The romantic notion that professional athletes play kids' games and don’t realize that the rest of us would be happy to play for free is a load of hogwash, of course.
With apologies to the 1983 Chicago White Sox, there is no such thing as winning ugly. Winning sends everyone home happy, from players to coaches to spectators to ushers to bar owners. By Tom Keegan
In years past, Svi Mykhailiuk wasn’t ready or asked to play a big role in carrying Kansas back from big, late deficits. He's doing it so well now that his coach paid him a monster compliment Thursday. By Tom Keegan
Unlike what Huggins articulated what has happened with his team, for Kansas the view from the top never will bring on vertigo. The Jayhawks' comfort zone can be found in the penthouse because it's were they spend most of their time. By Tom Keegan
Two different Kansas basketball teams took the floor at WVU Coliseum for a Big Monday thriller won by Kansas, 71-66, on a furious late comeback from a 16-point deficit. The Jayhawks who played when sophomore center Udoka Azubuike sat nursing foul trouble looked small, slight of build, no match for a shot-blocker freed to block the rim no matter who attacked it. By Tom Keegan
the players who have hustled their way to a 4-1 Big 12 record and one-fourth share of first place haven’t quite received the plaudits they have earned. The perimeter players have adjusted impressively and center Udoka Azubuike, who showed great footwork in the post Saturday, is on the come.
Here’s what Bill Self and Bruce Weber have in common: They both served as head coach at Illinois and now lead Big 12 programs in the state of Kansas. Here’s how they are most different: Weber’s teams don't pull out close games often enough and Self’s almost always do. By Tom Keegan
On a team packed with players who don’t typically exhibit a great deal of emotion, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham consistently plays with an unbridled verve. By Tom Keegan
Malik Newman could show up Tuesday night for Kansas and stick around for the rest of the season. As for what player has been wearing Newman’s No. 14 jersey for the first 15 games of the season, nobody knows. By Tom Keegan
Kansas coach Bill Self tried to tell himself and the world last week that it’s too early to be thinking about winning the conference, but by week's end even he couldn’t help himself.
Mitch Lightfoot doesn’t always look as if he belongs playing minutes that matter for perennial national college basketball powerhouse Kansas. Against bigger bodies he sometimes looks too small, too weak. Too often he has the look of a playing-out-of-position backup center. And then there was Saturday night in Schollmaier Arena. By Tom Keegan
It took third-year Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider 27 tries to win his first regular-season Big 12 game. It took him three tries to win two of them this season. That’s what progress looks like.
Bill Self's the same coach he was in leading KU to consecutive conference title Nos. 1 through 13, but he has a more difficult job this time because his general manager hasn’t supplied him with as balanced and deep a roster as usual. In college sports, of course, the general manager is the coach.
In 43 seconds midway through the second half Tuesday night, a 13-point Kansas deficit withered to six points. Pandemonium in the stands. Panic for the visitors was certain to follow. Surely, Kansas was in the midst of one of its wild second-half comebacks. Guess again. By Tom Keegan
Nothing shy of assigning a No. 1 ranking to UCF and recognizing it as co-national champion does justice to this season’s best story in college football. The Knights ought not be ranked second to anyone.