Watching Frank Mason and Devonté Graham play together for the final 10:34 Saturday, turning a one-point lead over Texas into a 75-62 Kansas University victory in the Erwin Center felt a little like watching the Royals’ stress-free bullpen work. By Tom Keegan
Only things that can stop Brannen Greene from shooting. First, the bench, where he is sent when he plays poor defense. Second, are the boundaries of the court, because made shots from out of bounds don’t count. Making a big contribution for the second big victory in a row, the Kansas University sophomore forward from Georgia went off for 14 points in 20 minutes, helping Kansas defeat Texas.By Tom Keegan
Kelly Oubre Jr. throws down a rim-rattler, stands in frozen admiration of his creation, and the other team is off to the races, five-on-four. Brannen Greene barely moves the net after rising up from 22 feet. Just in case the audience forgot the rule that has been in place for more than a quarter-century in college basketball, Greene lets everybody in the building know that the shot was worth three, count ’em, three, points.
Alicia Spack, director of operations for the Kansas University softball team, let the players know via text Tuesday that their locker room would be off limits Thursday because it was going to be used as essentially the green room for the president of the United States, before making his speech at Anschutz Pavilion.
The Los Angeles Dodgers moved their preseason home from Vero Beach, Florida, to Glendale, Arizona, when Kansas University football pledge Carter Stanley was in fifth grade. So ended a father-son annual outing. By Tom Keegan
For those Kansas University basketball fans who turned off the TV in anger because Oklahoma had the gall to come back from a 20-point deficit to take a four-point lead, never claim that you never quit on your team.
The sun came up in the East, set in the West, Allen Fieldhouse didn’t have an empty seat and the player singled out by Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self with a second-half benching two nights earlier bounced back with a terrific effort. By Tom Keegan
The commitment of Vero Beach (Florida) High quarterback Carter Stanley gives Kansas University football coach David Beaty options not just at quarterback, but with quarterbacks. By Tom Keegan
Mark Mangino had one scholarship left for his first recruiting class and he didn’t want to spend it on a player who would amount to Mr. Irrelevant. Legendary Rockhurst High football coach Tony Severino remembers the conversation he had about a 205-pound Hawklet linebacker in his office with Mangino.
Ref’s whistles, too many of them, gave the game a feel of a faucet being turned on, then off, then on, then off. In part, Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. can be thanked for the ugly play, because his contributions at both ends. When he saw a clear path to the lane, he drove there and defenders fouled him. Another stoppage in play on the way to KU’s 67-57 victory against Oklahoma State. By Tom Keegan
Jim Harbaugh has a new title. As most know, he no longer is the San Francisco 49ers head football coach. What many might not know is that Harbaugh now is Michigan’s “J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach.” By Tom Keegan
It’s easy to forget that Cliff Alexander was ranked by rivals.com the fourth-best high school basketball prospect in the Class of 2014. Drama of some sort usually accompanies prospects who arrive with that much fanfare. You know, one-and-done talk, much discussion about minutes or lack thereof and other distractions of that variety that derail talented teenagers from the most direct path to improvement. Not so with Alexander. By Tom Keegan
Newfangled statistical analytics have shed some light on how certain players and teams perform, but they carry way too much weight in that some people don’t trust what they see with their eyes unless it’s when they are using those eyes to read analytics.
Since that large segment of fans of Kansas University’s basketball team that double as supporters of the Kansas City Royals so enjoyed my comparison between the Jahyawks of the hardwood and the Yankees of the baseball diamond, I have another Yankees-KU comparison.
Plenty has been made so far this season about Kansas University's lack of point guard depth behind Superman starter Frank Mason III. But spend a game watching injured freshman Devonte' Graham operate on the bench and it'll leave you feeling just fine about the Jayhawks' lead guard position. Column by Matt Tait