Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 3.12.2019

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Trip to KC should determine Jayhawks’ March Madness map | Smithology | KUsports.com
As of Monday afternoon, ESPN projected Kansas as a No. 4 seed in the East region, playing in Hartford. CBS Sports also forecasted KU on the 4 line in the East, but had the Big 12’s third-place team opening the tournament out west, in San Jose. The Athletic, meanwhile, deemed the Jayhawks a 4 seed in the West regional, with their March Madness road beginning in Des Moines.

Let it fly: Jayhawks hoping for hot shooting at Big 12 tournament | KUsports.com
“I think we have to make shots. I think we have to defensive rebound. I think we have to grow up and play beyond our years a little bit,” Self said during his regularly scheduled press conference to preview the week ahead, which opens with No. 3 seed Kansas (23-8) taking on No. 6 Texas (16-15) at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday night at Sprint Center.

First-place finish concludes day one of the Zone D diving competition – University of Kansas Athletics
Senior diver Vicky Xu dove her way into the NCAA Championships, as the Kansas divers concluded day one of the Zone D competition Monday night inside the Jamail Swimming Center.

Jayhawk Insider: The Power of Allen Fieldhouse – University of Kansas Athletics
Saturday afternoon saw the conclusion of yet another stellar season for the Kansas Jayhawks at home. KU’s 78-70 win over the Baylor Bears closed out the program’s 20th undefeated season inside Allen Fieldhouse and the eighth under head coach Bill Self. The contest also marked the 36th-straight home finale win, a mindboggling steak that began in 1983-84.

Lawson named to The Sporting News All-America Second Team – University of Kansas Athletics
The Sporting News (TSN) is one of the first All-America teams released annually and Kansas redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson is a second-team selection by the publication, TSN announced Monday.

Where could KU basketball be playing in the NCAA tournament?
KU basketball is used to friendly crowds in the NCAA tournament. Part of that comes from the KU fanbase, which will travel to just about anywhere to watch the team. But another big part has been the success of the KU squad in the regular season.

10 quotes from Bill Self’s weekly media session
Entering the tournament as a three-seed — the lowest of Bill Self’s time at KU since his first season — the Jayhawks sit at 23-8 on the year. They finished the regular season at 12-6 in conference play, falling short of K-State and Texas Tech (both 14-4) for the league crown.

Bill Self indicates Lagerald Vick will not be back in 2018-19
KU coach Bill Self did not explicitly state that Vick can no longer return to KU basketball, but he did indicate that there will be no more changes to the Jayhawks’ roster heading into the postseason. Here is the exchange he shared with a reporter word-for-word at the end of Monday’s media session:

Other Sports News

DE Bennett calls Belichick the ‘Yoda of football’
“From a football perspective there’s a respect for Belichick,” Bennett said. “I consider him the Yoda of football when it comes to the ins and outs of what’s happening around how to prepare for a game.”

Barnwell’s 2019 NFL free-agency and trade grades – Tracking every big signing and move
Welcome to 2019 NFL free agency. I’m grading the most notable offseason moves — signings and trades — below, so come back throughout the month for updates as deals get completed.

UFC star McGregor arrested in Miami Beach
UFC star Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for smashing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, according to authorities.

Sources — Ex-Raven Mosley to get $85M from Jets
Linebacker C.J. Mosley is expected to sign a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Jets that has $51 million guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Westbrook threatens courtside fan, fan’s wife
Russell Westbrook expressed no regrets about a heated exchange with a fan during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, saying that his threat, “I’ll f— you up,” to the man and his wife was an emotional response to “completely disrespectful” comments directed toward him.

Other News

UK’s Theresa May clinches legally binding Brexit backstop changes, deputy says
Prime Minister Theresa May won legally binding Brexit assurances from the European Union on Monday in a last ditch attempt to sway rebellious British lawmakers who have threatened to vote down her divorce deal again.

National weather experts say Montana just endured “life-threatening” historic cold snap | ABC Fox Bozeman | abcfoxmontana.com
Weather experts across the country say Montanans just endured one of the coldest winters on record, with some of the most extreme weather seen in the continental U.S. in modern history.

Ohio officer forced women to have sex before releasing them, feds say
A longtime police officer forced women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest, pressured others to help cover up crimes, and lied to federal investigators when he said he’d never had sex with prostitutes, according to charges unveiled Monday.

R. Kelly Says His ‘Spirit’ Told Him to Do CBS Interview | TMZ.com
R. Kelly has a bizarre reason for going on national TV to address the sexual abuse allegations against him … his “spirit” wanted him to speak his truth.

Scientists: Maybe If We Only Dim the Sun a Little It Won’t Backfire Horribly
When it comes to geoengineering the planet to cool the climate, there’s rightfully a lot of hesitation. Blocking incoming sunlight might seem like a quick fix to rising temperatures, but doing so could quickly tie up humanity in a decades-long project with alarming side effects like shifting precipitation patterns and changes in hurricane season.

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