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Tom Keegan: Simply put, KU needs a sweep in gut-check week

A pair of successful purple tuneups in Lawrence and Fort Worth checked off the schedule, gut-check week has arrived for a Kansas University basketball team that like most top 10 squads doesn’t always play like it or feel like it. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Perry Ellis a cordial, yet lethal, visitor

Perry Ellis is a polite guest in visiting arenas. Never does anything to show up the opposition or call attention to himself, but he's just so difficult to keep from doing what he wants to do, from acting as if he's playing in his own house. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football recruiting will take some time

Sheahon Zenger hired David Beaty in part because he is well-connected in Texas, where he won a high school state championship as a head coach in the Dallas area, worked at Rice and Texas A&M as an assistant and brought with him a reputation as a strong recruiter.

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Tom Keegan: My fake outrage over Bill Self’s slip

Fake outrage rages louder than ever in sports, so let me share some phony fury with you. Pretend all the letters are upper case, so you can hear me shout. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self turns red over Brannen Greene — again

It was difficult to tell the winning coach from the losing one in the wake of Kansas University burying Kansas State again in Allen Fieldhouse, 77-59, Wednesday night. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas volleyball humbly celebrates success

The greatest team in the history of Kansas University volleyball gathered for a banquet Sunday in the Horejsi Family Athletic Center without a hint of conceit in the air. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self busts out junk defense to top Kentucky

In the area of coaching defense, Bill Self takes pride in the shiny staples in his toolbox. Motivational tools, instructive tools, video tools, all employed to tweak his helping man-to-man defense in just the right way for that night's opponent. And then there is that roll of duct tape hidden under a pile in the corner of the toolbox. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Money doesn’t make up for losses

The lack of money can buy misery to someone carrying great responsibilities. A surplus of cash can ease stress, but it can’t buy happiness. By Tom Keegan

Tom Keegan: Initial KU-UK meeting was one to forget

Jerry Waugh remembers well the moments leading up to the first basketball game between traditional college basketball powers Kansas and Kentucky on Dec. 16, 1950, in Lexington.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas isn’t the best bet in NCAA's

It’s as if the 19-point loss at Oklahoma State never happened in the minds of those who set odds, the bettors who move them, and the voters entrusted with ranking the nation’s top 25 college basketball teams. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks lacking leadership needed to win on road

Players-only meetings are nice. On-court leadership means a great deal more and that can't come from the coach. It can't come from the equipment manager. It's not something he can pack in a bag and bring on a road trip. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Longhorns wise to be wary of Ellis

No matter where he is on the court, Kansas University's Perry Ellis occupies the thoughts of the opposing defense. He made two of four three-pointers and nine of 15 field goals, and all but one of his four rebounds came off the offensive glass. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: UT boss still seeks his first league crown

To appreciate the enormity of Kansas University coach Bill Self’s 11 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, consider the background of his opposite number in today’s 1 p.m. tipoff.

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 boasts players who want the ball

The Big 12 basketball title might stay in Lawrence, but a list of five players from the conference most capable of taking over a game and leading their teams to victory would not include anyone from Kansas University.

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Tom Keegan: Underdog Oklahoma State shows more bounce than No. 3 Kansas

One team on the Gallagher-Iba Arena court Tuesday night looked like the type Bill Self always has loved to coach. More athletic than the opposition. Quick, bouncy, rugged getting rebounds in traffic and chasing down loose balls. Hitting clutch shots every time the lead dwindled. That team was Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys took it to a Kansas University squad that looked, in a word, slow — physically and mentally slow. By Tom Keegan

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