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Notebook: Kansas Mauls TCU

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Rock Chalkboard

For No. 3 Kansas, revenge vs. TCU came in the form of a bright orange Nike basketball and a 63-58 road win - KU Sports
“We had to get this one back,” Harris said of the orange Nike basketball after the win. “When we lost (to them) the first game, we saw they posted (our game ball) on social media, so we really wanted this win, we wanted the ball, too. So, as soon as the buzzer went off, I had to go get it.”

Added KU freshman Gradey Dick, who scored 19 points in Monday’s win and walked out of the gym wearing one of the white-out T-Shirts that TCU gave away for Monday’s game: “They were petty with it so we had to be petty, too.”

BLOG: Kevin McCullar’s masterful defense lands top spot in ratings after tough road win at TCU - KU Sports
1 – Kevin McCullar Jr. – The big tie-up late was huge, but so were McCullar’s instincts, reads and all-out effort on the defensive end. And just for good measure he also added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Kansas coach Bill Self marveled at McCullar’s defense after the hard-earned, 63-58 road victory at TCU on Monday night, and McCullar continues to get tougher and tougher by the week and fill more of the quintessential Bill Self defender role with every trip up the floor. The fact that he gives this team a little bit of everything and not just the defense is what makes him so important to this lineup. Harris called McCullar the heart and soul of the team after the win, and did not sound like he was reaching or forcing one bit.

KU-TCU Notebook: Jayhawks jump two spots in AP Top 25 before big road win at TCU - KU Sports
Fort Worth, Texas — The Kansas men’s basketball team jumped up two spots to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, picking up seven first-place votes in the process.

Quick recap: Kansas earns hard-fought win at TCU - KU Sports
Bill Self’s squad has learned to play ugly, and perhaps more importantly, they know how to make the opposing team play ugly with their play on the defensive end. The Horned Frogs, who were coming off a 100-point performance on Saturday, simply struggled to find any sort of offensive rhythm in Monday’s matchup.

Eraser Dust

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