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Bill Self ready for a break in the routine

Jayhawks step out of Big 12 play to host Kentucky on Saturday evening.

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Stepping out of conference fine with Self |

“I think it’s exactly what our team needs,” Self said of Saturday’s 6 p.m. tipoff against Kentucky in Allen Fieldhouse. “We need some energy. We need to play in a game (so big it brings ESPN’s GameDay to town). I hate saying this, in the big scheme of things it doesn’t mean as much as a conference game, but could be a résumé builder (for NCAA Tournament). Hey, I like the fact we are having something that’s a little bit different, (that) gets us out of the routine.”

Epic OU victory no longer an excuse for KU's current struggles | Tale of the Tait |

For a couple of weeks, one of the most common excuses tossed out to help explain why the Kansas University men's basketball team has struggled during the past six games dates back to KU's triple-overtime thriller over Oklahoma and how that victory took so much out of the Jayhawks that they've had trouble moving on. Hogwash.

Why Blue Bloods Kansas, Kentucky Both Desperately Need a Win Against the Other | Bleacher Report

Kansas is currently the 17th-best team as rated by, and Kentucky is 20th in those rankings. Nevermind the Final Four, the Wildcats and Jayhawks would be lucky to even reach the Sweet 16 at this point.

AUDIO - Mario Chalmers, Grizzlies - ESPN

Grizzlies and former Kansas G Mario Chalmers chats with Andy Katz and Rick Klein about the the rivalry between Kentucky and Kansas, what being a Jayhawk alum means to him and if Bill Self would be successful in the NBA. Plus, his thoughts on social player activism.

Biggest shoes to fill: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog- ESPN

Kansas needed a lot more guys like Ben Goodman last season.

Re-grading the Big 12 recruiting classes of 2012 - Big 12 Blog- ESPN

Charlie Weis’ first class at Kansas might be remembered best for prized QB transfers Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, but they weren’t the only ones who didn’t pan out in Lawrence.

Baseball - Tickets On Sale Now for Hall of Fame Classic

The game will be played at Kauffman Stadium, home of the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, April 27, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. Kansas will be the home team and occupy the third-base dugout.

Women's Bball - No. 6 Texas Outlasts Kansas, 70-46

Kansas struggled to get offensive production from multiple Jayhawks, as only five players connected on at least one field goal. In contrast, 10 different Longhorns tallied at least one made field goal on the night. The early turnovers hurt Kansas' offensive momentum, but the Jayhawks bounced back and stuck with the Longhorns for the entirety of the second half.

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Bob Bowlsby: Chances of vote on Big 12 title game 'no better than 50-50' -

“We will probably get a sense where people are [on the issue], but I can't honestly handicap that for you,” he added. “I haven't gone through all 10 institutions and said, ‘OK, now that we have that rule change, do you want the [championship] game or not?'

No. 5 Texas A&M falls to Arkansas with 50 total fouls called in ugly game -

However, the Aggies will have plenty of reason to be upset, both at themselves for allowing play to be dictated by Arkansas and at the officials for taking over the game and ruling against them. The game was officiated poorly on both ends, but two crucial calls against Texas A&M on the offensive end late clearly could have been the difference in the contest.

Kentucky picks up largest win of the year, blowing out Missouri by 34 -

John Calipari's team has been critiqued in recent weeks because it's not been playing up to par -- or at least up to preseason expectations. How good is this team? We still don't know. But at the very least, it crushed a crushable opponent at Rupp Arena.

LOOK: Oklahoma State's 'Remember The Ten' throwback uniforms -

Oklahoma State will wear throwback uniforms to honor the victims of the plane crash 15 years ago.

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Towns, Wiggins headline Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend -

Kristaps Porzingis and Andrew Wiggins are just two of the top young players that will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend.

- Never Forget -

Jan. 28, 1986: Challenger disaster plays out on live TV - CBS News

On January 28, 1986, 1 minute and 13 seconds after liftoff, space shuttle Challenger exploded as thousands watched the launch in person and on television. All seven astronauts on board were killed.

VIDEO - Challenger disaster live on CNN

January 28th, 1986 at 11:39am EDT - The Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes on its 10th flight during mission STS-51-L.