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Bill Self won't be satisfied with KU's defense until Jayhawks make opponents 'feel us'

In the process of improving to 10-0 on the season earlier this week with an 89-53 home victory over South Dakota, the No. 1-ranked Kansas basketball team held its opponent to 37.9 percent shooting from the floor and 23.1 percent success from 3-point range. The Jayhawks swiped a season-high 11 steals, too, and blocked five Coyotes shot attempts. Pretty good defensive effort from KU, right? Not in the eyes of Bill Self. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles: KU played 'catch-up' in recruiting once he took over

On the day Les Miles was introduced as the Kansas football program’s next head coach, back on Nov. 18, Miles said hiring coordinators and position coaches would be a key step in the recruiting process, because those new staff members would be able to lay out their plans and deliver their pitches to prospects. That bit of foreshadowing from the former LSU head coach, who inherited a 2019 KU recruiting class with just one player committed, proved true. By Benton Smith

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No. 18 Arizona State aiming for eye-opening win over top-ranked Kansas

It’s been since 1981 and has only happened once in school history. Suffice it to say, beating — or even just playing — the No. 1 ranked college basketball team in the country does not happen all that often around the Arizona State campus. But that’s exactly what the 18th-ranked Sun Devils (8-2) will get an opportunity to do at 8 p.m. Saturday night, when top-ranked and unbeaten Kansas (10-0) comes to town for a Top 20 clash at Wells Fargo Arena. By Matt Tait

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Veteran KU sub Mitch Lightfoot looks for ways to provide 'jolt' regardless of minute load

Trip to ASU bit of homecoming for Lightfoot

KU backup big man Mitch Lightfoot understands his minutes don’t come with any guarantees. And the 6-foot-8 junior often thrives within his role, because he has a “make the most out of it” mindset when checking in off the bench. By Benton Smith