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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.21.14

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Really North Carolina? Storming the court? Really?!?

Kansas Basketball

Kevin Haskin: Bill Self recognizes Jayhawks must improve defensively |

“I’m a big believer that you can teach kids to do anything,’’ Self said. “If we’re not good defensively, that’s on me because I haven’t done a good enough job of getting them to play that way. There’s no excuse for not being good on that end, in my opinion.’’

KU basketball center Joel Embiid says he is feeling fine following Texas Tech game |

Embiid says the bigger concern of the two right now is his back, which he ices after every practice. He appeared to tweak it for a second in the first half against Tech but didn’t seem affected after that while tying a career high with 32 minutes.

Embiid set to break KU freshman block mark |

Column: Kansas guards’ defense subpar |

The Day After: Texas Tech | Smithology |

There is no shame in winning ugly. Especially on the road. Even though Kansas had season-lows in rebounds (28) and assists (six), the Jayhawks managed to win. The ongoing struggle for this team seems to be getting everyone to produce to his fullest (or in that neighborhood) each and every game. A lot of that has to do with the team's youth. Consistency is the most difficult thing to grasp for most teams. Because KU starts three freshmen and a sophomore, that is inherently more challenging. If junior point guard Tharpe (1 of 7 shooting, 2 assists, 4 turnovers at TT) can set the tone in that department, the rest of the team likely will follow his lead.

Bill Self press conference notes: Feb. 20, 2014 | Smithology |

AUDIO: Bill Self press conference notes: Feb. 20, 2014 | Smithology |

AUDIO: Bill Self discusses KU's upcoming rematch with Texas (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Conner Frankamp and Joel Embiid talk Texas, KU's progress (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 20 |

Kansas Football

KU football hires former Washington offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau as new receivers coach |

"When coach (and offensive coordinator John) Reagan came to me with Eric's name, I was intrigued," Weis said. "We're very pleased to be able to add him to our staff. It is our good fortune that Washington experienced a staff transition at the same time we were looking for a receivers coach. Eric has experienced a great deal of success in exactly the position that we were looking for."

KU football names former Washington coordinator Eric Kiesau as WR coach |


Night Court: UNC nabs 8th straight ACC W; Horizon title clinched -

Poppin' Bubbles: BYU boosts resume, Georgetown suffers bad loss -

Eamonn Brennan's college basketball Wooden Watch: Week 14 - ESPN

Time to believe in the North Carolina Tar Heels - ESPN

Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit vs. NCAA will go to trial - ESPN

Which coaches are on the hot seat?

Team USA vs. Team Canada men's semifinal preview - Olympic Ice Hockey -

NBA trade deadline: Winners and losers | The Point Forward -

King's Court: Why Marcus Smart Should Have Made the Wise Choice and Turned Pro | Bleacher Report

Billboard Proposes Wager Involving Justin Bieber for USA-Canada Semifinals Game | Bleacher Report