When a key player goes down and more is expected of every one of his teammates, not just those who play his position, it allows those who need it to hit the reset button and see what happens. Here’s what has happened with Malik Newman: Two games into the Big 12 tournament in Sprint Center, Newman has scored 52 points, made 19 of 29 shots, 9 of 14 3-pointers and totaled seven assists, two turnovers and four steals. By Tom Keegan
Perennial national powerhouse Kansas clinched its 14th consecutive Big 12 title last weekend, but that doesn’t mean there are no streaks at stake when the Jayhawks take the court Saturday for a 3 p.m. tipoff at Oklahoma State.
Shaka Smart’s responsibilities as coach of the University of Texas basketball team include making his way to the scorers’ table to do a postgame interview with the Longhorns’ radio crew, win or lose.This night came with a twist that made it a little tougher than normal after his team lost to Kansas, 80-70, on Monday night, Senior Night, the last night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan
The rapid Kansas ball movement punctuated by swishes from long distance that defined the first half had faded. Relentless Texas Tech was making its charge, drawing within one point. And then, the best basketball player in the Big 12 closed the game the way his team closed the Big 12 basketball race — like a buzz saw with no off switch. By Tom Keegan
Skid Row is lined with gamblers who flouted conventional wisdom and bet against a winning streak.
After the table session ended and the players were rising from their chairs, third-year sophomore guard Malik Newman imparted a simple message to freshman forward Silvio De Sousa after Kansas dominated Oklahoma, 104-74, Monday in Allen Fieldhouse: “I’m proud of you, young fella’.”
Eighty minutes before game time Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham sat in a chair on the Oklahoma bench, eyed his target and launched a shot toward the basket. Swish. By Tom Keegan
During his freshman season at Kansas, Sherron Collins tried a lot of things at full speed and sometimes the game he saw in front of him seemed in his mind to be going even faster than he was.
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins cooled down almost as quickly as he flipped his lid in a way that earned him back-to-back technical fouls and an ejection with eight seconds remaining in Saturday night’s game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan
Part attorney, part NCAA watchdog, part basketball analyst, ESPN’s Jay Bilas is one of the better thinkers in our ever-expanding sports world.
The old rules no longer apply in Big 12 basketball. Not long ago, you could look at the rest of a team’s schedule and come pretty close to projecting the wins and losses.
Iowa State’s Solomon Young went up for a short baseline jumper, and Kansas center Udoka Azubuike went up with him and made contact. The whistle blew, and 21 seconds into the second half, Azubuike picked up his third foul. He stole a glance toward the bench, figuring he would see Mitch Lightfoot being summoned to replace him. Lightfoot remained seated. “I thought (Kansas coach Bill Self) was going to take me out, to be honest with you, but he kept me in the game,” Azubuike said afterward. By Tom Keegan
Against the backdrop of stories about ailing team chemistry and Bill Self talking about having to coach effort in February for the first time at Kansas, encouraging news broke on the recruiting front for the 13-time-defending Big 12 champion. By Tom Keegan
Unless and until the NCAA, its affiliated television networks and all media covering college basketball denounce and distance themselves from the dreaded RPI rankings, March Madness seeding won’t approach anything that resembles fair. By Tom Keegan
Kansas sophomore signee Miles Kendrick doesn’t look at a tall quarterback through green-tinted glasses of envy. He’s more likely to look at him and wonder how much better Stretch might be if only had the advantage of being shorter than the prototypical passer.