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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.12.13

Today's look around the interwebs.

Jamie Squire

As promised, we have Weird Wednesday leftovers at the bottom of today's News and Notes.

KU Women play tonight. Volleyball plays tomorrow. Please join us on discussing both.

Kansas Basketball

KU women hope to reverse losing streak tonight |

Junior forward Chelsea Gardner (15.1 points, 8.4 rebounds), junior guard Asia Boyd (10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Harper (10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds) have led KU thus far, and Henrickson thinks the whole team is capable of getting past this recent slump.

Self: KU reacting too slow vs. zone |

“The ball sticks now. Guys are indecisive,” Self said, noting, “we haven’t reacted very well. The best zone offense I’ve ever seen is to have really good shooters and we haven’t shot the ball well against zones yet. We’re better shooters than this (5-20 threes vs. Colorado; 2-11 vs. Villanova; 8-19 vs. Florida).”

Column: Like predecessors, Mason should grow out of inconsistency, into talent |

There is no Robinson available to enable Self to ease Mason into playing the point, a position foreign to him until this season. Naadir Tharpe is two years ahead of Mason, the same experience gap between Collins and Robinson. So far, Tharpe hasn’t mastered the art of rapid ball movement. He’s a couple of inches shorter than Robinson, not as strong, and doesn’t defend as well.

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins needs help from his teammates - ESPN

Andrew Wiggins held the ball above his head and screamed in desperation.

With the game on the line in the final minutes of No. 19 Florida's 67-61 win over No. 13 Kansas on Tuesday night, his teammates had abandoned him on the baseline, nearly prompting a turnover on the inbound pass before Frank Mason rescued him.

That moment was a metaphor for this entire troubling start. Wiggins can't overcome Kansas' weaknesses alone. Even if he could walk on water – and he was otherworldly in his definitive 26-point, 11-rebound, two-block performance – the rules wouldn't let him pass to himself.

Kansas Jayhawks among teams facing point guard concerns in '13-14 - ESPN

Insider piece that starts off with our Jayhawks, but I'd be curious to see what other teams are on this list.

Dick Vitale: Kansas Jayhawks inexperience shows in loss at Florida Gators - ESPN

The last time Kansas lost three games this early in the season was 2006, when they opened 2-3. But coaches like Self and Florida's Billy Donovan are not afraid to schedule a game like this early in the season. Remember, both squads started the season in The Associated Press top 10. Self and Donovan don't worry about the result at this point of the season because they believe a game like this will help in the long run. Both coaches are secure in their position, and each should make it to the Hall of Fame down the line.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 11 |

Kansas Football

Safety Isaiah Johnson named Big 12's top newcomer on 'D' |

Although a handful of KU’s juco transfers fell through the cracks and made little or no impact for the Jayhawks in 2013, Johnson’s contributions were among the most valuable for a team that enjoyed significant defensive improvement, particularly in the secondary.

Rest of the list is below.

Big 12 Conference football releases 2013 all-conference honors - ESPN

Kansas Sports

KU volleyball elated to be one of ‘elite 16’ |

In retrospect, Albers said the players now appreciate the tough road schedule Bechard and his staff put together this season, because those experiences (KU finished 10-3 in road matches and 3-1 at neutral sites) should make the next round of the tournament slightly easier to handle.

KU swimmer Chelsie Miller wins Big 12 weekly award |

KU rowing signs five in fall class |

KU to host NCAA cross country, track regionals in 2015-16 |


Notre Dame Fighting Irish among five teams in trouble this season - ESPN

QB Baker Mayfield says he's leaving Texas Tech - ESPN

Chat: Chat with Brandon Chatmon - SportsNation - ESPN

Bryan Harsin to be head coach of Boise State Broncos - ESPN

College Football Playoff selection committee will have its hands full now that BCS era is done - ESPN

Cade Foster of Alabama Crimson Tide receives letter of support from former President George W. Bush - ESPN

Power conferences seeking more autonomy in NCAA - ESPN

MLB intends to ban home plate collisions by 2015 - ESPN

Weird Wednesday Leftovers

Meet The Prankster Who Offered Dungy The USC Job. He's At It Again.

Greg Hardy's Explanation For "Kraken From Hogwarts" Clears Up Nothing

Kansas City Sportscaster Maintains He Didn't Call KU The "Gayhawks"

Matt Stafford Fumbleface Is The Best Face, Non-Manning Division

ESPN Says The Ravens (Who Won) Had A Sub-Zero Chance Of Winning

College football bowl game gift packages revealed | FOX Sports on MSN

Drunk Vikings Fan Tumbles Down Seats, Spills Beer

Seahawks Player Impersonates Russell Wilson To Get Dinner Reservations

This Florida State Ball Boy Is A College Football Hero (H/T gatorhawk)