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One true champion?

League touts title purity — except when, you know, there’s a tie

The Big 12 Conference’s ability to implement a full round-robin schedule distinguishes it from the other four power conferences, all of which boast more than 10 teams. It is that unique characteristic that led the league to its slogan: one true champion. By Benton Smith

Big 12 football notebook: WVU loss to KU still stings

A junior punter for West Virginia, Nick O’Toole has heard his share of verbal insults spewed from fans in nearby seats. Such is the life of a college football player, particularly on the road. O’Toole, on Tuesday at Big 12 football media days at the Dallas Omni Hotel, said one taunt in particular stood out from the Mountaineers’ trip to Kansas University in 2013. Notebook by Benton Smith

Big 12 notebook: Baylor’s Briles takes cuts

Big 12 Football media days began Monday morning at the Omni hotel, oddly enough, with a bit of baseball talk. By Benton Smith

Notebook: KU aware OSU seed doesn’t match talent

Kansas University coach Bill Self says he can never remember a No. 8-seeded team in a conference tournament as talented as 21-11 Oklahoma State. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Brannen Greene has potential to spark KU in postseason

Talk centers on superstars in advance of big games. But sometimes, a stealth bomber sneaks in below the chatter and swings the contest in favor of his team. It could be anybody and it’s impossible to predict. So I ask myself over and over: Why do I think freshman Brannen Greene could be that guy today? Column by Tom Keegan

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Oklahoma State trounces Texas Tech, sets up KU rematch

The basketball rims at Sprint Center looked a little larger than normal to Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown Wednesday night, as his 20 points helped the Cowboys dispose of Texas Tech, 80-62, in the first round of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The on-court landscape, Brown hopes, will continue to shift in Oklahoma State’s favor today, when the eighth-seeded Cowboys (21-11) face top-seeded Kansas University (23-8) for the third time this season. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks: No change in goals with Embiid out for Big 12 tourney

Injured Kansas University center Joel Embiid spent some of Wednesday's Big 12 tournament practice “jacking around,” according to KU coach Bill Self, but the freshman big man will not play in the tournament. KU will open its postseason with Tarik Black in the starting lineup when the Jayhawks face Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. today. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks aim to clinch 10th straight Big 12 title tonight

Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe remembers the excitement and enthusiasm, the utter frenzy in Allen Fieldhouse the last time the Jayhawks wrapped up at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season basketball championship at home. This year's squad can claim a share of the league title — their 10th in a row — tonight with a victory against Oklahoma. By Gary Bedore

Notebook: Self liked KU’s hustle, wants more

Kansas University’s basketball players were shown tape of Ohio State’s Aaron Craft giving up his body in diving for a loose ball in advance of Wednesday’s game at Oklahoma. On Thursday, the tape shown the KU team was that of Jayhawk freshman guard Wayne Selden, forward Perry Ellis and others performing a similar play in the second half of the Jayhawks’ 90-83 victory in Norman. Notes by Gary Bedore

Column: Assistant coach has KSU playing sharp defense

If college basketball had the same assistant-coaching titles and endless studio analysis as the NFL, the men in suits would be tripping all over each other talking about defensive guru Chris Lowery of Kansas State. Column by Tom Keegan

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Mangino ready to run ISU’s offense

After four years out of the spotlight, Mark Mangino is ready for a new challenge in the Big 12. Fixing Iowa State’s offense figures to be one of the toughest tasks in the league.

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Red-hot Sooners welcome Jayhawks to Big 12 play

Silver Lake native Lon Kruger, who both played and coached at Kansas State, has kept a close eye on Kansas University most of his 61 years on the planet. “They look very good, just like always,” Kruger, third-year head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners (12-2) said of the Jayhawks (9-4), who travel to Noble Center tonight for a 6 p.m. Big 12 Conference battle versus OU. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Texas football should turn to …

Two long weeks into Kansas University’s football season, the fan base understandably is frustrated. But it could be worse. You could be a supporter of the Texas Longhorns. By Tom Keegan

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Opinion: Big 12 quarterbacks a mystery this year

Spread offenses choreographed by accomplished coaches and speedy receivers have played a big role in the Big 12 fielding the nation’s most exciting scoring machines, but gifted quarterbacks deserve even more credit. By Tom Keegan

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Iowa State settled on its quarterback

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads described it as the most boring, uneventful and terrific media days in his five years with the Cyclones. By Jesse Newell

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