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Jayhawks can't stop Denzel Valentine, fall to Michigan State

Prior to Tuesday night, it had been 36 years since a player recorded a triple-double against Kansas University’s basketball team. Suffice it to say the Jayhawks and their fans — shocked beyond belief after Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine went for 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 79-73 Spartans victory — are certainly hoping it’s another four decades before they see one again. By Gary Bedore

Perry Ellis makes Wooden preseason top 50

Kansas University senior Perry Ellis, who scored 21 points in a 79-73 loss to Michigan State at the Champions Classic, has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list for the second straight season, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Tuesday.

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Michigan State's Valentine joins good company with great night

Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine’s triple-double made up of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Tuesday night’s 79-73 victory over Kansas University evoked big names from the Spartan’s rich basketball tradition. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU fails to get Perry Ellis enough shots in first loss

In victory or in loss, whether Perry Ellis has a big scoring game or a quiet one, a high-volume shooting night or a low-volume one, I always seem to find myself thinking the same thing driving out of the parking lot: They should have fed the ball more often to Ellis. By Tom Keegan

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Spartans, Denzel Valentine beat KU at Champions Classic

After controlling most of the game on both ends, the Jayhawks fell victim to the versatile skill set of Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine on Tuesday night. 

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Big stage: Jayhawks wary of Spartans, Valentine

Kansas University’s basketball team knows all about Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior combo guard from Lansing, Michigan, who is considered a strong candidate for All-Big Ten and national honors in 2015-16. By Gary Bedore

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Diallo doesn’t make trip, Vick out due to eye injury

There was no change in the status of Cheick Diallo on Monday, Kansas University coach Bill Self told the Journal-World after the team’s arrival in Chicago.

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Traylor fired up for Windy City return

Jamari Traylor has traveled to some exotic locales in his five years at Kansas University — Bahamas, Switzerland and South Korea internationally — to go with a plethora of U.S. cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Of all the flights he has boarded, none may prove as meaningful as today’s charter to Chicago, site of Tuesday’s 9 p.m., Champions Classic battle against Michigan State in the United Center. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas ‘hot’ from 3 in season opener

Evan Manning’s three-pointer off a pass from fellow walk-on Tyler Self with 1:43 left concluded the scoring for Kansas University in its 109-72 rout of Northern Colorado on Friday in Allen Fieldhouse. The trey happened to be the Jayhawks’ 15th in 26 tries, just one off the school record of 16 hit against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2005. By Gary Bedore

KU, Northern Colorado play foulfest

Kansas University and Northern Colorado combined for 59 fouls, the most in a KU game since KU and Nebraska were also called for 59 fouls on Feb. 4, 1989.

Recruit Thon Maker attends KU-Northern Colorado

Thon Maker, a 7-foot, 210-pound senior center from Orangeville Prep High in Mono, Ontario, attended Friday’s Kansas-Northern Colorado basketball game with other members of his high school team who are competing in an event in Wichita.

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Notebook: Diallo sits out opener

Cheick Diallo sat on Kansas University’s basketball bench, decked in a white warmup top and blue sweat pants rather than his official Jayhawk jersey and shorts Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Northern Colorado simply can't keep up with Kansas in 109-72 rout

As so often becomes the case when a mid-major men’s basketball team visits Allen Fieldhouse, Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill left Kansas University’s campus Friday night somewhat regretful of what he had just put his players through. By Benton Smith

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Column: Graham grand in first career start for KU

For Kansas University sophomore Devonte' Graham, Friday night's 109-72 win over Northern Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse turned into a lead guard’s dream, with teammates seemingly scoring at will. By Benton Smith

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Easy being Greene: KU junior goes off for 18 points to lead KU to 109-72 win over Northern Colorado

Just three days after being unable to play in KU’s second and final exhibition game because of discomfort in the hip, KU junior Brannen Greene lit up the Allen Fieldhouse scoreboard to the tune of 18 points to lead Kansas to a 109-72 victory over Northern Colorado in the 2015-16 season opener. By Gary Bedore