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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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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