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Big battle, part 2: Baylor, Kansas frontcourts prep for rematch, revenge

A certain top-five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Perry Jones III elected to return to Baylor University for his sophomore season. His main reason? The desire to remain a carefree, 19-year-old kid at a place he loves.

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Bill Self: KU rebounds nicely from loss to MU

Bill Self loves the way his Kansas University basketball team has bounced back from Saturday’s deflating loss at Missouri.

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Defense polarizes programs

As I watched both teams on the same court for the second time this season Wednesday night, a light flickered in a normally very dark place — my brain — and it became plain to see why Kansas keeps beating Baylor, even though the Bears win so many recruiting battles. The Jayhawks make it no fun to play against them. They plant themselves in your face and stay there. The Bears have so many good basketball players, but nothing about them makes Kansas dread playing them.

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Baylor coach Scott Drew defends defense

Through 15 minutes, Baylor’s zone forced seven turnovers and appeared to be disrupting Kansas University’s basketball offense. So what changed in the Bears’ 68-54 loss to the Jayhawks on Wednesday night?

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Jeff Withey bears down

Kansas big man ‘amazing’ against Baylor

A little peer pressure helped Jeff Withey bury Baylor on Wednesday night in Ferrell Center.

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KU women crush Texas, 85-61

The Kansas University women's basketball team improved to 17-6 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play with an 85-61 blowout of Texas on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The victory gave the Jayhawks the season sweep of the Longhorns. Aishah Sutherland led the Jayhawks with 24 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Angel Goodrich set an Allen Fieldhouse record with 16 assists.

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Ex-KU LB Johnson gets NFL combine invite

The Kansas Jayhawks are back in the NFL combine.

Henrickson: Kansas, Texas both ‘desperate’ for a win

The last time they met, in early January, the Kansas University women’s basketball team knocked off then-No. 23 Texas in Austin for its first road victory against a ranked team since 2000 and moved to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play.

How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 8)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 7.

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Big battle, part 2: Baylor, Kansas frontcourts prep for rematch, revenge

A certain top-five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Perry Jones III elected to return to Baylor University for his sophomore season. His main reason? The desire to remain a carefree, 19-year-old kid at a place he loves.

Styles of Self, Drew differ

Kansas and Baylor — two of three schools that, along with Missouri, headed into the week with a share of first place in the Big 12 basketball standings — illustrate that not all programs in the top 10 in the national rankings take the same path.