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One-time Oregon fan Landen Lucas ready to take on dad's alma mater

By the end of Saturday night at Sprint Center, one team Richard Lucas loves will advance to the Final Four. And the other’s season will be over. The proud father of KU's Landen Lucas said Friday he’s certain the scene will feel a bit bizarre just before tip-off. It wasn’t all that long ago that his son wore Oregon colors just about every day and openly cheered for his dad’s alma mater. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Altman, Self use different approaches to prepare teams for Elite Eight battle

Saturday morning, when the Oregon Ducks go through their final walk-through for a 7:49 p.m., Elite Eight showdown with top-seeded Kansas at Sprint Center, the players on their scout team will look and act a lot different than the players they’ll face at game time. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown, Elite Eight: KU vs. Oregon

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in Saturday's Midwest Regional championship game against No. 3 seed Oregon at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

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Closing teams out has keyed Kansas' Elite Eight run

It was more of a fireside chat than an interrogation, but it carried with it one of the most important messages the Kansas men’s basketball team heard all season. By Matt Tait

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KU's small-ball lineup pays off in big way

At the beginning of the season, Kansas basketball players weren’t sure how much time they’d spend on the court in a four-guard lineup. Now the small-ball lineup is one of the reasons the Jayhawks are thriving in the NCAA Tournament. By Bobby Nightengale

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Ducks, like Jayhawks, aim to rectify last year's Elite Eight setback

The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks won’t be the only team on the floor tonight at Sprint Center with memories of coming up short on the Elite Eight stage one year ago driving them to achieve something greater this time around. Third-seeded Oregon, too, finished just one victory short of the Final Four twelve months back. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas confidence flying high heading into Elite Eight game against Oregon

The way Frank Mason III, then a freshman, answered my question about whether he thought he would before his Kansas career ended duplicate his 50-point game in a high school summer All-Star game in Richmond, Va., was when I first realized this was an athlete armed with boundless confidence. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas proves it has tournament's best backcourt

On a wildly entertaining display of fast-break basketball Thursday night at Sprint Center, Kansas showed why it has the best backcourt in America, Frank Mason III buried any debate as to the most deserving candidate for national player-of-the-year honors, and Devonte’ Graham established himself as one of the favorites to win them next year. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Jackson excites with double-double; Coleby is first big off bench

The Kansas men’s basketball team may very well have the national player of the year on its team in senior guard Frank Mason III, who scored 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added seven rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes during Thursday’s Sweet 16 showdown with Purdue. By Matt Tait

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Speed demons: Jayhawks fly by Purdue, move on to Elite Eight

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who has been on both sides of more than a few of these types of NCAA Tournament chess matches, stressed to his team all week that speed beats size. Perhaps it was just to provide his team with confidence. Maybe it was to knock Purdue down a peg. Maybe it was just the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth the way Self saw it. Either way, the top-seeded Jayhawks proved their coach right in a big way — and a bunch of ways — during Thursday’s explosive, 98-66, Sweet 16 victory. By Matt Tait

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Purdue coach Matt Painter on KU: 'Shoot the way those guards shot then they can't be stopped'

After KU’s 98-66 victory over Purdue in the Sweet 16 on Thursday at Sprint Center, Purdue head coach Matt Painter was asked whether he could see anybody stopping the Jayhawks. By Bobby Nightengale

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Sweet finish: Jayhawks pound Purdue in second half

The top seed in the Midwest is one victory away from the biggest stage in college basketball. Kansas put on a Sweet 16 show Thursday night at Sprint Center, flying by Purdue for a 98-66 victory. By Benton Smith

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Ducks and Jayhawks to battle for Final Four berth

The Big Ten flavor to the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks’ run through the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region ended Thursday night at Sprint Center, thanks to the Pac 12’s Oregon Ducks, who edged Michigan, 69-68, in the Sweet 16. By Benton Smith

KU baseball opens long homestand with loss to Creighton

The Kansas baseball team jumped on Creighton for two runs on three hits in the first inning, but the offense fizzled the rest of the way in its 7-3 loss to the Bluejays on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Notebook: No extra motivation necessary for Jayhawks in Sweet 16

At a point in the season when most teams are looking for any extra edge they can get, the Kansas men’s basketball team is just fine where it is. By Matt Tait

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Star players illustrate contrasting styles in KU-Purdue, Sweet 16 showdown

With their seasons on the line, both top-seeded Kansas and fourth-seeded Purdue will ride national player of the year candidates Frank Mason III and Caleb Swanigan into a Sweet 16 clash Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Most player of the year votes counted before Mason and Swanigan tip off

Most of the ballots were mailed and the majority of the votes will be counted by the time Frank Mason and Caleb Swanigan face off against each other Thursday night in the Sweet 16. By Bobby Nightengale

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Former Gene Keady players wearing suits and ties on both benches of Purdue-Kansas game

Gene Keady’s coaching offspring will be represented on both benches for the second NCAA Midwest regional played tonight in Sprint Center. By Tom Keegan

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Gameday Breakdown, Sweet 16: KU vs. Purdue

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in Thursday's Sweet 16 showdown with fourth-seeded Purdue at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Boilermakers bracing for KU-friendly environment at Sprint Center

When the Midwest Region’s fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers took the floor at Sprint Center Wednesday afternoon for practice, they received what freshman guard Carsen Edwards deemed a nice reception. No discernible boos. Just some cheers from a small contingent of Purdue supporters. Edwards and his teammates know not to expect the same when they return to the arena Thursday night for their Sweet 16 matchup with top-seeded Kansas. By Benton Smith