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“All of a sudden Markieff grabbed his ear and said, `Ouch,’” she said. “Then he told me something had happened to Marcus. A little while later, Marcus came in and he was crying, holding his ear. Somebody had thrown a rock and hit him in the ear.”

Kansas coach Bill Self, who has called Marcus the most complete player he ever coached, said he had noticed the brothers slowly becoming more independent of one another.

“Even though they’re joined at the hip, they’re not near as joined as when they first got (to Kansas),” he said. “Not that they’re breaking away. They’re unbelievably close. But I think they’ll both stand on their own very, very well.”