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KU Crime Blotter: March 6-12

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, March 6, and Sunday, March 12. Incidents are listed by date reported. This list may not include all crimes reported to police during the date range, as incidents occasionally are posted ... Continue reading

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Dwight Coleby thrilled to step into tournament spotlight

Tulsa, Okla. — A happy Dwight Coleby said following his key contributions in the Kansas Jayhawks’ 90-70 victory over Michigan State he was fully prepared to make an impact off the bench. “It’s the brightest stage and I want to play,” Coleby said, when asked how he ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for March 18 to March 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:41 a.m. Friday to 5:12 a.m. Monday and includes 678 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Devonte’ Graham: Jayhawks’ offense hard to stop in Round 2 win

Tulsa, Okla. — After Kansas moved on to the Sweet 16 by beating Michigan State, 90-70, at BOK Center Sunday night, junior Devonte’ Graham said the Jayhawks were difficult to stop because he, Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson were all producing. “It’s hard to focus in ... Continue reading

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Friendly Fire: Josh Jackson and Miles Bridges enjoy matchup against each other

Tulsa, Okla. — Matched up against each other for the majority of Sunday’s second-round game at BOK Center, Josh Jackson and Miles Bridges enjoyed the opportunity to play each other on college basketball’s biggest stage. Kansas freshman Jackson had the upper hand over one of his good ... Continue reading

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 90, Michigan State 70

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 90-70, second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Michigan State on Sunday night at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Offense: A ---------- Scoring 100 points in the first round was one thing, but following that up with 90 in Round 2, against ... Continue reading

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Dwight Coleby proves he’s prepared for anything in KU win

Tulsa, Okla. — Going into any given game, Kansas backup big man Dwight Coleby never knows how much — or how little — head coach Bill Self will decide to use him. Twelve times so far during his junior season, the 6-foot-9 reserve from Nassau, Bahamas, never ... Continue reading

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Baseline View: Jayhawks advance to Sweet 16 with 90-70 win over Michigan State

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KU-Michigan State by the numbers

In the past couple of days, we’ve used a bunch of words and thoughts, characters and quotes to set up today’s second-round clash between top-seeded Kansas (29-4) and No. 9 seed Michigan State (20-14) at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. And while a key hustle play, clutch ... Continue reading

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Vets learned valuable lessons from KU’s 2nd-round exits few years ago

Tulsa, Okla. — Kansas center Landen Lucas didn’t realize it at the time, but when he and his young teammates experienced early exits from the NCAA Tournament as underclassmen, the disappointment doubled as a valuable lesson about what it takes to win in March. Now a fifth-year ... Continue reading

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Let’s be Frank: Mason’s importance vs. Michigan State goes well beyond scoring

By now, everyone in the country knows that Kansas senior Frank Mason III is a stone-cold scorer. His 3-point shot is a bona fide weapon, his transition game is relentless and flat-out frightening and his willingness to throw his body into, over, through and around bigger, stronger, ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks try to prepare for Michigan State’s talented big men

Tulsa, Okla. — Earlier this season, the Kansas basketball team had trouble with its interior defense against talented big men. There were the standout games from Reid Travis, Jarrett Allen, Vlad Brodizansky, and a couple of other opponents in the first half of the year. Heading into ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks associate Tom Izzo with toughness, success

Tulsa, Okla. — Tom Izzo’s intense sideline demeanor and the success that accompanies it this time of year has become synonymous with the NCAA Tournament. The 22-year Michigan State head coach has navigated the Spartans to seven Final Four appearances and a national championship, so anyone who ... Continue reading

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Getting to know: Michigan State

It’s not the typical Michigan State team that Tom Izzo has coached into the NCAA Tournament, featuring one of the youngest teams in the country that’s suffered a few injuries. But the main philosophies remain the same heading into Sunday's second-round matchup against No. 1 seed Kansas ... Continue reading

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MSU star freshman Miles Bridges hoped to team up with Josh Jackson

Tulsa, Okla. — Michigan State star freshman Miles Bridges hoped he and Kansas standout Josh Jackson would play together this season at MSU. Before their two teams battle Sunday at BOK Center for a spot in the Sweet 16, Bridges spoke about his relationship with his longtime ... Continue reading

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Michigan State players talk about the difficulty of playing KU

Tulsa, Okla. — About 24 hours before facing top-seeded Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State basketball players talked about what makes the Jayhawks so difficult to prepare for. There’s the talented back court, featuring Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham. The Jayhawks ... Continue reading

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Bill Self and Tom Izzo go way back

Tulsa, Okla. — Kansas coach Bill Self and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo have known each other for years, dating back to Self’s time in the Big Ten at Illinois. Ahead of the Jayhawks’ Sunday NCAA Tournament meeting with Izzo’s Spartans, Self says they’ve remained in touch ... Continue reading

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Michigan State’s Cassius Winston excited to face childhood friend Josh Jackson

Tulsa, Okla. — When Kansas meets Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, it will be a reunion for a few players. Michigan State freshmen Cassius Winston and Miles Bridges played alongside Kansas freshman Josh Jackson when they were all growing up ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson: Assertive offense helped KU cruise

Tulsa, Okla. — The Jayhawks looked like a team that hadn’t played in more than a week in the opening minutes of their NCAA Tournament opener against UC-Davis, but Josh Jackson said they knew they could recover quickly. Once the freshman guard, senior Frank Mason III, senior ... Continue reading

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Michigan State’s Tom Izzo: I think Kansas is a helluva team

Tulsa, Okla. — A few minutes after Michigan State put the final touches on a 78-58 victory over Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, MSU coach Tom Izzo was asked about his thoughts of Kansas. Izzo saw bits and pieces of KU’s ... Continue reading

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