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KU star Jackson banned for Big 12 opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas suspended star freshman Josh Jackson for the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday after he backed into a parked car and fled the scene, the latest in a string of distracting legal troubles for the top-ranked Jayhawks.

Jackson will miss Thursday's quarterfinal against eighth-seeded TCU or No. 9 seed Oklahoma, but coach Bill Self said he would be eligible to play in the semifinals if the Jayhawks advance.

"You don't ever want to minimize it, or maximize it, but he made a mistake by backing into someone's car. I think that's probably been done many times in a parking lot," Self said after practice at the Sprint Center. "Then he compounded it by not being responsible at that moment."

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1 Kansas28-3
2 Villanova28-3
3 UCLA28-3
4 Gonzaga32-1
5 Oregon27-4
6 North Carolina26-6
7 Arizona27-4
8 Kentucky26-5
9 Baylor25-6
10 Louisville24-7
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1 Villanova28-3
2 Kansas28-3
3 Louisville24-7
4 North Carolina26-6
5 Florida24-7
6 Baylor25-6
7 Kentucky26-5
8 Oregon27-4
9 Arizona27-4
10 Gonzaga32-1
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