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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.23.14

Today's look around the interwebs.

It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's TARIK!!
It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's TARIK!!
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Well that sure was fun. If anyone has a link to a replay, can you email it to me?  I valiantly tried to watch, but my feed kept stopping every two minutes or so.

Don't forget that Top 25 ballots are due today as well. Let's get this up on time tomorrow.

Kansas Basketball

Column: Defensive decapitation keys Jayhaws' thumping of Texas |

Tharpe’s primary assignment was to make sure Isaiah Taylor didn’t dictate the tempo and ultimately the outcome of the game the way he did in the Longhorns’ 12-point victory in Austin. He did an excellent job of that and so did fellow point guard Frank Mason, who stood out at both ends, making 6 of 7 shots and scoring 14 points.

Jayhawks shut down speedy Texas PG in rematch |

The early meltdown, which turned an 8-3 lead for No. 19 Texas lead into a 28-10 deficit in just over 10 minutes, rendered worthless the rest of Taylor's night and turned what began as a showdown between top two teams in the Big 12 standings into a highlight clinic for Kansas.

Showtime: Kansas runs past Texas on a night filled with highlights |

"They put a beating on us in Austin (81-69 on Feb. 1) and we’re No. 1 and they are right behind us in the league race," Black added "Coach (Bill) Self is a feisty guy. He wanted to win for the conference race. He also wanted this for a personal thing. It was kind of a vengeance type thing. They beat us at their house pretty bad. We had to make sure it was just as bad. Really truly he (Self) wants to make it worse. That’s the mentality we took ... of our coach," added Black, who finished with nine points and five boards.

Notebook: Andrew Wiggins' birthday could mean a Tarik Black punch party |

"It’s great to be able to finally get back to a game," said Gregory, a 35-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, who played at KU from 1997 to 2001.

Asked at halftime what impressed him the most about KU, he said: "Defense."

Sweet vengeance: KU basketball overwhelms Texas in 85-54 home rout |

The Jayhawks pushed their lead to 46-18 at halftime as Texas made just 6 of 29 field goals in the opening 20 minutes (21 percent). Self later called it the best defensive half for his team this year.

KU kicks it in gear against Texas |

While a KU basketball team running with success shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, the Jayhawks have struggled to score in transition this season. Before Saturday’s game against Texas, KU averaged 5.8 fast break points per home conference game. It’s previous high was nine, coming against TCU.

Kevin Haskin: No sweeping the Jayhawks for a Big 12 rival |

The last time Kansas was swept in a Big 12 series was in 2001 by Iowa State, a feat that helped the Cyclones claim a second straight conference crown. Somewhere, Larry Eustachy has Polaroids of the celebration.

Kansas Brings A-Game to Blow out Texas: How Good Are the Jayhawks at Their Best?

Andrew Wiggins is KU's top player vs. Texas (and probably the best in the Big 12) | The Keegan Ratings |

5 - Tarik Black: The two top freshmen are not the only one-year Kansas players who have hustled their way into crowd-favorite status. On an amazing play that drew a huge ovation, Black’s right arm kept extending until it got all the way to the hoop and he dropped it in from so far away it didn’t look possible for him to get his arm all the way there. He followed that up with a slam on a lob from Jamari Traylor.

PHOTOS: Kansas basketball v. Texas |

AUDIO: Bill Self discusses the Jayhawks' drubbing of UT (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Wiggins, Embiid and Mason talk about playing with pride in rematch with UT (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Around the Big 12: Kansas inching closer to 10th straight Big 12 title -

Shameless plug for one of our SBNation writers. Oh, and I'm featured in a little Q&A as well.  Although Wiggins made me look a little foolish last night.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 22 |

Kansas Sports

KU women lose another close game, 64-61, at Oklahoma |

Chelsea Gardner pulled the Kansas University women’s basketball team within two points of Oklahoma with 53 seconds left, but the Jayhawks couldn’t force a stop and lost, 64-61, on Saturday.

Pille throws no-hitter as KU softball splits |

At one point in the fifth and sixth innings, Pille threw five straight strikeouts. It was the 24th no-hitter in school history and the first since sophomore Kelsey Kessler accomplished the feat as a freshman against Texas Tech on April 7, 2013.

KU baseball rallies to win, 9-8 |

Kansas trailed by two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning before beginning its rally. Eldredge came to the plate with two outs and two runners on and, on the second pitch, laced what appeared to be a two-RBI triple down the left-field line. Instead, his hit was called a ground-rule double, which scored Dakota Smith but forced Tucker Tharp back to third base. The Jayhawks didn’t have to wait long for the tying run, when, in the next at-bat, Beck smoked his only hit of the game to left field. Both Tharp and Eldredge scored to give the Jayhawks (6-0) the final lead.

KU track teams tune up in Indiana |

Hanna cards 71 again for KU men's golf |

Kentucky sweeps KU tennis, 4-0 |


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