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Jayhawks squeeze Orange in Miami |
“They missed shots, but I thought it was pretty good,” said Self of KU's defense, using verbiage that helped him adhere to his own standards about his favorite end of the floor. “You can't do much better than hold them to 21 points (in the first half). So I was pleased with it. It was the reason we had the lead at halftime. It certainly wasn't because our offense was so fluid.”

Notebook: Lagerald Vick finds groove vs. Syracuse zone |
Occupying arguably the most important spot in the Kansas offense against Syracuse's dangerous 2-3 zone, junior guard Lagerald Vick delivered a masterful performance in the high post and helped the Jayhawks slug past Syracuse, 76-60, on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena.

Devonte' Graham, Clay Young spark KU past Syracuse |
With Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot saddled to the bench with foul trouble in the first half, all eyes were on walk-on Clay Young to see if he could hold his own at the five-spot. Perhaps they should’ve instead been on the electric senior, who erupted for 35 points and five assists in the Jayhawks’ 76-60 win over Syracuse.

Teammate on Lagerald Vick’s viral alley-oop: ‘I thought he wasn’t going to catch it’
“I’ve been throwing pretty bad alley-oops lately in a couple games, throwing it too far back,” Graham said. “When I threw it to him, I thought he wasn’t going to catch it.”

Freshman forward Billy Preston not in Miami with second-ranked Jayhawks |
“Billy practiced with us Friday morning,” the statement from Self began. “And after practice I learned that his mother was coming to (Lawrence) and would have little opportunity to spend time with Billy due to the Miami trip. I recommended Billy stay back so he and his mom could have some time together considering they have not seen each other in person in a while. Billy will be at our next practice and will be with the team when we go to Kansas City next week. Billy not making the trip has nothing to do with anything other than being able to spend some time with his mother.”

Devonté Graham scores 35 for second straight game, and KU rolls past Syracuse 76-60
“LeBron’s my favorite player,” senior point guard Graham said after putting on a LeBron-type performance in the Jayhawks’ 76-60 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night in the home of the NBA’s Miami Heat.

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Xavier-Cincy, most riveting college hoops rivalry, ends with Cronin going after player -
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Lane Kiffin: 'I'd love to play Alabama' after FAU wins Conference USA title -
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TCU vs. Oklahoma score: Mayfield wraps up Heisman race, Sooners secure CFP berth -
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Steelers reportedly planning for possibility Antonio Brown won't play Monday night -
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