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Tuesday, December 31

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 31

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 31.

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Keyla Morgan solid in first stretch as starting guard for KU women

Toughness, energy, consistency. All are things Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has searched for from her young team during the 2013-14 season, and all are strengths of freshman guard Keyla Morgan. So it makes sense that, out of nowhere, Morgan has found her way into the Jayhawks’ starting lineup during the past four games. By Matt Tait

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Better every day: After relaxing break, KU freshman Embiid all about improvement

Cameroon native Joel Embiid stayed in Lawrence over the Kansas University men's basketball team’s recent four-day break, eating well and checking out a comedy. He also scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Toledo on Monday night. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 30

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 30.

Monday, December 30

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KU men's basketball notebook: Bill Self questions improvement of KU's defense

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self cited one disturbing defensive statistic as he peered at the stat sheet following Monday’s 93-83 victory over Toledo in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Naadir Tharpe erases awful start with hot shooting

Tom Keegan on the Kansas University basketball team's point guard play: "Point guard doesn’t need to be KU’s strongest position, but it can’t be a liability either, and recent progress from both Tharpe and Mason is an encouraging sign for the young, talented Jayhawks."

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Perry Ellis' big night leads KU soaring past Toledo, 93-83

Perry Ellis scored 21 points (three off a career high) and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the (9-3) Jayhawks’ 93-83 victory over previously undefeated (12-1) Toledo. It marked the sophomore forward's second career double-double and triumphant return from a scary injury suffered against Georgetown.By Gary Bedore

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KU's size foils Toledo's sound gameplan in 93-83 Kansas victory

There can’t be many things more frustrating for a visiting coach at Allen Fieldhouse than watching his team play darn near exactly the way he hoped it would and still come out on the losing end. Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk knew that feeling all too well following Monday’s 93-83 loss to the 16th-ranked Jayhawks, and he had very few negative things to say about his team’s showing. By Matt Tait

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KU football commitment Austin Stevens picks Boston College instead

According to the Rivals.com Boston College site, EagleAction.com, Class of 2014 defensive end Austin Stevens has changed his commitment from Kansas University to Boston College. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 29

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 29.

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Undefeated Rockets not awed by KU

Seven college basketball teams that are ranked in the Top 25 — as well as under-the-radar University of Toledo — remain undefeated as the New Year approaches. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, December 29

Column: KU fans, coaches face tests in 2014

Tough challenges face local athletes, coaches, administrators, announcers and fans involved directly or indirectly in Kansas University sports in 2014. By Tom Keegan

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Not there yet: Kansas women ‘inconsistently’ tough in victory over Yale

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson assigned her team to read the book “Toughness” by ESPN’s Jay Bilas over winter break, but despite Kansas’ 79-63 victory Sunday against Yale at Allen Fieldhouse, she feels the Jayhawks still have some homework to do. By Chris Duderstadt

KU-San Diego State hoops on Jan. 5 set for 3:30 p.m. tip-off

The San Diego State at Kansas men's basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 5, will begin at 3:30 p.m. (Central), CBS Television announced Sunday.

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KU women crush Yale

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team jumped to an 11-0 lead and cruised to a 79-63 victory over Yale on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Saturday, December 28

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 28

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Dec. 28.

Column: Jayhawks will keep things interesting in second half

A few random hoops thoughts while wondering how many more columns and features will be written this season about amazing and talented freshman Joel Embiid. Column by Matt Tait

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KU women eye boost before beginning of Big 12 play

After a few days off to recharge their minds, spend time with loved ones and get away from basketball over winter break, the members of the Kansas University women’s basketball team returned to Lawrence Thursday with some extra energy. By Matt Tait

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Frank Mason focused on stepping up as leader

The best present Kansas University freshman point guard Frank Mason received for Christmas was the gift of time spent with loved ones back in Petersburg, Va. “It was good to go home. I got to see my son, my family, close friends. It was really nice going home,” Mason said after Saturday’s practice and before the Jayhawks’ holiday basketball clinic in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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In the family: Wiggins brothers support shared love of basketball

Sure, Mitchell Wiggins' three kids — Mitchell Jr. the oldest, Nick the middle son, Andrew the youngest of the bunch — had other interests growing up. But it was the basketball court that lured them in like a magnet, from an early age each trying to follow in their father’s footsteps.

Friday, December 27

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 27

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Dec. 27.

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Jayhawks finalists for prep shooting guards

Rashad Vaughn, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev., on Friday sliced his list of prospective colleges to five. “Blessed to say my final 5: Kansas, UNLV, Kentucky, Iowa St, North Carolina #NoOrder,” Vaughn, Rivals.com’s No. 7-ranked player in the Class of 2014, wrote on Twitter. By Gary Bedore

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KU women welcome young fans for holiday hoops clinic

For Kansas University junior Bunny Williams, a day like Friday was nothing new. Rather than being overwhelmed by the 225 loud and proud little Jayhawks who attended the KU women’s team’s annual holiday hoops clinic, Williams simply flashed back to her childhood, when her mother hosted similar camps for children of all ages. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 26

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 26

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 26.

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KU's next foe, Toledo, still undefeated

Toledo, which plays Coppin State at home on Saturday, figures to bring a perfect 12-0 record to Allen Fieldhouse for Monday’s 7 p.m. game against 8-3 Kansas University. By Gary Bedore

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Former KU football captain Homer Floyd spends career pushing for social equality

The personal rejections — “You can’t eat here.” “You and your wife can’t live here.” — based on nothing but the color of his skin happened more than 50 years ago, but those sorts of wounds never age, never fully heal. It’s how Homer Floyd, the best football player at Kansas University when Wilt Chamberlain was the best basketball player, used those emotional wounds to make the world a better place and turned him into an iconic civil rights figure. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 25

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Wednesday, December 25

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Bill Self says Tyler no snitch, but …

Coaches are prohibited from paying their players cold, hard cash in accordance with NCAA extra-benefit rules. One exception, however, is if the player happens to be a blood relative of the coach. By Gary Bedore

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End-of-year-awards: A look at some of KU football’s high- (and low-) lights

Whether you’re one who views the season’s 3-9 record as a sign of progress or impending doom, there were plenty of moments worth highlighting during the 2013 Kansas University football season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 24

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The man behind the mic: Bob Davis in 30th year as voice of the Jayhawks

Bob Davis, a 2006 inductee in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame who has been named the state’s Sportscaster of the Year 13 times, isn’t the type of person to boast about his own accomplishments. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks land commitment from former Florida tight end Kent Taylor

Taylor was top-ranked TE in Class of 2012

For the third offseason in a row, the Kansas University football program and head coach Charlie Weis have landed a commitment from a high-profile transfer. Former Florida Gator Kent Taylor, the No. 1-ranked tight end in the Class of 2012, told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com on Tuesday that he was transferring to Kansas. By Matt Tait

Bill Self: Zone defenses not without merits

Bill Self, who preaches in-your-face, man-to-man defense, isn’t against implementing the triangle-and-two, box-and-one or even a 3-2 zone if it helps win basketball games. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Stowers powers recruiting for KU

Two years ago, right around this time, I had my first telephone conversation with Keon Stowers. I learned then what a lot of current Kansas University football recruits are discovering today. Stowers is someone you want to be around. By Matt Tait

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Black on track: ‘Hard work paid off’ for Kansas’ big-man transfer

Saturday, during Kansas University’s 86-64 victory over Georgetown, Tarik Black made all five field-goal attempts and seven of nine shots from the free-throw line during his first breakout game with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

Monday, December 23

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 23

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 23.

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KU senior Tarik Black named Big 12 newcomer of the week

Saturday's monster game from senior forward Tarik Black produced the Kansas University men's basketball program's third Big 12 newcomer of the week honor in seven weeks.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 22

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 22.

Sunday, December 22

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‘Break’ means gym time for KU men's basketball

Kansas University’s basketball players, who have headed home for four days worth of holiday cheer, will gather again Thursday for the first of many practices the next four weeks. By Gary Bedore

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Holiday giving: CeCe Harper’s 13 assists spark KU women past Tulsa

CeCe Harper insists it had nothing to do with the holidays, but the Kansas University senior guard sure was in a giving mood during Sunday’s 82-78 victory over Tulsa at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU women's basketball team tops Tulsa 82-78 in nailbiter

The Kansas University women's basketball team used fast starts to the first and second halves to hold off a scrappy Tulsa team 82-78 Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 21

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Dec. 21.

Saturday, December 21

Word on KU women: not tough enough

Ten games into the 2013-14 season, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson knows one thing about her team. “We’re clearly not tough enough,” said Henrickson, whose Jayhawks (5-5) will play host to Tulsa (4-3) at 2 this afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Column: Joel Embiid impresses again

Joel Embiid’s positive imprint was all over another impressive KU victory Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse, 86-64, against Georgetown. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Perry Ellis should be fine

A hard shot to the back of the head delivered by Georgetown’s Nate Lubick on a second-half shooting foul ended Kansas University forward Perry Ellis’ day Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. But coach Bill Self said Ellis shouldn't miss any time. By Gary Bedore

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Tarik Black, bigs carry KU past Hoyas, 86-64

Kansas University senior power forward Tarik Black exploded for 17 points with six rebounds and two blocks while playing 20 minutes in the Jayhawks’ 86-64 rout of Georgetown on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Georgetown's JTIII calls Hoyas far from physical in loss to Kansas

The Big East as we once knew it may be dead, but its signature brand of basketball is alive and well. Just don't tell that to Georgetown coach John Thompson III, who was less than impressed with his team's toughness during Saturday's 86-64 loss to Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Perry Ellis OK after Kansas victory over Georgetown

Self: KU forward suffered bruised nerve in neck

Kansas University players Tarik Black and Naadir Tharpe said KU forward Perry Ellis told them he was OK following a blow to the head during KU's 86-64 victory over Georgetown on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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After 29 days away, KU men return home to face Georgetown

After a trip to the Bahamas for three games, plus stops in Colorado, Florida and Kansas City, Mo., Kansas University’s basketball team finally returns to Allen Fieldhouse today. By Gary Bedore

Column: Embiid’s growth astounds Jayhawks

Bill Self has coached in games that featured terrific basketball players competing for and against him. Andrew Wiggins, not yet 19, already has played with and against remarkable talents. Still, Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid does things on the basketball court that fill the two men with wonder. Column by Tom Keegan

Friday, December 20

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 20

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Dec. 20.

KU football lands commitment from 3-star prep cornerback Matthew Boateng

Another day brought another defensive back commitment for the Kansas University football program, which learned Friday that Matthew Boateng, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., had orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 19

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 19.

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Kansas men’s basketball players help buy gifts for needy families

Kansas University forward Jamari Traylor had a Santa hat on his head and big smile on his face as he dropped a radio-control pickup truck into a shopping cart on Thursday night in Wal-Mart on Iowa Street. “I like coming out here helping kids and giving back to them, because I remember some Christmases I didn’t have everything under the tree that I wanted,” said Traylor, who was taking part in KU’s 17th-annual shopping excursion for needy families. By Gary Bedore

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Weis: KU offensive coordinator Reagan will decide gameplan, starters

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Thursday made it clear that KU fans would see a different offense under newly hired offensive coordinator John Reagan. By Matt Tait

Column: Question of QB lingers for KU football

Finally, I don’t have to wait until midseason to write about a quarterback controversy at Kansas University. It’s raging already, more than eight months away from the Sept. 6 season-opener against Southeast Missouri State in Memorial Stadium. Column by Tom Keegan

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KU women's basketball hands out gifts at Lawrence Memorial Hospital

The Kansas women's basketball team stopped by Lawrence Memorial Hospital for their annual trip to hand out gifts to various patients, starting with the maternity ward and then splitting up to spread some smiles room by room throughout the rest of the building.

Thursday, December 19

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 18

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 18.

KU volleyball’s Jarmoc repeats as All-American

Kansas University senior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc became the first Jayhawk to earn back-to-back All-America honors when the American Volleyball Coaches Association named her to its third team on Wednesday.

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Tharpe steps up as leader since demotion

Kansas University junior Naadir Tharpe knows why he was stripped of his starting point guard duties during recent nonconference basketball losses at Colorado and Florida. “I wasn’t doing anything to really help out the team, help out the guys,” Tharpe said after regaining his starting spot and playing 37 minutes in Saturday’s victory over New Mexico in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, December 18

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Jayhawks add three on first day of mid-year juco signing period

While it paled in comparison to last year’s nine-man mid-year haul, Wednesday proved to be a productive day for the recruiting efforts of the Kansas University football program, which welcomed three players to the roster on the initial day of the mid-year junior-college signing period. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 17

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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Juco commit follows familiar path to KU

When Kansas University football commitment Keyon Haughton first arrived at Georgia Military College, he made fast friends with a player who shared his name. Now, more than two years later, Keyon is following in KU captain Keon Stowers' footsteps. Haughton is one of two juco players expected to sign national letters of intent with the Jayhawks today. By Matt Tait

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Self says Black’s breakout still to come

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hasn’t given up on Memphis transfer Tarik Black, who has not scored and grabbed just seven rebounds total in limited action the last four games. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, December 17

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NCAA.com dubs Allen Fieldhouse loudest, most intimidating arena in college basketball

The NCAA on Tuesday revealed something that fans of Kansas University basketball have believed to be true for a long time. Allen Fieldhouse was named as the loudest, most intimidating arena in college basketball in a High-Five feature on NCAA.com, the website announced Tuesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 16

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 16.

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Jayhawks can’t wait to return to fieldhouse

There have been several volleyball matches and women’s basketball contests played in Allen Fieldhouse the past several weeks. But there have been no men’s basketball games held in Kansas University’s tradition-rich building since the Jayhawks’ 30-point rout of Towson on Nov. 22. By Gary Bedore

Monday, December 16

Jayhawks fall to 18th in latest AP poll

Last week's loss at Florida dropped the Kansas University men's basketball team five spots in the most recent Associated Press poll.

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Juco DB Ronnie Davis commits to KU football

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive back Ronnie Davis has orally committed to play football at Kansas University, according to a report from JayhawkSlant.com. By Matt Tait

Sunday, December 15

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Charlie Weis sorry to see Mack Brown leaving Texas

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is a longtime Mack Brown friend and just one of many admirers saddened by the news of his resignation. By Matt Tait

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Column: Brannen Greene starting to figure it out

Talented freshman wing Brannen Greene has weaved his way through traffic to establish himself as the man to beat in a three-headed race for the first-shooter-off-the-bench role for Bill Self’s 7-3 Kansas University basketball team. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 15

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 15.

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KU women's basketball team falls to No. 18 Purdue

Boilermakers win 71-68 with late free throws

Kansas University's women's basketball team nearly stunned No. 18 Purdue Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Boilermakers recovered from a seven-point halftime deficit to win, 71-68.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 14

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Dec. 14.

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KU women host No. 18 Purdue today

Comparing a pair of teams’ results against common opponents is an inexact science at best. But if Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson needed any more evidence of how good her team’s next opponent is, she could simply look at how the Jayhawks and No. 18 Purdue handled their respective nonconference meetings with one of the top teams in the nation. By Benton Smith

Saturday, December 14

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Column: Embiid's impact for Kansas basketball goes beyond statistics

Freshman center Joel Embiid makes this young Kansas University basketball team so much better when he plays as opposed to when he nurses foul trouble. His extraordinary numbers — 18 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three steals and no turnovers — compiled Saturday night in 25 minutes against New Mexico in the Sprint Center, tell only a portion of the story. By Tom Keegan

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KU men's basketball notebook: KU junior Naadir Tharpe gets back on track

Naadir Tharpe’s return to the starting lineup after a two-game absence proved to be a resounding success during an 80-63 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

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Just warming up: Embiid dominant in Jayhawks' 80-63 win over New Mexico

Joel Embiid, who averaged 20.2 minutes in Kansas University’s first nine games of the 2013-14 season, figures to see a dramatic increase the rest of the way. “We need to play him all the time,” KU coach Bill Self said after the 7-foot freshman from Cameroon exploded for a career-high 18 points with six rebounds, four blocks and three steals while working 25 minutes in the Jayhawks’ 80-63 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

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Lobos gain no advantage from experienced roster in loss to KU

All week, as the New Mexico men’s basketball team prepared for its showdown with No. 13 Kansas University at Sprint Center, the Lobos hoped the experience of starting three four-year veterans would make a difference against the young Jayhawks. Minutes after KU’s 80-63 victory, which came in large part thanks to a 41-25 second-half surge, that hope proved more optimistic than realistic. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 13

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Dec. 13.

Rookie pro Releford to attend UNM-KU game

Just two days after undergoing foot surgery, Travis Releford plans to attend today’s nonconference basketball contest between his alma mater, Kansas University, and New Mexico, set for a 6 p.m. tipoff in his hometown’s Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

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UNM wary of bounce-back game from KU

It should be interesting to see how perennial basketball powerhouse Kansas University reacts tonight as it tries to shake a slump that has accounted for three losses in four games. First-year New Mexico coach Craig Neal said he thinks his Lobos may see “a team that will be really, really solid and get back to trying to be cohesive, or find a team really, really (ticked) off and they will come out and try to knock us out in the first round." By Gary Bedore

Friday, December 13

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KU volleyball exits NCAA tourney in three-set loss to Washington

Huskies advance by downing Jayhawks, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24

Kansas University’s tenacity proved insufficient against superior serving and blocking in the NCAA volleyball tournament regional semifinals Friday night. Third-seeded Washington dominated the first two sets in a 25-18, 25-13, 26-24 sweep of the 14th-seeded Jayhawks at USC’s Galen Center.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 12

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 12.

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KU volleyball braced for tough regional foe

One of collegiate volleyball’s perennial powers stands between Kansas University and its first appearance in the NCAA regional finals. Third-seeded Washington, briefly the nation’s top-ranked team in October, faces 14th-seeded KU in the regional semifinals at 7 tonight, Central time, in USC’s Galen Center.

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Column: Loaded schedule should help young Jayhawks prepare for March

The soft early schedule most college basketball teams prefer not only boosts their win-loss record, it gives young players time to adjust to the college game before entering conference play. Kansas University, which started four freshmen Tuesday against a Florida team that started four seniors, has no such luxury. Column by Tom Keegan

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Former KU O-line coach Grunhard returns to Bishop Miege

Former Kansas University offensive line coach Tim Grunhard was not out of work long. Twelve days after resigning from his post with the Jayhawks after spending two seasons working in Lawrence, Grunhard was announced as the new Bishop Miege High offensive line coach by Stags coach Jon Holmes. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 12

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KU women snap three-game skid with 105-78 victory over Texas Southern

The Kansas University women's basketball used a blazing start and a school-record tying 12 three-pointers to knock off Texas Southern, 105-78, Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks held players-only team meeting day after loss to Florida

Sophomore forward Perry Ellis calls session productive

The members of the Kansas University men's basketball team held a players-only pow wow in the locker room Wednesday, a day after suffering their third loss in four games at No. 19 Florida in Gainesville. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 11

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 11

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Column: Like predecessors, Mason should grow out of inconsistency, into talent

In Kansas University's meeting with Florida on Nov. 25, 2006, the Jayhawks brought a quick, confident relentless competitor of a freshman off the bench. Sherron Collins triggered the imagination the way Frank Mason does now. Collins didn’t have it that night in Las Vegas against the Gators. Three seasons later, he was a first-team All-American. No reason to think Mason can’t make the same strides and earn the same accolades. Column by Tom Keegan

KU to host NCAA cross country, track regionals in 2015-16

The Kansas University cross country and track teams will host NCAA regionals in the 2015-16 school year, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

KU rowing signs five in fall class

Kansas University’s rowing team has signed five athletes in its latest recruiting class, KU coach Rob Catloth announced Wednesday.

KU swimmer Chelsie Miller wins Big 12 weekly award

Kansas University sophomore Chelsie Miller was named the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week by conference coaches on Wednesday.

KU volleyball elated to be one of ‘elite 16’

The excruciating wait aside, there could not have been a much more fitting year for Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard to finally break through the second round of the NCAA Tournament and reach the regional semifinals. The feat, after postseason dancing ended earlier than he had hoped for in 2003, ‘04, ‘05 and ‘12, finally came in Bechard’s 16th season — a Sweet 16, indeed. By Benton Smith

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KU women hope to reverse losing streak tonight

According to the schedule, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team should have been over its three-game losing streak by now. Whether the Jayhawks would have handled their business this past Sunday at home against Texas Southern or extended their skid to four games, no one will ever know for certain, because dangerous winter weather conditions kept the Tigers homebound, in Houston. By Benton Smith

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Self: KU reacting too slow vs. zone

Kansas University’s basketball rotation players work on attacking the zone defense regularly at practice. That just hasn’t been evident in the past two games — Saturday’s 75-72 loss at Colorado and Tuesday’s 67-61 setback at Florida — in which the Jayhawks labored offensively. “The ball sticks now. Guys are indecisive,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday, noting, “we haven’t reacted very well." By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, December 11

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Safety Isaiah Johnson named Big 12's top newcomer on 'D'

LB Heeney, RB Sims named second team all-Big 12

Sophomore safety Isaiah Johnson's Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year tag highlighted a day in which the Kansas University football team learned that eight players had been honored by the conference's football coaches.

Kansas baseball signs 10

Kansas University signed 10 student-athletes to baseball letters of intent during the early signing period, coach Ritch Price announced Tuesday.

KU volleyball gets regional awards

Four Kansas University players made the first team of the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region Team, Tayler Soucie was named the region’s Freshman of the Year, and Ray Bechard was tapped Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 10

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Tuesday, December 10

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Column: Wiggins makes headway, now needs help

When all around him looked too green to handle what Kansas University coach Bill Self likes to call “a big-boy game,” Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins represented hope. He didn’t shy from a physical opponent and the mistakes he did make were those of aggression, not passivity. By Tom Keegan

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KU men's basketball notebook: Road unkind to Jayhawks so far

Life on the road hasn’t been rosy for Kansas University’s basketball team this nonconference season. The (6-3) Jayhawks’ recent excursions to Colorado and Florida resulted in two losses in four days — on the heels of a 2-1 performance in the Bahamas. By Gary Bedore

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Gator Bait: KU basketball chomped, 67-61, by No. 19 Florida

Going with four freshman starters for what is believed to be the first time in Kansas University basketball history looked like a fine game plan against Florida on Tuesday night in O’Connell Center. “It wasn’t who we started that was the problem. We were up 10-3,” KU coach Bill Self exclaimed after the Jayhawks’ group of rookies Joel Embiid, Frank Mason, Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins plus sophomore Perry Ellis opened strong, then were victimized by a 21-0 run during a 67-61 loss to the Gators. By Gary Bedore

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Florida coach Billy Donovan says KU 'ceiling' may be highest in country

The number of areas in which Florida’s basketball team outdid visiting Kansas University during a 67-61 UF victory on Tuesday at the O’Connell Center reached double digits. But few told the story or made the difference as much as the experience of Florida’s guards against the youth of the Jayhawks, who fell to 6-3 and dropped their third game in the four tries. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 9

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 9.

Column: Kansas-Florida thriller in Vegas riddled with NBA talent

The last time Kansas University and Florida met in a basketball game, it was played in an arena inside a hotel-casino, the Orleans in Las Vegas. It’s interesting to look back and see just how much talent was in that game against the Gators. Twelve players who played in that game went on to play in the NBA. By Tom Keegan

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Last Kansas-Florida meeting a doozy

It has been seven years since Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks and Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators thrilled the college basketball world in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational. By Gary Bedore

Monday, December 9

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Depth charge: Reserves like Tiana Dockery give KU volleyball boost

When a coach has as much talent to work with as Kansas University volleyball’s Ray Bechard, it’s easy to get away with keeping capable, if not dominant, players waiting in the wings and call on their expertise at just the right time. By Benton Smith

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Kansas RB James Sims first-team, LB Ben Heeney second-team All-Big 12

Kansas University running back James Sims was named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team, and KU linebacker Ben Heeney repeated on the second team when the AP released its annual selections today.

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Jayhawks drop out of top 10 in new AP poll

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team dropped out of the top 10, down to No. 13, in the latest AP Top 25, released Monday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 8

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 8.

Sunday, December 8

KU volleyball to meet Huskies in Sweet 16

Kansas University will make its first appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday against Washington at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

UF point guard to play against KU

University of Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin was cleared to practice and will play Tuesday against Kansas University at the O’Connell Center, the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported.

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Warm Florida welcome awaits Joel Embiid

Justin Harden wishes he could get his hands on dozens of tickets for the Kansas University-Florida Big 12/SEC Challenge basketball showdown at 6 p.m. Tuesday in O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 7

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

KU swimmers set records at Winter Nationals, win at dual

Kansas University swimmers Alison Lusk and Chelsie Miller broke school records on Saturday at the USA Winter Nationals.

KU track begins indoor season

Kansas University men’s and women’s track and field teams won seven events as they opened the 2013-14 indoor season with the Bob Timmons Challenge on Saturday at Anschutz Pavilion.

Saturday, December 7

Column: KU will get better, but it will take time

Kansas will get better, but not in the way a meal gets hotter by sticking it in the microwave. It’s going to be more of a slow, bumpy road with stops and starts, on the way to hotter performances. By Tom Keegan

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Sweet 16-bound: Kansas volleyball reaches new ground

KU, again led by the play of junior outside hitter Chelsea Albers, handled Creighton, 3-1, to reach the third round of the NCAAs for the first time in program history. By Benton Smith

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Booker basks in game-winner

Colorado junior guard Askia Booker burned visiting Kansas University with long buzzer shots not once but twice Saturday in leading the Buffaloes to a 75-72 victory in front of loud crowd of 11,113 Saturday in the Coors Event Center. Both three-pointers broke ties.By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Wiggins laments miss; Embiid solid before break

Freshman Andrew Wiggins, who is expected to be Kansas University’s go-to guy this basketball season, launched a possible game-tying shot with 12 seconds left and KU down, 71-68, on Saturday in the Jayhawks’ 75-72 loss at Colorado. By Gary Bedore

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Rocky Mountain low: Jayhawks fall to Colorado, 75-72

It took awhile, but Bill Self and his Kansas University Jayhawks have finally experienced the agony of defeat against Colorado. By Gary Bedore

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Charlie Weis confirms hire of Rice's John Reagan as KU football offensive coordinator

Clint Bowen also given defensive coordinator title

Rice football’s John Reagan is Kansas University’s new offensive-line coach and offensive coordinator, KU head coach Charlie Weis announced Saturday. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 6

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Dec. 6.

NCAA honors KU legend Billy Mills

The NCAA will present Kansas University track and field alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills with its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the NCAA announced Friday.

KU swimmer 2nd at USA Winter Nationals

Kansas University’s Chelsie Miller placed second in the 400-meter individual medley Friday to lead a group of four KU swimmers at the USA Winter Nationals.

Texas Southern-KU women’s basketball game postponed

Sunday’s Kansas University women’s basketball home game against Texas Southern has been postponed due to a winter storm in Texas, KU announced Friday.

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Blowout still stings for Buffs, Boyle

Former Kansas University guard Tad Boyle, the fourth-year coach of the Colorado men's basketball team, says his players still have a bad taste in their mouths from a 90-54 loss to the Jayhawks last year at Allen Fieldhouse. The Buffaloes host the Jayhawks today at 2:15 p.m. in Boulder, Colo. By Gary Bedore

Friday, December 6

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KU volleyball beats Wichita State to move on in NCAAs

Kansas University's volleyball team avenged its home loss to Wichita State in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory against the same team on the same floor, Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

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Football prep still committed to KU

When Class of 2014 center Jacob Bragg first heard that Kansas University offensive line coach Tim Grunhard was leaving, it took a second for him to process what had happened. By Matt Tait

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Frank Mason to open at point guard for Jayhawks

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who has used the same starting lineup the past six games, will alter the opening five Saturday at Colorado. By Gary Bedore

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Payback time? KU volleyball gets another shot at Shocks

Same place, same time of year, same opponent, more seniors, which translates to an even greater sense of urgency for Kansas University’s volleyball team. By Tom Keegan

Column: Once switch flips for young KU basketball players, look out

When the young players reach a deeper understanding of what their coach wants them to do, things could become extremely interesting. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, December 5

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 5

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Firebirds' Dineen named state's top football player

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, named Free State High senior Joe Dineen the 2013-14 Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year. By Benton Smith

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Meet the Jayhawks: A look at KU’s volleyball players

In the weeks and months following their run to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the best season in school history, the members of Kansas University’s volleyball team began to notice a change in the way they were received by the public. By Matt Tait

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Can Buffs get blue out?

Coors Events Center, the home of the Colorado Buffaloes, used to be known as “Allen Fieldhouse West” when the Jayhawks and their legion of loyal fans descended upon Boulder for KU-CU men’s basketball games contested in the Big 12 and Big Eight conferences. By Gary Bedore

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Help wanted: Harper solid, but KU women fall to Arkansas

Between handling point-guard duties, leading the team in points (19) and assists (7) and finishing as the Jayhawks’ second-leading rebounder (6), senior guard CeCe Harper did all she could to help the Kansas University women’s basketball team battle Arkansas on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. It wasn't enough. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, December 4

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 4

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 4.

KU women fall to .500 after home loss to Arkansas

The Kansas University women's basketball team fell to .500 on the season Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse thanks to a 64-53 loss to Arkansas, which improved to 9-0.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 3

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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Self: Shooting just one of KU's struggles

Maybe it was the low ceiling or dim lighting in the resort ballroom that affected Kansas University's basketball players last week in the Bahamas. Or the basketballs. Or the rims. Whatever the reason(s) ... “we couldn’t throw it in the ocean, and we were really close to the ocean,” KU coach Bill Self cracked Monday on his Hawk Talk radio show. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Wiggins’ growing pains worth it

Andrew Wiggins played one lousy basketball game in the Bahamas. During the three-game Battle 4 Atlantis, he was no better than Kansas University’s third-best freshman, ranking behind Joel Embiid and Frank Mason. Columnist Tom Keegan has two words to say about that: So what?

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KU women use game to support Summitt, Alzheimer’s awareness

None of the players on the Kansas University women’s basketball roster were recruited to Tennessee by legendary Volunteers coach Pat Summitt, but at 7 tonight, when the Jayhawks host Arkansas at Allen Fieldhouse, they’ll all be playing for her. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 3

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Georgia Military offensive tackle Devon Williams picks Kansas

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis completed the Georgia Military sweep on Monday. Not long after reporting that Keyon Haughton, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound offensive lineman from the junior college had committed to Kansas, JayhawkSlant.com's Jon Kirby got in touch with Haughton's teammate, Devon Williams, and learned that he, too, had given an oral commitment to join the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Soucie helps KU volleyball not miss a beat

Nearly everybody returned from last year’s Kansas University volleyball team, but one question hung in the air like a 50-50 ball above the net: How were they going to replace the long, lean star middle blocker, first name Tayler, who came to KU from an area high school? It didn’t take long to find an answer. Column by Tom Keegan

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From underdogs to big dogs, KU volleyball still aiming higher

The Kansas University volleyball team has taken the court each night this season trying to crush its opponents’ dreams, but now, after earning the right to host first- and second-round NCAA Tournament matches Friday and Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse for the second year in a row, the realization of their own dreams seems closer than ever. By Matt Tait

Nets’ Pierce out 2-4 weeks due to break

Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks because of a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.

Monday, December 2

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 2

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 2.

KU lands commitment from juco offensive lineman Keyon Haughton

Kansas University coach Charlie Weis and the KU football program on Monday picked up an oral commitment from Georgia Military offensive lineman Keyon Haughton, a 6-2, 300-pound lineman who visited campus over the weekend and picked Kansas after visiting with Weis on Monday morning.

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Embiid named Big 12 newcomer of the week

Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid became the second Jayhawk to win Big 12 newcomer of the week honors this season, joining freshman wing Andrew Wiggins, who was won the award Nov. 18.

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KU finale end for Grunhard

Saturday’s 31-10 loss to Kansas State at Memorial Stadium marked Kansas University offensive-line coach Tim Grunhard’s final game as a member of the KU coaching staff. By Matt Tait

Bill Self ‘frustrated’ in Battle’s aftermath

Kansas University’s basketball players, coaches and family members, who endured a couple days of cloudy, rainy weather during their 41⁄2-day trip to the Bahamas, took advantage of a glorious, 80-degree, sunny Sunday morning before leaving the Atlantis resort at 1 p.m. for a return trip home. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas volleyball tickled to host NCAAs again

Even though the Jayhawks knew they were in the NCAA Tournament field, waiting until the waning moments of the selection show to find out for sure made for some anxious moments. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Joel Embiid proves worth to KU

Freshman center Joel Embiid, who has emerged as KU’s most dominant, most important player, must learn how to stay out of foul trouble. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, December 1

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 1

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 1.

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KU volleyball to host first, second round NCAA Tournament games for second year in a row

Jayhawks play Wichita State at 6:30 Friday in Allen Fieldhouse

The Kansas University volleyball team earned the No. 14 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament and, for the second season in a row, will host first- and second-round tournament games Friday and Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 30

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Nov. 30.

KU volleyball falls, but finishes as Big 12 runner-up

Kansas University’s volleyball team earned the program’s first second-place finish in the Big 12 Conference on Saturday despite a 3-1 loss in its season finale at Oklahoma.

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UTEP used gimmicks out of necessity

First, it was the stall on offense. Then it was the triangle-and-two zone defense. Coach Tim Floyd's ploys nearly earned UTEP a comeback victory against the No. 2 Jayhawks before the Miners fell, 67-63, in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.By Benton Smith