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Jayhawks knock off Baylor, take sole possession of first place in Big 12

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- KANSAS SPORTS -

No. 3 Kansas endures No. 2 Baylor for Big 12 lead, 73-68

Wednesday's top-five tilt featured the most ties (11) and lead changes (10) for a game involving Kansas during Big 12 play this season.

Jayhawks grind out victory over Baylor in top-three clash | KUsports.com

Never had the Kansas defense looked better this season in doing it, as the Jayhawks played the part of a boa constrictor suffocating its daily meal during the frantic final 18 seconds, as the Bears desperately searched for enough daylight to try a game-tying 3-pointer.

Landen Lucas helped save KU late, and it had nothing to do with talent

Landen Lucas had just committed a turnover, 26.8 seconds left, KU up by two. He was flat on his stomach, legs sprawled out on the restricted arc in the lane. Baylor went on the attack. Al Freeman pushed ahead to Manu Lecomte, who drove inside before throwing a pass out to a wide open Ish Wainright. What looked like a clear shot didn’t end up being one, though. In 5.2 seconds, Lucas was able to scramble to his feet, sprint to the other end and leap up just as Wainright elevated.

Kansas shows championship moxie in heavyweight battle with No. 2 Baylor | NCAA Basketball | Sporting News

Baylor coach Scott Drew now has more losses on Kansas' home court (10) than counterpart Bill Self (9).

Allen Fieldhouse, Josh Jackson help Kansas Jayhawks to victory - Men's College Basketball Blog- ESPN

Both the said and the unsaid were right. Kansas is Dark Souls-hard to beat at home because the crowd feeds off the players and the players feed off the crowd, a cycle of input and output flowing and accelerating for 40 minutes. The result is an insane, impossible maelstrom that can't help but seep into every aspect of every game played within (officiating included).

Notebook: Jayhawks lead Big 12 standings at halfway mark | KUsports.com

“It was big,” Graham said. “It was for first place. We knew we had to come out and get that W so we could remain in first and now we just need to take that momentum and keep it rolling.”

Jackson named Julius Erving Award finalist

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson is one of 10 watch list finalists for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Bill Self makes brief statement, refuses to elaborate on LaGerald Vick's case (with video) - CBSSports.com

Self's uneasy recitation set up a weird scene. The most powerful public figure on campus referenced a mandate from an unnamed power. Using this mandate as cover, Self obfuscated the matter by saying -- quite perhaps truthfully -- that he could not speak about a university investigation regarding one of his players.

KU's Bragg gets diversion in drug paraphernalia case | KUsports.com

The diversion was granted on Wednesday through Lawrence Municipal Court, according to the court. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, had been entered against Bragg on Monday.

Kansas basketball team is falling apart behind the scenes | New York Post

Mr. Ed says: How did a worthless article like this get published? Where's the ending? What am I missing?

Which team will KU face in next year’s Big 12/SEC Challenge? Not Kentucky

But the teams can’t meet in the challenge next season because they’re scheduled in another event televised by ESPN, the Champions Classic. The Jayhawks and Wildcats are set to meet on Nov. 14 in Chicago.

2017 Kansas Football Signing Day

Beaty and the coaching staff, along with select players, were featured on the Jayhawk Television Network for a two-hour signing day special, beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) – that is archived on ESPN3. Following the live show, Beaty met with the media to break down the 2017 incoming class during his press conference featured on Facebook Live (below).

Running backs highlight Signing Day victory for Beaty and KU football | KUsports.com

When Beaty and his staff began planning for this year’s class, he said a primary goal was creating “true Big 12 depth,” and the coach thinks the program is beginning to make up some ground in that category.

- COLLEGE SPORTS -

Ex-Baylor coach Art Briles drops libel lawsuit against university officials - CBSSports.com

Briles' decision to drop the suit comes less than a week after new revelations about the Baylor program under Briles. A lawsuit filed against Baylor last week alleges that 52 "acts of rape" by 31 Baylor players, including five alleged gang rapes, took place at Baylor between 2011 and 2014.