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Both prefer to pawn off the attention on their teammates, giving them credit for their own success. Both have become the go-to player when things are going poorly, though that’s rarely been the case this season. Both have led their teams to conference championships.

Now, both of them are in the running for player of the year.

“He’s created a lot of attention for himself,” Taylor said Robinson, one of his best friends on the Jayhawks. “He’s the main focus of the scouting report, for sure, and I’m sure teams talking about us say, `If we stop Thomas, we have a chance to win the game.’”

Sounds as if the Kansas guard would vote for Bird, too.