Friday night, No. 25 Southern California upset No. 7 TCU by a score of 7-6. But that's not all! You need to know that the Trojans sealed it in the 12th inning with a walk-off squeeze play.

VIDEO: Stephen Curry gives us the play of the year -

Never seen anything like that in an NBA game before. Never. All Warriors head coach Steve Kerr could do was laugh.