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Notebook: Kansas To Face Texas Tech With Huge Big 12 Championship Implications

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Kansas News

KU looking to replicate defensive performance vs. Texas Tech
Saturday, the Jayhawks will travel to Lubbock to take on a Texas Tech squad that is averaging 78 points per game since its loss to KU. (Bill Self did say that he expects Garrett to play after the sophomore missed the past five games with a high ankle sprain.)

Former LHS, KU standout Jason Thoren hired to lead Baker football program |
A former standout running back and linebacker at Lawrence High in the mid-1990s, Thoren went on to star as a linebacker at the University of Kansas, where he earned various all-Big Eight and all-Big 12 honors from 1994-97.

KU’s Self would gladly accept repeat of last year’s performance at Texas Tech
“That’s when Devonté locked up player of the year in the league. He was great. That (game) clinched the league for us,” KU coach Bill Self said this week in recalling the No. 8-ranked Jayhawks’ 74-72 victory over the No. 6 Red Raiders on Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

What Bill Self needs to see from Marcus Garrett before Saturday
"I can tell you right now, my decision is that is he going to be available,” said Self. “Now whether or not I play him or not, I don't know. It will be a game-time decision on his usage, but it won't be a game-time decision on whether he suits up. At least that's how I see it right now."

Kansas looks to avoid road turnover plague
All season, Kansas has been awful at protecting the ball on the road, and while TCU represented a pretty large step forward, the Jayhawks will be tested in a major way Saturday when Kansas heads to Texas Tech with a potential Big 12 title on the line. Perhaps just as importantly for the Jayhawks’ chances at a run in March, Kansas will need to show TCU — the Jayhawks’ first Big 12 road game this year with a turnover rate below 20 percent — isn’t a fluke, and that Kansas can protect the ball away from the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse.

Other Sports News

Chicago Bears to release kicker Cody Parkey
The Chicago Bears are releasing kicker Cody Parkey, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

Bryce Harper meets with Phillies owner John Middleton in Las Vegas
Philadelphia Phillies managing general partner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday night to meet with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper in his hometown, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

DeMar DeRozan gets two ovations but falls to former team in return to Toronto
DeMar DeRozan fantasized about the moment 24 hours before while in a roomful of reporters at the Four Seasons hotel, only to live it Friday at a packed Scotiabank Arena that welcomed back the former Toronto Raptor with the standing ovation he envisioned.

Russell Westbrook's record triple-double streak ends in Oklahoma City Thunder's 2OT win
Despite getting extra time, Russell Westbrook couldn't extend his record triple-double streak on Friday, falling two assists short in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 148-147 double-overtime win over the Utah Jazz.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft facing charges of solicitation of prostitution
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.

Other News

Venezuelan Military Fires On Protesters, Killing 2, In Confrontation Over Aid : NPR
Venezuelan security forces killed two protesters Friday as opposition activists prepare their attempt to bring international aid into the country against the will of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

United Methodist Church Delegates To Debate LGBTQ Weddings And Clergy : NPR
United Methodist Church leaders are meeting in St. Louis beginning Saturday to decide whether to lift a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings.

Schlitterbahn lawsuit: Charges dropped in Kansas water slide death where boy was decapitated - CBS News
A judge dismissed criminal charges Friday against a Kansas water park owner and the designer of a 17-story slide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated in 2016. Wyandotte County Judge Robert Burns cited improper evidence in dropping second-degree murder charges against Schlitterbahn owner Jeff Henry, designer John Schooley, and general contractor Henry and Sons Construction Co.

Over 90 Killed in India by Toxic Homemade Liquor - The New York Times
At least 95 people have died in northeastern India this past week after drinking poisonous homemade alcohol, officials said on Saturday.

Off Topic Saturday

  1. The Oscars are tomorrow. What was the best movie you saw over the last year?
  2. Would you rather be slightly too warm or slightly too cold?
  3. Cookies, cake or brownies?