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Kansas Basketball

Jayhawks dispose of Texas Tech, 86-54 |
Behind early effort and intensity and balanced scoring offensively, the Kansas University men's basketball team put another beat-down on Texas Tech, this one by the score of 86-54.

Perry Ellis finds touch on perimeter |
“I’ve been shooting a lot, trying to get a lot of shots up,” Ellis said. “Those threes are in the flow. I try to go through offense. When they are open, I’ll take the shot. I happened to knock them down

'Didn't miss a beat': Graham's return sparks KU rout |
Graham, who asked to come out of the game late to catch his breath, said it was tough sitting out six games and watching point guard Frank Mason III play ironman-type minutes.

Notebook: Christian Garrett scores first career basket |
Senior Kansas University guard Christian Garrett scored the first points of his college career Saturday, late in the Jayhawks’ 86-54 win over Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mykhailiuks get to see 'Svi' |
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s mom, Inna, and dad, Iurri, chatted with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self with an assist from their son on Saturday morning in Allen Fieldhouse. “No, they don’t (speak English). I (translated),”

Another long day for Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse |
It might not have mattered who Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith put on the floor to bear the brunt of Saturday's 86-54 loss to the No. 12-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team at Allen Fieldhouse.

Around the NCAA

No. 10 Texas sinks in Stillwater, loses to Oklahoma State 69-58 |
The Texas men’s basketball team is simply lost right now, drifting in the college basketball sea, completely confused about how water is suddenly gushing through the hull.

Kansas State stuns Sooners - Norman Transcript: Sports
“That’s human nature,” Kruger said. “We talked all week about are we good enough and mature enough to handle a couple good ball games and take care of business again? It’s a tough lesson, but the message is we weren’t.”

Men’s Basketball: ISU outlasts West Virginia | Ames Tribune
The seconds ticked away and the pressure ratcheted up for the Iowa State men’s basketball team as it attempted to preserve a lead against the marauding West Virginia defense.

Basketball Brunch: 7 glaring weaknesses for suddenly vulnerable Kentucky
Two scares against mediocre SEC teams leave us wondering if and when the Wildcats (15-0) will lose. The thought process in December was that if then-dominant Kentucky got past Louisville (which it did 58-50 Dec. 27), then the chance for another undefeated regular season (Wichita State did it last year) was almost a foregone conclusion. No way a team from the SEC can challenge the mighty Wildcats, right? Wrong.

Referee Karl Hess' ethnic comment costs him job in ACC | The Dagger - Yahoo Sports
Karl Hess is widely regarded as one of the best officials in college basketball but that didn't stop the ACC from terminating him this week after he made an inappropriate comment to a Wake Forest booster sitting courtside during a game against Louisville.

Other News

Men Who Post Lots of Selfies Show Signs of Psychopathy, Says Study
A study surveying the social media habits of 800 men confirmed with science what we've always known in our hearts—if you constantly take a bunch of selfies and post them online, you might have some mild psychological issues.

NBC Carries NFL's Water With Pre-Written Statement On Mueller Report
Here is Al Michaels reading a script about Roger Goodell and the recently released Mueller Report—we have included the feed from Michaels's microphone for the minute before he reads, so you can hear him consulting with his producer and shuffling the papers of the prepared statement—and the conversation he had with Cris Collinsworth about it afterwards.

Wild Theory: Luke Skywalker Wasn't Meant To Be A Jedi, He Was Bait
This is one of those things where you have to imagine events from the perspective of the character, and not the guy writing the movies. And when you do that, it's not the dumbest twist on established Star Wars canon you've ever read.