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Unrivaled rout

Jayhawks exact revenge on MU

Tough taskmasker Bill Self turned into a softie Sunday afternoon in discussing his 2008-09 Kansas University basketball team. “I’m falling in love with this team,” KU’s sixth-year coach said after his Jayhawks pounded Missouri, 90-65, in Allen Fieldhouse. “They try hard, and they are getting more and more aggressive all the time.”

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Self named finalist for USBWA coach of the year

Kansas coach Bill Self is one of ten finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Henry Iba Award, given annually to the association's choice for coach of the year.

Danielle McCray earns conference player of the week

Kansas women's basketball guard/forward Danielle McCray was named Big 12 player of the week, the Big 12 announced Monday.

KU moves to 9th in latest rankings

In the ESPN/USA Today poll out this afternoon, KU moves from No. 15 to No. 9. Their rankings in the Associated Press is expected later this afternoon.

Collins, Taylor sweep Big 12 awards

KU's Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor were named this week's Big 12 player and rookie of the week, the Big 12 announced Monday.

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KU beat Mizzou at own game

When Mike Anderson took over as coach of the Missouri University men’s basketball team three years ago, he brought with him a style of play known affectionately as “40 minutes of hell.” It is a system built on constant motion, a controlled chaos, the objective of which is to apply constant pressure, push the pace at all times and attempt to translate that into as many easy baskets as possible.

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KU notebook

Kirk Hinrich stood in the fabled northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse at halftime of Sunday’s Kansas University-Missouri game. He craned his neck to watch a highlight video of his storied KU basketball career playing on the center scoreboard.

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Reed has big game in front of hero

Tyrel Reed remembers the day in high school when he took a recruiting trip to Kansas State. Just a few feet in front of him, mega-recruit Michael Beasley received a loud ovation from the Wildcat students while walking across the Bill Snyder Family Stadium turf. Reed, meanwhile, was the recipient of a smattering of boos as he moved toward his seat.

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How did KU get this good, this fast?

The secret to the remarkable success of the Kansas University basketball program under coach Bill Self isn’t much of a secret at all. The players improve so much during the course of a season that it stands to reason the team would, too.

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Unrivaled rout

Jayhawks exact revenge on MU

Tough taskmasker Bill Self turned into a softie Sunday afternoon in discussing his 2008-09 Kansas University basketball team. “I’m falling in love with this team,” KU’s sixth-year coach said after his Jayhawks pounded Missouri, 90-65, in Allen Fieldhouse. “They try hard, and they are getting more and more aggressive all the time.”

KU tennis sweeps UMKC

The Kansas University women’s tennis team swept UMKC, 7-0, at First Serve Tennis on Sunday.

KU softball run-rules Harvard, 10-1

The Kansas University softball team produced a 10-1 run-rule victory over Harvard on Sunday at the North Texas Invite.

Sacramento waives ex-Jayhawk Gooden

The Sacramento Kings waived Drew Gooden on Sunday night, freeing the recently acquired forward to join a contending team for the playoff run.