Sometimes seven is enough, as the Kansas basketball team has shown so far this season and showed 43 seasons ago.
You can’t really learn much about an athlete by listening to him answer questions fired at him from all directions, especially in a group session in which the next query generally has little to do with the previous response. It’s no way to learn anything about Lagerald Vick, a long, lean, quiet, 6-foot-5 sophomore from Memphis, so I requested and was granted a one-on-one interview with him. What follows is a sampling of what he revealed about himself during our half-hour conversation.
Add soothsayer to the list of roles Kansas basketball coach Bill Self plays at work. Motivator, tactician, recruiter, promoter and now, forecaster of the future. By Tom Keegan
In preparation for his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse as a head coach, Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood got right to the essence of what makes Kansas such a tough team when he wrote one word next to Josh Jackson’s name on the scouting report: “Dog.” By Tom Keegan
An inexperienced player still paralyzed by thinking about what he’s supposed to be doing, instead of instinctively doing it, Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick too often is neither here nor there, rather over there, outside the play.
Face it and embrace it: The momentum for Kansas football feels more real now than at any moment in the post-Mangino/Reesing years. By Tom Keegan
Seldom does a college basketball player dominate a quarter of a game the way Kansas senior guard Frank Mason did Tuesday night to rally the Jayhawks to an 81-70 victory at Oklahoma.
By the time Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sits in front of the microphones to discuss the game his team just played, he’s in board-room mode, smoothly reviewing the key points with a calm demeanor, sprinkling in humor, clearly communicating his message. By Tom Keegan
The pattern repeats itself with uncanny regularity. Kansas basketball coach picks the time to crank up the public criticism of his team in a specific area, hammers it home behind closed practice doors and the players respond to the challenge in impressive fashion.
Quick-leaping, 6-foot-8 Texas Tech forward Zach Smith was in the midst of an impressive night. Smith smelled another blocked shot, but not even Fearless Frank Mason would have the temerity to put up a shot with Smith’s long arms and 9-inch height advantage standing in his way, would he? By Tom Keegan
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk traveled all the way from Ukraine to Lawrence to pursue his dream of becoming an NBA player. He’s a world traveler, all right, but never had he experienced any travel as memorable as one from Tuesday night that he’ll never forget. By Tom Keegan
So many years with so many false alarms have conditioned us all to think that any school other than Kansas having a shot at gaining an outright Big 12 basketball title has a hollow ring to it.
A seven-man rotation certainly isn’t ideal, but Kansas can get away with it if it can figure out how to defend aggressively without piling up fouls.
Leave it to a senior in a time of need to deliver in a time of need. One such time arrived Friday night in Schollmaier Arena for Kansas center Landen Lucas.
The first leg of an 18-game journey aimed at winning a 13th-consecutive Big 12 title opens Friday at 8 p.m. in Fort Worth, vs. TCU, so now’s the last chance to predict the order of the Big 12 standings.