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KU chalkboard: How Wayne Selden helped protect the rim against K-State

One of the themes of this Kansas basketball season has been the lack of a classic rim-protector. For the better part of six years, the Jayhawks have played with an elite shot-blocker in the middle, from Cole Aldrich to Jeff Withey to Joel Embiid. (The one exception was the 2010-11 season, when a sophomore Withey played sparingly, and the Jayhawks terrorized opponents with a Morrii/Thomas Robinson frontcourt.)

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KU team’s multiple personalities have become its personality

At times, Kansas coach Bill Self says, “we can really, really, really guard.” Other times, KU’s defensive game is “average,” which in Self-speak is code for unacceptable. Such peaks and dips and ruts and spurts are to be expected in the course of a season, naturally — but Self was talking about a more compressed time frame.

KU chalkboard: How Wayne Selden helped protect the rim against K-State

One of the themes of this Kansas basketball season has been the lack of a classic rim-protector. For the better part of six years, the Jayhawks have played with an elite shot-blocker in the middle, from Cole Aldrich to Jeff Withey to Joel Embiid. (The one exception was the 2010-11 season, when a sophomore Withey played sparingly, and the Jayhawks terrorized opponents with a Morrii/Thomas Robinson frontcourt.)

KU chalkboard: How Wayne Selden helped protect the rim against K-State

One of the themes of this Kansas basketball season has been the lack of a classic rim-protector. For the better part of six years, the Jayhawks have played with an elite shot-blocker in the middle, from Cole Aldrich to Jeff Withey to Joel Embiid. (The one exception was the 2010-11 season, when a sophomore Withey played sparingly, and the Jayhawks terrorized opponents with a Morrii/Thomas Robinson frontcourt.)

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KU hopes Jamari Traylor’s energy is contagious

Jamari Traylor, a redshirt junior, is averaging just 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds entering a matchup with Kansas State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse (ESPN). But Traylor has carved out a spot in the KU starting lineup mostly on his ability to play with energy and reel off the kind of hustle plays that spark a team on the floor and become viral sensations on Twitter.

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Kansas-Kansas State men’s basketball preview

The first of two Sunflower Showdown men’s basketball games is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence (ESPN), where No. 9 KU will take on K-State. The Jayhawks have won 48 of their last 52 games against the Wildcats dating to 1994, including eight straight at Allen Fieldhouse.