Brannen Greene looked as if he enjoyed the view Tuesday night from 20-plus feet outside the rim in Allen Fieldhouse so much better than the vantage point from the coach’s doghouse, where he has been sent multiple times in his career. By Tom Keegan
The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll says West Virginia is the 10th-best team in the nation and third-best in the Big 12, behind No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 6 Kansas. The Big 12 standings say otherwise. The Mountaineers sit alone atop the conference with an 8-2 record, one game ahead of the Jayhawks and Sooners in the loss column. By Tom Keegan
A pair of successful purple tuneups in Lawrence and Fort Worth checked off the schedule, gut-check week has arrived for a Kansas University basketball team that like most top 10 squads doesn’t always play like it or feel like it. By Tom Keegan
Perry Ellis is a polite guest in visiting arenas. Never does anything to show up the opposition or call attention to himself, but he's just so difficult to keep from doing what he wants to do, from acting as if he's playing in his own house. By Tom Keegan
Sheahon Zenger hired David Beaty in part because he is well-connected in Texas, where he won a high school state championship as a head coach in the Dallas area, worked at Rice and Texas A&M as an assistant and brought with him a reputation as a strong recruiter.
Fake outrage rages louder than ever in sports, so let me share some phony fury with you. Pretend all the letters are upper case, so you can hear me shout. By Tom Keegan
It was difficult to tell the winning coach from the losing one in the wake of Kansas University burying Kansas State again in Allen Fieldhouse, 77-59, Wednesday night. By Tom Keegan
The greatest team in the history of Kansas University volleyball gathered for a banquet Sunday in the Horejsi Family Athletic Center without a hint of conceit in the air. By Tom Keegan
In the area of coaching defense, Bill Self takes pride in the shiny staples in his toolbox. Motivational tools, instructive tools, video tools, all employed to tweak his helping man-to-man defense in just the right way for that night's opponent. And then there is that roll of duct tape hidden under a pile in the corner of the toolbox. By Tom Keegan
The lack of money can buy misery to someone carrying great responsibilities. A surplus of cash can ease stress, but it can’t buy happiness. By Tom Keegan
Jerry Waugh remembers well the moments leading up to the first basketball game between traditional college basketball powers Kansas and Kentucky on Dec. 16, 1950, in Lexington.
It’s as if the 19-point loss at Oklahoma State never happened in the minds of those who set odds, the bettors who move them, and the voters entrusted with ranking the nation’s top 25 college basketball teams. By Tom Keegan
Players-only meetings are nice. On-court leadership means a great deal more and that can't come from the coach. It can't come from the equipment manager. It's not something he can pack in a bag and bring on a road trip. By Tom Keegan
No matter where he is on the court, Kansas University's Perry Ellis occupies the thoughts of the opposing defense. He made two of four three-pointers and nine of 15 field goals, and all but one of his four rebounds came off the offensive glass. By Tom Keegan
To appreciate the enormity of Kansas University coach Bill Self’s 11 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, consider the background of his opposite number in today’s 1 p.m. tipoff.