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Notebook: Kansas Faces First Big Monday of the Year vs Texas; KU Women Maul K-State

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KU women's basketball team nets first win over Kansas State since 2014 |
"I think our program has been through a lot the past few years," head coach Brandon Schneider said in a team release. "We feel like we really have it going in the right direction. We have made a lot of progress. I think when the players play at a high level in a key win like this, they have every right to celebrate."

Benton Smith: Ochai Agbaji invigorating lineup as KU recalibrates on the fly |
Replacing a 7-foot, three-year starter with a fresh-out-of-his redshirt 6-5 guard in the middle of a season isn’t a tradeoff any college basketball coach would seek out.

KU freshman guard Agbaji has yet to commit a turnover heading into Big Monday game
Steady freshman Ochai Agbaji has been turnover-free in one Big 12 home game and one road contest since having his redshirt lifted at Kansas.

Lagerald Vick reaches 1,000 career points on his birthday
“First 36 minutes I thought he was great," said KU coach Bill Self of Vick after Saturday's KU win, 73-68 — as shown on the ESPN+ broadcast. "He made shots, I thought he played well. Made a couple of hard shots at the end of the shot clock. He played really well. You know, he didn’t play like a senior down the stretch, but I thought he was pretty good today.”

Bill Self, players preview Big Monday showdown against Texas
After defeating Baylor to earn its first true-road win of the season, the Kansas men's basketball team (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) will be back in action at 8 p.m. against Texas in Allen Fieldhouse

Sagarin picks college basketball's best teams since 2005
The shot clock has been cut way down, and any number of emphases have seemingly gone to favor offensive players in an attempt to turn college basketball into a cleaner, higher scoring product. And — like what happened in the NBA — the three-point shot is in. Like, way in. In 2004-05, the average team took 33 percent of its shots from behind the three-point arc. This season, that number is up to nearly 39 percent, and teams are more likely to look for power forwards who can shoot from the outside, if not centers, as opposed to the more traditional two big man looks closer to the start of the millennium.

Other Sports News

Tell Me Again Why Kyler Murray Would Ever Want To Play Baseball?
Heisman-winning-QB-but-also-A’s-draft-pick Kyler Murray has a choice to make, and it looks like he’s going to forego a baseball career (for now) to enter the NFL Draft, and it looks like he’s going to announce that as soon as tomorrow. Both the A’s and Major League Baseball have sent envoys to Dallas to convince him to reconsider, and there’s reportedly one way to change his mind:

DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship ends in controversy after leader prevented from making final wager
A national sports betting handicapping contest with a $2.5 million prize pool ended in controversy Sunday in New Jersey, after the Day 3 leader was prevented from making his final wager before the NFC divisional-round game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints kicked off.

Alshon Jeffery of Philadelphia Eagles takes blame for loss to New Orleans Saints
"That's on me. I'll take that loss. It's on me," he said. "I let my teammates down, the city of Philadelphia, that's on me. I'll take that."

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic an All-Star
"He's unbelievable," Curry said of Doncic. "You can tell he's just experienced in terms of playing high-level basketball. A guy that's always at his own pace. I'm sure he had heard all the doubters and people talking about his game who really didn't know much about him, and he's made himself known for sure. It's fun to watch in terms of the future of the league."

James Harden of Houston Rockets ties Kobe Bryant streak, goes 1-for-17 from 3
Harden scored 38 points Sunday night during the Houston Rockets' 116-109 loss against the Magic, marking the 16th consecutive time that he has scored at least 30 or more points -- matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.

2018 NFL playoff bracket reset - First look at conference championship round matchups schedule
And then there were four. Following the divisional-weekend games, the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are all just one win away from reaching Super Bowl LIII.

Other News

Government shutdown 2019: 5 ways Trump, Congress could end standoff
Will Trump cave? Will Pelosi? Here are some scenarios about how the shutdown finally ends.

Los Angeles Teachers Are Moving Forward With A Strike : NPR
The district and the union are close on teacher salaries, but educators and union leaders say the strike is about more than paychecks.

"It's about the conditions that the kids are learning in," says Scout Wodehouse, a drama teacher at Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School in downtown LA.

Jayme Closs: Investigators tracking down movements of kidnap suspect - CNN
As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the nearly three months she was in captivity.

President Trump invokes Wounded Knee Massacre while attacking Elizabeth Warren - The Washington Post
On Sunday night, President Trump used that same massacre as a punchline in his latest broadside against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Democratic presidential hopeful whom he regularly calls “Pocahontas” in jeering reference to her claims of American Indian heritage.

Daily Inter Lake - Business, Report offers data on local internet access
According to the BroadbandNow report, the average download speed in Kalispell is 24.19 megabits per second (Mbps), 30.23 Mbps in Whitefish and 21.17 Mbps in Columbia Falls. The state average is 25.3 Mbps and the national average is 41.6.