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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.6.14

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John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Just a great showing last night. I looked all over the place for some video/audio/transcripts of the senior speeches from last night, but I didn't have any luck. If anyone finds the links, please put them in the comments.  I wasn't able to listen last night in ESPN3 like I had been able to in previous years.

Kansas Basketball

Center stage: Tarik Black controls paint in Senior Night rout of Texas Tech |

Noted Black: “I just can’t believe it’s over, not the season but the regular-season (home) games. I have played four seasons and it has been a long road leading up to this point, but now it is here. I can’t come back and do Boot Camp. I can’t come back and win conference again. I can’t come back and play those big-time non-conference games. It hasn’t hit me as much as it will in the near future, but it is just puzzling to me right now because it seems like just yesterday I was beginning my college career.”

Red Raiders fail to keep pace in rematch with KU |

“Their inside people were just outstanding,” said Smith of KU's big men, who combined for 39 points and dominated the paint despite the absence of starting center Joel Embiid, who sat out because of a back injury. “We had no real answer for them inside all night long.”

Notebook: Andrew Wiggins experiences mixed emotions in home finale |

“I think it is all bundled up right now,” Wiggins said after scoring nine points off 3-of-7 shooting with four boards in 23 minutes. “I am happy, yet sad it is my last game. I have enjoyed my time here. I am thankful for everything. I’ve been blessed with a good team, great coaches and the best fans anyone could ever ask for.”

KU basketball seniors get moment in limelight |

KU basketball notebook: Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden Jr. noncommittal on future; Embiid's back 'better' |

KU's Wiggins likely plays final game at Allen Fieldhouse |

Tarik Black scores season-high 19 points as KU basketball routs Texas Tech, 82-57 |

Column: No need to rush Joel Embiid's return |

Getting Embiid back to close to full strength outweighs concerns about KU’s seed possibly dropping during his absence. It would take discipline to hold back Embiid with the possibility of a sixth No. 1 seed in eight years dangling — a mind-blowing stretch of excellence — but Self clearly will put a premium on getting Embiid ready for the big tourney.

Tarik Black's near perfect Senior Night places him at top of ratings | The Keegan Ratings |

1 - Tarik Black: The team didn’t need him just to supply energy and a physical presence. His scoring was needed as well and he responded in a huge way. Black made 9 of 9 field goals, two on dunks, blocked two shots, one a real crowd-pleaser, had an assist and a steal and didn’t turn the ball over on a near perfect night. His 19 points were a season-high and three of his six rebounds came off the offensive glass.

PHOTOS: Kansas basketball v. Texas Tech (senior night) |

AUDIO: Bill Self on celebrating KU's seniors and the Big 12 title (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Tarik Black, Andrew Wiggins and Naadir Tharpe discuss home finale, where Jayhawks go from here (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 5 |

Kansas Sports

Installation of new offense this spring won't slow KU football down |

“I haven’t not been the offensive coordinator since 1997,” Weis said during his pre-spring meeting with the media on Monday. “But I think it will give me the opportunity to be a much better head coach. It is really important to me. I think I will be able to help the team much more as a head coach, than when you are putting so much time into the offense.”

Local sports briefs: KU, K-State to send 4 apiece to NCAA Indoor |

KU baseball 26th |


Night Court: Duke's Wake loss means top seed no longer possible -

Poppin' Bubbles: Dayton and Colorado notch huge road wins -

NCAA committee tables planned vote on 10-second rule proposal - ESPN

NCAA, conferences sued over scholarship value - ESPN

Duke Blue Devils vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - Recap - March 05, 2014 - ESPN

Brandon Browner suspended first four games of 2014 - ESPN

Coach K's dizziness a concern after Wake beats Duke -

Scouting Title Contenders: Second-tier threats -

Comparing perfection: 2004 Saint Joe's and 2014 Wichita State -

Former KU assistant Joe Dooley has Florida Gulf Coast nearing another NCAA trip |

Former KU coach Larry Brown has made SMU basketball relevant again |

NFL coaches Jim Harbaugh, Mike McCarthy at Allen Fieldhouse for KU-Texas Tech game -

Precious Memories -- The Dean Smith story

Does the No. 1 seed really matter to the Duke Blue Devils? - ESPN

Pacers become first team to clinch spot in 2014 playoffs | The Point Forward -

Failed Auditions: Three thoughts on the USA’s 2-0 loss to Ukraine | Planet Futbol -

49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Hits a Half-Court Shot at Kansas' Practice | Bleacher Report

King's Court: Who Are NCAA Basketball's All-American Coaches in 2013-14 Season? | Bleacher Report

Comparing Blind Resumes for 2014 NCAA Tournament Hopefuls | Bleacher Report

Titus’s Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings «

NCAA, Big 12, other conferences sued over scholarship value |