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Basketball Friends | Jayhawks Believe They’ve Found The Formula

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) comes over the top of a shot by Iowa State guard Jaden Walker (21) during the first half on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0).

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) comes over the top of a shot by Iowa State guard Jaden Walker (21) during the first half on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0). by Nick Krug

We're back with another episode of Basketball Friends with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" host Nick Schwerdt. On this week's show, we discuss...

• 'Ref shows' in college basketball

• The fact that KU believes it has found an identity

• How big these final 3 regular season games are for the Jayhawks

• Whether the trend of adding games to the schedule mid-season should continue beyond COVID-19 times

• Name That Player

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Jayhawks Digging In On Defense

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji and Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III (0) compete for a loose ball during the second half on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji and Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III (0) compete for a loose ball during the second half on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

We're back with another episode of Basketball Friends with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" host Nick Schwerdt. On this week's show, we discuss...

• Why defense is king at Kansas

• KU big man David McCormack's surging confidence

• Classic sporting event spectacles, inspired by Texas Tech coach Chris Beard's recent technical and tirade

• Name That Player

• And whether Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham really is overrated as the KU student section suggested on Monday night

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Basketball Friends | Kansas basketball is your new favorite rom-com

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) delivers a dunk after a steal during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) delivers a dunk after a steal during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

In this week's episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" host Nick Schwerdt discuss why the Jayhawks figure to keep rolling with the same starting five from here on out and how the next 2 weeks could shape KU's season, plus a little talk about romantic comedies and wall-mounted trophy fish.

In this week's episode:

• Nick's burning desire to mount a fish on his wall

• After tinkering with the starting lineup, Bill Self is back to his regular five

• What can the next two weeks tell us about the rest of KU's season?

• It seems like the stakes have been raised for this team

• Name That Player

• Memories of one of KU's all-time greats

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