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Why KU must do more than trying to limit Trae Young’s points

If you think stopping Trae Young from scoring is the best way for No. 10 Kansas to defeat No. 4 Oklahoma this Tuesday, let me present a counterargument in the form of a number: 33.125. That’s the number of points per game Young is averaging in losses ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Barely Getting By The Bears

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 70, Baylor 67

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 70-67 survival victory against Baylor on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B- ---------- Malik Newman was terrific and the Jayhawks got to the free throw line 34 times. The problem was, they missed 13 times when they got there ... Continue reading

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Malik Newman talks about his 24-point outburst vs. Baylor

Kansas sophomore guard Malik Newman discussed what went through his head during a stretch of scoring 12 straight points in a 70-67 win over Baylor, what helped him rebounding and what it's like to lose freshman Billy Preston to a pro team in Europe. Continue reading

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Malik Newman dominates at end to top ratings vs. Baylor

**1 - Malik Newman:** Completely took over game at end and is reason Kansas was able to maintain solo first-place standing in Big 12. Baylor took 67-61 lead and Newman scored game’s next seven points to give Kansas lead it never surrendered. Scored 12 of his game-high ... Continue reading

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Devonte’ Graham on Billy Preston’s departure, Jayhawks’ win over Baylor

Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham shares his thoughts on the news would-be freshman forward Billy Preston has decided to play professionally in Bosnia. Plus, Graham explains what he saw out of sophomore guard Malik Newman down the stretch, and why second-half baskets were so hard to ... Continue reading

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Baseline View: Malik Newman pulls the Jayhawks to victory over Baylor

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Getting to know: Baylor basketball

Returning to Allen Fieldhouse for the 15th time in program history at 5:05 p.m. tonight (TV: ESPN), Baylor is still searching for its first win against Kansas in Lawrence. The current version of the Bears haven’t won a true road game this season. The Bears (12-6, 2-4 ... Continue reading

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Numbers say Kansas solid at both ends of floor

Visiting kenpom.com is a nice way to get a feel for how the numbers for your favorite college basketball team stack up nationally. The adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency rankings are particularly interesting. Purdue is the nation's only squad to rank in the top 10 in both ... Continue reading

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Examining the potential impact of KU basketball playing 2 big men

It might sound odd, coming from KU coach Bill Self, but one of the biggest challenges facing the current Kansas basketball team is how to incorporate more big men into the offense. Go ahead. Take a moment. It's important to have your head on straight before reading ... Continue reading

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Joel Embiid becomes first All-Star starter from Kansas since Wilt Chamberlain

For the first time since Wilt Chamberlain’s final season, in 1973, the NBA’s All-Star Game will feature a Kansas Jayhawk in the starting lineup. The league announced the five starters from each conference Thursday evening, and second-year center Joel Embiid landed the third frontcourt position in the ... Continue reading

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Lagerald Vick ‘not even close’ to providing KU with scoring he did earlier this season

The Lagerald Vick who scored 20 or more points six times during the season’s first two months has yet to be seen in the Kansas basketball lineup so far in January. After opening Big 12 play with a bang on Dec. 29, scoring 21 points and shooting ... Continue reading

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Silvio De Sousa talks about his transition to KU, receiving a standing ovation in debut

Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa, who joined the team in December, talked about becoming more comfortable on and off the court, receiving a standing ovation in his debut and why he doesn't feel pressure to contribute this season. Continue reading

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Frank Mason helps Kansas stand atop Big 12 in second-hand way

Kansas State landed the biggest surprise of the week so far in the Big 12, blasting Oklahoma, 87-69, in Manhattan by holding Trae Young to 20 points Tuesday night. That result, coupled with Texas Tech losing to Texas, left Kansas alone atop of the Big 12 with ... Continue reading

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Bill Self used to look ahead at the Big 12 schedule; not any longer

Human nature used to lead Bill Self to look ahead — at least for a little peek — when it came to Big 12 play. Of course the Jayhawks’ head basketball coach and his staff prepared their players as if the next game on the schedule was ... Continue reading

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ESPN: Charlie Weis Jr. becomes nation’s youngest offensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic

Many will go to their graves believing that the $12.5 million Charlie Weis was paid to coach Kansas for two-and-one-third seasons was his primary motivation for accepting athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s surprising job offer. I never believed that. I thought it ranked second to his chief motivation, ... Continue reading

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Big win at WVU puts Jayhawks back in driver’s seat, but doubters weren’t crazy

Hopping around the Internet on Tuesday while traveling home from covering [KU’s wild and somewhat improbable come-from-behind win over West Virginia][1] in Morgantown on Monday night, I found myself bumping into the same hot take from a variety of sports analysts and Kansas fans. “We should’ve known ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason, former Jayhawks, college basketball observers react to KU’s win at WVU

When two top-10 teams square off in prime time, the rest of the college basketball universe makes a point to tune in and watch the show. ESPN’s Big Monday matchup between No. 10 Kansas and No. 6 West Virginia wasn’t always the most visually appealing display, but ... Continue reading

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Konate blocks aside, KU bigs got the better of West Virginia on Monday night

In case you missed it while trying to figure out [how the 10th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team found a way to get out of West Virginia with a victory on Monday night,][1] let’s take time to look back at the Kansas bench. Particularly Silvio De Sousa and ... Continue reading

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5 stats that popped for Kansas in a crucial win at West Virginia

The idea of a Kansas basketball victory Monday night at West Virginia seemed somewhere in the realm of debatable to unfeasible during the Jayhawks’ unproductive first half. Incredibly, KU emerged as [an unlikely victor, 71-66,][1] by withstanding the Mountaineers’ physical defense early on and eventually achieving the ... Continue reading

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