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Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

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No. 3 Baylor women escape KU with 71-63 win

Unranked and winless in Big 12 play, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team gave No. 3-ranked Baylor a scare before falling 71-63 Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jayhawks blow 14-point first-half lead in Sunflower Showdown

Wildcats beat KU 58-52

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team couldn’t sustain a hot start in the Sunflower Showdown Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum, and lost its third straight Big 12 game in a 58-52 setback to rival Kansas State.

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Carlton Bragg headed to that Kansas

Nation's No. 14 prospect misspeaks, but chooses Jayhawks

Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior basketball power forward from Villa Angela St. Joseph High in Cleveland, who is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2015 by, today orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University — after accidentally stating he was Kentucky-bound. By Benton Smith

KU-Texas women at a glance

A look at Saturday's Kansas-Texas women's basketball game By Benton Smith<s

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Markieff Morris could be top KU product in NBA

Paul Pierce’s career is winding down. Andrew Wiggins has only just arrived on the scene. So right now, in a window that could close before long, Markieff Morris might be the best former Kansas University basketball player in the NBA.

Kansas-Samford women's basketball at a glance

A look at Monday's Kansas University-Samford women's basketball game.

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Cummings confident about Beaty selection

When new Kansas University football coach David Beaty arrived on campus, much of the buzz surrounded his successful track record with wide receivers.

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Jayhawks in NBA on Christmas display

Seven of the 17 former Kansas University basketball players fortunate enough to play in the NBA have a chance to bask in the national spotlight today. By Benton Smith

Kansas women at a glance: Jayhawks travel to Creighton

A look at Kansas University's women's basketball matchup at Creighton.

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Kobe sees similarities with ex-Jayhawk Wiggins

Alert the hype police. Someone actually had the audacity to compare Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

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