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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.22.14

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Kansas coach Bill Self looks for improved defense, rebounding in Texas rematch |

“[Tharpe]’s the one to me, and (freshman) Frank (Mason), that can do a better job of maybe making other teams play poorly because their point guard isn’t comfortable, and we haven’t done a good job of that lately,” Self said. “I’m not just picking on them. It’s kind of the way we’re playing, but it’s also basically body type and physical ability and things like that. They’re just not very big.”

Five-Minute Scout: Odds stacked against Texas in rematch against KU basketball |

Six-foot-8 forward Jonathan Holmes (No. 10) remains as Texas' best player even if he doesn't get the headlines. The junior has few weaknesses: He's an above-average shooter in all four locations (at rim, 2-point jumpers, 3s, free throws) and provides plenty of additional value beyond scoring. Holmes ranks in the top 180 in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, and he's also a top-200 shot-blocker. He's another guy KU can't afford to put on the line, as he's good at creating contact (5.4 fouls drawn per 40 minutes) and also making his charities (78 percent).

Column: Freshmen duo’s KU stay short, sweet |

“You’re on the cover of magazines, left and right, everywhere you go people want their picture with you, even though they’re not Kansas fans,” Black said of Wiggins. “Everybody wants to talk to you. Everybody wants to do for you. For him to step on the court every day and not try to set himself aside but actually just fit in with us — ‘Tarik, that’s my big brother. I’m going to listen to whatever he says. I’m not gonna push him away’ —that’s very humbling for all of us. Nobody else on the team can act like they’re up here (puts his hand above his head) if the guy who actually is there is just still playing his role as an 18-year-old kid.”

Kansas looks to save face in rematch with Texas |

“It’s about playing Texas and playing a team that’s already handled us once. One of the residual effects is that it’s big for the league race, but it’s also just an opportunity for us to try to play better against a team that smacked us around pretty good.”

Getting reacquainted with the Longhorns | Smithology |

Expect more McLemore in Sacramento | 'Hawks in the NBA |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 21 |

Kansas Sports

NCAA return slipping away from KU women |

Not only have the Jayhawks lost more often this season than in the previous two, but their RPI has taken a hit in the process. According to, Kansas entered this week ranked 106th in the nation. Throw in the fact that the Big 12 is currently fourth among the nation’s conferences in terms of RPI, according to, and it’s easy to see why things are so bleak.

Former KU football player pleads guilty to felony robbery |

KU softball wins twice |

KU baseball tops Northwestern in 11 |

KU tennis wins eighth in a row |

KU men’s golf tied for 19th |


Viewer's Guide: Saturday features this season's best slate of hoops -

College Basketball Expert Picks: Predictions for this weekend's games -

With win over VCU, UMass likely assures itself of NCAA bid -

40 hours later, tie basketball game finally ends - NCAA -

Big Ten’s balance may benefit its teams in the NCAA tournament | One And One -

Week in Review, 2/14-2/20 - the blog

Indiana Hoosiers' Assembly Hall deemed safe; Iowa game moved to Feb. 27 - ESPN

LeBron James of Miami Heat has broken nose, hopes to play - ESPN

Cleveland Browns nearly acquired San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh for draft picks - ESPN

US skier Mikaela Shiffrin dreaming big for next Olympics: 5 gold medals | FOX Sports on MSN

South Korea protests ladies' figure skating result | FOX Sports on MSN