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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.16.13

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Sorry for missing the weekend posts. Lots of excitements and going-ons right now. Unfortunately, the season for the Women's Volleyball team has wrapped up.  If you haven't read mike's recap of the match against Washington, please jump over to the fanposts and read it now. We'll wait.....

Back already? Alright, now on to the links...

Oh, and before I forget, the RCT Top 25 will be up for you later today, so stay tuned.

Kansas Basketball

Just warming up: Embiid dominant in Jayhawks' 80-63 win over New Mexico |

“But the more he plays, the less time he’s going to spend in Lawrence. I’m not sure it’s a real wise decision for me to do this, but he’s got to play because he’s got so much talent he’s going to continue to get better and better. He just needs opportunities,” Self added.

I'm pretty sure Embiid has shown enough that he is going to be a high pick regardless.  In fact, at this point, the only way he stays is if he struggles through an extended slump. So either way, playing him is the best option.

Lobos gain no advantage from experienced roster in loss to KU |

“I think the age thing is overrated,” New Mexico guard Kendall Williams, who tied teammate Cameron Bairstow with a game-high 24 points. “They have a lot of skilled players that didn’t really get flustered.”

KU men's basketball notebook: KU juinor Naadir Tharpe gets back on track |

“He has to take ownership for everything,” Self added. “There’s nobody else that can do it yet. He has to buy time for these guys to give them a chance to grow up and he hasn’t done that as well as he can do. Today I thought he did a good job with that.”

Column: Embiid's impact for Kansas basketball goes beyond statistics |

With the long-striding, quick-afoot, long-armed 7-footer trapping the post in support of Perry Ellis, Embiid masked his teammates' deficiencies as post defenders. For the Lobos, seeing Embiid coming at them, arms reaching for the ceiling, it was the equivalent of a hitter crowding the plate and seeing a 95 mph fastball heading for his jaw. Instinct kicks in and the goal becomes getting out of the situation without harm as quickly as possible. Hurried, even panicked, the guy with the ball changes his goal to not turning it over. Scoring no longer enters the equation. It becomes all about surviving the possession.

Column: Brannen Greene starting to figure it out |

Greene’s time on the bench, always the best teacher in any sport, changed the way he has played. If he views those changes as a starting point to improvement and not a destination, he could bring a new dimension to a team that could use better three-point shooting. The guy’s an exciting talent, and it will be interesting to see how ready he is to understand what the coach wants and deliver it consistently.

Embiid's big night lands versatile big man on top of ratings | The Keegan Ratings |

Quarter-season All-Stars | 'Hawks in the NBA |

PHOTOS: KU basketball v. New Mexico |

AUDIO: Bill Self postgame after KU's 80-63 victory vs. New Mexico (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Embiid, Ellis, Selden New Mexico postgame (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 13 |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 14 |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 15 |

KU women's basketball team falls to No. 18 Purdue |

“Obviously, she has struggled here a little bit and not performed very well,” Henrickson said of not turning to Cole sooner. “I just felt like we needed some speed in the back court and at that point hadn’t got a whole lot of pop off the bench. We’d been turning the ball over, making mistakes and fouling. I thought, ‘Well, I feel like she could do that.’ … She might just do it faster than everybody else.”

PHOTOS: Kansas Women's Basketball vs. Purdue |


Charlie Weis sorry to see Mack Brown leaving Texas |

Success of Sporting KC helps quench KC’s thirst for a champion -

Iowa State gets another big win while Iowa falls short yet again - ESPN

A Saturday full of thrillers - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Mack Brown was told he could stay - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Mack Brown ready to exit Texas Longhorns with class, pride - ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders - Recap - December 15, 2013 - ESPN

Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys - Recap - December 15, 2013 - ESPN