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Jayhawks have 1st practice in front of fans and media in Tulsa


4:57 p.m. Update

Some pretty good dunks wrapped up the open practice.

Josh Selby's was by far the biggest crowd-pleaser, though not everyone participated.

Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford both were close to hammering home their attempts. And Mario Little threw one down, but did not score high on the applause-o-meter.

That's the end of the Jayhawks' practice that's open to the public.

4:47 p.m Update

The big men are working on what seems to be the signature move of the Morris Twins, the baseline fadeaway.

As the reports have indicated, the Jayhawks really seem to be loose. They're having fun, focused and enjoying the entire experience.

Out of the fadeaway jumpers, the Jayhawks transitioned to dunks off of rebounds. That seemed to get the crowd a little more fired up - as it usually does.

The biggest rim-rattlers? Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey.

One more cat-call from the crowd, "There's Marcus Morris, national player of the year!"

4:42 p.m. Update

The groups are divided as you'd expect, though one interesting note is that Conner Teahan is with the big guys.

On the other end, the perimeter players are working mostly on jumpers, both from three-point range and 15 feet.

The practice doesn't appear to be anything serious, but it is a good way for the players to get comfortable on the floor and in the building. I don't think you can underestimate how important that is.

4:39 p.m. Update

After some free throws and open shooting, the Jayhawks break into groups... Bigs on one end and guards on the other.

The intensity goes up a little, but it's clear that everybody's still having fun.

The fans in the stands are shouting non-stop. Overheard just a few minutes ago:

"We love you, T-Rob."

"Tyrel, you're the man!!!"


You get the point.

4:28 p.m. Update

The top-seeded Kansas University men's basketball team just took the floor at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Nearly 1,000 fans packed the east side of the arena and welcomed the Jayhawks to the floor.

Upon arriving, the players, managers, coaches, trainers and anyone else associated with the team huddled together at midcourt for a quick breakdown.

The wild crowd quieted as if in church while the team broke the huddle. They did so to the words, "Hard work."


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