Players from both sides competed with such vigor that easy buckets were tough to come by, so it’s no surprise then that the toughest guy in a Kansas uniform, Fearless Frank Mason, didn’t let his team lose.
I always suspected that Bob Huggins was more like legendary coach/color commentator Al McGuire than any coach before or after Al. By Tom Keegan
The final week of the Big 12 men’s basketball season begins with the chance that the conference that markets itself with the slogan “one true champion” could crown five true champions. By Tom Keegan
I must admit, I was excited about the future of the Kansas University women’s basketball program when I saw how the freshman class played three years ago. Now they’re seniors. The future is now. And it’s bleak. By Tom Keegan
The tendency when it comes to basketball, more than most sports it seems, is to search for psychological reasons for a player’s slump, an underdog’s upset, even a team leading a race and falling back to the pack.
For Kansas State, Big Monday's Sunflower Showdown was a beautiful victory against favored in-state rival Kansas, 70-63. And then the students, taking advantage of lax security, stormed the court. In a blink, the scene of highly entertaining basketball theater grew ugly, unnecessarily dangerous. By Tom Keegan
On paper, this should be a blowout, with the team fighting to hold onto a one-game lead in the Big 12 hammering divided Team Turmoil. All of the evidence that adds up to a blowout also could lead Kansas State to pull itself together for one night and play its best. By Tom Keegan
With one hand, Perry Ellis corralled an alley-oop pass and hammered it through the net. And, upset of all upsets, the junior forward from Wichita who is so stoic he makes the guards at the Buckingham Palace seem like drama queens by comparison, cracked a smile. By Tom Keegan
In making his latest stop on a tour of the state, this one Thursday night at Sporting KC’s headquarters, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty shared more information with the surprisingly big crowd that shows he’s sincere about wanting more of a Kansas flavor to the roster.
Television earned the nickname “Boob Tube” because it really can turn our brains to mush. Particularly in sports, most notably in discussions comparing NCAA Tourament résumés and seedings. By Tom Keegan
More cruel, painful spaces exist than the one called Cyber in the wake of an athlete having the audacity to be less than perfect in a game-deciding moment. By Tom Keegan
It’s always the end of a close game that haunts the player on the team that finishes on the wrong side of a one-point outcome, as Kansas University did, 62-61, Monday night in WVU Coliseum, where 7,033 spectators found their way through the blizzard and were treated to an entertaining two-hour break from winter. But the scoreboard doesn’t play favorites based on different stages of the game. By Tom Keegan
Toughness, the No. 1 word uttered by 21st-century college basketball coaches, typically evokes images of a guy taking a charge, rebounding in traffic, successfully finishing a drive while getting hammered and then knocking down the free throw.
Kellly Oubre Jr. ranks as most likely Kansas player to join the ranks of the one-and-done college basketball players because his long-range potential equates to guaranteed first-round money. He doesn't talk about such things, knowing it’s a distraction from the task at hand, Kansas winning an 11th consecutive Big 12 title. By Tom Keegan
The 2007-08 Kansas University basketball team that won the national title didn’t have a single player named first-team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and a skunking could happen again this season.