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Column: Devonté Graham defense keys KU victory

Tuesday night, during a 92-73 slaughter of UCLA in the Maui Invitational semifinals at Lahaina Civic Center, sophomore guard Devonté Graham showed with absolute certainty that all of that attention on the scoring end of the floor did not do any harm to his ability to defend. By Matt Tait

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Column: Jayhawks display veteran response in Maui opener

After a long trip and all of the distractions that paradise has to offer, a sluggish and sloppy victory by Kansas to open the Maui Invitational might not have surprised anybody, especially when you consider that Chaminade has been known to get hot from three-point range and ride the triple to some serious point totals. On Monday, it was Kansas that put up the serious point total, storming to a 123-72 victory. By Matt Tait

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Column: Time right for Svi to shine

Andrew White III was part of the Kansas University Class of 2012 basketball recruiting class, and Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene came on board the following year, ensuring that the Jayhawks had an embarrassment of riches in terms of ultra-soft, three-point-shooting touches from the wing. Except that nothing in life is guaranteed. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Rivalry game looming, plenty of drama left

Not all Big XII entertainment derives from the top half of the loaded football conference's standings. Sometimes it’s amazing what you can find rummaging around in the basement too. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Friday night football a huge event in Texas

The first indicator that the high school football program plays a more prominent role than in your average affluent town shows itself in the names of local businesses.

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Column: Bledsoe to KU? Makes sense

The more I think about it, the more I believe that Kansas has a legitimate shot at landing Lawrence High senior defensive end Amani Bledsoe, the top local football recruit in decades. A variety of factors play into that belief. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU football just might have a shot at first win

The gap between telling yourself you can do something and actually believing it can be wider apart than the hands a lying fisherman describing his latest catch. That’s why if Kansas University had taken its anticipated beating Saturday at the hands of TCU, the claim of KU junior linebacker Marcquis Roberts that KU could win its next two games would have been emptier than Allen Iverson’s bank account. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Your daily dose of Diallo

Another day in the ongoing saga of Cheick Diallo’s quest for eligibility came and went Thursday, and a news conference scheduled to preview tonight’s regular season opener at Allen Fieldhouse against Northern Colorado quickly turned into the latest dose of your daily Diallo update. By Matt Tait

Column: Kansas volleyball setting loftier goals

Eighteenth-year Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard’s program has come so far so swiftly in the past handful of years that the Jayhawks took mighty Texas to five sets Wednesday night in electric Horejsi and instead of strutting at that achievement they kicked themselves for not winning it in four sets. And rightly so.

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Column: KU's 'old guys' finally get it

Fort Hays State forward Dom Samac efficiently explained Tuesday night what made Kansas University such a difficult opponent. “They’re long, they’re athletic, and they’ve got a lotta old guys,” Samac said. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Longhorns suddenly pass-happy vs. Jayhawks

The masses frustrated with the sluggish state of Texas Longhorns football wondered what it was going to take to shake the Longhorns’ vertical passing game from a deep, season-long slumber. The one-word answer was right at their fingertips on the schedule they held in their hands: Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Lifelong KU fan watching her 81st season

Margaret Shirk has been attending Kansas basketball games for 81 seasons. And she doesn't plan to stop any time soon. By Tom Keegan

Column: KU women's team puts out positive vibe

Where had all the long faces gone? The yawns? What happened to the zombies yearning to watch something more interesting, like maybe C-SPAN? No need to send out a search party for joy. It was written all over the players. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Homecoming humiliation might go down as ultimate low point

Every recovery, every emergence from a near-death experience, has a moment to look back on as the absolute low point. If and when the Kansas University football program ever escapes the abyss, those experiencing better times will look back on Halloween of 2015. KU Homecoming at Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan

Royals' Game 4 starter Chris Young played KU tough once too, Budig recalls

Former Kansas University chancellor Gene Budig taught classes on the economics of sports at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs after finishing his post as the final president of the American League.