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KU men snare fifth straight Big 12 title

Matt Kleinmann started to work on a second draft of his Senior Day speech Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. “It was going to go from, ‘Thank you all,’ to, ‘Man I wish we would have won that game,’’’ Kleinmann, Kansas University’s fifth-year senior center, said after the Jayhawks’ thrilling 83-73, come-from-behind victory over Texas.

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Jayhawks well-represented on coaches' Big 12 teams

Self wins coach of the year; Marcus Morris, Taylor named to All-Rookie team

The Kansas men's basketball team picked up seven more honors with the release of the All-Big 12 team selected by the conference coaches Sunday.

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Self wins AP Big 12 coach of year

KU's Aldrich, Collins make conference's first team

Bill Self of Kansas, who lost every starter from last year’s NCAA championship team but still molded the young Jayhawks into surprising regular-season champions, outpolled Missouri’s Mike Anderson for Big 12 coach of the year.

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Texas laments easy misses

‘We were right where we needed to be’

The breakdown at the conclusion of the first half? That didn’t help. The second-half foul trouble that plagued standout Damion James? Could have done without that, too. But when it came down to it, Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes pinpointed something else entirely in describing his team’s downfall Saturday against host Kansas University.

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Kansas notebook

Per tradition, Kansas University seniors Brennan Bechard and Matt Kleinmann spoke to the fans after Saturday’s home finale versus Texas. They were introduced by Hall of Fame KU announcer Max Falkenstien. “I tried to convince Max to read Sherron’s accolades (instead of Bechard’s),” senior walk-on guard Bechard joked of teammate Sherron Collins.

Brady perfect symbol

Just as every preseason basketball magazine predicted months ago, third-year sophomore Brady Morningstar played a huge role in Kansas University making its fifth consecutive Big 12 title an outright one Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. Hold on a minute. A closer look at the preseason basketball mags reveals Oklahoma and Texas were supposed to contend for the conference title, and the last prominent mention of a Morningstar playing for Kansas came more than 30 years ago, first name Roger.

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Kansas softball splits

No Kansas University softball player was happier Saturday than Amanda Jobe. “I finally started hitting like I can,” Jobe said with a smile. Jobe entered this weekend’s KU Invitational with a forgettable .174 batting average, but she tripled and homered as the Jayhawks clipped Eastern Illinois, 4-2, at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Take five!

KU men snare fifth straight Big 12 title

Matt Kleinmann started to work on a second draft of his Senior Day speech Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. “It was going to go from, ‘Thank you all,’ to, ‘Man I wish we would have won that game,’’’ Kleinmann, Kansas University’s fifth-year senior center, said after the Jayhawks’ thrilling 83-73, come-from-behind victory over Texas.

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KU’s Taylor rises to challenge

Tyshawn Taylor didn’t start the second half of Kansas University’s 83-73 victory over Texas on Saturday. He understood why, too. “I was kind of out of it. I had three turnovers in the first half,” the freshman guard said. “I’ve just got to play better. Coach told me, ‘I’m challenging you. I’m challenging you. What’re you going to do?’” Taylor responded by sparking the Jayhawks once he received his chance in the second half.

KU women's golf in lead

For the second day in a row, the Kansas University women’s golf team sat atop the leaderboard at the Duramed Collegiate Invitational. The Jayhawks shot a 295 Saturday to extend their lead to 20 strokes heading into today’s final round.

Wissel leads KU track

Kansas University track and field senior Colby Wissel improved on his provisional-qualifying time in the 3,000 meters and finished fourth on Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.

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ISU women rout Kansas

Iowa State led wire-to-wire in a 59-49 victory over Kansas.

KU baseball postponed

Kansas University’s baseball game against Northwestern Saturday night was postponed in the bottom of the third inning because of inclement weather in the area.

KU tennis falls, 6-1

On a windy day at First Serve Tennis Center, the Kansas University women's tennis team dropped its second match of the weekend to No. 32 Tulsa, 6-1.