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Eyes on Oregon: Jayhawks offer early thoughts on Elite Eight opponent

Kansas City, Mo. — With just one day between monster games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, the Kansas men’s basketball team has its work cut out for it in preparing for Saturday’s 7:49 p.m. tip-off against third-seeded Oregon with a trip to the Final Four ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Storming into the Elite Eight

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Lagerald Vick entered Sweet 16 hoping for 360 opportunity

Kansas City, Mo. — After blowing away his teammates, the Sprint Center crowd and the NCAA Tournament-loving public with his open-court finish against Purdue Thursday night, Kansas sophomore guard Lagerald Vick described how he pulled off a 360-degree slam dunk that highlighted the Jayhawks’ 98-66 thumping of ... Continue reading

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‘Always ready’: Dwight Coleby comes through again on tournament stage

Kansas City, Mo. — As has become the norm for the reserve big man during his debut season with Kansas, Dwight Coleby’s numbers Thursday night against Purdue didn’t jump off the final stat sheet and leave anyone in awe. But his top-seeded Jayhawks needed everything they got ... Continue reading

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Nation’s top college basketball player tops ratings vs. Purdue

**1 - Frank Mason:** Floaters, a baseline jumper, hard drives to the hoop, 4 of 5 3-pointers and 4 of 5 free throws on his way to 26 points. He still had enough energy to mix in seven rebounds and seven assists. **2 - Devonte’ Graham:** Wow! ... Continue reading

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Postgame Report Card, Sweet 16 style: Kansas 98, Purdue 66

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 98-66, Sweet 16 victory over Purdue. **Note:** *I tried not to grade this game in the context of it being a packaged deal with the two that came before it, but it was awfully tough to do.* Offense: A+ ----------- ... Continue reading

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Baseline View Highlights: Kansas blazes past Purdue to Elite Eight

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Getting to know: Purdue

Back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010, Purdue’s basketball team has its eyes set on improving on one of the best seasons in school history. The Boilermakers, known for all of their size, will tip off against top-seeded Kansas around 8:40 p.m. Thursday ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson’s best is yet to come

Kansas City, Mo. — A finite number of games remain in Josh Jackson’s college basketball career. And although his first 33 in a Kansas uniform have included a 31-point show, 11 double-doubles, 50 dunks and countless examples of the kind of floor vision one just doesn’t expect ... Continue reading

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Common opponents only mean so much in KU-Purdue showdown

Kansas coach Bill Self was asked on Wednesday if Purdue’s second-round victory over Iowa State, winner of this season’s Big 12 tournament and the only team to knock off Kansas at home in the past three years, got his attention. Purdue coach Matt Painter was asked a ... Continue reading

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KU-Purdue by the numbers

On the surface, today’s match-up between top-seeded Kansas (30-4) and No. 4 seed Purdue (27-7) in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Kansas City’s Sprint Center seems like a clash between two completely different teams. On paper, however, these two teams appear much more similar than many are ... Continue reading

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Landen Lucas discusses the key to staying out of foul trouble

Competitors don’t look at the other side’s strengths and view them with fear. Instead, they see them as opportunities to beat the best. Purdue has a bigger, more physical front line than any team Kansas has faced, and 6-foot-9, 250-pound Caleb Swanigan is the most productive post ... Continue reading

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Breaking down KU-Purdue on Sports Radio 810 WHB’s “Sports Night”

We're now less than 24 hours away from tip-off in the Sweet 16. After several hours at Sprint Center on Wednesday afternoon and evening, between the drive home and finishing up a few stories for Thursday's paper, I hopped on with Sports Radio 810 WHB host Cody ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson: Carlton Bragg Jr. could be X-factor vs. Purdue

Kansas City, Mo. — It’s not always the star players who make the difference in winning or losing during the NCAA Tournament. Standout Kansas freshman Josh Jackson says the Jayhawks could use someone stepping up as an X-factor against Purdue in the Sweet 16, and he has ... Continue reading

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Dwight Coleby: KU bigs have to be aware of Caleb Swanigan’s many skills

Kansas City, Mo. — As the Kansas basketball team prepares for a Sweet 16 meeting with Purdue at Sprint Center, junior Dwight Coleby said all of the Jayhawks’ post players have to constantly be aware of talented Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan. “He’s a big guy that ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason: KU’s 3-point accuracy has proven to be great asset

Kansas City, Mo. — The Midwest’s No. 1 seed, Kansas, already has won 30 games and advanced to the Sweet 16, but senior point guard Frank Mason III says there are areas where the Jayhawks still can improve, as they prepare to face Purdue in a regional ... Continue reading

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Boilermakers discuss what makes KU’s offense so tough to stop

Kansas City, Mo. — Ahead of Thursday's Sweet 16 game at Sprint Center (8:40 p.m., CBS), Purdue basketball players discuss what makes Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson so difficult to slow down. "Anytime you can score at three levels with mid-range, going to the ... Continue reading

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Purdue players expecting hostile environment against Jayhawks in KC

Kansas City, Mo. — Purdue basketball players are expecting a tough environment when they step on the court for their Sweet 16 matchup against Kansas on Thursday (8:40 p.m., CBS) in the NCAA Tournament, but they are confident they can handle it. "At this point of the ... Continue reading

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Highlights from KU basketball practice in Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. — One day before facing Purdue in the Sweet 16, the Kansas Jayhawks held their open practice Wednesday in front of a large crowd at Sprint Center, which included dunks, half-court shots and left-handed 3's by Svi Mykhailiuk. The Jayhawks will play Purdue around ... Continue reading

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Devonte Graham reminiscent of March Madness great from Kansas history

Watching Devonte’ Graham play basketball triggers memories of other marquee Bill Self players. The chemistry between Graham and Frank Mason borders on telepathy, each knowing where the other is at all times and knowing just when to either get him the ball or make himself available to ... Continue reading