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Notebook: Gonzaga Leapfrogs KU as #1 Team; Les Miles Says Kansas Will Win Next Year

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Kansas News

NCAA's NET rating ranks KU below LMU, UK below Abilene Christian
You know that scene in The Office where Kevin brings in his famous chili only to spill it right on the floor?

K.J. Lawson steps in for Marcus Garrett in KU win over Tennessee
Hours before Kansas took on Tennessee in the NIT Preseason Tip-Off final, Bill Self announced his squad would be without Marcus Garrett, a gritty guard who was suffering concussion-like symptoms. The absence of Garrett meant that KU would only have five guards available and would need a combination of players to step up in order to mitigate the loss of arguably the team's best defender.

Bill Self says Jayhawks proved in New York they ‘will compete and fight’
Whether to motivate his Kansas basketball players or simply tell it as he sees it, Bill Self has selected the word “soft” to describe the play of the Jayhawks at various intervals the past 16 seasons.

Les Miles thinks KU football can win in his first year on the job | KUsports.com
As Les Miles looks ahead to Year 1 of the massive rebuilding project he agreed to take on when he signed a five-year contract to coach the Kansas football team, he doesn’t appear to be a man ready to temper his expectations.

Benton Smith: No need to panic about KU getting leapfrogged for No. 1 (again) | KUsports.com
Udoka Azubuike, Lagerald Vick and Dedric Lawson won’t be losing any sleep with Monday’s news that Gonzaga vaulted past Kansas to the No. 1 spot in the new AP poll.

Notebook: UT's Herman seeks input from Beaty | KUsports.com
During Monday’s Big 12 Championship Teleconference, Herman was asked about a report from Orangebloods.com that Beaty would be consulting the UT coach as he and his staff prepared for the Longhorns’ conference title game matchup with Oklahoma.

After No. 1 Duke loses, No. 2 KU doesn’t move up in latest AP poll
The Kansas men’s basketball team — for the second time in three weeks — was leapfrogged for the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll.

Other Sports News

Joel Embiid goes one-on-one with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith | 'Hawks in the NBA | KUsports.com
When ESPN announced young Philadelphia star Joel Embiid would appear on “First Take,” one had to hope it would mean a one-on-one debate between the charismatic big man and the daily morning show’s rambunctious personality, Stephen A. Smith.

James Harden's 54 for Houston Rockets highlights backcourts' historic duel
On one hand, you had Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who was named the NBA's MVP last season behind his lethal combination of 3-point shooting and an uncanny ability to get to the rim.

Mack Brown accepts North Carolina Tar Heels job
Mack Brown has agreed to terms to become the next football head coach at North Carolina, the school announced.

Borussia Dortmund bus attacker sentenced to 14 years for attempted murder
The man who carried out a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus last year has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempted murder.

Kevin Durant of Golden State Warriors joins elite Warriors list with another 49 points
"I still missed 17 shots," Durant said. "Tricked off a 50 piece. I felt like I had some shots that I wish I could have made last game and this game. ... So I wish I could have made more shots and I'm pretty sure all my teammates felt that way."

Other News

Top U.S. House tax writer floats tax bill on retirement plans, IRS | Reuters
A Republican who will soon step down as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives tax committee late on Monday released a sweeping, nearly 300-page tax bill that he said would affect Americans’ retirement savings, numerous business tax breaks and redesign the Internal Revenue Service.

Restaurant closes after video shows rat cooking on grill
This is just not the story to get us all back in the swing of things after the long holiday weekend, y’know? Nevertheless, a Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Mapunapuna, Hawaii has closed down for a few days after a clueless teen apparently decided to throw a rat on the grill (dumb), video it (idiotic), and put it on Snapchat (what did they think was going to happen?)

Try Landing InSight on Mars (Without Exploding) | WIRED
Now for the real question, though: Could you be in charge of the InSight landing? What if you did a manual landing, would the robot survive? Let's find out.