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Notebook: Kansas Ready for Oklahoma State

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

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Notebook: Bill Self gives his thoughts on the Big 12's unbalanced schedule, KU's bench and more
For the second time in two weeks, KU basketball will face off with Oklahoma State on Tuesday night. The Jayhawks will look to rebound from their close loss at Iowa State this past Saturday while the Cowboys will look to build off of their first conference victory of the season against West Virginia. The first matchup between the two in Stillwater was one of KU’s strongest games of the season in a dominant 90-66 victory. The game was controlled by the Jayhawks from the get-go and never relinquished a lead with multiple standout performers including Johnny Furphy’s first breakout game as a starter with 15 points. In fact, every single one of KU’s starters scored in double-figures in the first matchup.

College basketball rankings: AP releases new Top 25 poll after half the top 10 loses
Another week, and more road losses for ranked teams to unranked teams. Ranked teams actually have a losing record this season when playing on the road against unranked teams, a fact that has led to drastic movement in each week's AP Poll. And while each of the top five teams from last week's poll took care of business, teams Nos. 6 through 11 all lost at least once.

WATCH: Bill Self, Dajuan Harris look ahead to KU vs. Oklahoma State
Kansas will look to bounce back from its road loss to Iowa State when Oklahoma State comes to Lawrence on Tuesday night. The two teams faced off two weeks ago in a contest the Jayhawks won, 90-66. This time around, the Cowboys enter the game off the back of their first conference win of the season, which Oklahoma State notched over Wet Virginia.

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Daisy Ridley Developed Holes in Her Gut Because of Intense Anxiety After Joining ‘Star Wars’
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