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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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KU Sports Extra: Jayhawks’ NCAA Tourney Run Off to a Terrific Start

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Jayhawks’ loose approach to NCAA Tournament opener paid off

Tulsa, Okla. — For weeks, Kansas coach Bill Self has referenced his hope that the Jayhawks would play loose, worry-free basketball this March, as they try to land the program in the Final Four for the first time in five seasons. Once KU built a 20-point lead ... Continue reading

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Liquor and drugs: a venture into the writings of Irvine Welsh

"[Trainspotting][1]" was released in theaters in 1996, and I saw that movie approximately 72 times at Liberty Hall after it opened. (OK, it was probably closer to four times.) I was 20 years old at the time, and although I hadn’t exactly been sheltered in my upbringing, ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason on how the Jayhawks made it look easy in tourney opener

Tulsa, Okla. — Frank Mason III breaks down how No. 1 seed Kansas recovered from a slow start in its NCAA Tournament opener to roll, 100-62, against UC-Davis. When KU entered a first-half timeout tied at 21 with the Aggies, Mason said coach Bill Self told them ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson explains tweets following affidavit report

Tulsa, Okla. — After Kansas opened its NCAA Tournament run with a 100-62 victory over UC-Davis Friday night, freshman Josh Jackson was asked about a pair of tweets he sent out Thursday, the day [details surrounding his involvement][1] in a car vandalism case emerged via an affidavit. ... Continue reading

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Baseline View: Jayhawks show no first-round jitters, beat UC Davis 100-62

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Eudora hires Nebraska administrator for middle school principal; Baldwin City Junior High School principal leaving for new job in Larned

Jeremy Thomas was on the job in the Hershey Neb. school district Thursday, but his mind was in Kansas. All day, he was thinking he’d watch Wichita State play an evening game in the NCAA tournament, only to discover on arriving home the Shockers didn’t play until ... Continue reading

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A Rock chalk rap titled ‘Bill Selfish’; Steinways for sale; business school noted for beauty

The NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament is here, and as usual the Jayhawks are in it as a No. 1 seed. That’s worth an original rap to help get KU fans pumped up, a trio of local underground artists decided. Technically, the guys at Neostar Music decided ... Continue reading

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Road To The Final Four - The Journey Begins Today

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AAC coach of the year Tim Jankovich getting it done at SMU

So far, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s tree is 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas State bounced Danny Manning’s Wake Forest squad in Dayton and Joe Dooley’s Florida Gulf Coast University team fell short in its upset bid against Florida State. SMU head coach Tim Jankovich can ... Continue reading

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New report suggests Lawrence consumers were spending big during the holiday shopping season

Today may be the quintessential Lawrence day: A day where everybody takes a lunch break, and at least half the population never returns to work — thanks to either a green beverage or an orange ball. It will be a big money day in Lawrence, and a ... Continue reading

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Teammates expect Josh Jackson to respond positively after suspension

Tulsa, Okla. — After missing his first Kansas basketball start of the season due to a suspension at the Big 12 tournament a week ago, star freshman Josh Jackson, whose [off-the-court issues][1] have led to outsiders scrutinizing both the guard and the program, Jackson [told reporters Thursday][2] ... Continue reading

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Why Josh Jackson thinks KU is “the best team in the country”

With a bright NBA future waiting just around the corner, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson enters his first — and likely last — NCAA Tournament in an enviable position. Jackson, who for the first time since March 4 will be back in the lineup with the Jayhawks at ... Continue reading

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JCPenney announces closure of Lawrence store, several others in Kansas

South Iowa Street is about to lose one of its major, longtime retailers: JCPenney has confirmed that its Lawrence store is among the 138 stores it will close as the retailer tries to shore up its finances. The company released the [full list this morning.][1] The press ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for March 17

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 6:59 a.m. Thursday to 5:34 a.m. Friday and includes 236 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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