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FINAL: KU women defeat Iowa, 76-55

LaChelda Jacobs tied her career highs in points and assists, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 76-55 victory over Iowa on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Afternoon

Elijah Johnson officially signs with KU

Precocious prep star Johnson inks with KU

Marcus Johnson used to let his 5-year-old son, Elijah, attend his Gary (Ind.) Wirt High School freshman basketball team practices. And, almost every day, coach/proud papa Marcus would let tiny Elijah take the court against the imposing ninth-graders who did not scare his child.

Evening

Banner to be unveiled before Tuesday night's KU-Gulf Coast game

Many months after a trip to the White House - and several weeks after both a ring ceremony and unveiling of a temporary national-title banner - comes the final tribute to Kansas University's 2008 NCAA championship basketball team.

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FINAL: KU defeats Florida Gulf Coast, 85-45

FINAL: KU defeats Florida Gulf Coast, 85-45

KU health and fitness day gives kids chance to see college basketball

Tuesday was the first time that KU planned a health and fitness day with such a large group. Students in third through sixth grades from all of the city’s 15 elementary schools cheered on the Jayhawks and learned a thing or two about what it means to be a student athlete.

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FINAL: KU women defeat Iowa, 76-55

LaChelda Jacobs tied her career highs in points and assists, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 76-55 victory over Iowa on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Henry picks Memphis

Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, has decided to play college basketball at the University of Memphis. Henry, whose brother C.J., is a freshman guard at Memphis and parents both attended KU, made the announcement this morning on ESPN.

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Top 25 Men: No. 2 Connecticut crushes Hartford

With starting point guard A.J. Price sitting out to rest a sprained ankle, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was hoping another leader would step forward for the Huskies against Hartford. Craig Austrie did that in a literal way Monday, stepping into the gaps in the Hawks’ zone defense and hitting 15-foot jump shots.

Henrickson finishes class

Size and shooting ability were Bonnie Henrickson’s priorities in recruiting, and Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach seems to have filled the bill. Henrickson reached her scholarship quota by announcing the signing of Monica Engleman, a 5-foot-10 guard who was a second-team all-state pick at San Antonio (Texas) Madison High.

Big 12 Men: OU’s Griffin keys rout

Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin finished with 20 points, 19 rebounds and six steals in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

KU to retire Hinrich’s No. 10

Former Kansas University men’s basketball guard Kirk Hinrich will have his jersey number 10 hung in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse in a halftime ceremony at the KU-Missouri game on March 1. Hinrich, the seventh overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, guided KU to back-to-back Final Fours in 2002 and 2003. The Sioux City, Iowa, native ranks ninth on the KU career scoring list with 1,753 points.

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KU prepared for early start

Brunch basketball may be out of context, but Kansas University's women's basketball players aren't likely to be out of sorts. "We've had 5 a.m. practices and 7 a.m. practices," junior guard Kelly Kohn said. "We're used to a lot worse conditions than an 11 a.m. game."

Big 12 Women: Texas rolls to easy win

Brittainey Raven scored Texas’ first 12 points and finished with 20, and the No. 14 Longhorns routed No. 25 Old Dominion, 78-44, on Monday night to win the World Vision Classic.Kathleen Nash finished with 15 points and had eight rebounds for Texas (3-0). She scored on a layup midway through the first half to tie the game at 20. Nash was fouled during the shot and completed the three-point play.

Prep Henry to make college pick today

The Xavier Henry recruiting saga is scheduled to end this morning. ESPN announced during Monday night’s Memphis-UMass game that Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, would choose either Kansas University or Memphis at 7:45 a.m. CST today.