Stories for January 2017


Tuesday, January 31

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KU-Oklahoma women at a glance

The University of Kansas women's basketball team will face the Oklahoma Sooners at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Tom Keegan: Taming Baylor Bears tougher task than ever

These aren’t your older brother’s Baylor Bears. You remember them. Long, tall, sometimes spectacular big men who at other times passively sat back in a passive 2-3 zone as Kansas picked them apart.

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KU planning for metal detectors on game days at Allen Fieldhouse, Memorial Stadium

Security measures to prohibit guns estimated to cost more than $1 million

Starting this fall, prepare for an experience reminiscent of pro sports when entering Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium for games: metal detectors and security guards. Kansas law requires state universities to allow concealed handguns on their campuses beginning July 1, but KU anticipates banning guns from athletic events where attendance is expected to be more than 5,000 people, according to newly released concealed carry implementation information from the university.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. No. 2 Baylor

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Wednesday night's Big 12 showdown with No. 2 Baylor. By Matt Tait

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Senior forward Landen Lucas shouldering huge load for No. 3 Kansas

Bill Self’s plans for Landen Lucas to develop into a program player have been well documented and it’s possible that neither Self nor Lucas ever really saw him becoming the vital piece of the puzzle that he is today. But that time has arrived. It’s going on two years now. And it will be as important as ever at Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night, when Lucas and the third-ranked Jayhawks play host to No. 2 Baylor at 8 p.m., with the winner moving into sole-possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

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Bragg drug paraphernalia case proceeding in municipal court

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. has secured an attorney, and his initial court appearance in a drug paraphernalia case has been bumped to early March.

Kansas moves to No. 11 in men's track computer rankings

The Kansas men’s track and field team moved up nine spots to No. 11 in the nation, the highest ranking for the squad since the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association started began its computer ranking teams in 2008.

Monday, January 30

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Report: KU basketball player Lagerald Vick investigated in 2015 on allegations that he struck female student

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Lagerald Vick reportedly was the subject of a KU investigation into whether he hit a female student in 2015.

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Baylor PG Lecomte the perfect complement for Bears' ferocious front line

When No. 2 Baylor arrives in Lawrence for a Wednesday showdown with third-ranked Kansas, the Bears will be bringing much more than their monster front court to Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks find advantages in playing multiple defenses

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self joked after last Saturday’s six-point win at No. 4 Kentucky that nobody was going to use KU’s zone defense in that one to make a how-to tape for coaches and players to study, but the defensive strategy could become a key ingredient to the Jayhawks’ attack the rest of the season. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football replenishing roster with walk-ons

As Kansas football coach David Beaty and his staff replenish the team’s roster through recruiting, not every addition gets a “#NeatDeal” tweet from the third-year head coach. Those generally are reserved for recruits who are offered scholarships and verbally commit to play at KU. Recently, some other prospects have made their intentions to join the Jayhawks known, too. By Benton Smith

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For fifth time this season, Josh Jackson named Big 12 Newcomer of Week

For the fifth time in his stellar freshman season, Kansas wing Josh Jackson earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.

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Kansas moves to No. 3 in AP Top 25

Top-three showdown set for Wednesday at fieldhouse

A rare loss and a massive road victory added up to Kansas dropping just one spot in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.

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KU basketball player Bragg charged in drug paraphernalia case; Self comments on charge

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. is the person charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in a case stemming from a rape investigation at the team’s dorm.

Sunday, January 29

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Consistency, competititve fire made KU's Jackson top freshman in blue blood showdown

Facing a couple of familiar friends from his AAU days, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson dropped 20 and 10 at Rupp Arena on Saturday night and helped lead No. 2 Kansas to a 79-73 victory over fourth-ranked Kentucky and fabulous freshmen Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas zone exploited Kentucky inexperience

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s decision to change defenses did more than help Landen Lucas deal with foul trouble, slow down speedy Kentucky and make Bam Adebayo work in a crowded place. It gave the talented, young Kentucky guards something to process and sometimes the harder the mind has to work the slower the body moves.

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Versatile prep lineman a late addition to KU recruiting class

Whether 6-foot-6 Earl Bostick plays on the offensive or defensive line for the Jayhawks remains to be determined, but the Barnwell High senior let KU coaches know Sunday morning during his recruiting visit his football future is in Lawrence. By Benton Smith

Saturday, January 28

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Notebook: Jayhawks stay focused through off-the-court issues

It was a wild and taxing week for the Kansas men’s basketball team, which lost for just the second time all season and endured a string of off-the-court news that threatened to steal the team’s focus. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: In a game full of stars, Lucas proves to be most valuable

World-famous ring announcer Michael Buffer found the stage so big he even tweaked his trademarked slogan and said, “Let’s get ready for roundbaaaaaaall!” And 24,418 basketball-crazed spectators, most anticipating a slaughter that would send them home from Rupp Arena in a euphoric state, let out a roar. By Tom Keegan

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Elite Experience: Jayhawks rely on veterans in come-from-behind win over Kentucky

The games-played experience factor in the starting lineups favored Kansas, 426-132, and the second-ranked Jayhawks used every bit of wisdom at their disposal to knock off No. 4 Kentucky, 79-73, in the featured game of the fourth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday night at Rupp Arena. By Matt Tait

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Marquee victory: Jayhawks knock off Kentucky at Rupp Arena

Two of college basketball’s marquee programs gave a national audience a show worthy of the hype Saturday night at Rupp Arena, where a short-handed yet invigorated Kansas team recovered from its first-half issues to win 79-73 at Kentucky.

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KU women's basketball earns first Big 12 win against Texas Tech

Moments after the final buzzer, the Kansas bench erupted, and players on the court made a beeline to their bench to celebrate. Finally, for the first time this season, it was the Jayhawks celebrating a win in the Big 12 conference. By Evan Riggs

Friday, January 27

Attorney for former KU football recruit demands end to online posts labeling him ‘rapist’

Transfer hopeful disclosed involvement in Title IX investigation to KU months ago, attorney says

In a strongly worded letter, an attorney for a momentary University of Kansas football recruit accused a woman of defaming and harassing the man online — even going so far as to blame her posts for KU rescinding its verbal commitment to the player.

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Tom Keegan: Coaches with Kansas basketball roots clash in building named after Kansas basketball player

A case could be made that John Calipari, who in 2012 ended Kentucky’s 13-year national-title drought, ranks as the No. 2 celebrity who resides in this area of the commonwealth of Kentucky. American Pharaoh, a Triple Crown winner that ended a 36-year drought, resides in an adjacent county at Ashford Stud farm.

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Jayhawks, Wildcats poised for blue blood brawl

Kansas versus Kentucky. Just the mere mention of a meeting between college basketball’s two most successful blue blood programs brings out the spotlight and captures the attention of hoops fans across the country. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball at No. 4 Kentucky

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's road showdown with Kentucky. By Matt Tait

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Bragg, suspended from basketball team, has had more than one encounter with law enforcement this school year

Another recent brush with the law by University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. came to light Friday, a day after coach Bill Self announced Bragg’s indefinite suspension from the team.

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Drug case stemming from McCarthy Hall investigation now pending in municipal court

Drug charges are now pending against a suspect in a case that stemmed from the investigation of a reported rape at the apartment building where the University of Kansas men’s basketball team lives.

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Aptly named UK big man Bam Adebayo a big key in Kansas-Kentucky clash

If not for the nickname given to him at an early age, Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo might not be nearly the imposing figure that he has become on the college basketball landscape. By Matt Tait

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Embiid not selected for All-Star game

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are teammates again. Gordon Hayward, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker are about to get their first opportunity on the All-Star stage.

Woodland ties for third in first round of Farmers Insurance Open

Gary Woodland fired a 5-under 67 Thursday at Torrey Pines in San Diego in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open, putting him in a five-way tie for third place, two strokes behind leader Justin Rose, one stroke behind Adam Hadwin.

Thursday, January 26

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Tom Keegan: Bragg suspension might equate to addition by subtraction

Carlton Bragg’s suspension, announced Thursday night, is indefinite. If that morphs into permanent, well, that doesn’t necessarily make Kansas a worse basketball team. Eight healthy scholarship players going in the same direction beats eight going one way, a ninth going nowhere.

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Kansas to prepare for Kentucky game without Bragg

Sophomore forward suspended Thursday for 'violation of team rules'

An already bad week for the Kansas men’s basketball program got worse Thursday night, when KU coach Bill Self announced that sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr. had been suspended indefinitely, effective immediately. By Matt Tait

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Self says he’s been given ‘zero information’ to warrant player discipline in connection with rape investigation

University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday he had not received any information about the reported rape at the team’s dorm that would warrant discipline of players.

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Towns, Embiid highlight NBA’s Rising Stars rosters

Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid are holding out hope that they will be named as All-Star reserves today. If not, they have a consolation prize.

Wednesday, January 25

KU's Jessica Washington leads comeback that falls just short at Oklahoma State, 74-70

Junior guard Jessica Washington caught fire in the second half and fell just short of shooting the Kansas women’s basketball team to its first Big 12 victory and Oklahoma State prevailed, 74-70, Wednesday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

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Why did KU police delay adding reported McCarthy Hall rape to public record?

Officials cite exceptions in daily crime log requirements of federal Clery Act

University of Kansas officials, citing federal law, are standing by the decision to delay publicly releasing a police log entry for a rape reported in December at the apartment building where the men’s basketball team lives. Most incidents are added to KU’s daily crime log a day or two after they are reported; the rape was added to the log more than a week after it was reported to police. A Journal-World reporter searching past months of log activity discovered it and published an article about the incident on Tuesday.

Self comments on reported rape at apartment building where basketball team lives

University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self responded Wednesday to the investigation of a reported rape of a 16-year-old at the on-campus apartment building where team members and other male students live.

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KU football removes recruit Darreon Jackson from consideration

Cross former Derby safety Darreon Jackson off of the Kansas football team’s list of incoming recruits. The safety from Coffeyville Community College announced Monday his intentions to transfer to KU and join the program, but according to an official in the athletics department, Jackson is no longer a part of the football team’s Class of 2017. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks focused on not letting one loss become two

There are different looks and vibes that emanate from the Kansas basketball players and coaches in the postgame media sessions that follow losses than those that exist after wins. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 24

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Notebook: Mason receives star treatment, er booing, from WVU student section

Booed every time he touched the ball, thanks to a directive from the West Virginia student section’s pregame flyer known as the Mountaineer Maniacs Musings that dubbed him the Bum of the Game, Kansas point guard Frank Mason III had an off night during the Jayhawks’ 85-69 loss to No. 18 West Virginia. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks need Bragg to take step forward, just like WVU needed Ahmad

West Virginia’s unencumbered procession to the hoop for easy buckets in Tuesday’s 85-69 bullying of Kansas at packed WVU Coliseum might have had a little to do with the same players’ procession to the treadmill in the wake of consecutive losses to Oklahoma and Kansas State. By Tom Keegan

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Unfamiliar territory: Jayhawks trounced against West Virginia, 85-69

A three-point halftime lead on Tuesday night at WVU Coliseum turned quickly into a nine-point edge for the home team after West Virginia scored on five consecutive layups to start the second half, the perfect snapshot of an area that No. 2 Kansas made way too easy during an 85-69 loss to the 18th-ranked Mountaineers. By Matt Tait

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Rape of 16-year-old girl reported at KU’s McCarthy Hall, home of basketball team and other male students

University of Kansas police are investigating the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at the on-campus apartment building where the KU men's basketball team and other male students live.

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West Virginia ends KU's winning streak

Jayhawks drop first Big 12 game of season

The Kansas basketball team’s 18-game winning streak finally derailed Tuesday night, when the Jayhawks stumbled through the second half of a 85-69 loss at West Virginia.

Monday, January 23

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Tom Keegan: Schedule takes Kansas behind the eight ball

The Kansas basketball team begins an eight-game stretch of games Tuesday night so brutal that the easiest of the lot comes against Iowa State, which has a winning record in Big 12 play.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball at No. 18 West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's road showdown with West Virginia. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks still No. 2 in latest AP Top 25

KU to face pair of ranked teams this week

For the second consecutive week, Kansas received some first-place votes in the Associated Press college basketball poll, but came in at No. 2, behind defending national champion Villanova.

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Former Derby standout Darreon Jackson commits to Kansas

A former all-state prep safety from Derby who signed with Boise State out of high school, defensive back Darreon Jackson is the latest member of the Kansas football team’s 2017 recruiting class. By Benton Smith

Sunday, January 22

KU women fall to TCU

TCU dominated the boards and had no trouble getting the ball inside in an 83-68 victory Sunday night in Schollmaier Arena to keep the Kansas women’s basketball team winless in Big 12 play.

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Jayhawks executing individual roles to near perfection

Whenever a team rips off 18 consecutive victories as the Kansas men’s basketball team has since dropping the season opener back in November, there are a number of elements responsible for the run. By Matt Tait

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KU football adds to 2017 recruiting class

Jayhawks add CB and WR, with more help on way

As the February 1 National Signing Day gets closer, the Kansas football team continues to add to its Class of 2017. Two new recruits — defensive back Antonio Cole and receiver Quan Hampton — confirmed their commitments to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant Sunday, after weekend visits to KU. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Huggins, WVU's big-time coach armed with small-town charm

Born in Morgantown, W.V., and reared in the small Tuscarawas County town of Midvale, Ohio, Bob Huggins doesn't quite understand why some seem so puzzled at coal miners choosing such a potentially dangerous occupation. It wasn't for him, but he understood the temptation.

Saturday, January 21

KU women-TCU at a glance

A preview of the Kansas women's basketball team's game against Oklahoma on Thursday.

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Tom Keegan: Graham not afraid to turn from scorer to facilitator

Playing so fast, yet so under control, junior guard Devonte’ Graham gave his team such a big early cushion with which to work, an 18th consecutive victory never felt in jeopardy for Kansas, which dropped Texas, 79-67, Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks have won 50 in a row. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Jackson finds 3-point stroke; Lucas plays sick

His shooting form made headlines well before Josh Jackson ever suited up for the Kansas men’s basketball team. By Matt Tait

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For Starters: Jayhawks set tone early in 79-67 win over Texas

It’s not often that what happens in the first 4:19 of a college basketball game teases how things will read when the final horn sounds at the end of the second half. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' 3-pointers carry them past Texas

KU wins 50th straight in Allen Fieldhouse

With all four of its starting perimeter players making multiple 3-pointers Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, the No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball team had enough offense to hold off a pesky Texas team in a 79-67 victory. By Benton Smith

Friday, January 20

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Tom Keegan: Don't laugh, Kansas will play in a bowl game in 2018

The moment Donald Trump decades ago first went public with his dream of one day becoming president of the United States, the world laughed. He decided not to run in 1988, but his dream never died. He was just sworn in as our 45th president. So now would be as good a time as anybody to go public with my dream: Kansas will play in a bowl game after the 2018 season.

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Kansas quietly improving on defensive end

Rowing upstream with a defense that gave up way too many easy baskets and routinely got beat off the dribble, Kansas coach Bill Self a few weeks ago challenged guards Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham to lead the charge to fix the KU defense. While all three will tell you that there remains plenty of room for growth and improvement, Self believes things have gotten better. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Texas

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Saturday's home clash with Texas. By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 19

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KU's strength of schedule a work in progress

Depending on where you look, strength of schedule can be a difficult statistic to trust, with the various rankings including everything from detailed data points to the eye test and most recent performances.By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: The unstoppable Carlton Bragg

Although he doesn’t grade on a particularly difficult curve, at least Kansas sophomore forward Carlton Bragg isn’t in denial about his own performance 18 games into the season.

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Notebook: KU football lands in-state commitment; big recruiting weekend ahead

Another in-state prep football player is headed to the University of Kansas. Pratt senior Hunter Kaufman announced via Twitter his decision to attend KU and join the Jayhawks’ football program. By Benton Smith

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Self: Frank Mason III just fine after tweaking knee vs. Iowa State

Kansas coach Bill Self on Thursday said that senior point guard Frank Mason III was doing fine after tweaking his knee during Monday’s win over Iowa State and was not expected to miss any time, including practice. By Matt Tait

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In neck-and-neck thriller, KU falls to W. Virginia

Just days after a lopsided loss to the second best team in the country, the Kansas women’s basketball team was tasked with yet another ranked opponent.

Wednesday, January 18

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Tom Keegan: In '74, seven-man rotation was enough for Kansas to reach Final Four

Sometimes seven is enough, as the Kansas basketball team has shown so far this season and showed 43 seasons ago.

KU announces annual race and sports symposium event

Sports sociologist Harry Edwards will be the keynote speaker at the University of Kansas’ annual race and sports symposium, KU announced Wednesday.

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Obama commutes life sentence for father of former KU basketball player Jamari Traylor

The life sentence of Jessie Traylor, father of former University of Kansas basketball player Jamari Traylor, was commuted on Tuesday by President Barack Obama, according to a report from the International Business Times.

Tuesday, January 17

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick, an interesting book with a quiet cover

You can’t really learn much about an athlete by listening to him answer questions fired at him from all directions, especially in a group session in which the next query generally has little to do with the previous response. It’s no way to learn anything about Lagerald Vick, a long, lean, quiet, 6-foot-5 sophomore from Memphis, so I requested and was granted a one-on-one interview with him. What follows is a sampling of what he revealed about himself during our half-hour conversation.

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Tough road win at Iowa State came at right time for Jayhawks

Kansas' 76-72, road victory at Iowa State on Monday night came in the kind of hostile environment the Jayhawks are sure to see in the coming weeks. By Matt Tait

Monday, January 16

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Tom Keegan: Vick and Bragg step up from the bench at the right time

Add soothsayer to the list of roles Kansas basketball coach Bill Self plays at work. Motivator, tactician, recruiter, promoter and now, forecaster of the future. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Bigs come through for Kansas at ISU

Monday night was one of those games that Kansas coach Bill Self likes to refer to as “big-boy games.” And thanks to some of the biggest boys on the Kansas roster, the Jayhawks came away victorious, 76-72 over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum. By Matt Tait

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Road Warrior: Mason fights through knee injury to lift Jayhawks past Iowa State

Monday night, in a match-up pitting the Big 12 preseason player of the year against arguably the best player in all of college basketball so far this season, Kansas senior Frank Mason III helped his team out-duel Iowa State’s Monte Morris at Hilton Coliseum in a 76-72. By Matt Tait

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Balanced offense helps Jayhawks survive at Iowa State, 76-72

No one on the Kansas basketball team expected it to be easy to stay unbeaten in Big 12 play — not with the Jayhawks playing a solid Iowa State team in front of a malicious Hilton Coliseum crowd Monday night.

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Josh Jackson named Big 12's top newcomer for fourth time

For the second week in a row and the fourth time this season, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson played his way to Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday morning.

Sunday, January 15

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Tom Keegan: The bigger the free throws the better Josh Jackson shoots them

Josh Jackson might want to try to trick his mind into believing that every time he goes to the line it’s a late-game situation because, as seems to be the case in all areas of his game, the later a close game progresses, the better he performs.

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Jayhawks trounced against No. 2 Baylor, remain winless in Big 12

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider knew his team had to slow the game down and minimize possessions in order to keep up with No. 2 Baylor and its offensive firepower Sunday. By Evan Riggs

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Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball at Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for the Kansas men's basketball team in its Big Monday showdown at Iowa State. By Matt Tait

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Veteran Cyclones have helped create intense KU-ISU rivalry

Forget the lofty ranking, the 5-0 start in Big 12 play or the 16-game winning streak the team currently is riding. For Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham, the focus was on something that, at least for the moment, is much more important than any of those things — winning in Ames, Iowa. By Matt Tait

Saturday, January 14

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Notebook: Jackson wants to keep emotions in check; Jayhawks could rise to No. 1

With his team in a dogfight and crunch time quickly approaching, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson was whistled for a charging foul on a bucket that, had it stood, would have given the Jayhawks their first lead of the game. By Matt Tait

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Brad Underwood: Jayhawks have a 'refuse-to-lose mentality'

In preparation for his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse as a head coach, Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood got right to the essence of what makes Kansas such a tough team when he wrote one word next to Josh Jackson’s name on the scouting report: “Dog.” By Tom Keegan

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Past the Pokes: Jayhawks survive Oklahoma State's upset bid

Fans, critics and analysts alike, have been saying all season that the time would come when the Kansas men’s basketball team would not shoot the ball well from the outside and would not be able to rely on the 3-point shot to bury an opponent. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks hold off Oklahoma State, 87-80

With a balanced effort from its starting five, No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball scraped together just enough offense to defeat underdog Oklahoma State, 87-80, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Friday, January 13

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Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe officially joins Jayhawks

When it comes to recruiting, there are few things as valuable as making it official. And on Friday evening, that's exactly what the Kansas men's basketball team did with Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas waiting for it all to click for Lagerald Vick

An inexperienced player still paralyzed by thinking about what he’s supposed to be doing, instead of instinctively doing it, Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick too often is neither here nor there, rather over there, outside the play.

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Oklahoma State offers greater challenge than record indicates

Despite their 0-4 conference record and current position at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, the Oklahoma State Cowboys still rank in the top half in 10 of the 21 team statistics the conference tracks. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Oklahoma State

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Saturday's home clash with Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 12

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Tom Keegan: Doug Meacham hire another big sign of better times for KU football

Face it and embrace it: The momentum for Kansas football feels more real now than at any moment in the post-Mangino/Reesing years. By Tom Keegan

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Lucas blueprint the perfect plan for Bragg

Sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr. is mired in a funk similar to the one senior Landen Lucas battled to begin the season. But because the 6-foot-10 forward from Cleveland has spent most of his life dominating opponents and making headlines for his abilities on the offensive end of the floor, Bragg has not been able to follow the exact recipe that Lucas did to play his way through it. By Matt Tait

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Trio of KU football players headed to Tropical Bowl showcase

Three Jayhawks hoping to showcase their football skills for professional scouts will get a chance to do so this Sunday, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Defensive end Damani Mosby, cornerback Marnez Ogletree and safety Tevin Shaw — all seniors for Kansas football in 2016 — will team up again at the second annual Tropical Bowl. By Benton Smith

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Doug Meacham named KU football's offensive coordinator

David Beaty’s days of running the Kansas football team’s offense are over. The third-year head coach announced Thursday the hiring of offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who joins the Jayhawks after working the past three seasons at another Big 12 program, TCU. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, January 11

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Kansas transfer Ryan Willis looking forward to renewing confidence at Virginia Tech

Former Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis quietly was shopping for more than Christmas presents throughout December. He was shopping for a new university where he could continue his football and academic careers.

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Washington's big night not enough for KU win in Sunflower Showdown

Kansas junior guard Jessica Washington poured in a career-high 31 points in her first taste of the Sunflower Showdown rivalry, but even that wasn’t enough for the Jayhawks to put an end to their Big 12 losing streak Wednesday night at Kansas State.

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KU football announces ACC, Big Ten foes for future seasons

It won’t happen immediately, but the Kansas football team soon will begin playing a heartier non-conference schedule. By Benton Smith

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Quarterback Ryan Willis informs head coach David Beaty of intention to transfer

Kansas sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis informed football coach David Beaty of his intention to transfer during a phone call Wednesday night, according to a source familiar with Willis’ decision. Willis plans to resume his academic and football career at Virginia Tech, multiple sources said.

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Tom Keegan: Frank Mason best player in college basketball so far

Seldom does a college basketball player dominate a quarter of a game the way Kansas senior guard Frank Mason did Tuesday night to rally the Jayhawks to an 81-70 victory at Oklahoma.

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KU's Bill Self says Jayhawks 'don't deserve' top spot in national rankings

A couple of hours before the Kansas men’s basketball team put the finishing touches on an impressive comeback victory over Oklahoma Tuesday night in Norman, the top-ranked Baylor Bears were whipped by No. 10 West Virginia, clearing the way for Kansas to climb into the No. 1 spot in next week’s polls. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 10

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Notebook: Mason had a different look in the second half; Self wins 400th game at KU

The words KU coach Bill Self heaped upon Kansas guard Frank Mason following Tuesday’s 81-70 victory over Oklahoma sure carried a lot of weight. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Self hits the perfect notes in halftime message

By the time Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sits in front of the microphones to discuss the game his team just played, he’s in board-room mode, smoothly reviewing the key points with a calm demeanor, sprinkling in humor, clearly communicating his message. By Tom Keegan

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Second-half sizzle: Jayhawks follow Mason's lead in 81-70 win over Oklahoma

The exclamation point on a ferocious Kansas comeback Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center against Oklahoma came with 7:47 to play, the perfect time on the game clock to describe the way KU freshman Josh Jackson soared through the sky. By Matt Tait

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Mason propels Jayhawks past Oklahoma, 81-70

Though a winning streak dating back to the second week of November appeared in jeopardy, No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball redeemed itself after a shaky first half at Oklahoma Tuesday night, securing 14th-year head coach Bill Self his 400th victory with the Jayhawks, in an 81-70 comeback win.

KU volleyball adds Arizona State transfer

Looking for more depth in the middle of the court, the Kansas volleyball team added transfer Mmachi Nwoke, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Tuesday in a press release.

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KU-Kansas State women glance

The University of Kansas women's basketball team faces Kansas State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

Monday, January 9

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball at Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's road clash with Oklahoma. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks bracing for tough challenge against struggling Sooners

A split crowd in Las Vegas and a TCU arena devoid of its regular student section because of winter break make up the extent of the Kansas men’s basketball team’s experience in true road games so far this season. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks jump to No. 2 in latest AP Top 25

Baylor takes over No. 1 spot

The Big 12 can claim the top two college basketball teams in the nation this week, but Kansas remains looking up at one of its conference foes in the latest AP Top 25, released Monday.

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Josh Jackson named Big 12 Newcomer of Week for third time

For the third time this season, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson’s myriad abilities and robust stat lines nabbed him Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.

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Graham's big scoring night the result of KU's balance on offense

Kansas junior Devonte’ Graham entered Saturday night’s home game against Texas Tech averaging 12.5 points, 5 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game, but had yet to lead the Jayhawks in scoring. For a player who many believed could wind up as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer for the season — and, really, still could by the end of the year — those numbers, though good, were far from what was expected. By Matt Tait

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Cyclones storm past Jayhawks, 87-58

Winless in the Big 12 heading into the game, Iowa State had no trouble dominating Kansas from the start Saturday on the way to an 87-58 women’s basketball victory at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Sunday, January 8

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Tom Keegan: Foul trouble bigger issue for this Kansas basketball team

The pattern repeats itself with uncanny regularity. Kansas basketball coach picks the time to crank up the public criticism of his team in a specific area, hammers it home behind closed practice doors and the players respond to the challenge in impressive fashion.

Saturday, January 7

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Tom Keegan: A floater is the newest weapon in Mason's repertoire

Quick-leaping, 6-foot-8 Texas Tech forward Zach Smith was in the midst of an impressive night. Smith smelled another blocked shot, but not even Fearless Frank Mason would have the temerity to put up a shot with Smith’s long arms and 9-inch height advantage standing in his way, would he? By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Jayhawks notch milestone win; Rush's number to be retired

An 85-68 victory Saturday was win No. 2,200 all-time for the Kansas men's basketball program, making the Jayhawks just the second program in college basketball history to reach the 2,200-win plateau. By Matt Tait

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Extra Emphasis: Defensive intensity sparks Jayhawks in win over Texas Tech

A pretty game it was not, unless you were looking through the eyes of Kansas coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

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Mason, Graham lead Jayhawks past Texas Tech, 85-68

Frank Mason III added another not-so-subtle reminder of his importance to the success of Kansas basketball this season Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the 5-foot-11 senior guard produced his eighth game of 20-plus points, leading the No. 3 Jayhawks to an 85-68 home win over Texas Tech.

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Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe picks Kansas

Chalk up another transfer for the Kansas men’s basketball team. And this one will be eligible next January after sitting out the second semester this season and first semester next season. Arizona State freshman Sam Cunliffe on Saturday afternoon confirmed that he had committed to KU to continue his college basketball career. By Matt Tait

Friday, January 6

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Jayhawks confident better defense is on the horizon

Tired of watching his team allow opposing players to get to the rim for easy baskets, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has spent the past couple of weeks digging through his bag of tricks to try to inspire his third-ranked Jayhawks to put forth better defensive effort. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Texas Tech

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Saturday's Big 12 showdown with Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 5

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KU's Bill Self admires coaching path taken by first-year Texas Tech coach Chris Beard

One of the first encounters Kansas coach Bill Self had with first-year Texas Tech coach Chris Beard came back when Self was the head coach at Tulsa and Beard was the head coach at Fort Scott Community College. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Finally, Kansas and Kansas State feel like genuine rivals

During his one and only season at Kansas State 10 years ago, basketball coach Bob Huggins said that both teams have to win games for any series to constitute a rivalry. Since Kansas was winning nearly all the games at the time, he concluded, it wasn't a rivalry. He was right.

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KU alumnus' startup making inroads in sports tech industry

A year ago Austin Barone was catching his breath after a 21-hour semester, his last at the University of Kansas. Heading into this year’s industry sales season — Barone leaves Friday for the American Football Coaches Association convention — Just Play Sports Solutions has clients nationwide from high school to at least one pro team, a board of directors with semi-celebrity names, and an optimistic outlook.

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Upon further review: Self says he saw Svi's walk on replay

Nearly two full days removed from the actual incident itself, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s game-winning layup — and the extra steps that led to it — continued to be a hot topic on Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Jason Phillips leaves KU football staff

After spending one season on David Beaty’s Kansas football coaching staff, wide receivers coach Jason Phillips has left the program to head to Pac-12 country, where he’ll work for coach Gary Andersen at Oregon State. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, January 4

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KU's upset bid against Texas falls short

For much of the first half and even parts of the second, Kansas was right there within arm’s reach of pulling off the ugly upset over No. 15 Texas.

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Tom Keegan: No reason point guard not in Josh Jackson's NBA future

Give me one reason Kansas freshman Josh Jackson can’t spend most of his NBA career as a point guard.

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Defensive struggles a real concern for third-ranked Kansas

Tuesday night, in thrilling fashion, a second consecutive Kansas basketball victory was overshadowed, at least to those within the program, by serious concerns about the Jayhawks’ defense. By Matt Tait

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Special teams trickery has KU football up for play call of year

Against Iowa State, Kansas football special teams coordinator Joe DeForest sent kick returner LaQuvionte Gonzalez to the end zone — to hide. Ultimately, the play didn’t set up a score — or even a victory — but it proved bizarre enough to populate the college football Twittersphere and highlight shows on Nov. 12, and the “camouflage” kickoff now has KU up for USA Today Sports’ Coach’s Play Call of the Year. By Benton Smith

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Kansas freshman center Udoka Azubuike's surgery deemed success

Kansas freshman center Udoka Azubuike won’t be returning to the court any time soon, but the 7-footer and his coaches received some good news about his injured left wrist.

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Notebook: Lucas emerges as 'most consistent' player; Jackson earns another technical

If it was not already evident from his 15-point, 17-rebound effort last Friday in a road win over TCU, Kansas senior Landen Lucas buttered his own bread and made it obvious during Tuesday’s 90-88 victory over Kansas State.

Tuesday, January 3

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Tom Keegan: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk a world traveler who got away with one

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk traveled all the way from Ukraine to Lawrence to pursue his dream of becoming an NBA player. He’s a world traveler, all right, but never had he experienced any travel as memorable as one from Tuesday night that he’ll never forget. By Tom Keegan

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Spectacular Svi: Mykhailiuk's buzzer beater lifts Jayhawks past K-State, 90-88

With his father, Iurri, visiting from Ukraine and sitting in the Allen Fieldhouse bleachers behind the visitor’s bench, cheering for everything from his son’s introduction to a couple of made free throws, Kansas junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had the ball in his hands with the game on the line and gave his dad something to truly cheer about. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks edge rival K-State at buzzer to win Sunflower Showdown

The typical Kansas stars did most of the damage, but junior wing Svi Mykhailiuk won the game late for the Jayhawks in a thrilling Sunflower Showdown Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Mykhailiuk beat the buzzer with a game-winning layup against rival Kansas State, allowing KU to edge the Wildcats, 90-88. By Benton Smith

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Landen Lucas third Jayhawk this season named Big 12 Player of Week

A big double-double in the Kansas basketball team’s Big 12 opener at TCU on Friday earned starting senior center Landen Lucas conference player of the week honors.

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Eight newest Jayhawks scheduled to arrive for spring semester

Now that January has arrived, the on-campus offseason preparation for Kansas football’s 2017 campaign will commence before players know it — and, in just a few months, spring football practices. While the majority of that work will be done by returning Jayhawks, third-year coach David Beaty is glad eight new members of the program will be a part of that growth, too. By Benton Smith

Monday, January 2

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Coaches, players have different perspective on Jayhawks' rotation

There are no rules or requirements, nothing is set in stone and things certainly can change. But there’s no disputing that the depth of this season’s Kansas men’s basketball team is on the minds of the players and coaches. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's Big 12 home opener against Kansas State. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Two big roadblocks stand in way of 13th consecutive Big 12 title for Kansas

So many years with so many false alarms have conditioned us all to think that any school other than Kansas having a shot at gaining an outright Big 12 basketball title has a hollow ring to it.

Sunday, January 1

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Baylor blasts Jayhawks

When teams fall behind, they often try to shoot themselves back into games and lose focus on executing offensively. Kansas did that Sunday, and it played right into No. 3 Baylor’s hands.

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The Americanization of KU's Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

With a name like Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, with all of those vowels, consonants, sounds and syllables, it’s unlikely that the KU junior who was among the Jayhawks’ best players during the non-conference portion of the 2016-17 schedule will be mistaken for an American any time soon. But that does not mean the player who Jayhawks everywhere call “Svi” has not become Americanized. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Frank Mason playing better now than Sherron Collins ever did

The inevitable comparisons came early in Frank Mason’s career. The icy stare he brings to competition. The pitbull mentality. The blend of strength and quickness.

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2016 Sports Photos of the Year

For me, without question, most of the images from the playing field that stand out at the end of each year usually aren't the electrifying dunks or the diving touchdowns. Many of them don't even have a ball anywhere in the photo. I think I speak for most photojournalists when I say that the storytelling moments, whether humorous, melancholy, deflating or uplifting are the ones that most of us are looking for.