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Former Self stars congratulate coach on 600th victory

In case you haven't seen it, here's that video that played last night with 15 former Bill Self players (including 11 Jayhawks) congratulating him on win No. 600.


Frank Mason’s game winner vs. Duke, up close and personal

If you're like most Kansas basketball fans today, you just cannot get enough of last night's victory over No. 1 Duke.

Whether that means you've been surfing the web to read as much as you can about the 77-75 victory — thanks, by the way! — or you've been on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and anywhere else you can think of to view imagines of Frank Mason's thrilling game-winning shot, the aftermath of that moment or any other images of the game, your day likely has included you smiling a little bigger, puffing your chest out a little farther and perhaps even reaching out to those Duke fans you know (and sometimes even love) to tell them "good game" or some other version of that thought.

But if you still haven't got enough of the shot — and what a great, clutch shot it was — take a look at this video, filmed at courtside, of the final moments of Tuesday's game and Mason's terrific game winner.

It's no doubt the biggest shot of Mason's career to date and it came on the biggest and brightest stage college basketball possibly can have in mid-November.

One of the great things about Mason being the one who hit the shot is that the Jayhawks run absolutely no risk of the moment going to his head. Mason on Friday in the home opener against Siena is going to be the same player he was on Monday morning, Tuesday at halftime or when Duke hit the three-pointer to tie the game — an ultra-competitive, fighter who is willing to do anything necessary to help his team win.

If that means he takes the shot, he'll take it. If that means passing the ball, playing D or finding a way to make a big steal, you can bet Mason is going to do whatever he can to get the job done. It doesn't mean he's always going to succeed, but few Jayhawks in recent memory have been as willing to get dirty and lay it on the line like Mason and that's what makes Tuesday's game winner such a big deal. Because of it, Mason is finally getting his due on the national scene.

Enough about all of that, though, let's get you to the awesome video of the big shot.

Special props to those of you who watch it enough times to catch a few glimpses of photographer Nick Krug right there in the thick of the celebration.

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Looking back at Late Nights past

The F.C. "Phog" Allen statue looms over fans waiting to enter the fieldhouse for Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The F.C. "Phog" Allen statue looms over fans waiting to enter the fieldhouse for Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

With the 32nd annual Late Night in the Phog a little more than 24 hours away, the anticipation of the beginning of another Kansas basketball season is at an all-time high.

Led by 14th-year head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks will open the season, as they always do, with high hopes and lofty goals. A likely Top 3 team heading into the season — which officially begins in Honolulu on Nov. 11 — the Jayhawks will be gunning both for a national title and a record-tying 13th consecutive Big 12 regular season title.

While the quest for both will hold the interest — and nerves — of KU fans for the next several months, few things get the fan base as fired up as Late Night, which offers both an opportunity to see the players in action and be entertained by their personas away from basketball.

"There’s nothing like it," said junior guard Devonte' Graham. "The fans know what recruits are coming from high school. They get all the privileges just to be around here and experience Late Night. Seeing Allen packed is different from just walking in and seeing it empty. You can’t really imagine it but it definitely is a huge impact on recruits.”

Added Graham backcourt mate Frank Mason III: "I’m looking forward to having a great time with my teammates for the last time. I think it is good for freshmen to play in front of the crowd. It’s a great thing we do every year and I’m looking forward to it. The skits are always funny. I’m not used to dancing and things like that. I think the dance moves are hilarious and us trying to fit in with the dancers. It’s always a good time."

With that in mind, here's a quick look back at recent Late Nights, through the lens of our talented photo staff...

2015 - Halfcourt shot steals the show

2014 - Late Night with the Royals?

2013 - Andrew Wiggins mania invades Lawrence

2012 - Dressed up and jeweled out