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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.30.13

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After an extended break, we are ready to jump back in with the teams and push towards conference title number 10.  Here are your extended News and Notes.

The RCT top 25 poll will be out this evening, before the game starts.

Kansas Women's Basketball

Not there yet: Kansas women ‘inconsistently’ tough in victory over Yale |

“We just started the book yesterday, but we read the intro and the first chapter,” Knight said. “A lot of people don’t really understand what the word toughness means. A lot of people think about physical toughness, but it is more of a mental aspect, and I think we all learned a little bit about that in the first chapter. I think it did help us in practice, and it carried over into the game.”

KU women welcome young fans for holiday hoops clinic |

“We all have a soft spot for little kids,” Henrickson said. “And to watch their excitement for what we get to do every day is awesome. How many people participate in this just because of the building they get to walk into or because they get to dribble a ball in Allen Fieldhouse?”

PHOTOS: Kansas Women's Basketball vs. Yale |

Kansas Men's Basketball

Rested Jayhawks hope to continue to improve with win over Toledo -

Will Kansas, 8-3, continue to progress after consecutive victories against New Mexico and Georgetown? Well, we will get our first chance to evaluate their progress when the Jayhawks return to the floor against Toledo at 7 p.m. Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Frank Mason focused on stepping up as leader |

“I need to create more opportunities for my teammates to get open shots, to get shots for the bigs. I’m trying to be more vocal and be more of a leader,” said Mason, who has started three games and come off the bench in eight for the Jayhawks, who take an 8-3 record into Monday’s 7 p.m. game against 12-0 Toledo in Allen.

Undefeated Rockets not awed by KU |

“If there’s a negative to going 12-0, (I) don’t think we’re going to sneak up on anybody,” Kowalczyk told the Toledo Blade after Saturday’s 85-66 home rout of Coppin State. “We’re going to get their best shot, but you know what, I think they’re going to get our best shot, too.”

In the family: Wiggins brothers support shared love of basketball |

In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, the Wiggins boys pulled aside the curtain on their Canadian upbringing, what has driven them to succeed and what their ambitions are for the future. All of them talked about the close bond they share, one that’s helped them to deal with the pressures of being the first family of the Canadian hardwood.

Column: Jayhawks will keep things interesting in second half |

KU-San Diego State hoops on Jan. 5 set for 3:30 p.m. tip-off |

Jayhawks finalists for prep shooting guards |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 27 |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 28 |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 29 |


Column: KU fans, coaches face tests in 2014 |

Iowa State's K.J. Bluford to transfer - ESPN

Davidson Wildcats vs. Wichita State Shockers - Recap - December 29, 2013 - ESPN

Bill O'Brien, Penn State Nittany Lions coach, working on deal to become Houston Texans' head coach - ESPN

James Young, Andrew Harrison step up in Kentucky Wildcats win - ESPN

Syracuse Orange have heart of a contender in Villanova Wildcats win - ESPN

Where do Michigan Wolverines go with Mitch McGary sidelined by surgery - ESPN