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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.11.14

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Kansas Men's Basketball

Jayhawks face confident ’Cats today |

“The key thing is we have to look at the teams before us and how they competed and how we beat them and really just go out and play to the best of our ability,” sophomore Perry Ellis said of Self’s message concerning a series in which KU has won 47 of the last 50 meetings entering today’s 1 p.m. contest in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Playing Kansas basketball is the main thing he’s talking about, just the tradition and things like that,” Ellis added.

Self, KU wary of Kansas State defense |

“We have to look at the teams before us and how they competed and how we beat (K-State),” KU sophomore forward Perry Ellis said. “Really just go out and play to the best of our ability and play Kansas basketball.”

Five-Minute Scout: For chance at upset, Kansas State must avoid Fieldhouse fouls |

K-State's challenge at KU is loud and clear |

Weber said his team must play with tunnel vision against the Jayhawks, who bounced back from a rare home loss to San Diego State with a road win at Oklahoma. “They are beatable but they are very, very talented, and we’re going to have to play a really good game,” Weber said. “It takes discipline, it takes execution. I thought San Diego State did a great job of just keep playing.

Weekend Homework: Kansas Jayhawks critical stretch - ESPN

These next four games will offer Kansas a chance to show all -- supporters and doubters -- that it's not only a Big 12 contender but also an assembly that could wreak havoc come March.

These four games could crush the dream, too. Coach Bill Self has only lost a handful of games at Allen Fieldhouse. Iowa State is KU's only road game during this four-game skid

Notebook: Self liked KU’s hustle, wants more |

KU coach Bill Self loves when his team wins the battle for 50/50 balls.

“That play where we got the loose ball and we called timeout, there were seven kids that dove for that ball, seven, and we ended up getting it,” Self said. “That’s the way it is in conference play.”

Kevin Haskin: Coach-speak aside, schedules serve KU, K-State well |

KU fans usually do not concede a rivalry even exists. But from Larry Brown to Roy Williams to Bill Self, the KU staff has been remarkable at getting the Jayhawks to get their crowd involved early and take out the Wildcats in a heartbeat. What is it the KU players are told?

Self played coy on Friday.

“We’re going to talk about it,’’ he said.

Recap: Wiggins' poor shooting numbers, and why they don't matter as much as you think |

Observations: Ellis the unsung key for Jayhawks -

In the Jayhawks' best wins this season (against Duke, New Mexico, and Oklahoma), it's been Ellis that's led Bill Self's team in scoring. The 6-8 sophomore has soft hands around the basket and tallied 22 points on eight shots in Wednesday night's win at Oklahoma to go along with 11 rebounds. This isn't the best NBA prospect on Kansas' roster and Ellis isn't getting the hype that's associated with Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid. But for this team to win a Big 12 title he's going to have a be an offensive focal point moving forward.

Sunflower Showdown basketball preview: Kansas State at Kansas -

Top recruit JaQuan Lyle to reschedule Kansas visit -

Perry Ellis’ play speaks volumes for KU basketball team -

Self says current KU athlete housing is ‘way, way, way, way behind’ competitors -

The battle for Kansas highlights weekend games - College Basketball - Seth Davis -

If you haven't seen Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster in action, this is your chance to check him out. The 6-2 guard from Wichita Falls, Texas, mixes highlight-reel dunks with a feathery outside touch. The Wildcats have been a pleasant surprise, but it's too much to ask for them to win in Allen Fieldhouse. You may have heard that the Jayhawks have some good freshmen as well -- including 6-5 guard Wayne Selden, who exploded for a season-high 24 points in the Jayhawks' win at Oklahoma on Wednesday.

KU basketball press conference notes: Jan. 10 | Smithology |

AUDIO: Bill Self talks K-State, a day before Sunflower Showdown (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 10 |

K-State streaking entering Sunflower Showdown | Smithology |

Column: Assistant coach has KSU playing sharp defense |

Kansas Sports

KU women host Texas Tech |

As two of the Big 12’s winless teams in conference play (the other is Kansas State), either KU or Texas Tech has a chance to emerge from the darkest depths of the standings by the end of the day. With conference wins being such a valuable commodity, Henrickson said she and the players have done enough talking about what it will take to earn one, and now is the time to produce. This game against Texas Tech, the coach added, feels like the most important one on the schedule, given the circumstances.

Former Jayhawks, teammates and roommates to face off Sunday in NFL playoffs | Tale of the Tait |

Vollmer, Bartnovskaya power KU women’s track |


Big 12 mailbag - ESPN

Lane Kiffin-Nick Saban pairing at Alabama not that surprising - ESPN

Penn State Nittany Lions hire James Franklin as 16th head coach - ESPN

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