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Jayhawks take 1-game lead, tons of confidence into Saturday clash with Texas Tech

The stage is set. The game is here. And thanks to Oklahoma State's upset victory over No. 6 Texas Tech in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday night, the 8th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will take a one-game lead into their showdown with the Red Raiders on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. By Matt Tait

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Selfless attitude from Day 1 led to KU freshman Silvio De Sousa's first big night

The breakthrough moment for Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa came a little later than many people had hoped for and expected. But it was hardly out of nowhere. How two months of bonding with teammates and putting Kansas basketball first put De Sousa in a position to finally deliver. By Matt Tait

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Silvio De Sousa keeps it simple as Jayhawks rout Oklahoma

Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa stole a little incentive before Monday's 104-74 victory over Oklahoma straight off of the wrist of teammate Mitch Lightfoot. After a spirited pregame that featured positive vibes flowing and good old Mr. Confidence peeking his head ever so slightly out, like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, De Sousa caught a glimpse of Lightfoot's wrist and saw the words “Rebound” and “Defense” written in dark marker on the skin. By Matt Tait

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Sherron Collins fights tears during jersey retirement ceremony

After watching a brief video that flashed highlights from his stellar career at halftime of Monday night's 104-74 victory by No. 8 Kansas over Oklahoma, Sherron Collins, Monday's guest of honor, slowly walked onto James Naismith court to watch his No. 4 jersey officially go into the rafters at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 8 KU basketball vs. Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for 8th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big Monday rematch with the Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Cole Aldrich calls jersey retirement ceremony 'really humbling'

With his wife, Britt, by his side, and his dad, Walt, and brother, Grant, there to support him, as well — dad decked out in a No. 45 Kansas basketball T-Shirt, no less — former Kansas big man Cole Aldrich returned to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday for the moment of a lifetime. By Matt Tait

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Coming up big: Udoka Azubuike helps Jayhawks rally past WVU

After Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike dropped 21 points in 31 minutes to help lead the Jayhawks to a wild, 77-69, comeback victory over West Virginia on Saturday evening at Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most popular questions tossed KU's way was whether the game was the best of Azubuike's still-young career. As is so often the case, KU coach Bill Self delivered the best answer, tying in Saturday's celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 national title team to emphasize his point. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 13 KU basketball vs. No. 20 West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's rematch with 20th-ranked West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse in front of ESPN's "College GameDay" crew. By Matt Tait

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FBI probe of college basketball back in the news

An unnamed source who has been briefed on the details of an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball told Yahoo Sports that far more than four assistant coaches arrested in September have cause for concern. By Matt Tait

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KU's Batman & Robin: Aldrich, Collins excited to share jersey retirement weekend

Forever linked for their time together as Jayhawks, former KU greats Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich will share the spotlight one more time when their jerseys are retired, two days apart, at Allen Fieldhouse this weekend.By Matt Tait

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Better energy, activity led to big night for KU guard Malik Newman

Kansas senior Devonte' Graham needed just three words to describe the improved effort and extra energy that sophomore guard Malik Newman played with during the Jayhawks' 83-77 road victory at Iowa State on Tuesday night. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Lagerald Vick takes advantage of ISU's matchup problem in road victory

The first time Iowa State faced Kansas this season, they put 6-foot-9 freshman power forward Cameron Lard on 6-foot-3 shooting guard Malik Newman and dared the Kansas sophomore to beat them. Newman did, scoring 27 points on that early January afternoon to lead Kansas to a five-point victory. Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum, the stage was set for a similar matchup, and this time Iowa State coach Steve Prohm elected to put Lard on KU's slumping junior Lagerald Vick instead of Newman. By Matt Tait

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Reinvigorated: Jayhawks back to old starting 5 in win at Iowa State

On Monday afternoon, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said he knew what his struggling Jayhawks needed to be successful again. On Tuesday night, his team proved him right. With Lagerald Vick and Malik Newman both back in the starting lineup, the KU starters played the lion's share of the minutes in Hilton Coliseum (162 of 200), scoring all but eight points to lead Kansas to a tough, 83-77 road victory over Iowa State. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 13 KU basketball at Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's showdown with Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. By Matt Tait

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Self understands 'heavens are falling' but remains focused on KU getting better

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is smart enough to sense what's happening with KU's beloved fan base, even though he has spent very little time interacting with them of late and spends basically no time on social media sites and message boards where thousands of Jayhawk fans are happy to let their feelings be known. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks have simple goal after tough loss at Baylor: 'We just have to regroup'

Asked for a “big picture” assessment of his Kansas basketball team following Saturday's disheartening, 80-74 loss at Baylor, KU coach Bill Self wasted no time getting to the point. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks currently a 2 seed in eyes of NCAA Tournament selection committee

If the 2018 NCAA Tournament began today, the Kansas Jayhawks would be a No. 2 seed in the West region. That was the message sent by this year's selection committee, which on Sunday revealed the top four seeds in each region, as things stand today, during an afternoon special on CBS Sports. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Devonte' Graham carries offense in loss to Baylor; De Sousa makes brief appearance

A quick glance up and down the box score following Saturday's 80-64 victory by Baylor over 10th-ranked Kansas at Ferrell Center revealed a fact that was probably obvious to anyone who watched the game. By Matt Tait

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Everything, including chemistry, awry for No. 10 Kansas in loss at Baylor

If you were to pick a single play that summed up just how out of sorts the Kansas men's basketball team was on Saturday during an 80-64 loss to Baylor at Ferrell Center — and, if we're being honest, there were more than a dozen of them — it came early in the second half on, of all things, a Kansas 3-pointer. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball at Baylor

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12 road battle at Baylor. By Matt Tait

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Rising KC prospect Ochai Agbaji commits to Kansas

Already armed with a star-studded 2018 recruiting class ranked No. 3 in the nation by Rivals.com, the Kansas men's basketball program added to its haul on Thursday with a pledge from Oak Park High guard Ochai Agbaji, who orally committed to join the Jayhawks during a 2 p.m. ceremony at his school. By Matt Tait

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Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot delivers strong performance in debut as a KU starter

With his mother and grandmother sitting in the stands after making a last-minute decision to travel to Allen Fieldhouse for Tuesday's 71-64 Kansas victory, KU sophomore Mitch Lightfoot made sure the trip from Arizona was worth it.By Matt Tait

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Just Enough: Jayhawks sink key shots, shake past TCU

On a night when nothing came easy for the 10th-ranked Jayhawks, Devonte' Graham's rattle-clang-dip-bang 3-point make with 6:06 to play gave Kansas the breathing room it needed to avoid utter disaster and get back into the win column at Allen Fieldhouse, 71-64 over visiting TCU. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Mitch Lightfoot makes first start; a look back at how KU players fared in first starts

Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot started the first game of his Kansas career on Tuesday night and helped the 10th-ranked Jayhawks win a battle over TCU, 71-64, at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball vs. TCU

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in tonight's rematch with TCU at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self hopes adding Mitch Lightfoot's effort to starting lineup will kick-start Kansas

If you ever have wondered what the price is for a lackluster home loss by a program not used to dropping games in its home venue, you now have your answer.By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks fall three spots to No. 10 in latest AP Poll

Thanks to a home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday which negated the gains from a big road win over Kansas State earlier in the week, the Kansas men's basketball team fell three spots, from No. 7 to No. 10, in the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Monday. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks still searching for home-court advantage

The goal coming into Saturday's 84-79 home loss to Oklahoma State was for the Kansas men's basketball team to find a way to bring back to Allen Fieldhouse the same kind of energy, effort and focus that had staked them to a 4-1 start on the road during Big 12 play. It didn't happen. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Former KU players honored as part of 120-year celebration

One by one, they marched onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, just as they had done all those years ago. Players, assistant coaches, managers and staff members who competed for six of the eight head coaches in the 120-year history of Kansas basketball walked together for a halftime ceremony during Saturday's 84-79 loss to Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

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Saturday Stunner: Jayhawks upset, 'whipped' by Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse

Five years and a day after Marcus Smart's backflip on the Allen Fieldhouse floor put an exclamation point on a surprising Oklahoma State victory over Kansas, Smart's alma mater left Lawrence on Saturday with a downright shocking 84-79 victory that put a serious damper on the day-long celebration of 120 years of Kansas basketball. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 7 KU basketball vs. Oklahoma State

A look at some of the keys for seventh-ranked Kansas in their weekend clash with Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Road Warriors: Jayhawks seeking to replicate road success at home

At the midway point of the Big 12 race, the Kansas men's basketball team has built a one-game lead over Oklahoma and Texas Tech in large part because of the Jayhawks' ability to play well and win on the road. By Matt Tait

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Svi's hot hand the product of confidence, Self says

Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk has topped 20 points in each of the last three games and enters Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse second on the team in scoring at 17 points per game, just four points behind senior running mate Devonte Graham's 17.2 average. By Matt Tait

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Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot logging valuable minutes and delivering for Kansas

Kansas sophomore Mitch Lightfoot was the Jayhawks' best big man on Monday night against Kansas State, and the young forward appears to be more comfortable than ever in the KU lineup. By Matt Tait

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Surprise zone keys Jayhawks' win at Kansas State

In the high-stakes world of Big 12 basketball, turnovers and 3-pointers are extremely valuable currency in every gymnasium and arena on the five-state conference map. But nothing is worth quite as much as a nasty defense. Monday night, at an electric and jam-packed Bramlage Coliseum, the Jayhawks used portions of each strength, in good stretches and bad, to plow past second-place Kansas State. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Udoka Azubuike heckled during warmups; KU wins again on Kansas Day

Leave it to Kansas State fans to be well-schooled on the strengths and weaknesses of every Kansas basketball team that walks into Bramlage Coliseum. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 7 KU basketball at Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for favored Kansas in tonight's Big Monday battle with Sunflower State rival Kansas State in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks well aware of hostile environment that awaits in Manhattan

The Kansas upperclassmen know exactly what awaits them tonight in hostile Bramlage Coliseum. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Self impressed by Marcus Garrett vs. Texas A&M; Big 12 falls in showdown with SEC

It's been a while since KU freshman Marcus Garrett delivered the kind of stat line he put up Saturday, during fifth-ranked Kansas' 79-68 victory over Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks speedier than sizable Aggies in 79-68 victory

Speed beats size. Speed beats size. Speed beats size. That was the message drilled into the heads of the Kansas men's basketball players this week in anticipation of Saturday's showdown with a throwback-big Texas A & M team at Allen Fieldhouse. And after 40 minutes of Big 12/SEC Challenge basketball, the mantra proved true. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball vs. Texas A&M

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12/SEC Challenge clash with former Big 12 foe Texas A&#38M at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self searching for ways to fight fatigue factor

Amid questions on top of questions about Udoka Azubuike's free throw shooting woes and what, if anything, can be done about them, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday addressed an issue that might actually be more critical for this Kansas team. By Matt Tait

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What's next for Udoka Azubuike the free throw shooter?

Now that the free throw misses heard 'round the world are a thing of the past — you know, like 16 hours old now — it's worth exploring where the Kansas basketball team and big man Udoka Azubuike go from here. By Matt Tait

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Hack-a-Dok: Free-throw shooting woes send KU home from Oklahoma in defeat

A season-long concern that had not yet fully hurt the Kansas basketball team did the Jayhawks in on Tuesday night, when 12th-ranked Oklahoma used an intentional-foul strategy on KU big man Udoka Azubuike during the game's final four minutes to knock off No. 5 Kansas, 85-80, at Lloyd Noble Center. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball at No. 12 Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in tonight's 6 p.m. showdown with freshman sensation Trae Young and No. 12 Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks jump to No. 5 in latest AP Poll

The Kansas men's basketball team continued its climb in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, jumping five spots from No. 10 to No. 5 in the latest rankings released Monday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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KU no stranger to tight games dominating Big 12 play so far this season

With close games being the norm so far this season in the Big 12, the Kansas men's basketball team continues to do impressive stuff in tight games. By Matt Tait

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Malik Newman bails out Jayhawks in crunch time to beat Baylor

“Coach's motto, every time the game gets close, is players make plays, coaches don't win games,” Malik Newman said. On Saturday evening at Allen Fieldhouse, the 10th-ranked Jayhawks saw a heck of a player make all kinds of plays down the stretch to pull out yet another too-close-for-comfort Big 12 victory, 70-67, that Kansas nearly lost control of down the stretch. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks say it was 'tough' to lose freshman Billy Preston, wish him luck in Bosnia

On the eve of his big performance during Saturday's 70-67 victory over Baylor, Kansas sophomore Malik Newman spent nearly all of his time hanging out with teammate Billy Preston. By Matt Tait

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Freshman forward Billy Preston signs with European professional team, ends KU career

After spending months trying to clear up his eligibility, KU freshman Billy Preston has signed a contract with BC Igokea of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will end his Kansas career without the former McDonald's All-American and highly touted prospect having played a single game for the Jayhawks.By Matt Tait

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