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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.8.14

Today's look around the interwebs.

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Kansas Women's Basketball

Kansas women open Big 12 tourney with OT victory over K-State |

Kansas trailed Kansas State by as many as 16 points in the first half before closing the deficit to 34-31 at halftime. The Jayhawks outscored the Wildcats, 42-39, in the second half and pulled ahead, 73-71, with 10 seconds left in regulation after Gardner connected on a jumper. Gardner blocked Leticia Romero’s layup attempt on the other end, but KSU’s Breanna Lewis (team-high 20 points and game-high 14 rebounds, five blocks) put back the rebound with a second left, sending the game to overtime.

Gardner scores 29, KU women top K-State in OT |

Kansas used an 11-5 run to open overtime, taking an 84-78 lead with 2:11 to play. Natalie Knight made two free throws, Asia Boyd converted a three-point play, and Gardner was 4 of 4 from the line to cap the scoring. The Wildcats missed two shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch.

Kansas Men's Basketball

KU men wrap up Big 12 regular season at WVU |

No other team in the Big 12 is over .500 on the road in Self’s 11 seasons. Texas’ 43-47 mark is next in line, a whopping 22 games behind KU in the loss column. Other road records include: K-State 39-52, Oklahoma 31-59, Oklahoma State 27-63, Baylor 24-66, Iowa State 20-71, Texas Tech 17-74, West Virginia 6-12 and TCU 0-18.

Five-Minute Scout: One KU basketball player should bounce back in rematch against West Virginia |

Kansas-West Virginia basketball preview -

Kansas’ Wiggins makes his return to the Mountain State -

KU basketball has secret weapon when it comes to NCAA Tournament seeding |

Each year, one of Keating’s main tasks is the same, as he must find five “guarantee” games for KU. These involve teams that agree to come to Allen Fieldhouse or Sprint Center to play the Jayhawks without a return game.

It’s not as simple as picking random cupcakes. Keating does his own research up to a year and a half in advance, looking for teams in non-BCS conferences that will finish at the top of their respective conferences.

KU basketball signee Cliff Alexander chosen as Naismith high school player of the year |

Getting reacquainted with West Virginia | Smithology |

Many schools remain in contention for No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament | Double-Chin Music |

10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2013 | All Eyes on KU |

10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2014 | All Eyes on KU |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 7 |

Kansas Sports

KU softball splits twinbill at USF |

KU track champs invited to White House |


Five things: Wichita State tops Evansville in MVC tournament opener - ESPN

Harvard bests Yale, earns NCAA tourney bid - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Viewer's Guide: Marquee season finales and automatic bids overlap

Weekend Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels to sweep Duke Blue Devils? - ESPN

Weekend Homework: Nebraska Cornhuskers' big shot against Wisconsin - ESPN

Weekend Homework: Show and tell for San Diego State, New Mexico Lobos - ESPN

Syracuse fan about to turn 100 invited to team practice for birthday -

Tiny Dancers: Harvard Crimson reach third straight NCAA Tournament -

Duke freshman Jabari Parker still undecided on NBA draft | SI Wire

ISU G Bubu Palo mulling hardship waiver - NCAA -

Duke-UNC rematch, two AAC tilts lead final regular season weekend - College Basketball - Seth Davis -

Identifying the best defenses in college basketball by category | One And One -