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Tom Keegan: Brutal first-half stretch doomed KU

Sure, there were chances at the end, a five-point, second-half lead, even. But the reality is Villanova won Saturday night’s Elite Eight game in the KFC Yum! Center by making Kansas University lose it, 64-59, with as bad a seven-minute stretch of basketball as it had played in months. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Ellis, Jenkins ‘mismatch nightmares’

He is a highly skilled power forward in the midst of the hottest scoring streak of his career, defending much better than in younger years and coming off a monster Thursday night game that launched his school into an Elite Eight game today. His name is Perry Ellis. His name is Kris Jenkins. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Landen Lucas uses brain and brawn inside

He beat out a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in practice daily to earn a spot in the starting lineup, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Landen Lucas beat up another hamburger All-American to help Kansas University advance to the Elite Eight. Maryland freshman Diamond Stone showed early why he projects as a one-and-done, first-round talent and Lucas proceeded to take him right out of the game so that he could do what he does best, dominate the boards. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Lucas pivotal player in battle of the bigs

The most pivotal player in Thursday night's talent showcase just might be the last player to make his way off the bench into the lineup as a permanent starter. Kansas center Landen Lucas can’t be found on any mock drafts, but if he keeps playing the way he has of late, he’ll make his presence felt by future pros. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Starting lineup a good fit for Kansas

Give me a dollar for every time Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has said he doesn’t care who starts, just who finishes games, and I’ll give you a wardrobe worthy of Villanova coach Jay Wright, plus a few threads, on a daily basis.

Tom Keegan: Keller explains A&M’s ‘miracle’

With Texas A&M down 12 points to Northern Iowa and 35 seconds remaining, even late, great Yogi Berra, squatting behind heaven’s home plate, no doubt declared the game over and headed for the clubhouse. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Efficient Ellis draws little attention to himself

Perry Ellis draws so little attention to himself that he even can blend into the background on the court in the eyes of those who respect him the most. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Landen Lucas and Jamari Traylor closing the lane on defense

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s search for quality post play alongside Perry Ellis kept coming up empty early in the season. It ended long ago and was stuffed deeper into the past Saturday night at a block party at the expense of Connecticut. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: By all accounts, UConn coach Ollie a great guy

Phil Martelli, Jay Wright, Fred Hoiberg, Tom Izzo, Billy Donovon, John Calipari, Tad Boyle. Saturday, Bill Self will attempt to do what those seven big names failed to accomplish: defeat UConn coach Kevin Ollie in an NCAA Tournament game. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks have no need to stress

Stressed out over the poor timing of Joel Embiid’s back injury two years ago and last March by the NCAA’s docking of Cliff Alexander, Kansas University’s basketball coach is back to his smooth self. Bill Self’s not mad in March. He’s not uptight, and if he can stay that way, his players will continue to play with the confidence they have displayed during a 15-game winning streak. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: KU’s Selden not dwelling on past

Nobody on Kansas University’s roster needed this basketball season to start in July instead of the customary November more than junior guard Wayne Selden Jr., even if it meant flying all the way to South Korea to cleanse the stench of another premature March exit. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Blood will be blue in Iowa

College basketball blue bloods. It’s an unofficial designation with a difference of opinion on which schools deserve the label. The general consensus zeros in on six schools. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Strange bracket does KU no favors

When I looked at the bracket, the first two things I noticed were that No. 2 seed Oklahoma and No. 4 seed Duke, both in the West region, were given easier roads than Kansas to the Final Four. I still like KU’s chances better than theirs, but its seems KU drew the short straw. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Tough group of Jayhawks keep on conquering

First, the Kansas University basketball team conquered the world in South Korea. Next came the island of Maui. The grueling Big 12 regular season, a marathon in which the Jayhawks fell behind for a blink, proved a particularly gratifying championship. Saturday, Kansas claimed the Big 12 Tournament title in Sprint Center, with an 81-71 victory against relentlessly physical West Virginia. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Carlton Bragg following Perry Ellis' development path

College basketball wasn’t always as easy as Perry Ellis, a McDonald’s All-American from Wichita, has made it look lately. For stretches during his freshman season, he looked lost, not unlike current freshman forward Carlton Bragg Jr. By Tom Keegan