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Sunday, January 31

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‘Freebie’ against Kentucky gave KU brief respite, boost

Playing Kentucky on Jan. 30 — eight games into the Big 12 Conference season — made for a rather unique experience for Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Kansas volleyball humbly celebrates success

The greatest team in the history of Kansas University volleyball gathered for a banquet Sunday in the Horejsi Family Athletic Center without a hint of conceit in the air. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 31, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 31, 2016

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KU football adds to both 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes

In its final push to fill the 2016 recruiting class, the Kansas University football program wound up getting a head start on the 2017 class. Sunday afternoon, after another busy weekend of hosting official visitors, the Jayhawks landed a pair of 2017 commitments from Dallas-area offensive linemen and two more from defensive end and a wide receiver in the 2016 class.By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks overcome free-throw struggles

The Jayhawks defeated Kentucky, 90-84, in overtime Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but they didn’t do so without some struggles. KU made 30 free throws but missed 17. Perry Ellis (10 points, nine rebounds, 31 minutes because of foul trouble) was 8-of-13 at the line. By Gary Bedore

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Frank Mason III nearly hit desperation heave

Frank Mason III fired up a half-court shot that almost won Saturday’s Kansas-Kentucky game in regulation.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 30, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 30, 2016

Woodland one back at Farmers Insurance

K.J. Choi one-putted his last six holes Saturday to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into a final round at the Farmers Insurance Open that seems to have everyone nervous. Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland, tied with Choi going into the third round, birdied his last hole for a 73 to join Jimmy Walker at one shot behind. Woodland birdied two of his last four holes.

Saturday, January 30

KU swimmers sweep past UNO

Kansas University’s swim team won every event and defeated Nebraska-Omaha, 187-88, on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU tennis tops Purdue

Kansas University’s women’s tennis remained undefeated with a 4-1 victory over 45th-ranked Purdue on Saturday.

KU women fall to Texas Tech

Texas Tech handed Kansas University’s women’s basketball team its 12th consecutive loss and kept the Jayhawks winless in the Big 12 with a 54-44 victory over KU on Saturday night in United Supermarkets Arena.

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self busts out junk defense to top Kentucky

In the area of coaching defense, Bill Self takes pride in the shiny staples in his toolbox. Motivational tools, instructive tools, video tools, all employed to tweak his helping man-to-man defense in just the right way for that night's opponent. And then there is that roll of duct tape hidden under a pile in the corner of the toolbox. By Tom Keegan

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Extra incentive: Wayne Selden Jr. helps KU win battle of blue bloods

Jayhawks beat Kentucky in OT

Wayne Selden, Jr.’s grandfather, who introduced the Kansas University junior guard to the sport of basketball when he was 5, hadn’t seen Wayne play a game for the Jayhawks ... until Saturday night, that is. “It was big incentive for me to play well tonight. I knew I was going to because he was here. That’s my best friend growing up. We’re really, really close,” Selden said after scoring a career-high 33 points while playing 44 minutes in KU’s 90-84 overtime victory. By Gary Bedore

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Calipari: Wildcats lost 'heck of a college game'

Saturday night, following his team's 90-84, overtime loss to Kansas during his first crack as a head coach inside Allen Fieldhouse, Kentucky coach John Calipari opened by dropping phrases like, “I'm sick to my stomach,” and “I'm still hacked off that we lost,” and then shared a story about a pre-game conversation that came eerily close to coming true. By Matt Tait

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Wayne Selden Jr. leads Jayhawks to overtime victory over Kentucky

After watching another point guard carve up his man-to-man defense, Kansas coach Bill Self went with a triangle-and-two defense during portions of the second half and it saved the day for Kansas on Saturday night at Allen Fielhdouse. By Matt Tait

Kansas tennis upends Arkansas

Kansas University improved to 3-0 on the women’s tennis season with a 4-1 victory over No. 36-ranked Arkansas on Friday at Billingsley Tennis Center.

KU track stellar at Classic

Kansas University track and field claimed 16 event victories at its final home meet of the indoor season, the Jayhawk Classic, which concluded Friday at Anschutz Pavilion.

Woodland, Choi tied for Farmers lead

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland and K.J. Choi were tied for the lead Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Traditional powers primed for battle

John Calipari, who worked as an assistant coach at Kansas University from 1982 to ’85, knows firsthand how loud it gets on game day in 16,300-seat Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas women's basketball preview

Here's a preview of Kansas University's women's basketball game Saturday at Texas Tech.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 29, 2016

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 29, 2016.

Last year’s UK game left bad taste

Kansas University’s basketball team blasted Kentucky, 150-95, on Dec. 9, 1989, in Allen Fieldhouse, handing UK its second-worst loss in school history — worst since an 87-17 setback to Pella, Iowa, in 1910.

Friday, January 29

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 28, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 28, 2016

KU among fundraising leaders

Slick new additions to the Kansas University basketball environment accounted for most of it, and, according a report by the Council for Aid to Education, KU ranked 10th nationally in private donations during the 2014-15 fiscal year among universities that responded to the survey.

Kansas’ Poirier 2nd in heptathlon

Kansas University junior Dylan Poirier held second place after the first day of the men’s heptathlon in the Jayhawk Classic on Thursday at Anschutz Pavilion.

Thursday, January 28

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Bragging rights: Freshman forward satisfied with decision

Carlton Bragg Jr. heard from a few Kentucky fans on Twitter last year after stumbling over his words a bit when announcing his college choice. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas lands No. 27 prospect Azubuike

Future Kansas University basketball player Udoka Azubuike, who orally committed to KU over North Carolina and Florida State on Thursday on ESPNU, happens to be a 16-year-old true center from Nigeria — who, despite not yet starting a weight-lifting program — stands a stout 6-foot-11, 270 pounds. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Money doesn’t make up for losses

The lack of money can buy misery to someone carrying great responsibilities. A surplus of cash can ease stress, but it can’t buy happiness. By Tom Keegan

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Free State High standout Bryce Torneden switches to Kansas

One week after learning that local prospect Amani Bledsoe, the top-ranked player in Kansas, was headed to Oklahoma instead of joining the Jayhawks, the Kansas University football program got a dose of good hometown news on Thursday night. Free State High quarterback Bryce Torneden, who figures to play safety in college, announced on 1320 KLWN that he would join the KU program instead of heading to North Dakota State, where he committed earlier in 2015. By Matt Tait

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Class of 2016 center Udoka Azubuike chooses Kansas

Native of Nigeria is ranked No. 27 in nation

Udoka Azubuike, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound senior center from Potter’s House Christian in Jacksonville, Florida, who is ranked No. 27 nationally by Rivals.com, has orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University next season.

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Texas thumps KU women

Imani Boyette had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 6 Texas routed Kansas University, 70-46, in Big 12 women’s basketball on Wednesday night for the 1,000th win in program history.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 27, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 27, 2016

Tom Keegan: Initial KU-UK meeting was one to forget

Jerry Waugh remembers well the moments leading up to the first basketball game between traditional college basketball powers Kansas and Kentucky on Dec. 16, 1950, in Lexington.

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Stepping out of conference fine with Self

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has said that, in a perfect world, the one-day Big 12/SEC Challenge would be held in December, prior to the start of conference play rather than on Jan. 30.

Wednesday, January 27

Kansas swimmer wins Big 12 honor

After clinching three event victories in Saturday’s quad dual, freshman Haley Bishop was named CollegeSwimming.com’s Big 12 Swimmer of the Week Tuesday.

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Going forward: Self trims big-man rotation to four

Kansas University’s basketball big-man rotation has been trimmed the past two Big 12 contests — a home win over Texas and loss at Iowa State. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 26, 2016

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 26, 2016

Tuesday, January 26

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Tom Keegan: Kansas isn’t the best bet in NCAA's

It’s as if the 19-point loss at Oklahoma State never happened in the minds of those who set odds, the bettors who move them, and the voters entrusted with ranking the nation’s top 25 college basketball teams. By Tom Keegan

KU women at a glance: Kansas-Texas

A capsule look at Wednesday's Kansas-Texas women's basketball game

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KU lands dual-threat QB Tyriek Starks in 2016 class

Tyriek Starks, a two-star quarterback from New Orleans who threw for more than 4,000 yards and ran for 1,000 more in 2015 orally committed to join Kansas University's 2016 recruiting class on Tuesday night. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Monté Morris remains hot in win over KU

Iowa State point guard Monté Morris entered Monday’s game averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 turnovers while playing 39.6 minutes in the Cyclones’ last five games.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 25, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 25, 2016

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Minutes crunch: Bill Self again relies on veterans

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who has shortened his rotation the last two games, had eight Jayhawks play six or more minutes in Monday’s 85-72 loss at Iowa State.

Monday, January 25

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Disconnected: Jayhawks melt down in second half

KU loses 3rd road game in a row

The fact the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks led the No. 14 Cyclones by seven at halftime of what turned into a 85-72 loss made somebody wonder whether KU coach Bill Self left Hilton Coliseum happier or more concerned than he left WVU Coliseum or Gallagher-Iba Arena. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks lacking leadership needed to win on road

Players-only meetings are nice. On-court leadership means a great deal more and that can't come from the coach. It can't come from the equipment manager. It's not something he can pack in a bag and bring on a road trip. By Tom Keegan

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Cyclones get defensive in second half to knock off KU

Known largely as a team that likes to get out and go and fill up the stat sheet while lighting up the scoreboard, No. 14 Iowa State knocked off No. 4 Kansas University, 85-72, on Monday night at wild and rocking Hilton Coliseum on the strength of its defense. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks lose at Iowa State, marking third straight road setback

The Big 12 Conference men's basketball race is officially wide open, thanks to the Kansas University men's basketball team squandering an opportunity to pick up a huge conference road victory on Big Monday in front of a wild bunch at Hilton Coliseum. By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 24

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ISU's Niang eager to renew rivalry with Embiid-less KU

Iowa State senior forward Georges Niang has been involved in some epic basketball battles with Kansas University the past three years. By Gary Bedore

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Mayor's girl: Daughter of ex-Cyclone coach Hoiberg at KU now

Paige Hoiberg — daughter of former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg — choose to attend Kansas University over Iowa State and currently is a Jayhawk freshman who works in the KU basketball office part-time doing a variety of support-staff type jobs. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 24, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 24, 2016

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Turnovers continue to plague KU women in loss to OSU

A troubling and recurring issue once again thwarted Kansas University’s women’s basketball team in the Jayhawks’ quest for their first Big 12 victory of the season. By Benton Smith

KU women at a glance: KU-Oklahoma State

A capsule look at Sunday's Kansas-Oklahoma State women's basketball game

KU swimmers have big day

Kansas University’s swim team won all 14 events to sweep an exhibition against William Jewell, Morningside College and Tabor on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 23, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 23, 2016

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Prep standout Ayton dazzles at FSHS event

Hillcrest Academy center DeAndre Ayton split his Saturday in Lawrence as a spectator and the main event.

Saturday, January 23

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KU Hoops Notebook: Mason survives another hard fall

Once again, Kansas University junior guard Frank Mason III fell hard on his right elbow and hand late in KU's 76-67 victory over Texas Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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KU hoops coach Bill Self picks up win No. 200 in Allen Fieldhouse

With its 76-67 victory over Texas on Saturday, Kansas University’s basketball team now has won 200 games and lost nine in Allen Fieldhouse in Bill Self’s 13 years as head coach. By Gary Bedore

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Busy recruiting weekend nets 2 top targets for KU football

With the February 3 national signing day drawing near, the Kansas University football program got some help moving past the disappointment of missing out on Oklahoma-bound Lawrence prospect Amani Bledsoe on Saturday night, when two-star running back Khalil Herbert and two-star cornerback Julian Chandler orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

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Veteran's day: KU's top four help Jayhawks sink Texas 76-67

Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham logged big minutes Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse to help Kansas overcome a slow start and pick up a nine-point victory over Texas in what head coach Bill Self called "the most important game of our season." By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Longhorns wise to be wary of Ellis

No matter where he is on the court, Kansas University's Perry Ellis occupies the thoughts of the opposing defense. He made two of four three-pointers and nine of 15 field goals, and all but one of his four rebounds came off the offensive glass. By Tom Keegan

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Smart: Give KU credit that UT couldn't finish what it started

Even though Saturday’s 76-67 loss to Kansas University came during his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse, Texas coach Shaka Smart sure sounded like a guy who had been coming to the old building for years. By Matt Tait

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No. 3 Kansas recovers from poor start to beat Texas

The Kansas University men's basketball team took a heck of a punch from visiting Texas on Saturday afternoon. And then decided to throw one back. Trailing from the opening tip well into the second half, Kansas did not take its first lead until the 12:30 mark of the second half. But once it did, KU never looked back, building a lead as large as 13 points before knocking off Texas, 76-67. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 22, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 22, 2016

Kansas football adds Oregon kicker

The Kansas University football program’s ongoing search to find adequate answers at the punting and place-kicking positions recently received some good news.

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KU-Texas game has much to offer

Today is one of those game days in Allen Fieldhouse in which eyes will be focused on the court and in the stands — right behind Kansas University’s basketball bench.

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Bledsoe says picking OU just felt right for him

Once the high school football season ended, Lawrence High senior Amani Bledsoe spent most of his time focusing on his college recruitment.

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Tom Keegan: UT boss still seeks his first league crown

To appreciate the enormity of Kansas University coach Bill Self’s 11 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, consider the background of his opposite number in today’s 1 p.m. tipoff.

Friday, January 22

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 21, 2016

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 21, 2016

Thursday, January 21

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It’s an honor: Decision changed Hadl, Kansas

Big, bad Dick Butkus, savage middle linebacker of the Chicago Bears, and countless other mean men slammed him hard to the turf, but John Hadl never missed a start because of injury during a spectacular 16-year AFL/NFL career. Orneriness, stubbornness, etc., cost him a start here and there, but never injury. By Tom Keegan

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Kansas players vow changes after players-only meeting

Kansas University’s basketball players have done some soul-searching in the wake of Tuesday’s 19-point road loss to an Oklahoma State team that entered with a 1-4 league record. The squad’s upperclassmen led a players-only meeting Wednesday in the players’ locker room in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Lawrence High defensive end Bledsoe picks Oklahoma over KU

After listing Kansas among his two finalists, Lawrence High football standout Amani Bledsoe has decided to play college football at the University of Oklahoma.

Wednesday, January 20

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Self sees no reason to panic just yet

Bill Self, the coach of the country’s No. 3-ranked college basketball team, is not ready to panic after two losses in the last three Big 12 games — both setbacks on the road.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 20, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 20, 2016

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 boasts players who want the ball

The Big 12 basketball title might stay in Lawrence, but a list of five players from the conference most capable of taking over a game and leading their teams to victory would not include anyone from Kansas University.

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K-State women take Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse, 59-46

The Kansas University women's basketball team dropped its ninth game in a row and lost for the 11th time in 12 games, 59-46 to Kansas State Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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With 2 weeks remaining before signing day, KU football seeks to fill 2016 recruiting class

Second-year KU coach David Beaty and his staff have two recruiting weekends remaining before the Feb. 3 national signing day, and, as luck would have it, the KU basketball program has two Saturday home games during that stretch. Because so many players on the 2015 roster counted forward, KU has five open spots remaining to fill in what will wind up being a 17-man class if all spots are filled. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 19

Kansas women's hoops preview

Here's a look at Wednesday night's women's basketball game between Kansas and Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 19, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 19, 2016

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Jawun Evans affirms position as one of nation's top freshmen

If 42 points in a two-point home loss to Oklahoma didn’t launch Oklahoma State freshman point guard Jawun Evans onto center stage nationally, his performance in a blowout victory against No. 3 Kansas University should do the job. By Tom Keegan

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KU in hunt for more McDonald's All-Americans

Kansas University’s men’s basketball program continues to recruit several players who this week were selected to play in the 39th annual McDonald’s All-America game, set for March 30 at Chicago’s United Center.

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Small crowd, but OSU fans storm the court

After Oklahoma State defeated No. 3-ranked Kansas University, 86-67, Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena, OSU’s fans stormed the court, immediately following the final buzzer.

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KU notes: Brannen Greene misses road loss with injury

Kansas University junior guard Brannen Greene did not dress for the Jayhawks’ 86-67 Tuesday loss at Oklahoma State.

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Cheick Diallo 'fine' in first career start

Kansas University freshman forward Cheick Diallo made the first start of his college career on Tuesday night, scoring four points with two rebounds and a steal in 13 minutes.

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Tom Keegan: Underdog Oklahoma State shows more bounce than No. 3 Kansas

One team on the Gallagher-Iba Arena court Tuesday night looked like the type Bill Self always has loved to coach. More athletic than the opposition. Quick, bouncy, rugged getting rebounds in traffic and chasing down loose balls. Hitting clutch shots every time the lead dwindled. That team was Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys took it to a Kansas University squad that looked, in a word, slow — physically and mentally slow. By Tom Keegan

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Road sick: Jayhawks clobbered at Oklahoma State

A reporter asked Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self if he could pinpoint a “common denominator” in the Jayhawks’ three consecutive losses at Self’s alma mater, Oklahoma State. “Yeah, me,” KU’s 13th-year coach said after the No. 3-ranked (15-3, 4-2) Jayhawks’ 86-67 blowout loss to (10-8, 2-4) OSU on Tuesday night. By Gary Bedore

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No. 3 Jayhawks smoked in road loss at Oklahoma State

For the second consecutive game away from Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University men's basketball team on Tuesday night lacked energy and passion and the Jayhawks watched their opponents take it right at 'em.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 18, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 18, 2016

Kansas tennis blanks two foes

Kansas University’s women’s tennis team started the 2016 dual-match season with a pair of dominating wins over Nebraska-Omaha and Drake on Monday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Tom Keegan: Wings must step up for KU

Four Big 12 schools have either been ranked No. 1 or defeated a team ranked No. 1 in the past seven days. That pretty much clinches it. The Big 12 is the nation’s best college basketball conference, not to mention the most exciting, given all the dramatic finishes. By Tom Keegan

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Changing guards: With Forte out, Evans becomes OSU’s leader

Oklahoma State’s basketball team, which was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 in the preseason coaches poll, enters today’s 6 p.m. home game with Kansas University tied for eighth with Kansas State with four losses in five tries. “Obviously, they miss Forte,” KU junior guard Frank Mason III said of 5-foot-11, third-team all-conference selection Phil Forte III, who played in the squad’s first three nonconference games — all OSU victories. By Gary Bedore

Monday, January 18

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Kansas drops to No. 3 in new AP Top 25

Oklahoma takes over No. 1 spot

Ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 each of the previous two weeks, Kansas University’s basketball team dropped just two spots, to No. 3 in the latest rankings, released Monday afternoon.

Sunday, January 17

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Missouri prep Porter excels, lauds Allen Fieldhouse

Michael Porter, a 6-8 junior from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, scored 35 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in Saturday’s 58-53 victory over Blue Valley Northwest at the Best of the Midwest Showcase at Johnson County Community College. Earlier in the day, the No. 3-rated player in the Class of 2017 attended the Kansas University-TCU game.

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Prep Azubuike doesn't announce college choice after all

Udoka Azubuike, a 6-11 senior center from Potter’s House Christian in Jacksonville, Florida, did not announce his choice on Sunday at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, as originally planned.

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Traylor, Greene OK

Kansas University senior Jamari Traylor, who took a shot to the head and right eye by teammate Cheick Diallo while playing defense in Saturday’s game, did not have a concussion and did not suffer any bone fractures in his face.

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‘Svi’ relished visit from parents

Kansas University sophomore guard Svi Mykhailiuk wasn’t able to return to his birthplace of Cherkasy, Ukraine, to see loved ones during the Jayhawks’ short three-day holiday break in late December. So home came to him. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Freshmen Diallo, Bragg make case(s) to start

It takes more than one encouraging performance to make a college basketball coach trust a freshman as much as he does a veteran in tight spots. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 17, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 17, 2016

West Virginia rolls past KU women; Carey wins 600th

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team committed 25 turnovers and had 10 shots blocked by West Virginia. The result was a predictably lopsided loss — 72-35 on Saturday at WVU Coliseum.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 16, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 16, 2016

Saturday, January 16

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Michael Porter watches Jayhawks' victory

Michael Porter, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, sat behind the Kansas University bench with his high school teammates during the Jayhawks’ 70-63 win against TCU on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Notebook: Jamari Traylor injures right eye in win

Kansas University senior Jamari Traylor took a shot to the head and face on the defensive end of the floor during the second half of the Jayhawks’ 70-63 victory over TCU Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Bill Self: Jayhawks' win over TCU 'a dud game'

Kansas University’s basketball team, which scored over 100 points in its first two Big 12 Conference games (102-74 vs. Baylor and 109-106, 3OTs vs. Oklahoma), has fizzed a bit in the last three contests.

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Willing learner: Cheick Diallo's game, knowledge expanding

KU's current No. 13 swats five shots, scores nine points with nine boards in win over TCU

Cheick Diallo — who is hoping to have a long NBA career like the great Wilt Chamberlain — didn’t choose his college jersey number as some sort of tribute to Kansas University’s most accomplished No. 13, the freshman forward revealed after scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking five shots in the Jayhawks’ 70-63 win over TCU on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Trent Johnson not surprised by play of KU freshman bigs

He might have been in the minority, but TCU men's basketball coach Trent Johnson hardly was surprised to see Kansas University freshmen Carlton Bragg Jr. and Cheick Diallo deliver impressive outings during KU's 70-63 victory over Johnson's Horned Frogs Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Tom Keegan: Bragg's big day a hint of bigger things ahead?

On a day when freshmen forwards Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo both enjoyed breakthroughs in KU's seven-point win over TCU, it was the quieter production from Bragg that might have been the best news for the Jayhawks.

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Jayhawks get back on track, beat TCU

The Kansas University men's basketball team bounced back from Tuesday's road loss at West Virginia with a solid 70-63 handling of TCU Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. But more than the final score or any individual stats, this one will be remembered for Bill Self's willingness to let freshman Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo play extended and meaningful minutes.

KU track dominates at Sunflower State Triangular

Kansas University picked up victories in 12 events in a dominant performance at the Sunflower State Track and Field Triangular on Friday at Anschutz Pavilion.

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Jayhawks looking to respond favorably after loss

Kansas University’s basketball team responded to its first loss of the season by winning 13 consecutive games and ultimately moving to No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.

Kansas-West Virginia women's hoops preview

Here's a look at Saturday night's Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball matchup.

Friday, January 15

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 15, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 15, 2016

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Beaty: New KU linebackers coach Todd Bradford definitely fits the mold

Kansas University coach David Beaty, in a news release Friday, offered up his thoughts on newly hired linebacker coach Todd Bradford, who, according to the second-year KU coach, definitely fit the mold of the rest of the Kansas coaching staff. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 14, 2016

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 14, 2016

Thursday, January 14

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Inside job: Self: Get the ball inside to Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis sank eight of Kansas University’s 20 baskets while scoring 21 of the Jayhawks’ 63 points in Tuesday’s 74-63 road loss to West Virginia. All that production came off 14 shots, which in coach Bill Self’s eyes were not nearly enough. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Should KU add some zone defense to its repertoire?

West Virginia was on a mission, Kansas in a fog. That made me wonder if the time had come for Kansas to make a change for the sake of change. Time to shift to a zone defense, just to make the Mountaineers engage the brakes, think, retool. I wondered if the same thought had come across the minds of the coaching staff. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 13, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 13, 2016

Rule change helps with NBA evaluations

College basketball underclassmen could work out with one NBA team per year and still return to college without jeopardizing their eligibility under new rules approved Wednesday at the NCAA annual convention.

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Jayhawks’ effort called into question

The worst thing about Tuesday’s 74-63 loss at West Virginia — according to Kansas University’s players and coaches — is the fact the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks didn’t appear to exert the extra effort it takes to beat a No. 11-ranked squad on its home floor.

Wednesday, January 13

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No. 4 Texas dominates, hands KU women 7th straight loss

Figuring out a way to become the first opponent this season to defeat No. 4 Texas would’ve been difficult enough for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. When the struggling Jayhawks spotted the mighty Longhorns 17 points, arduous morphed into impossible, and UT remained undefeated with a 75-38 drubbing Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Annual spring football game set for 1 p.m., April 9

The second session of Kansas University's spring football practices under head coach David Beaty is scheduled to begin in mid-March, with the annual spring game slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff on April 9. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 12, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 12, 2016

Bledsoe finalists: KU, Oklahoma

Lawrence High football standout Amani Bledsoe will decide between Kansas and Oklahoma for his college football destination.

Kansas-Texas women's hoops preview

Here's a look ahead to Wednesday night's Kansas University-Texas women's basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, January 12

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KU in the mix for forward Jarrett Allen

Jarrett Allen, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior forward from St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, who is ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, tells Zagsblog.com that five schools are recruiting him the hardest.

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Notebook: WVU masters art of steal

West Virginia senior forward Jonathan Holton takes pride in the Mountaineers’ ability to swipe the basketball.

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Bill Self: KU's early 3-pointers 'fool's gold'

Kansas University’s basketball team, which lost its first Big 12 game of the season Tuesday night, 74-63, actually led, 14-9, early in Tuesday’s loss at West Virginia, thanks to some early three-point success.

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Mountaineers reward loyal fans by defeating Jayhawks

Bob Huggins praised his alma mater’s basketball fans just for showing up for Tuesday’s 74-63 victory over Kansas University in WVU Coliseum.

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Familiar feeling: KU falls at West Virginia for third straight season

Sparsely populated at the start of Tuesday’s West Virginia-Kansas University basketball game because of a snowstorm that turned major highways into skating rinks, WVU Coliseum was close to full by the end of the Mountaineers’ 74-63 victory over the Jayhawks. The perseverance on the roads paid off for the WVU fans, who witnessed history as their No. 11-ranked (15-1, 4-0) Mountaineers beat a No. 1-ranked team in Morgantown for the first time since 1983. By Gary Bedore

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Matt Tait: Confident Mountaineers make early statement in Big 12 race

There are half a dozen things you could point to that help explain KU's 74-63 loss to West Virginia on Tuesday night at WVU Coliseum, but, for my money, none of them were worth the cost of Bob Huggins' wardrobe. By Matt Tait

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No. 11 West Virginia outplays, upsets No. 1 Kansas

There's a new No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference — at least for now. No. 11 West Virginia outclassed top-ranked Kansas in just about every way imaginable inside WVU Coliseum, 74-63, on a cold, snowy night, and gave KU its second loss of the 2015-16 season. By Matt Tait

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Davis is top sportscaster

Bob Davis, the voice of Kansas University football and men’s basketball for more than three decades, has been named 2015 Kansas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

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Matt Tait: The state of KU football recruiting

With signing day right around the corner and the current dead period about to expire, now is as good of a time as any to examine the so-far-so-quiet recruiting landscape of Kansas University’s football program. By Matt Tait

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Ball security could secure win at WVU

Kansas University junior Wayne Selden Jr., who has experienced two losses the past two seasons at energized WVU Coliseum, knows what it will take to finally beat the No. 11-ranked Mountaineers (14-1, 3-0) in their 14,000-seat arena. “Just taking care of the ball, letting Frank (Mason III) and Devonté (Graham) take care of all that,” Selden said with a smile, fully aware all members of KU’s No. 1-ranked team (14-1, 3-0) must secure the ball against a squad that is ranked third in the country in steals (170 in 15 games, trailing only Omaha and Gardner-Webb) after leading the nation in thefts in 2014-15. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 11, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 11, 2016

Monday, January 11

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Kansas vs. Kentucky tip time announced

Blue bloods to square off at 6 p.m., Jan. 30

Just like everyone figured, the Jan. 30 Big 12/SEC Challenge main event — Kentucky at Kansas — will be played at night and broadcast by ESPN.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 10, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 10, 2016

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Numbers game: WVU not awed by KU’s lofty ranking

West Virginia’s Devin Williams isn’t awed by Kansas University’s No. 1 national ranking heading into Tuesday’s Big 12 Conference showdown, set for a 6 p.m., Central time, tipoff (ESPN2) in Morgantown, West Virginia. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, January 10

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Sophomore linebacker Kyron Watson leaving KU

Sophomore Kyron Watson revealed on Twitter on Sunday night that he will not return to play for the Kansas University football team in 2016.

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Notebook: Upcoming trip to West Virginia should be 'war'

After completing the first stage of a two-game road swing with a 69-59 victory at Texas Tech Saturday, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has another challenge ahead Tuesday.

Iowa State hands Kansas women sixth straight loss

Five Iowa State players scored in double figures, and the Cyclones handed Kansas University’s women’s basketball team its sixth straight loss, 65-49, on Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum. The Jayhawks trailed by only three points at halftime but were outscored 16-9 in the third quarter and 21-15 in the fourth period.

KU swimmers split double dual

Kansas University freshman Haley Bishop won the 50-yard freestyle, and the KU swimmers split a double dual Saturday.

Saturday, January 9

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Red Raiders regretful after loss to Kansas

When they looked at their hands in the wake of a 69-59 loss to the nation’s No. 1 college basketball team, the Texas Tech players weren’t in anyway tempted to use them to pat themselves on the back. Instead, they reflected on what they let slip through their fingers.

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Tom Keegan: Poker-faced Frank Mason III even better under pressure

You wouldn’t be able to judge by his expression that Kansas University junior guard Frank Mason III played one strong half and one so-so one. The face never changes, answering that question requires looking elsewhere. By Tom Keegan

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The thrill is gone: KU proves it can win ugly, too

Nobody will ever deem Saturday’s 69-59 Kansas University victory over Texas Tech one for the ages, or one to even remember for more than 24 hours or so. Most would probably agree a game in which the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0) led the (11-3, 1-2) Red Raiders, 29-27, at halftime, had little in common with Monday’s epic 109-106, three-OT victory over Oklahoma. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 9, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 9, 2016

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Recruiting updates on Marques Bolden, Thon Maker and Jarrett Allen

Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10 senior forward from DeSoto (Texas) High, who is ranked No. 16 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, has visited KU, Kentucky, Duke and Oklahoma, and also has TCU on his list.

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Alonzo Jamison fundraiser set

A fundraiser titled “Rebound for Zo” will be held on Tuesday at The Lazy Toad in Topeka.

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Maryland's Mark Turgeon notices big KU win

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who played and coached at Kansas University, did indeed watch Monday’s thrilling three-overtime win over Oklahoma, in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Recruiting target Michael Porter playing in area

Kansas University recruiting target Michael Porter, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, who is ranked No. 3 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, will be playing in the Lawrence area on Saturday.

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No. 1 Jayhawks survive first Big 12 road game

Playing for the first time since walking off the floor following a thrilling, triple-overtime victory over Oklahoma on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas men's basketball team had enough in its tank to knock off Texas Tech, 69-59, Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas track dominates meet

Kansas University’s track and field teams combined for 22 event victories, including 15 of 19 events on the women’s side, as the Jayhawks kicked off 2016 at the Bill Easton Classic on Friday inside Anschutz Pavilion.

KU swimming drops double dual

Bryce Hinde swam to a pair of second-place finishes, and fellow Kansas University swimmers Haley Bishop and Madison Straight added two more, but the Jayhawks dropped a pair of decisions in a double dual on Friday at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

KU women’s hoops at a glance

When: 7 p.m. today Where: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa Who: Iowa State Series: Jayhawks lead 47-32 overall and trail 21-16 at Hilton.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 8, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 8, 2016

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Tech presents worthy opponent for KU

Picked to finish last in the Big 12 in a preseason vote of league coaches, Tubby Smith’s third Texas Tech basketball team has to be considered the surprise squad in the conference.

Friday, January 8

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 7, 2016

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 7, 2016

Thursday, January 7

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Self gives tired Kansas players some time off

Seeing some exhaustion in his Kansas University basketball players after Monday night’s triple-overtime victory over Oklahoma, KU coach Bill Self allowed for some down time this week. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Diallo needs patience of Cain

Nobody ever asks why Kansas City Royals star center fielder Lorenzo Cain didn’t become a major league regular until the age of 26, yet so many seem puzzled that Cheick Diallo watches the nation’s top-ranked college basketball team play far more than he plays. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 6, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 6, 2016

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Former KU forward Alonzo Jamison needs kidney

Former Kansas University basketball forward Alonzo Jamison, who works as a commercial account manager for Ricoh Americas Corporation in Topeka and lives in nearby Tecumseh, did not attend Monday’s epic triple-overtime victory over Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Third-quarter lapse dooms Jayhawks

When the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half of Wednesday night’s battle with No. 6 Baylor, Kansas University’s women’s basketball players raced off the floor and into the locker room with the kind of energy that helped them hang with the Bears for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, January 6

Strong 2nd half helps 6th-ranked Baylor run past KU women

After being pushed and prodded by the Kansas University women's basketball team for two quarters, sixth-ranked Baylor roared out of the locker room and opened the second half with a devastating run that separated the Bears from the Jayhawks for good during Wednesday's 58-40 BU victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU linebackers coach Kevin Kane leaving to become defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois

Kansas University football coach David Beaty confirmed to the Journal-World on Wednesday afternoon that linebackers coach Kevin Kane was leaving the program to return to Northern Illinois, where he will serve as NIU's new defensive coordinator. By Matt Tait

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Greatest ever? How does KU’s 109-106 win compare?

In all, 845 Kansas University men’s basketball games have been played in Allen Fieldhouse since the building’s dedication in 1955. The best game in 62 seasons just might have been the last game — Monday’s 109-106 three-overtime decision over Oklahoma, which has been compared to other KU classics such as an 87-86 OT win over Missouri in 2012, 150-95 victory over Kentucky in 1989 and 90-86 decision over Kevin Durant and Texas in 2007 as well as more than a few other dandies. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, January 5

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 5, 2016

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 5, 2016.

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Tom Keegan: Ellis has much more to give

It’s not often that the word potential is used in discussions of one of the most experienced players in college basketball, but it fits in the case of Kansas University senior Perry Ellis. His first-half scoring binge during Monday’s 109-106, triple-overtime victory over Oklahoma hinted that the best performances of his standout career are on deck. By Tom Kegan

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Kansas-Baylor women at a glance

When: 7 p.m. today Where: Allen Fieldhouse Who: Baylor Series: Baylor leads, 23-8

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More game notes from the KU-Oklahoma thriller

Here are some notes from KU's triple overtime win over OU on Monday.

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Unbelievable: No. 1 Kansas outlasts No. 2 Oklahoma in triple OT

Buddy Hield’s last-gasp three-point shot missed and finally, after three overtimes, Kansas University’s No 1-ranked basketball team had won a game of the ages, a 109-106, thriller over No. 2 Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Bunch of firsts set stage for KU's triple-OT win over Oklahoma

KU's Big Monday victory over Oklahoma featured a couple of teams enjoying a bunch of firsts. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks thrilled to be back on top of AP poll

A little less than 12 hours before knocking off No. 2 Oklahoma, 109-106 in triple-overtime, Kansas University’s basketball team busted a bit of a drought on Monday, ascending to the top spot in the Associated Press poll for the first time since February of 2011. By Gary Bedore

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Buddy Hield scores 46 for OU in losing effort

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield turned in a performance for the ages during the second-ranked Sooners' 109-106, triple-overtime loss to top-ranked Kansas on Monday night. But it was one mistake at the end of the game that will stick with the senior from the Bahamas for a long time. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Epic Big 12 showdown one for the ages

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Three overtimes. As loud a crowd as Dick Vitale ever has heard. No. 1 Kansas won the game, 109-106. Oklahoma was the opponent. There was no loser, least of all those lucky enough to witness it, lending rock-concert volume to the instant classic.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 4, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 4, 2016

Monday, January 4

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No. 1 Jayhawks win 3OT instant classic vs. No. 2 Sooners

The clash between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the nation did not disappoint, as Kansas and Oklahoma put on a fantastic display of basketball with enough energy and emotion to call it a street fight in front of a rockin' Allen Fieldhouse and an ESPN Big Monday audience on Monday night. 

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Kansas takes over No. 1 spot in AP poll

Jayhawks face No. 2 Oklahoma on Big Monday

It’s official. Kansas University is the new No. 1-ranked team in the nation in the latest AP poll — just in time for Monday night’s clash with new No. 2 Oklahoma, at Allen Fieldhouse (8 p.m. tip, ESPN).

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Big, big, big Big Monday: KU, OU gird for ‘ridiculous’ matchup

Loud on Saturday for Kansas University’s Big 12 opener against No. 23-ranked Baylor, Allen Fieldhouse should be really rocking during tonight’s battle between the likely Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the land. By Gary Bedore

Lions’ Bledsoe on losing West team at Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Lawrence High football standout Amani Bledsoe played for the West squad in a 28-13 loss to the East on Sunday in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Sunday, January 3

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Tom Keegan: Allen faithful give KU edge

A comparison of what Kansas University and Oklahoma have done this season, a study of the personnel, etc., should make it easy to believe that Oklahoma, a 6.5-point underdog, could head out of town with its undefeated record intact. So why am I having a difficult time convincing myself of that? By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 3, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 3, 2016

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KU offense struggles in home loss to West Virginia

Shots didn’t fall, the ball too often ended up in the hands of its opponent and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team dropped its fourth consecutive game Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, where West Virginia handled KU, 65-45.

Saturday, January 2

Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball preview

Here's a preview of Sunday's Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 2, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 2, 2015

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Notebook: Jayhawks 'made everything' early to set up rout

On Saturday, Kansas set itself up for a 102-74 thumping of Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse by making six threes in the opening seven minutes, allowing the Jayhawks to get out to a 24-4 lead.

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BIG Monday: Kansas, Oklahoma should enter showdown as top 2 teams in country

Kansas University’s 102-74 rout of Baylor and Oklahoma’s 87-83 home victory over Iowa State on Saturday combined to set up a really big, ESPN Big Monday showdown between the Jayhawks and Sooners. By Gary Bedore

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Wayne Selden Jr. maturing as mother, brother watch from stands

KU junior again shines as Kansas blows out Baylor

Wayne Selden, Jr.’s mom, Lavette, pumped her left fist and smiled as her son backpedaled on defense after hitting his career-high tying fifth three-pointer with 10 1/2 minutes left in Kansas University’s 102-74 Big 12-opening victory over Baylor on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Devonté Graham deserves some credit for KU's success

Even members of a Kansas fan base that sets expectations for its basketball team higher than Andrew Wiggins ever dreamed of soaring sported expressions of disbelief at the way the Jayhawks overwhelmed a nationally-ranked opponent at the outset of Saturday’s Big 12 opener. By Tom Keegan

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Scott Drew: KU clearly nation's top team

Roughly 18 minutes after the final horn sounded on his team's 102-74 loss at second-ranked Kansas University, Baylor coach Scott Drew tried to scoop the Associated Press voters whose weekly Top 25 ballots are due Sunday night. “I think there's no doubt who the No. 1 team in the nation is,” Drew said. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks put up 102 in Big 12 opener vs. Baylor

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Baylor Bears walked into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon and, as soon as the ball was tossed into the air for the opening tip, never stood a chance. By Matt Tait

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Manning: Don’t sell Ellis short

In late November, on a small patch of grass in the middle of paradise, Kansas University basketball legend and current Wake Forest coach Danny Manning entertained questions about the possibility of coaching against his alma mater in the 2015 Maui Invitational.

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Jayhawks to get taste of home

For the first time in the 13-year Bill Self era, Kansas University’s basketball team will play a pair of home games to open the Big 12 season.

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Tom Keegan: Doubles in Big 12 good test for play in NCAA

Considering it takes two victories over a Final Four opponent to cap a six-game winning streak and win a national title, not many schools can simulate conditions that difficult during the regular season.

Friday, January 1

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 1, 2016

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 1, 2016