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Column: Jayhawks winning in mysterious ways

This is not your typical Kansas basketball team, not like most top-10 teams, either. The Jayhawks are great and then they’re awful and so it goes. They do consistently get it together in time to pull out close games, ones in which they come from behind and others in which they fall from ahead, watching huge leads vanish. Column by Tom Keegan

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Column: Kelly Oubre Jr. doing little things to grow

In team sports, confidence for a struggling player almost always starts building when that player has reason to believe he made a major contribution to a victory. For ballyhooed freshman recruit Kelly Oubre Jr., that seed took root Wednesday night in the Verizon Center. Column by Tom Keegan

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Column: Mason, Graham play well together

Frank Mason and Devonté Graham can be game-changers when they're on the floor together for Kansas University.By Tom Keegan

Column: Beaty stresses in-state recruits

The last time I heard a man with a Texas twang passionately insisting that Kansas is the place that all recruiting must start for the Kansas University football program, Don Fambrough was the man doing the talking. By Tom Keegan

Column: New Kansas football coach hits ground running

Newly hired David Beaty and his mostly new coaching staff, which hasn’t yet been announced, enter an exciting time, and they’ll need every ounce of adrenaline to recover so much lost time in recruiting. By Tom Keegan

Column: Five KU football seniors deserve mention

The question of where Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger would turn for his next head coach dominated the headlines for most of the 2014 football season, which overshadowed fine performances from a handful of seniors worthy of all-conference consideration. By Tom Keegan

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Column: David Beaty brings energy, work ethic to KU football

The Allen Fieldhouse crowd that watched its basketball team play olé defense and handle the ball as if it were more slippery than Oleo margarine needed something about which to cheer with the halftime scoreboard showing a 15-point deficit. Onto the court walked the school’s new head football coach, David Beaty, microphone in hand, Texas twang at the ready, familiar with the lines that trigger the roars. Column by Tom Keegan

Column: Kansas’ next coach must target walk-ons

The next Kansas head football coach will need to entice more than just scholarship players to sign on the dotted line in order to assemble a roster with any significant depth. He also will need to convince walk-ons to come on board with a chance to earn scholarships after two years.

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Column: Lack of size doesn't hinder Mason

Sunday's Orlando Classic championship game wasn’t too physical for the shortest guy on the floor to move among the giants and come away with a game-high 10 rebounds. Column by Tom Keegan

Column: MSU’s Izzo, like Self, values toughness

On the brink of a big game, at least by November standards, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo used his postgame news conference in the wake of an 11-point victory against undersized Marquette to let his players know how little he thinks of their toughness.

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Column: Ellis proving himself at holiday tourney

A virtual no-show against Kentucky and his team’s most productive player two days into the Orlando Classic that concludes Sunday, Perry Ellis’ disparate performances could say as much about his opposition than himself. Column by Tom Keegan

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Column: Self prefers patience with first-year prodigies

Kansas University put a 76-60 beat-down on Rhode Island in an opening round Orlando Classic game at HP Fieldhouse. So many strong efforts to discuss, yet the message-board mentality of “I want the world and I want it now,” forever lurks and occasionally finds its way into KU coach Bill Self’s world. Column by Tom Keegan

Column: Greene gearing for big weekend

The stage is set for one Kansas University basketball player, more than any other, to have a breakthrough weekend and transform himself into a permanent rotation player.

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Column: Bowen discovers dual roles daunting

In wearing multiple hats on one head, Clint Bowen routinely has given the good-soldier response to questions regarding how to juggle the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator.

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Column: Graceful Mykhailiuk plays older than his age

Sharp mind, meet your perfect match: The first time Bob Dylan took pen to paper to write lyrics. Bill Gates’ introduction to a computer.  Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk playing his initial game of five-on-five. Column by Tom Keegan