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Svi tops ratings with career-high 27 points vs. South Dakota State

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) goes to the bucket against South Dakota State guard Lane Severyn (25) during the second half on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) goes to the bucket against South Dakota State guard Lane Severyn (25) during the second half on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Senior delivered a career-high 27 points, didn't commit a turnover, stole the ball four times, had five defensive rebounds and made 10 of 17 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers. Team needs more aggressiveness out of him and that's exactly what he's delivering. Leads team with 19.7 points per game.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Attempted just 12 field goals and had 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot and didn't turn it over once. Made 9 fo 12 shots and 3 of 6 3-pointers. Coach Bill Self said he thinks Vick has the potential to develop into a defensive stopper but has not yet embraced that mentality. Averaging 18 points a game.

3 - Devonte' Graham: Didn't shoot well and forced one or two shots but otherwise played well, delivering on-the-money pass after pass. Had 11 assists and just one turnover.

4 - Udoka Azubuike: Bit on a shot fake from a guard under the basket, left his feet and fouled him on the way down for his second foul of the first half, which earned him a spot on the bench. Played just 23 minutes and had just two rebounds, but otherwise played well. Made 8 of 9 shots and unveiled an up-and-under move that looked pretty smooth.

5 - Malik Newman: Phog Allen used to say that he judged a player largely by what he did when he didn't have the ball in his hands. Self subscribes to the same philosophy. By that measure, Newman hasn't immersed himself into the Kansas basketball culture yet, but he did shoot well. Newman made 4 of 7 field goals, 2 of 4 3-pointers and scored 13 points. He also had two assists but did not pick up a rebound after totaling nine against Kentucky.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Had seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot and didn't commit a turnover. Had a defensive lapse or two, not getting to 3-point shooters in time, and made just 1 of 5 shots and went 0 for 3 from 3.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: He knows how to block shots and had four in this game, but at this point, it's fair to ask whether his shot-blocking instinct is more of a blessing or a curse because as Self pointed out during post-game interviews, he tries to block everything, bites on shot fakes and that's where many of his fouls originate. He fouled out in seven minutes, a very active seven minutes in which he totaled two points, three rebounds and two turnovers.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Svi Mykhailiuk (27)

2 - Lagerald Vick (26)

3 - Devonte' Graham (24)

4 - Udoka Azubuike (22)

5 (tie) - Marcus Garrett (18)

5 (tie) - Malik Newman (18)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (12)

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Svi tops ratings with career-high 27 points vs. South Dakota State

1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Senior delivered a career-high 27 points, didn't commit a turnover, stole the ball four times, had five defensive rebounds and made 10 of 17 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers. Team needs more aggressiveness out of him and that's exactly what he's delivering.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Attempted just 12 field goals and had 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot and didn't turn it over once. Made 9 fo 12 shots and 3 of 6 3-pointers. Coach Bill Self said he thinks Vick has the potential to develop into a defensive stopper but has not yet embraced that mentality.

3 - Devonte' Graham: Didn't shoot well and forced one or two shots but otherwise played well, delivering on-the-money pass after pass. Had 11 assists and just one turnover.

4 - Udoka Azubuike: Bit on a shot fake from a guard under the basket, left his feet and fouled him on the way down for his second foul of the half.

5 - Malik Newman: Phog Allen used to say the he judged a player largely by what he did when he didn't have the ball in his hands. Self subscribes to the same philosophy.By that measure, Newman hasn't immersed himself into the Kansas basketball culture yet, but he did shoot well. Newman made 4 of 7 field goals, 2 of 4 3-pointers and scored 13 points. He also had two assists but did not pick up a rebound after totaling nine against Kentucky.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Had seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot and didn't commit a turnover. Had a defensive lapse or two, not getting to 3-point shooters in time, and made just 1 of 5 shots and went 0 for 3 from 3.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: He knows how to block shots and had four in this game, but at this point it's fair to ask whether his shot-blocking instinct is more of a blessing or a curse because he tries to block everything, bites on shot fakes, which is where many of his fouls originate. He fouled out in seven minutes, a very active seven minutes in which he totaled two points, three rebounds and two turnovers.

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Svi tops ratings in Champions Classic victory against Kentucky

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) delivers a breakaway dunk before Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel (32) during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at United Center.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) delivers a breakaway dunk before Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel (32) during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at United Center. by Nick Krug

1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Threw some nice post feeds to the big man, had three assists, turned it over just once and led team with 17 points and a steal. Took a bad shot late that was way short but in general most of his aggressiveness was productive.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: With Billy Preston out of the lineup, Jayhawks needed the big man to stay out of foul trouble and play big minutes. He gave them what they needed and played a career-high 34 minutes with one first-half foul and three for the night. Made all five of his shots and just 3 of 8 free throws. Blocked two shots and was missed when he rested. Kentucky outscored KU by six points with Udoka on the bench and held a 10-point advantage with him on the floor.

3 - Lagerald Vick: Threw the pass of the night, hitting Svi on a fly pattern for a huge second-half breakaway dunk. Did a nice job of feeding the post and started the game off doing a lot of things well, but couldn't get his shots to drop as the game wore on. He made just 4 of 13 shots and 1 or 4 3-pointers, but did a nice job on the boards, 4 of 6 coming off the offensive glass and had five assists and just one turnover to go with three steals. Still needs to be more attentive about running at 3-point shooters, although better at that than in the past.

4 - Malik Newman: Drove into too many blocked shots when it wasn't always the best play, shot just 4 of 14, but also had nine boards and three steals. Finished strong, hitting a 3-pointer with 2:10 left and then grabbing a defensive rebound with 20 seconds left and a two-point lead. Stretched the lead to four points by making both free throws with 17 seconds remaining.

5 - Devonte' Graham: Forced it a little offensively when team couldn't get anything going and as a result had five turnovers to go with five assists. Made just 3 or 14 shots and 1 of 6 3-pointers. Made 4 of 5 free throws, including both with seven seconds remaining for the game's final points.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Freshman hit a 3-pointer to put Kansas up two with 15:05 left and contributed three points, an assist (two turnovers) and two steals to the victory.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Tough matchup at this stage of his career. Kentucky made his man focal point of offense when he was on floor for six minutes. Went scoreless with one foul but did pick up key steal with 2:53 left.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 (tie) - Svi Mykhailiuk (17)

1 (tie) - Lagerald Vick (17)

3 - Devonte' Graham (16)

4 - Udoka Azubuike (15)

5 - Marcus Garrett (13)

6 - Malik Newman (12)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (8)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in season-opener

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4), Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) and the Kansas bench celebrate a bucket from Clay Young during the second half on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4), Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) and the Kansas bench celebrate a bucket from Clay Young during the second half on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte' Graham: Whistled a beauty of a no-look, one-handed pass off the dribble from mid-court to Svi Mykhailiuk under the hoop for the most memorable of his 12 assists. Also had 10 points and fell three rebounds shy of a triple-double. Didn't score a point in the second half and still was the most influential player on the floor. Primed for a terrific senior year.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Made some really nice plays, scoring and passing, during his time playing in the middle of Tennessee State's zone. Made 4 of 7 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points and had five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Needs to cut down on turnovers (four).

3 - Marcus Garrett: Started in place of Malik Newman and didn't look the least bit out of place in contributing 10 pounds and 10 rebounds. Had just one of KU's 20 turnovers.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 3 of 6 3-pointers and totaled 15 points and five rebounds.

5 - Udoka Azubuike: Played 30 minutes and showed the wear and tear of that in the second half. Still holds the ball too long in the post when a scoring opportunity doesn't present itself, but he's a load to try to defend. Totaled 13 points, six rebound and two blocked shots.

6 - Malik Newman: Getting bumped from the starting lineup seemed to elicit the intended response. Newman brought fire off the bench, hitting the first shot of his Kansas career, a 3-pointer from the right corner, and following that up with a hard, under-control drive to the hoop in transition for two more points. Rest of night didn't always go as smoothly, but he did contribute 12 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot to go with four turnovers.

7 -Mitch Lightfoot: Had six points, five boards, three blocked shots, a steal, four turnovers and four personal fouls. He makes mistakes, but they're always mistakes of aggression.

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Frank Mason tops ratings in loss to Oregon and for season

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) puts up a three over Oregon guard Casey Benson (2) during the first half on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) puts up a three over Oregon guard Casey Benson (2) during the first half on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Sprint Center. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason: Kansas scored 33 first-half points and Mason scored 17 of them, including points 17 through 31. He went in among the trees again, making floater after floater and 2 of 4 3-pointers. Finished with 21 points. Had at least a share of the team scoring lead in 25 of 34 games.

2 - Josh Jackson: Picked up a phantom second foul with 17:23 left in the first half, limiting him to 10 ineffective first-half minutes. Scored all 10 of his points in the final 11:23 and led the team with 12 rebounds and five assists. Had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the second half.

3 - Lagerald Vick: Gave Kansas a boost off the bench when Jackson encountered foul trouble. Had seven points and two assists in 17 first-half minutes.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 2 of 4 3-points shots, had 10 points and two steals and didn’t pick up a rebound or an assist.

5 - Landen Lucas: Couldn’t beat the quicker, more explosive Jordan Bell (11 points, 13 rebounds, four blocked shots) to rebounds and missed a couple of hook shots early. Finished with nine points and three rebounds..

6 - Devonte’ Graham: Hottest shooter on team in first three tournament games came up the coldest in season finale. Went 0 for 7 from the field and 0 for 6 from 3-point range and scored just three points.

7 - Dwight Coleby: Hung in there for four minutes and grabbed an offensive rebound in four minutes.

FINAL SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 331

2 - Josh Jackson - 298

3 - Devonte’ Graham - 289

4 - Landen Lucas - 232

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 219

6 - Lagerald Vick - 189

7 - Carlton Bragg - 150

8 - Dwight Coleby - 79

9- Mitch Lightfoot - 61

10 - Udoka Azubuike - 48

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Josh Jackson tops ratings vs. Michigan State

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) lofts a shot over Michigan State guard Miles Bridges (22) during the first half on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) lofts a shot over Michigan State guard Miles Bridges (22) during the first half on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. by Nick Krug

1 - Josh Jackson: Scored 14 of his 23 points in a second-half highlight show that featured a big step-back 3-pointer and a one-handed jam that punctuated a quick drive down the lane. Is 4 of 4 from the free-throw line during the tournament. Spent a lot of time above the rim at both ends and was credited with two blocked shots and two steals, although a review of the game video might reveal more than that in both categories.

2 - Frank Mason: When nothing else works, it's nice for Kansas to know that Mason can always get to the lane and then the free-throw line, where he made 8 of 8 free throws. Heading into the postseason, Mason said he didn't see why Kansas couldn't shoot 80 percent from the line. So far KU is 31 of 35, 89 percent. Mason had 20 points, five assists and three steals and did not commit a turnover.

3 - Devonte' Graham: Just as easily could be ranked No. 1 on this list. Made four 3-point shots for the second game in a row, scored 18 points and had four assists and four steals. Made great passes in transition and in the half-court.

4 - Landen Lucas: Battled foul trouble, so he was limited to 25 minutes, enough time to produce a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Made a couple of nice hook shots.

5 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Solid with nine points, three rebounds and three assists without a turnover. Finished a nice lob from Graham for a flush in transition.

6 - Dwight Coleby: Kept Lucas' foul trouble from hurting Kansas. Entered in the second half and delivered three points, four rebounds and a steal. Had two huge offensive rebounds.

7 - Lagerald Vick: Had seven points and five rebounds, but needs to do a better job of recovering to his man behind the 3-point line.

8 - Carlton Bragg: Not his night. At all. Missed both shots, including a very easy one on an offensive rebound. Committed three fouls in five minutes.

9 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played in the final minute.

SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 311

2 - Josh Jackson - 281

3 - Devonte’ Graham - 275

4 - Landen Lucas - 220

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 206

6 - Lagerald Vick - 175

7 - Carlton Bragg - 146

8 - Dwight Coleby - 71

9- Mitch Lightfoot - 59

10 - Udoka Azubuike - 48 (out for season)

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Frank Mason tops the ratings vs. UC Davis

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hangs to finish a bucket off a lob over UC Davis guard Siler Schneider (5) during the first half on Friday, March 17, 2017 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hangs to finish a bucket off a lob over UC Davis guard Siler Schneider (5) during the first half on Friday, March 17, 2017 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason: Led the team with 22 points and eight assists.

2 - Josh Jackson: Played where UC Davis players couldn't reach him and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. He made 8 of 12 field goals and his only 3-point shot.

3 - Devonte' Graham: Made 4 of 7 shots, all 3-pointers and made all four free throws during a 16-point, four-assist night.

4 - Landen Lucas: Dominated the interior with 13 points and 11 rebounds against the much shorter Aggies.

5 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: The partisan KU crowd counted down the shot clock, “Four, three, two, one,” as the tightly guarded Mykhailiuk executed a couple of dribble moves to free space for himself and got off a shot just in time. Swish. The 3-pointer pushed KU’s lead to 77-43 midway through the second half. He finished with 16 points, despite making just 2 of 7 3-pointers.

6 - Carlton Bragg: Had six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.

7 - Lagerald Vick: Totaled three points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Missed both 3-pointers, one of them hitting the side of the backboard.

8 - Dwight Coleby: Two points, three rebounds and a turnover in seven minutes.

9 - Mitch Lightfoot: Scoreless with two blocked shots and an assist in six minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 302

2 - Josh Jackson - 271

3 - Devonte’ Graham - 267

4 - Landen Lucas - 213

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 200

6 - Lagerald Vick - 171

7 - Carlton Bragg - 143

8 - Dwight Coleby - 66

9- Mitch Lightfoot - 57

10 - Udoka Azubuike - 48 (out for season)

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Frank Mason tops ratings again in loss to TCU in Big 12 tournament

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) is fouled with seconds to go during the second half, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sprint Center. At right is TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10).

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) is fouled with seconds to go during the second half, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sprint Center. At right is TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10). by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason: Played 40 minutes, totaled 29 points and six assists and made 12 of 13 free throws, showing why he won the Big 12 Player of the Year trophy that was presented to him by commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the court before the game.

2 - Landen Lucas: Had 13 points and 14 rebounds and missed just two shots from the field, one a late left-handed hook that rimmed out. Missed Jackson’s help on defense and on the boards.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored as many points (13) as TCU in the opening eight minutes to give Kansas a 24-13 lead. TCU outscored Svi, 72-5 over the game's final 32 minutes.

4 - Devonte’ Graham: Shot wasn’t falling. Made just 2 of 10, all from 3-point range.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Had nine points and six rebounds. Might have scored 11 had he made an attempt at a possibly-too-high lob sent his way by Mason late in the game.

6 - Carlton Bragg: Big blocked shot late but a disappointing performance overall. He totaled one point and three rebounds in 12 minutes and missed all three field-goal attempts and committed two turnovers.

7 - Dwight Coleby: Two points, two blocked shots andd a steal in six minutes.

8 - Mitch Lightfoot: One minute, one turnover.

SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 292

2 - Josh Jackson - 262

3 - Devonte’ Graham - 259

4 - Landen Lucas - 206

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 194

6 - Lagerald Vick - 163

7 - Carlton Bragg - 138

8 - Dwight Coleby - 63

9- Mitch Lightfoot - 55

10 - Udoka Azubuike - 48 (out for season)

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Frank Mason tops ratings in Stillwater with near triple-double

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) ducks under Oklahoma State forward Leyton Hammonds (23) for a shot during the first half, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) ducks under Oklahoma State forward Leyton Hammonds (23) for a shot during the first half, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason: If justice is served, he locked up national player-of-the-year honors with another extraordinary performance. Nearly had his first triple-double with 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. He’s so hard to stop from getting to the hoop, especially in transition, where he had a couple of solo breaks for buckets. Amazing game, amazing season, amazing competitor.

2 - Josh Jackson: Has steadily improved his game in every area. His late 3-pointer was biggest shot of the game and even though his dunks might be what make it to the highlights, passing was by far what he did best. His height helps his vision and gives him the confidence to make tough over-the-top passes with great accuracy. His 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists didn’t begin to tell the story of the extent that he influenced the outcome.

3 - Devonte’ Graham: Played 39 minutes and didn’t let that heavy load slow him down. Made 4 of 8 3-pointers..

4 - Landen Lucas: Did a nice job of posting up and scoring in the second half and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds.

5 - Carlton Bragg: Scored 9 of 11 points in the first half, made 5 of 6 shots, including a pair of pick-and-pop jumpers and had two offensive rebounds and blocked shot. Played with so much more confidence than he has for most of the season.

6 - Lagerald Vick: Coach Bill Self said he forgot to go where he was supposed to on KU’s final bucket against full-court pressure and it turned out well. He was on the receiving end of Josh Jackson’s long pass and took to the bucket for the game-sealing points. Had three turnovers, a couple of them rough ones, but had several big plays and finished with nine points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block shot.

7 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made a 3-pointer from the left corner to put Kansas up 6-2 at the 18:25 mark of the first half, but that didn’t shake him from his slump. He didn’t score again, picked up one rebound, one turnover and four personal fouls in 12 minutes..

8 - Dwight Coleby: Played one minute.

SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 282

2 - Josh Jackson - 262

3 - Devonte’ Graham - 252

4 - Landen Lucas - 197

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 186

6 - Lagerald Vick - 157

7 - Carlton Bragg - 133

8 - Dwight Coleby - 59

9- Mitch Lightfoot - 52

10 - Udoka Azubuike - 48 (out for season)

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Oklahoma State 85

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Oklahoma State 85

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Frank Mason says goodbye to Allen Fieldhouse in style, tops ratings vs. Oklahoma

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) celebrates a late bucket before Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace (4) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) celebrates a late bucket before Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace (4) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason: His final half in Allen Fieldhouse was a memorable. Rallied team to a 31-9 finish down the stretch and 15 points, five assists, one turnover and two steals in the final 20 minutes. Scored a game-high 23 points with six assists and three steals.

2 - Devonte Graham: Swished a trio of 3-pointers in a 1:57 second-half span.

3 - Lagerald Vick: Some two games he had in a three-day span. Made 7 of 10 shots and all 4 3-pointers in the victories against Texas and Oklahoma. Scored 8 of 11 points in second half Monday and made two huge 3-pointers during the comeback.

4 - Landen Lucas: Didn’t miss a shot, had eight points and eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. He’s carried a huge load all season and his putting strong finish on his career.

5 - Josh Jackson: Came alive late, but it was his sloppiest game of the season (eight turnovers). Even at that, he produced his seventh double-double in the past 10 games.

6 - Carlton Bragg: So tall, with long arms and a decent vertical leap, the wide-open dunk held so much promise. But much like his sophomore season, it fell short, blocked by the front of the rim, and he fell on his back. And the ball continues to slip-slide away from his hands (two turnovers). But he did hustle for five rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal in 13 minutes.

7 - Svi Mykhailiuk: While Vick was making 7 of 10 shots and 4 or 4 3-pointers in the past two games, Svi was shooting 1 for 9 and 0 for 7. Played 18 minutes vs. Oklahoma and had two points, a turnover and a steal to show for it. Did not pick up a rebound or assist.

8 - Dwight Coleby: Oklahoma’s quick big men didn’t make for as good a matchup for him as Texas’ bigger post players.

9 - Mitch Lightfoot: Didn’t get in until the final seconds.

SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 272

2 - Josh Jackson - 253

3 - Devonte’ Graham - 244

4 - Landen Lucas - 190

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 182

6 - Lagerald Vick - 152

7 - Carlton Bragg - 127

8 - Dwight Coleby - 56

9- Mitch Lightfoot - 52

10 - Udoka Azubuike - 48 (out for season)

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