Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 2.10.2019

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Kansas News

Benton Smith: Ochai Agbaji has become key player for KU after just 10 games | KUsports.com
Sure, KU’s coaches loved his long-term potential. But Agbaji could take a redshirt year and the Jayhawks would be just fine without him, what with their McDonald’s All-Americans and returning players with Final Four experience.

How Quentin Grimes responded to Bill Self’s halftime challenge on Saturday
“Call it like it is, he wasn’t good at all the first half,” Self said of Grimes. “I think he got mad at halftime particularly with one individual.”

Four freshmen start, Lightfoot helps KU finish Cowboys 84-72 at Allen Fieldhouse
“That’s a pretty good four. I don’t know if I could say it’s comparable. Those guys should have started,” Self said with a smile, speaking of current NBA players Mason, Embiid, Wiggins and Selden after the Jayhawks’ 84-72 victory over Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.

NCAA: If tournament bracket were picked today, no KU or K-State in Kansas City
If the NCAA Tournament bracket was selected on Saturday, Kansas would not be placed in the Midwest Regional, which concludes with Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at the Sprint Center.

The NCAA’s punishment of De Sousa could be just the beginning for Kansas
Silvio De Sousa is suspended two years for a rules violation that investigators agree he did not know about or benefit from. That is patently unfair and at different points in NCAA history would not have been punished.

‘Unbelievable’ Ochai Agbaji fills void left by Vick, Garrett
In the midst of a transition opportunity, Dedric Lawson picked up his dribble at the top of the key and quickly surveyed the floor for an open man. After a pump fake, Lawson rifled a pass to Ochai Agbaji in the corner who, without hesitation, rose up and hit a 3.

Media impressed with Kansas toughness in win
And Kansas took full advantage of the opportunity, riding 25 points from Dedric Lawson, 23 points from Ochai Agbaji and a blue-collar performance down low from David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot to an 84-72 victory. The Jayhawks were terrific in the second half, turning a 53-51 lead into a 76-57 advantage in around eight minutes of game time. Kansas stepped up the defensive intensity during that period, but also started making outside shots, including a makes from Quentin Grimes, Agbaji and Dedric Lawson, showing how — when this lineup is on — it can hit shots from multiple spots on the floor.

Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Quick recap and instant analysis
In Kansas’ 84-72 win over Oklahoma State, the Cowboys kept the game within an arm’s reach for the first 25 minutes of the contest. But in the span of three minutes, KU caught fire from deep and went on a 15-2 run to blow the game wide open.

NCAA Tournament Selection Committee names top seeds
Those teams — led by No. 1 seeds Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga — were each given a seed, ranked from 1-through-16 and each assigned a region to provide a realistic look at the seed arrangement process when planning out the field for March Madness.

Other Sports News

Duke investigating sexual assault allegation made against former basketball player
In a series of statements released Friday through her attorney, Meredith Watson said a former Duke basketball player raped her in 1999. Watson also has said that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, when they were both students in 2000.

Lindsey Vonn wins bronze medal in final race of her skiing career
“I laid it all on the line. That’s all I wanted to do today,” Vonn said. “I have to admit I was a little bit nervous, probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. I wanted to finish strong so badly.”

Duke players ‘focused’ on UVa with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo in attendance
When LeBron James and Rajon Rondo walked into John Paul Jones Arena in the first half of No. 2 Duke’s 81-71 victory at No. 3 Virginia on Saturday night, thousands of fans squealed as they held up their smartphones to capture the moment.

Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC — ESPN
IN DECEMBER 2015, the movie “Concussion” was set for a Christmas Day release in nearly 3,000 theaters across America. The film told the story of the NFL’s attempts to discredit research tying brain damage to football, and Bob Costas wanted to address it on national television.

Can these Sixers reach their incredible ceiling?
If Friday’s win over the Denver Nuggets is any indication, this new version of the Philadelphia 76ers might spell trouble for the rest of the Eastern Conference. Coach Brett Brown wasted no time implementing new forward Tobias Harris and showing the NBA the potential of his loaded starting lineup, dubbed the Phantastic 5 by NBA poet laureate Tim Bontemps.

Clippers come back from 28 points down after Kyrie Irving exits game with knee sprain
It was the largest comeback in the NBA in the past two seasons and the largest in Clippers history. It was the biggest blown lead by the Celtics since Dec. 5, 2003. And it came two nights after Boston gave up an 18-point lead to the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden.

Other News

Daily Inter Lake – Local News, Whitefish woman accused of stealing thousands in jewelry
Sheila Dawn Butts, 24, is facing one felony count of theft after law enforcement officials allege she stole about $70,000 worth of jewelry from a Martin City residence in November 2018.

Daily Inter Lake – Local News, Plans in the works to widen Montana 40
According to information from the department, it is seeking comments on a proposal to widen a 2.6-mile segment of the highway from the intersection of Montana 40 and U.S. 93 south of Whitefish to Dillon Road.

Report: Amazon reconsidering NY headquarters site
Some on New York City’s City Council have pushed back against the project and have even threatened to block it. On Monday, a leading critic of the project was nominated to serve on a state board with the power to reject the project.

Prince Philip Decides He’s Done Driving At 97
It’s unlikely that you or I or Lorde will ever somehow pull a Mia Thermopolis and become royals overnight. It’s similarly unlikely that we will ever be under the kind of public scrutiny that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, receives. Having crashed his Land Rover Freelander back in January, and only a few days later causing an uproar for having been seen driving without his safety belt, the 97-year-old Prince has decided it is time to hang up his keys.

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