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Kansas Wins on Senior Night

The killer in me in the killer in you

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Old-timer: Senior Perry Ellis leads KU in fieldhouse finale |
“So many people say I’ve been here forever and you know, they’re right. I got a chance to play with Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning,” the 22-year-old KU senior said in his Senior Day speech that followed his stellar 22-point, seven-rebound outing Saturday in an 85-78 victory over Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Matt Tait: Frank Mason III shows defensive pride KU needs |
One of the best indicators that a team owns a pretty strong killer instinct showed up loudly on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse during top-ranked Kansas University's 85-78 victory over Iowa State.

Georges Niang glad KU-ISU rivalry heated up in his time with Cyclones |
One of the toughest competitors to come through Allen Fieldhouse during the past four years, Iowa State forward Georges Niang got one final crack at leaving Lawrence with a win on Saturday but came away with his fourth loss in four tries, an 85-78 grinder that went to No. 1 Kansas University.

Jayhawks come through in crunch time to win on Senior Day |
With the Big 12 regular season title and No. 1 seed in next weeks’ conference tournament already wrapped up — not to mention KU’s solid standing in the race for the top seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament — there was nothing concrete to play for when the Jayhawks hosted Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse for the final game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon.

Perry Ellis stands out on senior day as No. 1 Kansas beats No. 21 Iowa State 85-78 | The Kansas City Star
Saturday’s pregame locker room also had its share of reflection. The four seniors — including Jamari Traylor and Hunter Mickelson — gathered in a group to repeat a simple message: “We’ve just got to get the win.”

Jamari Traylor brings Bill Self, mother to tears with show-stealing senior day speech |
While there were no shortage of “ums” or “uhs” throughout Traylor’s 7-minute, 25-second speech, there were also plenty of other things. Laughter. Memories. Shoutouts. And tears. A lot of tears. From Traylor, from Golson and from KU coach Bill Self, who called Traylor’s journey from homeless teenager in Chicago to college graduate and grown man in Lawrence “maybe the greatest story we’ve ever had here.”

Kevin Haskin: Senior day ends as usual for Jayhawks, with the help of a floor burn |
In between pregame and postgame recognition, however, a basketball game broke out. A close one. Something so fretful that inside the final TV time out, Kansas actually trailed Iowa State.

'He is excellence': Longtime KU broadcaster Bob Davis prepares for final call at Allen Fieldhouse |
Davis, in his 32nd and final year as the play-by-play voice of Kansas basketball and football, is often oblivious to the highlight packages played during breaks in the action at Allen Fieldhouse, and this day was no different. He was focused on the action, in this instance an early-morning clash with Texas Tech last Saturday.

Big 12 men’s basketball tournament schedule, pairings, game times and TV info | The Kansas City Star
Here is the schedule for the 2016 Big 12 men’s basketball tournament, which runs Wednesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 12 at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City.

Non-Kansas News

UNC wins ugly at Duke, secures first ACC regular season title since 2012 -
No one on the current North Carolina roster has won a regular season championship or beaten Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That all changed in the Tar Heels' ugly, yet impactful, 76-72 win against the Blue Devils on Saturday night.

Texas Tech senior proposes to TTU cross-country runner after win -
Texas Tech senior guard Toddrick Gotcher's last home game became even more memorable with an engagement to his Kelly McQuaid, a cross country runner for the Red Raiders, at half court after the 80-71 win against Kansas State.

LOOK: Here's the 1983 letter in which Donald Trump tried to buy the Indians -
Did you know that Donald Trump is running for president? Did you know that? Regarding this trending topic and with a nod toward the sport that binds us, let us appreciate the following Serious Business letter, in which Mr. Trump in 1983, through his attorney, offers to buy the Cleveland Indians in exchange for redeemable U.S. currency.

Report: Wendall Williams runs 4.19 40-yard dash at regional combine -
It's too bad Adidas' $1 million offer to anyone breaking Chris Johnson's combine-record 40 time of 4.24 seconds didn't extend to the regional combines too. Because if it had, Wendall Williams would be $1 million richer.

Takes Hot Enough to Melt Steel Beams

Routine of 3-pointer dulls the senses, and makes basketball duller - Chicago Tribune
Let's start with the truth. The 3-point shot was created for people who couldn't play basketball. It was made for people who couldn't grow tall enough, dribble well enough, drive hard enough or move fast enough.