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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.24.14

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Kansas Basketball

Self: KU's offense should be better |

And here’s the scary part for KU’s opponents: The Jayhawks are last in the conference when it comes to turnovers, giving it away on 22.8 percent of their possessions. The next-worst team, Texas Tech, has turned it over on just 19.5 percent of its possessions.

“I would rather shoot 48 percent and turn it over 12 times a game than shoot 51 percent and turn it over 16,” Self said. “Although (the offense) has been good, it hasn't been like what it can be, and so I'm not too excited. I'm glad we're shooting a decent percentage because we're taking the ball inside, but we’re wasting way too many possessions.”

KU’s Black feeling the love, and feeling better, after sprain |

“It’s really cool and one of the reasons I came here in the first place,” Black said of the interest of fans about all matters involving KU hoops. “I felt the family atmosphere the first time I came here on my visit. I felt it was really caring, felt it was a trustworthy program. It started with the coach (Bill Self). It’s how it is.”

Column: Brannen Greene not sulking about not starring |

An agile 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward with a beautiful jumper and nice spring to his body, Greene endured a recent six-game stretch in which he totaled 17 minutes and missed his only two field-goal attempts. But in the past two games, the serious talent has scored eight points in 11 minutes, making three of four field goals and two of four three-pointers. He cited his need for defensive improvement for the bench time. The positive side of coming off the bench is that it means he gets to sharpen his game going against big-time talent daily in practice.

Andrew Wiggins can’t control expectations but can take charge of his game -

The other day in practice, Wiggins jabbed to his right, drove hard to his left around his defender, picked up the dribble and carried his momentum through a second, then elevated off his left foot, finishing with his right hand over a third defender. He was fouled at least twice, but this was a part of practice where it’s not a foul unless the cops are called. The whole thing took, maybe, a second and a half. There are not many human beings who can do what Wiggins did, and when the ball went through the hoop, practice just sort of stopped for a second, like everyone wanted to remember what just happened.

Patience starting to pay off for KU freshman Brannen Greene -

KU's Self talks about last year's TCU loss, good fortune in landing Embiid -

Bill Self press conference notes: Jan. 23 | Smithology |

AUDIO: Bill Self press conference before trip to TCU (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Tarik Black gives an update on his ankle, talks TCU (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Brannen Greene on coming off the bench, KU's freshman class (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Eye on College Basketball Podcast: What's up with Wiggins? -

Joel Embiid is on this list of National Player of the Year candidates -

Up and Down and Unfair: Embiid, Wiggins, and Kansas in 2014 «

Titus’s Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings «

Kansas, Florida slide into top five, but Ethan Wragge wins the Rankings - College Basketball - Luke Winn -

Reunion canceled: Pelicans waive Tyshawn Taylor | 'Hawks in the NBA |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 23 |

Kansas Sports

Three-star defensive lineman D.J. Williams commits to KU |

The Kansas football program picked up its second commitment from a Texas high school defensive lineman tonight, when Lay'Trion Jones, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound tackle from Garland (Texas) High orally committed to join the Jayhawks.

Former KU football player to testify against fellow former player in armed robbery trial |

Omigie, who now lives in Texas and is free on a $30,000 bond, agreed to cooperate with the state's prosecution against Martin, who is scheduled to go to trial on March 3 after pleading not guilty to aggravated robbery in June.

Last year's OU win gave Kansas softball a boost |

“It’s something we’re building on,” said KU coach Megan Smith, who enters her fifth season at Kansas with a roster of 10 veterans and eight newcomers. “We’ve been waiting for a few years to be able to beat the big dogs in the Big 12, and last year we proved that we could do it. For us, it was one of those, ‘Finally,’ moments. And we’re really excited to build on that this year.”

Woodland one back at Farmers |


Other shoes to fill in Big 12 football in 2014 - ESPN

Brigham Young Cougars vs. Portland Pilots - Recap - January 23, 2014 - ESPN

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - Recap - January 23, 2014 - ESPN

Adjustments key Thursday wins from top teams - ESPN

Iowa State Cyclones say Bubu Palo was eligible to transfer - ESPN

Branden Dawson of Michigan State Spartans out month with broken bone in hand - ESPN

Rafael Nadal blows past Roger Federer to advance to Australian Open final | Beyond The Baseline

Richard Sherman's interview with Fox Sports cut short because it was 'dangerous' | Audibles -

Defense is key to Texas’ surprising season — and Rick Barnes’ future | One And One -

Kobe Bryant: College hoops 'really isn't teaching players anything' -

LOOK: 18 of the 21 3s by Creighton came from beyond NBA range -