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Jayhawks emphasize process, not big picture, of continuing Big 12 title streak

When you’ve won 12 consecutive conference titles, you tend to have a pretty clear understanding of how to handle the spotlight that shines on your program while people wonder if this will be the year the streak ends. By Matt Tait

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Misfire: Jayhawks struggle to shoot in 84-54 loss to Oklahoma

In Thursday’s Big 12 opener against Oklahoma, the Kansas women’s basketball team made five shots in the first three minutes. Then the Jayhawks missed nine straight shots and never recovered in an 84-54 loss at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Notebook: Jackson 'lost composure' during technical foul; Jayhawks make key free throws

Fort Worth has never been confused for Honolulu, but, in the eyes of Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, they might as well be the same city.

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Tom Keegan: Landen Lucas stepped up when Jayhawks needed him most

Leave it to a senior in a time of need to deliver in a time of need. One such time arrived Friday night in Schollmaier Arena for Kansas center Landen Lucas.

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Opening Act: Mason, Lucas lift Jayhawks to 86-80 win in Big 12 opener

Because he plays with such tenacity and never shies away from attacking the rim, it may have been hard to spot. But Kansas senior Frank Mason III flipped a switch a few minutes into Friday’s 86-80 victory over TCU that may have saved the Jayhawks.

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Veterans key Kansas road win to open Big 12 play

Winning conference games on the road can be difficult in college basketball without some veterans to lead the way. No. 3-ranked Kansas couldn’t have opened Big 12 play Friday night at TCU without seniors Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas. By Benton Smith

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QB Peyton Bender's Air Raid experience makes him instant starting candidate

Beaty expects former WSU QB to push Carter Stanley

Peyton Bender hasn’t even practiced with Kansas yet, but from the moment he steps foot on campus in January, the junior quarterback will be required to take on a prominent role. That directive comes straight from the man running the program, David Beaty, who thinks Bender’s talent and time in the Air Raid offense at Washington State makes him capable of immediately challenging for KU's starting spot. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks emphasize process, not big picture, of continuing Big 12 title streak

When you’ve won 12 consecutive conference titles, you tend to have a pretty clear understanding of how to handle the spotlight that shines on your program while people wonder if this will be the year the streak ends. By Matt Tait