Kellly Oubre Jr. ranks as most likely Kansas player to join the ranks of the one-and-done college basketball players because his long-range potential equates to guaranteed first-round money. He doesn't talk about such things, knowing it’s a distraction from the task at hand, Kansas winning an 11th consecutive Big 12 title. By Tom Keegan
The 2007-08 Kansas University basketball team that won the national title didn’t have a single player named first-team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and a skunking could happen again this season.
As the Kansas University men’s basketball team charges toward another Big 12 championship and 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, several other KU programs that get far less attention are starting to follow in the elite hoops program’s footsteps.
Nobody has to tell this season’s Kansas University basketball team to make itself comfortable. It needs no help with that. Make a few threes, build a double-digit lead, and let it amount to the equivalent of a little something to take the edge off the moment. Then the other team catches up, which is usually what happens when one team plays with a sense of urgency and the other does not. By Tom Keegan
Dean Smith won 13 ACC tournament-title games, 11 Elite Eight contests, two national-title battles and an Olympic Gold medal. But there is no winning against Alzheimer’s. It’s undefeated. By Tom Keegan
The road to the Big 12 title runs through Lawrence, so many supporters of Kansas University basketball team are so proud of saying so frequently. Think about it, though. It’s the toughness and talent required to win when the Jayhawks hit the road out of Lawrence that has been the key to winning 10 consecutive Big 12 titles. By Tom Keegan
If you never have been to Texas and don’t much like to travel, just introduce yourself to David Beaty if you run into him at a local barbecue joint.
My 10th Kansas University football signing day included the best quote I have heard at one, and it was spoken Wednesday by first-year head coach David Beaty. “We don’t care what anybody else thinks,” Beaty said. “We only care what we think.” By Tom Keegan
Ridiculously high coaching turnover qualifies as one of many reasons the Kansas University football program is coming off its worst five-year run (12-48) in history. By Tom Keegan
Big atmospheres bring out the best in big-time teams. Kansas University left no doubt that it fits that description in rolling Iowa State, 89-76, on a Big Monday night party. By Tom Keegan
Book-smart types don’t have any trouble identifying Kansas University’s No. 1 Big 12 basketball rival now that Missouri has bolted to the SEC. History and geography books and maps point to Kansas State. That’s nice, but basketball games aren’t played in libraries. They are played in buildings with home crowds determined to unnerve opponents. By Tom Keegan
When they caught the first glimpse of Wayne Selden’s fresh haircut, most of the customary 16,300 spectators who jammed into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday probably figured the Kansas University sophomore shooting guard was trying to change his luck by lopping off about 80 percent of his hair. Not the case. The motivation for tightening up his look means more to Selden than breaking a shooting slump. By Tom Keegan
Watching Frank Mason play basketball prompts a question to which no answer easily comes to mind: Is there a sport he could not excel at had he grown up playing it?
Let’s see, sophomore Brannen Greene contributed five points, a big blocked shot and a rebound in the final 32 seconds of Kansas University’s 64-61 Wednesday night victory against TCU, so why did it seem as if every time he turned around he was doing something wrong? By Tom Keegan
Ed Warinner, Kansas University’s offensive coordinator oh-so-many head coaches and so few years ago, was back in Lawrence on Tuesday, although not in the capacity that he had hoped.