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Over the past several years, no Kansas team has played at a pace — defined as possessions per 40 minutes — higher than 69.8. Sports-reference.com only has statistics on pace dating back to 2009-10, but when comparing this year’s number to those the difference is distinct. Eighteen games into the season, KU’s pace is at 72.2.
Mason — averaging 20.1 points and 5.4 assists on the season, following his 17-point, seven-assist outing versus Texas — is a team-first guy. And what Kansas required of him during the final 20 minutes (against Texas) was to control the game.
It’s not just the Jayhawks’ ability to understand and execute traditional roles of starter versus reserve or veteran versus rookie that has made this team click. The Jayhawks also have done an impressive job of spreading the wealth when it comes to the role of big-shot maker, especially when answering an opponent’s run.
"That should have been a lob to Carlton. It was just a mistake on my end. I’m just happy it went in," Mason added after scoring 17 points with seven assists, two rebounds, one turnover and one steal in 34 minutes.
"I still think there’s another big step," he said. "I don’t think we’re all quite on the same page yet like championship-caliber teams have to be in order to have success late."
No. 2/1 Kansas (18-1, 7-0) hits the road for the first of two games against ranked foes starting at current-No. 7/8 West Virginia (15-4, 4-3) Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m.
"Everybody knows now why we wanted him so badly," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He’s not only a great college player, but he’ll be a great pro, too."
The beat goes on in Lawrence. The 50-game winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. The 151 consecutive weeks in the AP poll. The 253 home sellouts in a row. The march toward a 13th consecutive Big 12 title. Nothing unusual to see here. Kansas is 18-1 – for the sixth time under Self. But nothing may come easy this season.
Two new recruits — defensive back Antonio Cole and receiver Quan Hampton — confirmed their commitments to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant Sunday, after weekend visits to KU.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A school record, six NCAA top-10 performances and a collection of some of the top marks in program history comprised just some of the myriad of highlights from the Kansas track & field teams Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
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Northwestern notches important Big Ten win at Ohio State and bolsters NCAA Tournament resume.
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Ventura was part of the team's 2015 World Series rotation.
Baseball lost two players in separate accidents over the weekend, and we’re all forced to remember that nothing makes sense.
Current Royals Danny Duffy and Christian Colon also arrived at Kauffman Stadium and joined the fans in mourning. It was a remarkable sight.
Mr. Ed says: This feature ran in the KC Star in 2015.
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It looks like Rivers gave jumping a brief thought before deciding he'd keep his legs fresh on the defensive end.