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Tom Keegan: Backup Mitch Lightfoot saves Jayhawks at TCU

Mitch Lightfoot doesn’t always look as if he belongs playing minutes that matter for perennial national college basketball powerhouse Kansas. Against bigger bodies he sometimes looks too small, too weak. Too often he has the look of a playing-out-of-position backup center. And then there was Saturday night in Schollmaier Arena. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas women's basketball program gets off the schneid

It took third-year Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider 27 tries to win his first regular-season Big 12 game. It took him three tries to win two of them this season. That’s what progress looks like.

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Tom Keegan: It will take more than great coach to win loaded Big 12

Bill Self's the same coach he was in leading KU to consecutive conference title Nos. 1 through 13, but he has a more difficult job this time because his general manager hasn’t supplied him with as balanced and deep a roster as usual. In college sports, of course, the general manager is the coach.

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Tom Keegan: Stone-faced Red Raiders not typical visitors to fieldhouse

In 43 seconds midway through the second half Tuesday night, a 13-point Kansas deficit withered to six points. Pandemonium in the stands. Panic for the visitors was certain to follow. Surely, Kansas was in the midst of one of its wild second-half comebacks. Guess again. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Playoff selection committee Frost-bitten by UCF

Nothing shy of assigning a No. 1 ranking to UCF and recognizing it as co-national champion does justice to this season’s best story in college football. The Knights ought not be ranked second to anyone.

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Tom Keegan: Receiver Evan Fairs has football career pointing in right direction

Kansas wide receiver Evan Fairs came out of Fulshear High in Foster, Texas, with a two-star rating from Rivals. Halfway into his KU career, Fairs shapes up as the second-brightest potential star among the 14 high school players in KU’s recruiting Class of 2016, ranking behind only running back Khalil Herbert, a fellow two-star prospect. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Efficient Lagerald Vick soaring in every way

Lagerald Vick's lob finishes represent the loudest of so many ways that he demonstrates his high ceiling as a basketball player. So much of the rest of what he does flies under the radar, in part because of how efficiently he moves and shoots and how quickly he makes decisions.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks adjust appropriately to long arms of Longhorns freshman

Mohamed Bamba played his first Big 12 game Friday night at Frank Erwin Center against visiting Kansas and made it a memorable one for everyone in attendance. Kansas won the game, 92-86, on the strength of 3-point shooting, and Bamba kept the Longhorns in it, flirting with a triple-double. Bamba dominated the paint in the first half and finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Front-court additions needed to make Big 12 throne seem secure for Kansas

It’s tough to forecast KU’s chances of pushing its Big 12 title streak to 14 seasons until a final verdict arrives on potential front-line additions Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Sam 'I Am' Cunliffe makes memorable Allen Fieldhouse debut

Sam “I Am” Cunliffe gave the Allen Fieldhouse crowd thrills for the first time Monday night, but he already had gotten chills himself in college basketball’s most famous building. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Mykhailiuk's game-winning three could lift him out of mini-slump

The basketball was in the air for a brief eternity, a moment that makes basketball fans age a year per second. Wide-open Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk, mired in a mini shooting slump, had launched it from deep in the left corner, right in front of the visitors' bench at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Devonte’ Graham had set him up with a well-timed pass. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman emerging from the haze of a concussion

“I was just looking at the paper the whole time. I mean, the words started looking like they were moving over the whole paper at the end. I’m sure I did well.” — Malik Newman talking about taking a final exam Monday, a day after he suffered a concussion in a loss to Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Tom Keegan: Sam Cunliffe realizes the year-long wait made him more ready for prime time

Take us inside what your mind, Sam Cunliffe, at the moment coach Bill Self calls on you to resume your career Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a full year as a practice player for Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Basketball man-child Udoka Azubuike doing his best to catch up

At 7-feet tall and 280 pounds, he’s a man-child in many ways. Looking at him towering above the competition, it’s easy to forget that Udoka Azubuike just turned 18 in September. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman not playing selfless Bill Self basketball yet

The game drew inside the three-minute mark and Kansas trailed by double digits. Malik Newman had the ball alone in the left corner with all the time in the world to bury a 3-pointer and ignite the comeback. Newman didn't cash in and his struggles continued. By Tom Keegan