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Notebook: Tennessee Mauls Kansas

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Media reacts to Tennessee's blowout win over Kansas
As for Kansas, the Jayhawks have now lost four out of their last five games. David McCormack led the team with 17 points in the blowout loss. Kansas shot just 37.7% from the field while allowing Tennessee to shoot a red-hot 52.8%.

KU basketball's 3-point woes continue in loss to Tennessee
“I told our team before we came down here — let's just play with freedom and play with a free mind and let it fly,” Bill Self said after Saturday's game. “I guess when I said, ‘Let it fly,’ I meant let it fly and make a few of them.”

Big 2022 TE Corey Phillips building relationship with Kansas football
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KU basketball at Tennessee: Who stood out and who didn't...
Garrett has quietly emerged as arguably the team's best player through the most-recent part of the season. He was perhaps hampered by illness earlier in the year, but he looks to be past whatever ailment was plaguing him. His game on Saturday was the biggest positive for a KU team that didn’t get many strong performances. Garrett shot well from the field and hit two 3-point looks. He also went 5 for 5 at the line, an area he's much improved in.

The Drive: Kansas football begins OC search; KU hoops falls at Tennessee
The 15th season of The Drive continues following KU basketball's loss at Tennessee, plus some football news. Kansas offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon has departed, meaning Les Miles will need to bring in a fourth name to run his offense since taking over as KU coach.

Photo gallery: KU basketball falls to Tennessee in Knoxville
Tennessee shot 52.8 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from 3 for the game. Those offensive numbers, good for a mark of 1.212 points per possession, were well ahead of what the No. 15 Jayhawks were able to put up.

Basketball Snap Judgments and Big 12 Power Rankings
What happened since our last update: The Bears put on an absolute clinic as they embarrassed Kansas State on Wednesday, 107-59. They followed that by pulling away from Auburn in the Big12-SEC Challenge on Saturday afternoon, for an 84-72 win.

Self explains KU basketball's lineup change, evaluates Wilson, Harris
"We do have some guys that are struggling with that," Self said. "I think we worry too much about maybe making shots, and then it totally deflates us where we're not the same player in other areas."

Three takeaways: Reviewing KU basketball's loss at Tennessee
Kansas did not start the game well, and it carried over to the rest of the contest. As a team, the Jayhawks shot 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3. Only Marcus Garrett, David McCormack and Jalen Wilson scored in double-figures, and Wilson scored eight of his 10 points with the Jayhawks down 20-plus in the second half.

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Trump Gets New Legal Team A Week Ahead Of Senate Trial : NPR
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Aung San Suu Kyi urges people to resist Myanmar military coup
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Noel Gallagher says brother Liam's 'Songbird' is a "perfect" record
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Video shows NY cops pepper-spray 9-year-old girl
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Chicago mayor orders teachers to be in the classroom starting Monday - CBS News
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A trail runs through it: Kalispell on track to complete Parkline Trail this year
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Man who died following Flathead Valley shooting incident ID'd
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