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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.9.14

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Dan Friend-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Men's Basketball

Andrew Wiggins' 41 points not enough as KU basketball falls to West Virginia, 92-86 |

The Jayhawks’ poor defense started early, as WVU took a 50-38 lead into the break thanks to wildly efficient offense. The Mountaineers scored 1.47 points per possession, helped by Staten’s quick drives to the rim, 4-for-6 overall 3-point shooting, and 20 first-half free-throw attempts.

West Virginia unwelcoming to Andrew Wiggins, Jayhawks |

"I didn’t want it more," Wiggins said of playing in the state where he led Huntington (W.Va.) Prep to greatness for two seasons. "I want it every game. I play every game like it’s my last so this is no different from any college game I’ve played this year."

Notebook: Joel Embiid to visit specialist in California |

"Hopefully we get real positive news," Self said. "Hopefully he can be on the practice floor very very soon. We will not put him out there just because he feels better but because the doctors says it’s time to get back out there. Hopefully it will be real soon, if not we’ll sit him a little longer. We still don’t think it will affect (his participation in) the NCAA Tournament in any way," Self added.

Column: Kansas not so dynamic without freshman duo |

Embiid and Wiggins clearly distanced themselves as the team’s two most important, most consistent players, a pair of long, athletic wonders who learned through the year how to use their gifts in so many different ways all over the floor. In so doing, they masked the weaknesses of teammates. Take one of them away, a couple of things go wrong early in a game and things can snowball the margin becomes 25 points.

Bob Huggins: Juwan Staten best PG in country |

Staten and KU’s Andrew Wiggins both helped their strong cases for Big 12 player of the year honors. Staten contributed 24 points, five rebounds and nine assists, driving his team to a 25-point lead. Wiggins had 41 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots, steering a comeback to within four points.

KU basketball notebook: Naadir Tharpe frustrated with his play; Joel Embiid to be evaluated Sunday |

HUGGINS PAYDAY — Saturday’s victory over KU triggered a bonus for West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, whose contract states that he will receive $25,000 for every victory over the Jayhawks.

Andrew Wiggins far and away top Jayhawk in loss at WVU | The Keegan Ratings |

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Unstoppable driving to the hoop, Wiggins drew enough fouls to go 15 for 19 from the line and he made 12 of 18 shots from the field. He made 2 of 5 three-pointers. Positively influenced the game in every area and totaled 41 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Leading his team to a regular-season championship in what some consider the toughest conference in the country, Wiggins has positioned himself well for first-team All-American consideration. Set KU freshman record for points in a game and was the first KU player to reach 40 since Terry Brown in 1991.

PHOTOS: Kansas basketball v. West Virginia |

AUDIO: Bill Self, Andrew Wiggins, Jamari Traylor discuss loss at WVU, what's next for KU (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Andrew Wiggins named Wooden Award finalist |

KU’s Wiggins, Florida’s Wilbekin are The Star’s top all-conference players -

Wizards sign Gooden again |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 8 |

Kansas Women's Basketball

Baylor women eliminate KU's hopes of second upset |

Baylor opened the game with a 22-4 run that put Kansas on its heels. Davis scored nine points during that stretch while Kansas made just 2 of its first 13 shots. Gardner made two of her first three shots for Kansas while the rest of the team started off 0 for 10 from the field.

Baylor overwhelms KU women in Big 12 quarterfinal, 81-47 |

Gardner made 9 of 18 shots, scoring 11 points in the first half, but the rest of the team made just 10 of 38. Asia Boyd (27 minutes) and CeCe Harper (30 minutes) went scoreless in the game on combined 0-for-9 shooting. Natalie Knight had just five points on 1-for-9 shooting in 34 minutes.

Kansas Sports

Kansas baseball rally falls short vs. Stanford |

KU softball wins pair in Florida |

KU tennis loses at Tulsa, 6-1 |


Night Court: Duke exacts revenge on UNC; huge performances abound -

Poppin' Bubbles: Oregon and Tennessee are the big winners -

Bracketology: Don't overreact to one game -

Schools still chasing NCAA tourney top seeds? Quite a few, actually -

McDermott breaks 3,000 points, scores career-high 45 on Senior Night -

Tiny Dancers: Eastern Kentucky Colonels win the OVC, make NCAAs -

Saturday by the numbers in college basketball - ESPN

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Recap - March 08, 2014 - ESPN

Iowa State students tease Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart with mass flop - ESPN

Sporting KC loses MLS season opener to Seattle in final seconds -

The definition of class: 75 rounds later, Kush Sharma wins the Jackson County Spelling Bee -

Dennis Rodman -- No return to North Korea if desired - ESPN