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Showtime in Tulsa: Jayhawks cruise past UC Davis in first round

The UC Davis Aggies did all they could to hang around and compete with Kansas on Friday night at BOK Center. But then the Jayhawks unleashed a barrage of plays, some believable, others not, that reminded everyone watching why KU spent most of the season ranked in the Top 5. By Matt Tait

Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. UC Davis

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded and third-ranked Kansas in Friday's opening round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 16 seed UC Davis at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By Matt Tait

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KU freshman Josh Jackson eager to atone for past mistakes

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday that he did not expect guard Josh Jackson to elevate his game in an attempt to atone for recent mistakes that cost Jackson a game and the Jayhawks a victory heading into the NCAA Tournament. But don't be surprised if that's exactly what he gets. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks play 'best defense that we've played all year' in win over UC Davis

On a night when the Kansas men’s basketball team reached the century mark for just the second time this season, all anybody wanted to talk about was the Jayhawks’ defense. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks make the most of UC Davis technical foul

It doesn’t take much to spark the No. 1-seeded Kansas basketball team, and perhaps, all it took was one whistle Friday. By Bobby Nightengale

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Top-seeded Kansas to face No. 9 seed Michigan State in 2nd round Sunday

For the second year in a row, the Jayhawks’ second-round foe will be a team that has reached a Final Four more recently than Kansas, as No. 9 seed Michigan State knocked off No. 8 Miami, 78-58, in Friday's final game at BOK Center. Last season, KU knocked off UConn in the second round in Des Moines, Iowa. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Pro-KU crowd makes big difference in Midwest regional

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had the ball in the left corner and the pro-Kansas crowd in his ears midway through the second half of Friday night’s NCAA tournament opener for the Jayhawks. By Tom Keegan

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Showtime in Tulsa: Jayhawks cruise past UC Davis in first round

The UC Davis Aggies did all they could to hang around and compete with Kansas on Friday night at BOK Center. But then the Jayhawks unleashed a barrage of plays, some believable, others not, that reminded everyone watching why KU spent most of the season ranked in the Top 5. By Matt Tait

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Welcome back: Jayhawks dominant in Jackson's return

KU moves on in NCAA Tournament

Sure, Kansas played a tad rusty after an eight-day layoff leading up to its NCAA Tournament opener. But the Jayhawks again looked the part of the No. 1 seed in the Midwest before halftime, with star freshman Josh Jackson back in the lineup. With KU’s dynamic four-guard backcourt of Jackson, Frank Mason III, Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk back intact, the Jayhawks drubbed the overmatched Aggies, 100-62, to move on to the tourney’s second round. By Benton Smith

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Deja vu? Les faces Kansas in the first round again

Exactly 11 years ago Friday, Jim Les coached a team past Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU softball tops UMKC in Rock Chalk Challenge opener

Life has been good for the Kansas softball team in the friendly confines of Arrocha Ballpark this season. After going 3-0 last weekend in the Jayhawk Invitational, Kansas kept on rolling in its home ballpark with a 5-3 win over UMKC on Thursday in its first of five games in the Rock Chalk Challenge.

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KU freshman Josh Jackson eager to atone for past mistakes

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday that he did not expect guard Josh Jackson to elevate his game in an attempt to atone for recent mistakes that cost Jackson a game and the Jayhawks a victory heading into the NCAA Tournament. But don't be surprised if that's exactly what he gets. By Matt Tait