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No. 15 Jayhawks edge No. 9 Cowboys

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Kansas center Joel Embiid, right, ties up Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart during a Big 12 Conference basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon in Lawrence.

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LAWRENCE — Bill Self was riding Naadir Tharpe so hard in practice earlier this season that the junior point guard began to wonder whether the Kansas coach even liked him anymore.
Not just as a player — personally.
Slowly but surely, though, Self began to build Tharpe back up. His confidence began to grow, and it showed on Saturday. He scored 21 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help the No. 15 Jayhawks hold on for an 80-78 victory over No. 9 Oklahoma State.
“Sometimes you scratch your head with some of the decisions he makes,” Self said ...

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