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Notebook: Kansas takes 1-game lead in Big 12 race

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Your Kansas Jayhawks’ men’s basketball team is all alone in first place after last night’s conference action, thanks to Oklahoma State knocking off Texas Tech in Stillwater.

The stage is set for a first-place showdown in Lubbock, TX, on Saturday.

Bill Self says the Big 12 Player of the Year should come down to either Devonte Graham, Trae Young, or Keenan Evans.

Romeo Langford, the top shooting guard in the 2018 class, is down to KU, Indiana, and Vanderbilt. SBN site Crimson Quarry writes that evidence points to Langford not picking Indiana. Vanderbilt’s pitch to Langford seems to be, hey, join our awesome recruiting class, as Vandy has a consensus top-10 class for 2018 already. (KU is currently a top-5 class.) Langford is expected to sign sometime around toward the end of March, at or around the McDonald’s All-American game on March 28.

Kansas women’s basketball picked up their first win over a ranked opponent since 2014 when they knocked off #23 Oklahoma State last night.

KU softball wasn’t scheduled for its home opener until March 8, but the Jayhawks have added a double-header against South Dakota State on February 27. Admission will be free.

In other news:

“Sources” are indicating that the FBI has spreadsheets, wiretaps, and bank records that detail payments made to recruits and families “in surprising detail.”

Condensation on the court due to unseasonably warm weather in Rhode Island forced a temporary postponement of the Seton Hall-Providence game midway through the second half.

A long-time football coach is making news in Pennsylvania high school circles as the school board has voted to open up his position. (School board gonna do what the school board gonna do.) He will have the opportunity to re-apply for the position he has held for 21 years, sporting a record of 237-36.

MLB executives are considering the idea of allowing a team to pick any three hitters for the ninth inning.

Team USA women’s hockey took home the gold medal after a shootout with Canada.

Disney is planning to end a famous (in nerd circles) easter egg from future Star Wars movies.