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<b>FINAL:</b> Sade Morris scores 20 points as KU women take down Mizzou, 75-58

Nicollette Smith adds 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting

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FINAL: Sade Morris scores 20 points as KU women take down Mizzou, 75-58

Nicollette Smith adds 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting

KU, Mizzou to battle

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will put its unbeaten home record on the line tonight when it plays host to rival Missouri.

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Oklahoma, Texas early favorites in Big 12 hoops

The Big 12 is a young conference this season in men’s basketball. Of the 344 Division I schools, not a single Big 12 team ranks in the top 50 in experience level. But there’s still expectations of deep NCAA Tournament runs for a few of the conference's finest. Here’s a preview of the Big 12 hoops season to get you amped for the crux of conference play:

Kansas could go 6-0

When talented young basketball players look bad, they can look really bad, and when they look good, they can look really good. Naturally, the tendency is to get too down on them when they look bad and to get too high on them when they look good.

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‘Just play’ pays off

Taylor heeds advice

Down in the dumps over his recent slump, Tyshawn Taylor sought the advice of some of his elders this week. Namely, he visited with veterans Sherron Collins, Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich. “I talked to Sherron about it. He went through it. I talked to Brady, Tyrel, Cole. They all went through it. It’s something I had to overcome,” Taylor, Kansas University’s freshman point guard said, referring to a sudden lack of confidence midway through his rookie season.

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Chicago natives Sherron Collins and Jacob Pullen talked to each other a lot during the game. Collins finished with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers; Pullen had 13 points, two assists and no turnovers. “We were more making jokes than talking smack,” Collins said. “I hit the floor, he said, ‘Ah, he’s all right.’ He pulled my shirt. I pulled his shirt. No hard feelings. It’s fun.”

Jayhawks’ Little takes one for team

There was one main reason Mario Little said he decided not to red-shirt. “The team,” the junior said after Kansas University’s 87-71 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday. “The team needed me.” Though the 6-foot-5 junior-college transfer still isn’t fully healed from a stress fracture in his left leg, he chose to play in Tuesday’s game fully knowing the consequences.

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K-State latest slow starter

Well, this is becoming a bit repetitive, isn’t it? Every week, it seems, some opposing coach stands perched in front of a group of media members in an underground tunnel at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse and attempts to answer a dozen versions of the same question: Why, exactly, did your team come out so flat?