Stories for February 1, 2017


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Senior forward Landen Lucas shouldering huge load for No. 3 Kansas

Bill Self’s plans for Landen Lucas to develop into a program player have been well documented and it’s possible that neither Self nor Lucas ever really saw him becoming the vital piece of the puzzle that he is today. But that time has arrived. It’s going on two years now. And it will be as important as ever at Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night, when Lucas and the third-ranked Jayhawks play host to No. 2 Baylor at 8 p.m., with the winner moving into sole-possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks grind out victory over Baylor in top-three clash

KU moves into sole possession of 1st in Big 12

About 30 minutes after the third-ranked Jayhawks secured a 73-68 victory on Wednesday night over No. 2 Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse, junior guard Devonte’ Graham found himself laughing while thinking back to a question posed by KU coach Bill Self to his team a couple of weeks ago. “It’s funny, because coach asked us if we would rather be down two with the ball or up two and have to get a stop (to win),” Graham began. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: The biggest games bring out the best in Josh Jackson

Back-to-back games against top-five teams, one in enemy territory with more than 24,000 rooting against him, the other in the building that supplies college basketball’s most outrageous home-court advantage. Time for Josh Jackson to show the nation how much he loves to play basketball, how much he loves to win. By Tom Keegan

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No. 3 Jayhawks prevail against No. 2 Baylor

Even facing the No. 2 team in the nation and playing without one of its top frontcourt players didn’t stop No. 3-ranked Kansas, which won its 51st consecutive game inside Allen Fieldhouse, 73-68, Wednesday night against Baylor. By Benton Smith

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Running backs highlight Signing Day victory for Beaty and KU football

Some coaches liken National Signing Day to Christmas. For third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty, who saw a crop of new additions make their affiliation with the program official Wednesday, it felt more like a game day. And Beaty thought the Jayhawks emerged victorious. By Benton Smith

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Firebirds' Dineen inks with Kansas

As soon as Free State High senior Jay Dineen woke up Wednesday, he quickly filled out paperwork and sent it to the University of Kansas. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU's Bragg gets diversion in drug paraphernalia case

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg is now on diversion in his drug paraphernalia case.