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Kansas turns back pesky Eastern Kentucky, 80-69

NCAA Tournament

Kansas' Andrew Wiggins gets past Eastern Kentucky's Orlando Williams (15) to dunk the ball during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon in St. Louis.

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ST. LOUIS — Bill Self gathered his team around the bench late in Friday's game against Eastern Kentucky, one that had grown a bit too close for comfort for the second-seeded Jayhawks.

His team had gone back to chucking up jumpers, the scrappy Ohio Valley Conference champions had regained the lead, and thoughts of Mercer's upset of Duke earlier in the day were on everyone's mind.

"I thought we responded as a group," Self said.

The Jayhawks resumed pounding away inside out of the timeout, slowly took control down the stretch and pulled away for an 80-69 victory ...


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