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Tom Keegan: Frank Mason best player in college basketball so far

Seldom does a college basketball player dominate a quarter of a game the way Kansas senior guard Frank Mason did Tuesday night to rally the Jayhawks to an 81-70 victory at Oklahoma.

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Tom Keegan: Self hits the perfect notes in halftime message

By the time Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sits in front of the microphones to discuss the game his team just played, he’s in board-room mode, smoothly reviewing the key points with a calm demeanor, sprinkling in humor, clearly communicating his message. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Foul trouble bigger issue for this Kansas basketball team

The pattern repeats itself with uncanny regularity. Kansas basketball coach picks the time to crank up the public criticism of his team in a specific area, hammers it home behind closed practice doors and the players respond to the challenge in impressive fashion.

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Tom Keegan: A floater is the newest weapon in Mason's repertoire

Quick-leaping, 6-foot-8 Texas Tech forward Zach Smith was in the midst of an impressive night. Smith smelled another blocked shot, but not even Fearless Frank Mason would have the temerity to put up a shot with Smith’s long arms and 9-inch height advantage standing in his way, would he? By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk a world traveler who got away with one

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk traveled all the way from Ukraine to Lawrence to pursue his dream of becoming an NBA player. He’s a world traveler, all right, but never had he experienced any travel as memorable as one from Tuesday night that he’ll never forget. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Two big roadblocks stand in way of 13th consecutive Big 12 title for Kansas

So many years with so many false alarms have conditioned us all to think that any school other than Kansas having a shot at gaining an outright Big 12 basketball title has a hollow ring to it.

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Tom Keegan: Two-deep bench for Kansas not too shallow

A seven-man rotation certainly isn’t ideal, but Kansas can get away with it if it can figure out how to defend aggressively without piling up fouls.

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Tom Keegan: Landen Lucas stepped up when Jayhawks needed him most

Leave it to a senior in a time of need to deliver in a time of need. One such time arrived Friday night in Schollmaier Arena for Kansas center Landen Lucas.

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Tom Keegan: Time to predict Big 12 standings

The first leg of an 18-game journey aimed at winning a 13th-consecutive Big 12 title opens Friday at 8 p.m. in Fort Worth, vs. TCU, so now’s the last chance to predict the order of the Big 12 standings.

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self by the numbers

KU coach celebrates 54th birthday today

On the 27th day of December, 1962, Billy Eugene Self was born in Okmulgee, Okla., which means he celebrates his 54th birthday today. Here’s a 1-through-54 look at how each number has a connection to Self, via this year’s teams and others he has coached.

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Tom Keegan: Jackson and Self share winning ways

A look at the traits that make Bill Self and Josh Jackson winners.

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Tom Keegan: Running Rebels out of own gym no great feat these days

Anyone who thinks trading Las Vegas for Lubbock bumps the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees for the $100,000 Sox owner Harry Frazee used to finance a Broadway show into second place in the worst-trade-in-sports history standings obviously didn’t watch the telecast of Thursday night’s basketball game in Thomas and Mack Center.

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Keegan: Versatile, intense Josh Jackson makes it tough for upset-minded foes

As for genuine upsets, Kansas is even more immune to those than in most seasons. Freshman Josh Jackson is as big a reason for that as anyone.

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Tom Keegan: Bragg can help the Jayhawks take the next step

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self already had used three post players, including freshman Mitch Lightfoot, when he put Carlton Bragg in the Davidson game with 11 minutes remaining in the first half Saturday in Sprint Center.

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Tom Keegan: Praise for a quarterback named Peyton

Never mind that Peyton Bender, the jewel of the mid-year recruiting class, has nothing in common with Crist or Heaps. Never mind that Charlie Weis’ offense has nothing in common with the Air Raid that David Beaty prefers. Bender’s a hyped transfer quarterback, so you don’t want to run the risk of what’s left of your heart breaking yet again.