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Notebook: Bill Self Looking For Dogs

Its the final countdown

NCAA Basketball: Oakland at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self searching for 'dogs' |
“Let's just call it like it is,” Self said after Friday's practice. “You're replacing Frank with somebody who's not near as competitive as Frank. You're replacing Josh with somebody who's not near as competitive as Josh. And you're replacing Landen with somebody that doesn't know how to be competitive yet. Those aren't negatives. Those are just facts. I mean, we had two-and-a-half dogs last year, and Landen was close to being a full one.”

Water valve malfunction causes flooding at Allen Fieldhouse; game still on for Sunday |
A water valve malfunction on the third floor of the south side of Allen Fieldhouse left as much as 3 feet of standing water in some areas and sent water pouring down to the ground floor.

Four Jayhawks selected to AP's All-Big 12 second team |
Although the Big 12’s coaches determined Kansas junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise belonged on their all-conference first team, neither Wise nor any of his KU teammates received the same distinction when the Associated Press unveiled its all-league selections Friday.

More Frank Mason III could be prescription for Sacramento success | 'Hawks in the NBA |
Arco Arena, the former home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, had a notoriously noisy reputation, thanks to the cowbell-wielding fanatics who occupied its seats.

Early signing period cranks up pressure for college football coaches | Lunch Break |
Twelve days removed from college football’s first December signing period, Kansas ranks next-to-last in the Big 12 with 12 verbal commitments. Only Kansas State, which never does as well in recruiting on paper as on the football field, has fewer (11) verbals.

National reaction to KU's loss to Washington somewhat mixed | Tale of the Tait |
After entering Wednesday as a 22-point favorite and ending the day on the wrong end of a nine-point loss to unranked and unheralded Washington, Parrish dropped the Jayhawks from No. 2 in his rankings all the way down to No. 24.

Other Sports

2018 NBA Draft prospect rankings: Duke's Marvin Bagley ahead of Michael Porter -
The 2018 NBA Draft does not have the depth of the 2017 draft, but it has a much stronger top tier. That top tier, in my view, has six players: Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Texas' Mo Bamba, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., Arizona's DeAndre Ayton, Alabama's Collin Sexton and the Slovenian wing currently starring in the Spanish professional league, Luka Doncic.

Chris Bosh's mother a subject of drug trafficking investigation in Texas -
The mother of 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, Freida Bosh, was named by police as a subject of a drug trafficking investigation, according to WFAA-TV in Dallas. The news was first reported by TMZ Sports.

NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Donovan Mitchell takes top spot from Ben Simmons -
So when Ben Simmons finally fell from the top spot, you knew it was going to be for a good reason. Donovan Mitchell continued torching defenses for the Jazz this week, and finally knocked Simmons off the perch that he's held since the beginning of the season.

Before you say OKC Thunder should blow it up, take a step back and see the big picture -
The Thunder lost to the Nets on Thursday, which prompted the same uproar in social media circles an OKC loss always does. "Blow it up!" "Time to trade Paul George!" "This team is a disaster!"