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Reinvigorated Naadir Tharpe punishes Baylor

Kansas wins, 69-52, behind point guard's big shots

KU junior point guard Naadir Tharpe exploded for 22 points off 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-6 from three) with four assists against two turnovers, plus five rebounds, just a few hours after receiving an earful from his head coach at shoot-around. By Gary Bedore

Early Morning

Column: Wiggins, Jayhawks not likely to repeat UT dud

The poor Baylor Bears. They have caught the Kansas University basketball team at the absolute worst time. Coming off a road loss to Texas and sick and tired of hearing about the shellacking they took in Waco last March, the Jayhawks shouldn’t have any trouble playing at their best. Column by Tom Keegan

Don’t panic: Self steadies ship after loss as KU preps for Baylor

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self gave his Jayhawks a bit of a pep talk this week following their first loss in Big 12 Conference play. Today, the Jayhawks continue their quest for a 10th-straight league title as they head to Waco, Texas, where Baylor awaits following a surprising victory at Oklahoma State. By Gary Bedore

Stories

Seventy magic number for KU women

In Bonnie Henrickson’s perfect world, the coach’s Kansas University women’s basketball team would always score at least 70 points and always win. In the reality of the 2013-14 season, the Jayhawks have lost every time they failed to reach 70 and too often have found themselves in the 50-point range, or worse. Of KU’s 11 losses this season, they didn’t even crack 60 points 10 times, and on one such occasion they didn’t get to 50.

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KU football recruiting class to #PlayforDre

A year after the “Dream Team 2013” hashtag dominated recruiting talk about the Jayhawks, several members of KU’s latest class have followed suit and created a hashtag for the 2014 version. By Matt Tait

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Column: Andrew Wiggins' half-court three ends slump

When a player arrives in college basketball lugging outrageous expectations and doesn’t hide his intention to stay just one year, it’s as if every game counts as 10. Do the math and that calculates to Andrew Wiggins being seconds from a 15-game slump when he stole a pass under the hoop, took a few dribbles and buried a half-court shot to beat the buzzer and the slump. By Tom Keegan

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Kansas defense slows down Heslip, Baylor offense

Baylor’s Brady Heslip hit four threes in eight tries the first half, then missed his only two attempts the final half of BU’s 69-52 loss to Kansas University on Tuesday in Ferrell Center. By Gary Bedore

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Reinvigorated Naadir Tharpe punishes Baylor

Kansas wins, 69-52, behind point guard's big shots

KU junior point guard Naadir Tharpe exploded for 22 points off 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-6 from three) with four assists against two turnovers, plus five rebounds, just a few hours after receiving an earful from his head coach at shoot-around. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Joel Embiid 'not thinking' about NBA right now

Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid caused quite a stir on Tuesday when he told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman he was strongly considering returning to school for his sophomore season. By Gary Bedore

Column: Wiggins, Jayhawks not likely to repeat UT dud

The poor Baylor Bears. They have caught the Kansas University basketball team at the absolute worst time. Coming off a road loss to Texas and sick and tired of hearing about the shellacking they took in Waco last March, the Jayhawks shouldn’t have any trouble playing at their best. Column by Tom Keegan

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Don’t panic: Self steadies ship after loss as KU preps for Baylor

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self gave his Jayhawks a bit of a pep talk this week following their first loss in Big 12 Conference play. Today, the Jayhawks continue their quest for a 10th-straight league title as they head to Waco, Texas, where Baylor awaits following a surprising victory at Oklahoma State. By Gary Bedore