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Jayhawks put unbeaten conference record to the test against No. 4 Texas - Kansas Jayhawks
In addition to the records, Kansas holds the best defense in the league in blocks per set (2.98), total blocks (191.0) and opponent hitting percentage (.163). On the flip side, Texas enters the match as the No. 1 team in the conference in hitting percentage (.292).

Jayhawk Insider: All about that defense - Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks are in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season, increasing that total to seven games after big wins against conference opponents West Virginia (Oct. 3) and No. 23 Baylor (Oct. 6) last week. One of the main reasons behind Kansas' recent success has been their emphasis on the defensive side of the net.

KU's David McCormack in 'best shape of my life' after Boot Camp
At one point weighing an estimated 300-plus pounds, at least according to a KU assistant, McCormack dropped some 50 or so pounds to end up at his current self-given listing of 6 foot 11, 255 pounds. (KU lists him at 6-10, 265.)

Nnaji’s official visit to KU ‘informative,’ dad says; Hurt is accurate shooter at camp
Zeke Nnaji’s first of five official campus visits — a Friday to Sunday trip to the University of Kansas — proved “very informative for sure,” the player’s dad, Apham Nnaji, told on Monday.

New KU Jayhawks podcast: Hoops preview and football at the midway point
The Star’s Jesse Newell and Blair Kerkhoff briefly discuss the Kansas Jayhawks football team at the halfway point of the season before previewing the 2018-19 men’s basketball team, which will be preseason No. 1 in most polls.

Larry Brown leaves Fiat Torino team temporarily; Roy wanted charity relief game, too
Former University of Kansas basketball coach Larry Brown, 78, has left his Fiat Torino team in Italy temporarily to undergo a medical procedure in the United States, team officials have announced.

Rookie point guard Devon Dotson starting ahead of huge shoes he's being asked to fill |
During the past two seasons, the Kansas men’s basketball program and its adoring fan base witnessed two of the best individual seasons ever turned in by KU guards.

Report: Former Jayhawk Joel Embiid set to sign with Under Armour | Tale of the Tait |
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, former KU center Joel Embiid on Wednesday is poised to finalize a lucrative endorsement deal with Under Armour.

KU volleyball plans to lean on defense against Texas |
The Kansas backrow of Allie Nelson and Lacey Angello are ranked in the top 12 of the Big 12 in digs and Kansas also has two in the top five in blocks per set. Rachel Langs and Zoe Hill have earned the last three Big 12 defensive player of the week nods.

Basketball player’s father: Louisville assistant gave cash |
The father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit testified Tuesday that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret payment of $1,300 as part of a deal to get the son to sign with the school.

Tom Keegan: Kurtis Townsend's basketball life filled with stars |
So maybe it’s fitting that a basketball lifer — who, before ever working his first practice at KU, had already crossed paths with so many basketball giants — ended up here to become the longest tenured assistant coach in the history of the school’s men’s basketball program.

Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji on pace to become KU's latest pleasant surprise |
“I think he kind of built himself up,” Roberts said. “And once he got into his high school (senior) season, he got much more aggressive, and his level of play really increased and got better. And I think he just did a great job of working on his game and improving his game.”

Other Sports News

Anthony Davis is leading a big man training revolution | SB Nation NBA Preview 2018
Stephen Curry catches the ball mid-stride at the Smoothie King Center and 6’11” Anthony Davis, pedaling backward, cranes his upper body to the side like the top half of a twisting LEGO toy. The two meet 28 feet from the rim.

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta doesn’t fear losing, because the house always wins | SB Nation NBA Preview 2018
It’s a Sunday afternoon in September and the new owner of the Houston Rockets is cussing at a shaky satellite signal that’s preventing him from watching the late slate of NFL games, just like countless other normal American sports fans are doing at this very moment. It’s just this TV happens to be on a jet, 30,000 feet in the air, en route from Lubbock, Texas, to Los Angeles.

Imagine a world where the Golden State Warriors really DID ruin basketball | SB Nation NBA Preview 2018
How will the writers of “The Warriors” figure out how to tell next season’s story after the team goes full scorched Earth on the competition?

Red Sox defeat Yankees 4-3 in ALDS Game 4, advance to ALCS -
Game 4 of the American League Division Series was a tense affair with an even tenser ending — the Yankees were down 4-1, and they made it real, real terrifying for the Red Sox and their fans at the end, and gave their own fans all the hope in the world. It wasn’t to be, though, and the Red Sox held on. They’ll now advance to the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, which will begin on Saturday in Boston.

Other News

125-year-old Sears to file for bankruptcy: report
The company, which hasn’t turned a profit since 2010 and is $134 million in debt, recently approached several banks to prepare for bankruptcy filing, CNBC reported Wednesday.

College hoops trial: Should Louisville get death penalty?
On June 15, 2017, the NCAA hammered the University of Louisville with major rules violations after players and recruits were found to have received sexual favors in the team dorm from prostitutes hired by a men’s basketball staff member.

Why Hurricane Michael Could Bring 13 Feet of Storm Surge
Hurricane Michael is on track to make landfall in Florida’s Panhandle Wednesday as one of the fiercest storms the region has ever seen. While Florence drenched the Carolinas with record rainfall and other hurricanes attack with wind, Michael’s main threat will be surge.

Minnesota Facebook Group Torn Apart by Runner's Acorn Hate
There are a lot of things to be tired about in 2018—really, take your pick. But it’s possible that the most exhausting thing to surface in the frothing tide of tedium that is social media has made its way to Twitter in an obvious challenge to all of us to log off forever. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you an urban barefoot runner lodging apparent complaints about tree litter to test the limits of your patience.