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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.18.14

A double dose of links from around the interwebs.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Apologies for missing yesterday's post.  "Best laid plans..." and all.

Rather than waste good links, I've put all of them from yesterday in with today's.

Kansas Basketball

KU’s Wiggins, Oklahoma State’s Smart offer basketball fans a rare treat -

Kansas-Oklahoma State basketball preview -

Can Kansas prevent flippin’ repeat? |

His No. 9-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-2 overall, 3-1 Big 12) first have to defeat the No. 15 Kansas Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0) in Lawrence for the second straight season. / Obviously, that’s easier said/written than done. Iowa State is the last team to claim back-to-back victories in Allen — in 2000 and 2001. Prior to that, Missouri managed consecutive wins in 1989 and ’90.

Wiggins, Selden not flipping out about Smart's antics |

Weekend Homework: Oklahoma State Cowboys return to the Phog - ESPN

Packers QB Rodgers to visit Allen for KU-OSU |

“This is kind of on the bucket list,” Rodgers said in an interview with the Journal-World after watching practice and shooting around in the old gym. “It just doesn’t usually work with my schedule to be able to get back here for a game.”

Big recruiting weekend looms for Kansas University football |

Around 12 football recruits will be in town for official visits this weekend, when the showdown between the Jayhawks and Cowboys will be a focal point for the visits. / Weis has said in the past that he believes Allen Fieldhouse is one of the best recruiting advantages KU has because it allows athletes to experience the love and support KU students and the community have for Kansas athletics.

Column: Smart’s remarks likely to backfire |

“We had a chance to win that game, and we didn’t do it,” Self said. “And he did do a backflip, and I watched it on tape. I thought it was beautiful form. I thought he tucked just at the right time and got full extension. I thought it was very impressive.”

Podcast: Previewing KU-Oklahoma State, Joel Embiid's future |

Bill Self press conference notes: Jan. 16 | Tale of the Tait |

AUDIO: Bill Self talks Oklahoma State, Embiid, Wiggins (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Andrew Wiggins talks about Marcus Smart (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Wayne Selden says Jayhawks "playing closer to Kansas basketball" every game (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Back in coach's good graces, Naadir Tharpe 'having fun' at KU |

“I think he probably needed to know that I liked him, to be real candid,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I love the kid. He knows that. But I got kind of frustrated with him, and he knew that.

Tharpe's team: Junior guard embraces leadership role after benching |

“I didn’t go in there and talk anything about starting. It was more about the team and how things were going with us, what I needed to do more to help him (Self) out and how he could help me out,” added the 5-11, 170-pounder from Worcester, Mass. “Me as a player and him as head coach ... we look at each other the whole time throughout the game, so we had to get a much better understanding for each other.

Wiggins excels against top competition - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Column: Top foes bring out Andrew Wiggins’ best |

“So many times, people get hung up on overall stats and things like that, but I think if you’re going to ask NBA people, they’d want to see how he played when he played against the best competition and the best teams,” Self said. “With the exception maybe of one game, he’s had really big games in our hardest games.”

Obama pardons Chalmers for on-court mistakes | 'Hawks in the NBA |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 17 |

Other Kansas Sports

Local sports briefs: Woodland six shots off lead at Humana Challenge |

Woodland is part of a 32-player logjam at 48th place, shooting a 3-under 69 in the opening round. The Topekan’s afternoon included two bogeys and five birdies, including one on each of his final three holes.

Kansas RB Sims in all-star game |

In addition to suiting up and representing their schools one last time, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl players get the opportunity to network with and learn from current and former NFL players while being coached by former NFL head coaches Dick Vermeil (National) and Denny Green (American).

Jayhawks land commitment from 2014 defensive end Daniel Wise |

Wise, a two-star prospect who made an official visit to KU last fall, had offers from Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Missouri and Texas Tech. According to Jon Kirby of, he committed to Kansas on Thursday night and canceled an upcoming recruiting visit to Missouri.


North Carolina Tar Heels investigating athlete literacy claims, chancellor says - ESPN

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Recap - January 16, 2014 - ESPN

Film Study: What’s behind Jabari Parker’s recent slump | CollegeBasketballTalk

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Tennessee Volunteers have key matchup with Kentucky Wildcats - ESPN