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Notebook: Kansas Mauls K-State in The Manhattan Super Bowl

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It *is* unfeasible to resurrect the dead, Bart. And even if the Three Stooges were alive, I doubt they’d want to hang around with you

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No. 1 Kansas outlasts K-State 62-58 - Bring On The Cats
If anyone was expecting a thrashing or a “mauling,” it did not develop. In a clearly mandated move after the anthem, the teams met at midcourt to shake hands, and no tempers flared, at any time. KU (26-3, 15-1 Big 12) built as much as a nine point lead, but K-State (9-20, 2-14) used swarming defense to force 16 turnovers that they converted into 19 points to stay in the game.

Bill Self reacts to Big 12 race after win at KSU, Baylor loss
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Devon Dotson 'carried' KU basketball to win over Kansas State
KU’s point guard has been a marathon man this season. He had played 34-plus minutes in seven-straight contests entering KU's last game, and he had played 38-plus minutes in four of them. Self saw a dip in Dotson’s performance in KU’s win over Oklahoma State and said it was the least amount of energy Dotson had played with all season.

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Media praises Dotson, Kansas after win at Kansas State
Survive and advance is the rallying cry for March, but it could also describe the basketball world of the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 29; a day that would be March 1 in any year but a leap year. Kansas survived an inspired effort from Kansas State to win 62-58, advancing as the nation's No. 1 team and as Big 12 leaders. But on the same day, conference co-leaders Baylor failed to do the same, falling for the second time in three games and putting Kansas all alone atop the Big 12 standings.

Updated: Udoka Azubuike sustains ankle injury at KSU, returns
The 7-footer was battling in the post and jumped in the air. When he landed, he may have come down on another player's foot. Azubuike immediately went to the ground and grabbed at his right ankle. He looked to be in significant pain, and, after a stoppage when he was checked on by KU's staff, he slowly got up and limped off the court.

Jay Bilas 'favors' two teams to make the Final Four
“I favor Kansas and I favor Baylor to get there,” Bilas said. “Those two teams have stood out, and then there are other teams, that like Scotty [Van Pelt] mentioned, there’s probably about eight or nine teams that I put in the top tier to be able to get to the Final Four and win the national championship. But the difference I see is: I don’t think anybody can win. When people say anybody can win, I don’t agree with that. I think anybody can lose. Like anybody can lose a game. But the universe of teams that can win this whole thing is probably nine, maybe 10.”

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Russell Westbrook, Rockets' 'other MVP,' torches Celtics in OT win
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LeBron James says Grizzlies 'got a great one' in Ja Morant
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Eraser Dust

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