Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 3.14.2019

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Yeager Shots: Big 12 tourney preview
The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament, an appetizer for the Big Dance, begins in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, March 13, and concludes on Selection Sunday. Five Big 12 teams are solidly in the field of 68, but for five others, either winning the Big 12 tournament outright, or winning a couple of games, is the only way to punch a ticket. Given how important motivation is in sports, this dynamic means that upsets are likely, and that a Cinderella taking the glass slipper in KC is a real possibility.

No longer in Sixers’ rotation, Jahlil Okafor is reportedly back on the trade block – CBSSports.com
After a rough start to his career, there were some good vibes surrounding Jahlil Okafor coming into the season. He had completely changed his diet, and was coming into camp with the Philadelphia 76ers healthy and in tremendous shape.

Big 12 tournament will be more compelling with multiple teams capable of winning it all | Jackson’s Journal | KUsports.com
“It’s been anybody’s ballgame every year,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Every time we come over here, people always say ‘this is the most wide open the field has ever had.’ I’m not sure it wasn’t, but maybe we or Iowa State just played particularly well that weekend.”

With most of rotation unproven in March, unpredictable postseason awaits Jayhawks | Smithology | KUsports.com
During his close to 16 seasons at the University of Kansas, Bill Self has coached teams bound for Final Four glory and others that crashed and burned as victims of the Madness known as March.

Everything Bill Self had to say about Texas this week
Of course, KU basketball’s matchup with Texas was set by the final day of the regular season, as the Jayhawks were locked in as the No. 3-seed in the Big 12 tournament for the first time since Bill Self’s first year with the program. KU ended the Big 12 regular season at 12-6 in conference play. The Jayhawks were 23-8 overall, losing additional games to Kentucky and Arizona State — both on the road.

A ‘different-type pressure’ awaits Kansas in the postseason
Mitch Lightfoot played 45 minutes in the tournament last year. He played nine minutes as a freshman. Twenty-seven of those minutes came in KU’s first-round victory over 16-seeded Penn. Marcus Garrett played 77 minutes in his first NCAA tournament, but 40 of those came in the win over Penn and loss to Villanova, two games that weren’t quite indicative of some of the more pressure-packed powerhouse clashes between two teams that go back and forth.

David McCormack feels game starting to slow down
David McCormack was too sped up in games earlier this season. It was apparent to anyone watching, as he always looked like he was a step behind or ahead of where he should be — never quite in place. He fumbled passes and couldn’t pull down rebounds. It didn’t look natural, even if his enthusiasm and energy was never in question.

Why has Sherron Collins been spotted in Lawrence so often? He lives there now
There have been Sherron Collins sightings the past several weeks: at Kansas’ Late Night in the Phog in Lawrence as well as the Philadelphia 76ers-Miami Heat NBA exhibition game and then the KU-Missouri hurricane relief contest at Sprint Center.

Other Sports News

Stoneman Douglas coach resigning, cites tragedy
“I walk into my office every day, and Aaron Feis’ office is right next to me, Chris Hixon’s office is right next to me, and I miss those guys with all my heart every day,” May said Wednesday. “It’s sad going to work every day because it hurts so bad to be without them. It’s been a year and it hasn’t gotten any better, so I need a change for me; I need it for my health.”

Sources — MLB deal includes $1M HR Derby bonus
A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 — while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 — as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are set to announce Thursday, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN.

Ravens QB Jackson sorry for 105 mph video
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson issued an apology Wednesday for video he posted to his Instagram account that showed him driving at 105 mph.

Harden shrugs off loss; D’Antoni warns of trouble
After watching the Golden State Warriors snap the Houston Rockets’ nine-game winning streak, James Harden wanted people to know what the 106-104 loss meant.

Other News

The Plane Can Fly Itself. Is That Always a Good Thing? – The New York Times
Pilots now spend more time learning these automated systems than practicing hands-on flying, so newer pilots are less comfortable with taking manual control when the computer steers them wrong, according to interviews with a dozen pilots and pilot instructors at major airlines and aviation universities around the world.

Latest tax refund scam uses direct deposit to steal from you
Fraudsters are rolling out a glut of legitimate-looking but fake text messages, emails and social media posts this tax season, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Alleged Gambino mob boss gunned down in New York
A man said by federal prosecutors to have been a top leader of New York’s notorious Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island.

Details emerge in Columbia Falls School lockdown – KPAX.com
Ruder Elementary School in Columbia Falls was placed into lockdown at around 2:15 p.m. due to a social media threat on SnapChat.

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