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Column: Big 12 needs big comeback

Down goes Iowa State. Down goes Baylor. Down goes Texas. Just a bad day for the Big 12, or a good day to stop referring to it as the best basketball conference in the country? Both. By Tom Keegan

Column: WSU holds at least one tourney edge

The experience factor tends to favor the school that didn’t land big-name high school recruits, and it’s no exception here. Even in the area of NCAA Tournament experience, the Shockers have a big advantage. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU vs. WSU? Yes, please

Conspiracy theorists will have a blast with insisting the NCAA Tournament selection committee rigged a potential third-round matchup between Wichita State, which wants to play Kansas University, and the Jayhawks, who won’t play the Shockers. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU's stars still haven't aligned

The stars on the preseason magazine cover still haven’t aligned for the Kansas University basketball team. When Perry Ellis emerged as a strong candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year honors, the guy laying bricks wasn’t the one named Mason. It was Wayne Selden Jr. Things changed for both Ellis and Selden this week, with the start of the postseason. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks back to winning games with rugged defense

When a young basketball player starts to talk like his coach, applies his standards, sees every blemish in the mirror, that usually is a sign of better days on the horizon. It means a team knows what it is and isn’t and knows what it will take to get the job done. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Norm and Justin Roberts chasing tourney titles this weekend

The best evidence of how deeply the father-son love shared by Norm and Justin Roberts burns lies in how badly they don’t want to see each other over the next couple of days. Norm, one of Bill Self’s three assistant basketball coaches, and Justin, junior co-star of the Lawrence High basketball team, both have two teams to root for this weekend. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Mickelson’s progress encouraging for Kansas

An encouraging development with this gritty Kansas University basketball team bubbles beneath the surface of concerns regarding Perry Ellis’ knee injury and the in-limbo eligibility status of freshman center Cliff Alexander.

Geno Auriemma tops this KU wish list

The Kansas University athletic department is in the beginning stages of another coaching search, this time for a women’s basketball coach. As with any fantasy GM and/or real athletic director, I have five a list of five names of potential candidates in my pocket. By Tom Keegan

Column: RIP RPI; long live TVM

The RPI, which some in college basketball like to use as an indication of a team or league’s strength, stands for Really Poor Indicator. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks as tough to figure out as ever

Is this the worst team among Bill Self's 11 Big 12 champions at Kansas? Probably not. Hardest to figure out? Yep. Most inconsistent? You bet. Toughest to predict? Absolutely. Saturday's road loss to the Sooners was all the proof you needed of that. By Matt Tait

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Column: Fearless Frank Mason delivers when Jayhawks need it most

Players from both sides competed with such vigor that easy buckets were tough to come by, so it’s no surprise then that the toughest guy in a Kansas uniform, Fearless Frank Mason, didn’t let his team lose.

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Column: WVU’s Huggins belongs in college basketball

I always suspected that Bob Huggins was more like legendary coach/color commentator Al McGuire than any coach before or after Al. By Tom Keegan

Column: Big 12 could have 5 champs

The final week of the Big 12 men’s basketball season begins with the chance that the conference that markets itself with the slogan “one true champion” could crown five true champions. By Tom Keegan

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Column: End nearing for Bonnie Henrickson?

I must admit, I was excited about the future of the Kansas University women’s basketball program when I saw how the freshman class played three years ago. Now they’re seniors. The future is now. And it’s bleak. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks’ problems not too difficult to explain

The tendency when it comes to basketball, more than most sports it seems, is to search for psychological reasons for a player’s slump, an underdog’s upset, even a team leading a race and falling back to the pack.