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Past the Pokes: Jayhawks survive Oklahoma State's upset bid | KUsports.com
Fans, critics and analysts alike, have been saying all season that the time would come when the Kansas men’s basketball team would not shoot the ball well from the outside and would not be able to rely on the 3-point shot to bury an opponent.

Notebook: Jackson wants to keep emotions in check; Jayhawks could rise to No. 1 | KUsports.com
With his team in a dogfight and crunch time quickly approaching, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson was whistled for a charging foul on a bucket that, had it stood, would have given the Jayhawks their first lead of the game.

Brad Underwood: Jayhawks have a 'refuse-to-lose mentality' | KUsports.com
In preparation for his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse as a head coach, Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood got right to the essence of what makes Kansas such a tough team when he wrote one word next to Josh Jackson’s name on the scouting report: “Dog.”

Jayhawks hold off Oklahoma State, 87-80 | KUsports.com
The visiting Cowboys, desperate for a marquee victory, out-played the Jayhawks throughout the first half, leading by as many as 11 points. However, led as usual by senior point guard Frank Mason III, KU eventually wore down OSU down the stretch to win its 16th consecutive game.

Why two coaches had different thoughts on Josh Jackson after KU’s win
On his radio show this week, the Kansas coach talked up senior guard Frank Mason’s play before stopping himself, pointing out that Mason has flaws too. He gives compliments about his players in postgame media sessions, but oftentimes, those come with subtle critiques at the end.

Kansas holds off Oklahoma State 87-80 for 35th straight Big 12 home victory
“I told him if it (season) ended today, in my opinion he’d be National Player of the Year. He refuses to let them lose, both ends of the court,” Underwood said of the 5-foot-11 Petersburg, Va., native, who not only hounded standout OSU guard Jawun Evans defensively, but also led the Jayhawks in scoring with 22 points off 6-of-16 shooting.

Other Sports

NFL Playoffs Bracket: Patriots beat Texans, set record with trip to AFC title game - CBSSports.com
When people think of brackets, they think of the NCAA Tournament, but like any tournament, the NFL playoffs are a bracket as well. We'll break down the bracket for both conferences as the playoff games unfold.

Sorting the Saturday Pile: Patriots look vulnerable, Matt Ryan plays like an MVP - CBSSports.com
Coming into the postseason, the Patriots owned the easiest path to the Super Bowl, by far. By virtue of securing the No. 1 seed and the favorites all winning in the wild-card round, New England needed to get past the Texans, win one more home game and they'd be in Houston for a chance to get the fifth Super Bowl of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era.

Louisville's Rick Pitino defends Grayson Allen's tripping habit, calls it a 'reflex' - CBSSports.com
"I happen to think (the times Allen has tripped opponents), it's a reflex action like someone throwing an elbow," Pitino said. "He's a highly, highly intelligent young man. So why would you do it? I think he's a terrific young man who made a mistake, and you know, he made three of them. But I think it's a reflex action when he does something wrong; he'll lunge out or he'll trip somebody. But he's a good person. I know he's a good person. I checked it out." (Ed note - this is the nature vs nurture debate on being a dick)

Phil Jackson's ghostwriter indicates Melo would waive no-trade clause for two teams - CBSSports.com
Carmelo Anthony has consistently said he does not want to be traded from the New York Knicks. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, so whatever he wants is what he gets in that regard (and most regards in New York). He belongs to the city, his wife loves it there, it's why he forced his way there when he had a much better team and chance at competing with the Nuggets.

Not many hurdles remain for undefeated Gonzaga after rout of Saint Mary's - CBSSports.com
That's the question Sean Farnham was asked during Saturday night's broadcast of the fifth-ranked Zags' win over No. 22 Saint Mary's, and the ESPN analyst didn't hesitate with his answer. He said, yes, Gonzaga will be in the Final Four.