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Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham power Kansas past Purdue and on to an Elite Eight showdown against Oregon

I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down.

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Speed demons: Jayhawks fly by Purdue, move on to Elite Eight |

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who has been on both sides of more than a few of these types of NCAA Tournament chess matches, stressed to his team all week that speed beats size.

Blair Kerkhoff: Kansas should have college basketball’s attention after 98-66 victory over Purdue

Purdue entered the game as the Big Ten champion by two games. The Boilermakers had taken down Iowa State in the second round. They had Kansas’ attention. The Jayhawks should have college basketball’s attention after Thursday.

NCAA Tournament 2017: Kansas did something not seen in 22 years -

KU is the first team since UConn in 1995 to score at least 90 points in its first three tournament games.

'Always ready': Dwight Coleby comes through again on tournament stage | Smithology |

But his top-seeded Jayhawks needed everything they got out of Coleby’s 13 minutes off the bench at Sprint Center, where KU limited the Boilermakers’ powerful front line and advanced to the Elite Eight with a 98-66 beating of fourth-seeded Purdue.

Purdue coach Matt Painter on KU: 'Shoot the way those guards shot then they can't be stopped' |

"Their guards made some tough shots and just got into transition too much," Painter said. "We've been able to dominate the boards in our first two games and they did a good job on the glass. Seemed like every time they got an offensive rebound they made us pay."

How a halftime meeting — and a Devonté Graham idea — helped ignite KU’s offense against Purdue

"I actually think that was me who said that we should do the high pick-and-roll," Graham said with a laugh. "So yeah, I’m going to take credit for that."

Sam Mellinger: KU is playing better than ever, as evidenced by Sweet 16 stomping of Purdue

"When we play on both ends of the floor like we have in this tournament," Jackson said, "I do not think there is a team that can play with us."

Vahe Gregorian: Mason and Graham chemistry creates critical mass for KU

Certainly, they were the catalysts as the Jayhawks dissected fourth-seeded Purdue 98-66 on Thursday at the Sprint Center to advance to the Elite Eight against third-seeded Oregon on Saturday — and they’ll be the major X-factors against the Ducks, too.

After foul trouble sends him to the bench, Kansas’ Landen Lucas enjoys the view

As KU pulled away for a 98-66 victory against Purdue, Lucas was a spectator, reacting to each play as if he was relaxed at home on his couch, cycling through scenes in a movie.

‘MVP’? Former KU guards, assistant in awe of Frank Mason as well

"If Aaron (Miles) wasn’t my best friend, I would say Frank (Mason) is the best point guard ever," former Kansas guard Michael Lee says with a laugh, "at least in my window of time watching KU."

Kansas is peaking at the right time -

Experience is nice. Making tons of shots is even nicer.

Eyes on Oregon: Jayhawks offer early thoughts on Elite Eight opponent | Tale of the Tait |

"They've got an athletic, terrific team," KU coach Bill Self said of Dana Altman’s Ducks following a 98-66 pasting of Purdue that was the nightcap to Oregon’s 69-68 victory over Michigan. "They're like us; they're going to play small a lot of the time because they will play Dillon (Brooks) at the 4 like we play Josh (Jackson) and then play the best defender in the Pac-12, Defensive Player of the Year (Jordan Bell) around the middle, kind of like we do Landen (Lucas). So I think it will be two teams that at least match-up with each other pretty well."

Kansas football still has an early top-15 class. Can KU keep its 2 Louisiana 4-stars? -

Last weekend I took a trip to New Orleans for the Nike Opening Regional Camp. One of the themes that stood out was the talented group of players committed to the University of Kansas.

Softball - Kansas Begins Big 12 slate with Baylor

Kansas enters Big 12 Conference action play this weekend having won two of its last three games, including a pair of walk-off victories. With six nonconference games remaining, Kansas has posted an 18-12 record ahead of its 21st season in the Big 12. The Jayhawks open league play at home for the first time since 2015 when KU hosted Texas.


West Virginia played hero ball for the final 38 seconds against Gonzaga and lost -

A brutal Mountaineers final possession sends Gonzaga to the Elite Eight.

Xavier’s incredible March Madness run means someone’s about to make history -

Gonzaga and Xavier, two of college basketball’s best mid-major programs for years, will play in the Elite Eight. Someone’s finally getting to a Final Four.

Oregon Ducks prove they're not done, even without Chris Boucher

No question about it, Oregon sorely misses the presence of shot-blocker and 3-point shooting big man Chris Boucher, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a 73-65 win over California in the Pac-12 tournament. But Bell's presence is the reason why Boucher's absence isn't the missing piece to the Ducks' potential in making the Final Four.

Sam Ukwuachu has sexual assault conviction overturned by Texas appeals court

A three-judge panel determined that the trial court should have allowed into evidence a series of text messages between the accuser -- a former Baylor women's soccer player -- and a friend of hers sent immediately before the alleged assault in October 2013.

U.S. Marshals Service arrest former Baylor football player Shamycheal Chatman over alleged sexual assault

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a second former Baylor football player on Thursday on a warrant related to a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in Waco, Texas, in 2013.