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Notebook: The Best Team in the Country Mauls the Big 12 by Two Games


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Media praises Kansas for Texas Tech win, Big 12 dominance
In some ways, Kansas' 66-62 victory at Texas Tech Saturday was anticlimactic. The Jayhawks clinched a share of the Big 12 title on Wednesday, and with Baylor playing and falling to West Virginia earlier — something Kansas coach Bill Self told his team during the under-eight timeout in the second half — the Jayhawks had the outright league championship cinched before their own game was finished.

Joe Lunardi: KU basketball a lock for NCAA's No. 1-overall seed
According to Lunardi, who spoke on ESPN2 during the game between Oklahoma and TCU, the No. 1-ranked Kansas men's basketball team has locked up the No. 1-overall seed in the NCAA tournament regardless of what happens the rest of the way. In fact, Lunardi joked Kansas could skip the Big 12 tournament entirely and come up with something else to do and still end up as the No. 1-overall seed.

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FINAL Big 12 hoops power rankings
The Jayhawks got a test when they traveled to Lubbock over the weekend, but with another undefeated week, Kansas has now won sixteen in a row and sit firmly at the top of the league. Actually, they're easily at the top of the entire country at the moment, with ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi claiming that Kansas will get the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament even if they no-showed the Big 12 Tournament.

Kansas seeking 'something special' after winning Big 12 outright
"To win this league by two games," Self said on his post-game radio interview following KU's win over Texas Tech, "unbelievable."

Bits o Chalk

Kentucky's Ashton Hagans out for personal reasons
"Ashton did not make the trip with us to Florida," Calipari tweeted. "He and I met a couple days ago and he asked to step away for a couple days for personal reasons. I support his decision. We are going to need him at 100% for the postseason."

Walk-on Justin Robinson better than 'Rudy,' Duke's Mike Krzyzewski says
"It's better than 'Rudy,'" Krzyzewski said, comparing Robinson's performance to the legendary story of Notre Dame football walk-on Rudy Ruettiger. "It's almost like a movie. He's been outstanding, and hopefully he keeps it going."

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