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Notebook: Azubuike Mauls Tennessee

Dear God, give a bald guy a break, Amen.

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Everything Bill Self said on College GameDay
With No. 3 Kansas hosting Tennessee in the Big 12-SEC challenge, ESPN’s College GameDay made its way up to Lawrence. The event certainly was a bit more spiced up with a brawl occurring in Kansas’ last game against Kansas State.

KU basketball vs. Tennessee: Quick recap and instant analysis
KU was without David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa, who were both suspended for their roles in a brawl that took place at the end of KU's win over Kansas State on Tuesday. As a result, Bill Self only had one true big man available in Udoka Azubuike. With the big man in foul trouble early in the first half, Tennesee took the lead, but KU used an 18-4 run to blow the game wide open.

Udoka Azubuike a 'difference maker' in KU's win over Tennessee
“It was fun,” Azubuike said. “I just kind of wanted to pump the team up and pump my teammates up.”

Sunday Snap Judgments and Big 12 Hoops Power Rankings
College football season is over and all the focus is on basketball now. Teams around the league are at least eight games into their season - a fourth of the way through already! - and that's enough time to start forming an opinion on each of the teams. Each week, we'll recap what happened for each team in the Big 12 Conference over the previous seven days, then update our Actually Accomplished Rankings, a version of a power ranking that does not take into account who we "think" is better, but rather who has done the most on the court.

National acclaim? Devon Dotson concerned with something else
"My concern is this team and winning," Dotson said. "My main goal out there being the point guard is winning and helping my guys as much as possible. I’m not worried about that stuff. I don’t look at that stuff. I look at winning — wins and losses."

Bits o Chalk

LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant for third on all-time scoring list
Years ago, it was LeBron James following Kobe Bryant by coming straight out of high school to the NBA. On Saturday, it was James passing Bryant for the No. 3 spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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Here's when your tax return could spark interest from the IRS
“A lot of this is done by analytics and computers … and the farther you are from the normal range for similar taxpayers, the more likely you are to get a love letter in the mail from the IRS,” said CPA Jeffrey Levine, CEO of BluePrint Wealth Alliance in Garden City, New York.

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Should Have Used George Lucas’ Original Ending
Putting everything into the proper context will require a quick recounting of George’s evolving story over the decades, a brief survey of what few scraps did manage to make it into the finalized Star Wars 9, and an explanation of how the filmmakers behind that enterprise definitively chose nostalgia over narrative.

Daily Inter Lake - Montana State News, Montana timberland sale sparks fears of future public access
Washington-based timber giant Weyerhaeuser is selling its 630,000 acres in Montana to Georgia-based Southern Pine Plantations for $145 million. That deal, expected to be closed later this year, has legislators, industry observers and outdoor recreation advocates concerned about the future of timber production and the access now granted to hunters, anglers and others, the Flathead Beacon reported.

Rise of Skywalker vs. Return of the Jedi: Is History Repeating?
As the final chapter in a trilogy of trilogies, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker puts a period on what fans have long known as the main story of Star Wars. It also offers a chance to look at the galaxy moving ahead and see how its conclusion compares to the previous ones.

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