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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson an overachiever and great talent all in one

Pests on a basketball court don’t stand 6-foot-8. They’re 5-8. They don’t make it to the top of the national high school recruiting rankings. They make the team on the last cut in high school because they forced their way onto the roster with sheer hustle.

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Tom Keegan: Not fool's gold, KU making the most of three-point shooting

Frank Mason, Devonte Graham and Josh Jackson went out of their way Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse to try to set up teammates Udoka Azubuike and Carlton Bragg with beautiful passes, but the big men had trouble finishing. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Another milestone on deck, burnout still nowhere in sight for Bill Self

Barring an upset, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will earn his 600th victory in his 789th game, tonight vs. UMKC at Allen Fieldhouse, and will become the ninth-fastest in college basketball history to reach the milestone, per the NCCA Records Book. Consider the eight names who reached it more quickly and then ask yourself what they have in common with each other, but not with Self. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson well on way to becoming Bill Self's best Kansas player

Josh Jackson brings a surplus of smarts, talent and desire to the equation, so there is no reason to believe that he will do anything but steadily improve during his one season in Lawrence. Add it all up and that means he is well on his way to becoming the best player Bill Self has coached at Kansas.

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Tom Keegan: Teammates, coach weigh in on Landen Lucas' struggles

Kansas senior center Landen Lucas hasn’t been brought to recent media-availability sessions, which generally are reserved for players who aren’t battling slumps, so the “What’s wrong with Landen?” questions have fallen to others to answer.

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Tom Keegan: Four victories best bet for KU football in 2017

The Kansas football program made legitimate progress at the end of the season. KU went 1-2 against its final foes, Iowa State, Texas and Kansas State, with an average score of Opponents 29, Kansas 22. A year ago, against the same three schools, the numbers were Opponents 47, Kansas 16. Much offseason work remains to keep the arrow pointing upward. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: K-State's Bill Snyder celebrates 200th win in his own way

The man who built something truly amazing out of nothing reached a milestone Saturday afternoon with his 200th football victory at Kansas State. His players celebrated the moment by pouring water on him and then carrying him off the field. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Graham facilitates big night for teammates in win

Junior Devonte' Graham easily could have scored a ton of points Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse if that had been what he set out to do against an overmatched UNC-Asheville. But why would he do that when Kansas didn’t need that from him? By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Giving thanks for Delightful Dozen KU athletes

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m taking the opportunity to thank in-season KU athletes I enjoy interviewing the most.

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Tom Keegan: Frank Mason outplays his size yet again

Kansas senior Frank Mason III, listed at 5-feet-11, 190 pounds, entered the night averaging 22.3 points, and came out of it having led his team in scoring in four of five games. Georgia’s 5-10, 155-pound J.J. Frazier came in averaging 18.8 points. The showdown never materialized for a couple of reasons. By Tom Keegan

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Quarterbacks and punt returners judged more accurately in games than practices

Kansas head coach David Beaty has his strengths, but also still shows growing pains. He tends to get so wrapped up in what he sees in practice that he puts too little emphasis on what the rest of us see in games. That’s a particularly dangerous habit to fall into when evaluating players’ ability to perform the two most difficult jobs in football, punt returner and quarterback, in that order.

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Tom Keegan: Azubuike continues to grow through each game

The sooner Udoka Azubuike builds up his stamina and learns to play without piling up fouls so quickly, the sooner Kansas can become a team that does more than dominate teams from the perimeter. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self's Allen Fieldhouse record stunning

As everyone knows by now, the Kansas coach has more Big 12 regular-season titles (12) than Allen Fieldhouse losses. No school has beaten him twice in his favorite building. Richmond, Iowa State, Nevada, Kansas State, Oral Roberts, Texas A & M, Texas, Oklahoma State and San Diego State each have gotten him once, but no school twice. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson says Kansas can become 'great' defensive team

Kansas took control by outscoring Duke, 33-16, in the first 12 minutes after the break. During that stretch, Duke committed five turnovers and made 5 of 15 shots from the field.

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson put stage fright behind him on big stage

The nerves quickly faded, never to return, and Rivals’ No. 1-ranked high school player from the Class of 2016 introduced himself to the nation late Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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