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Bill Self picks up win 600

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Milestone win: Self picks up 600th career victory against UMKC | KUsports.com

The Jayhawks (8-1) may have finished the game 12-of-22 from the free throw line, thus continuing their rough stretch of freebies to start the season. But that was about the only area which Self could truly criticize his team following Tuesday’s run-away victory.

Josh Jackson thrives on drives while working to improve jumper | Smithology | KUsports.com

When he wasn’t taking efficiency-friendly shots on his way to 19 points, Jackson flew to the glass for a career-best 12 rebounds and even dished five assists.

How Frank Mason’s three-point shot has evolved at KU

“The young man has really worked on his shot,” the coach said. “It’s a quicker release. He’s doing a lot of things, and the basket’s large for him right now.” It’s hard to remember now, but it wasn’t always like this for Mason.

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Armstrong, Wise and Smithson Earn All-Conference Accolades

Armstrong was selected as a First Team honoree by both the AP and ESPN.com. Wise was a First Team selection by ESPN.com and garnered Second Team honors from the AP, while Smithson earned Second Team honors from the AP.

'Proud' Jayhawk Dorance Armstrong now a first-team All-Big 12 defender | KUsports.com

“Last year my numbers weren’t even close to what they were this year,” Armstrong said following the Jayhawks’ season-ending loss at Kansas State, “and me getting injured in (preseason) camp, to come back and put up those numbers, it kind of shocked me. But I’m very proud of how I played, how our defense played and all of that.”

Examining where Jayhawks ranked among Big 12 football leaders | Smithology | KUsports.com

KU had plenty of individuals stand out over the past few months, despite a 2-10 overall record and 1-8 mark in the Big 12.

KU picks up another juco D-lineman in J.J. Holmes | KUsports.com

Sought after as a freshman at Hutchinson, Holmes returned for his sophomore season after receiving offers from Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri, Kentucky and other programs.

- College Sports -

Colorado Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 - CBSSports.com

Salaam was found dead at a park in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday. According to a release from Colorado's athletic website, police have determined that there were no signs of foul play. His mother, Khaleeda Salaam, told USA Today that "they found a note" and police told her it was a suspected suicide.

College Football Bottom 25 rankings: Crowning our champion Texas State - CBSSports.com

The Bobcats proved to be better at being bad than any other team this year.

Florida Atlantic stuns Ohio State in final seconds of overtime - CBSSports.com

The Buckeyes were favored by 20.5 points and KenPom gave them a 97 percent chance to win. So no matter how you slice it, it's not a good loss.

Rick Pitino says D-I newbie Grand Canyon has tougher crowds than Duke and Kentucky - CBSSports.com

"This in college basketball in my 40-plus years was the toughest crowd I ever faced," Pitino said. "It was awesome. I don't know how -- I don't know a whole lot about Grand Canyon except for us doing Dan a favor coming out here. I probably would have lost my job if I had lost by doing people favors. But you have something really special here."

- Professional Sports -

Cubs close to trading Jorge Soler for Wade Davis - CBSSports.com

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Cubs are "close" to completing a trade for Royals closer Wade Davis that would send Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City.