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If you follow college basketball, then you've probably heard about the tragedy that struck Thomas Robinson and the Kansas Jayhawks this season.
In a span of about three weeks, Robinson lost both of his grandparents and his mother unexpectedly.
Upon receiving the news the night before the Texas game, Robinson still dressed and played against the Longhorns. It was a very emotional game for Kansas, especially because it would end up losing.
But KU made no excuses about it. The players didn't complain about how they were up with T-Rob until five or six in the morning before that game. They shut their mouths and hit the practice gym again the following day.
In her honor, the Kansas jerseys now have an "LR" patch for Lisa Robinson—a tribute of respect and a symbol of passion and motivation.
The Morris twins have been preaching one thing all season: F.O.E., or "Family Over Everything."
If one thing is for certain, the Morris twins are proud of where they come from and who they play for. Every day one of them tweets about F.O.E. and taking no days off. It has become a huge trend for the Kansas fanbase and even beyond.
You can see the passion in every Jayhawk's face when they hit the floor. They yell, scream, clap and smile when playing well. When playing poorly, they huddle each other up and motivate each other.
Kansas is truly a band of brothers unlike any of the teams I have seen play this season. Not only tragedy has brought them close together, but also the bond of knowing that each guy is playing every game at 100 percent.
Marcus Morris' Twitter page states that the only place work comes after success is in the dictionary. These young players have proved just that but have one more stretch of games to endure.
It will be a long and tough road in the coming weeks, but rest assured, the Kansas Jayhawks will be cutting down the nets in Houston.
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