Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets in for a bucket past West Virginia guard Jermaine Haley (10) and West Virginia forward Lamont West (15) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Extra prep time and lots of rest up next for Kansas basketball

Riding a three-game winning streak and finally feeling good about the direction of the team and their play on the floor, the Jayhawks head into an off week with two monster games on the horizon. By Matt Tait

February 17, 2019


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Jayhawks say 'it's all coming together' for Kansas basketball

While there are nearly a dozen basketball-specific reasons for KU's recent 3-game win streak, the Jayhawks themselves say one of the biggest factors in this team's turnaround has been the fact that everything has just started to come together. By Matt Tait

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To avoid sanctions, KU basketball may need to convince NCAA Gassnola is not a booster

The biggest win or loss for the University of Kansas basketball program may not come on the court this year. It may come down to whether KU leaders can convince NCAA officials that a man at the center of a pay-for-play college basketball recruiting scandal isn’t a booster of KU.

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks' defense trending upward in final weeks of regular season

Decidedly, the Jayhawks’ assertiveness on defense set them up for their third victory in a row. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Former Jayhawks watch KU roll over West Virginia

Saturday’s 78-53, runaway victory by No. 14 Kansas over West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse took place in front of nearly two dozen former KU greats, who chose the NBA’s All-Star weekend as the perfect time to host a reunion in Lawrence.

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Mr. Opportunity: K.J. Lawson scores 15 points to help No. 14 Kansas trounce West Virginia

Kansas sophomore K.J. Lawson entered Saturday’s 78-53 victory by No. 14 Kansas over last-place West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse averaging just 9 minutes per game and fighting to find opportunities to show what he could do. The Memphis transfer and older brother of KU’s leading scorer, Dedric Lawson, got 24 of them during Saturday’s victory and finished in a tie for the team lead with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a game where every Jayhawk who played contributed something positive to the cause. By Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 14 Kansas wallops West Virginia to claim third consecutive win

In a conference season full of nail-biters, Saturday’s thrashing was a nice refresher for the Kansas men’s basketball team. No. 14 Kansas led for all but one minute, and even had a double-digit advantage over the final 30 minutes of the contest, during a 78-53 win over West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) avoided the season sweep of the Mountaineers (10-15, 2-10) after dropping a 65-64 decision in Morgantown on Jan. 19.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 14 Kansas basketball vs. West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 14th-ranked Kansas in today's rematch with West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Kansas coach Bill Self on the Big 12 race: 'K-State is in the driver's seat'

With just 6 games to play in the Big 12 regular season, — 7 for Kansas State — the Kansas men's basketball team sits a game and a half behind the team that KU coach Bill Self says is in the "driver's seat" to win this year's league crown. By Matt Tait

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Gatto, others in NCAA basketball scandal seek probation; they argue scheme was designed to help KU, other universities

The three men who were convicted of fraud for their schemes in a college basketball recruiting scandal — which included the University of Kansas program — recently asked a judge to sentence them to probation rather than jail, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.

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National honor the latest indicator of freshman point guard Devon Dotson's rapid development

Mere hours after turning in what Kansas coach Bill Self said “may have been his best game,” freshman point guard Devon Dotson was named the national freshman of the week by CBS Sports and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. By Matt Tait

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Mature mindset kept KU sophomore K.J. Lawson ready for Monday's big moment in win over TCU

The circumstances had to present themselves just right for Kansas sophomore K.J. Lawson to be in the position to hit two of the game’s biggest shots during KU’s recent road win over TCU. But once they did, there was not a player on the Kansas roster who questioned whether the sophomore wing would come through. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' locker room a reflection of just how big Monday's road win at TCU really was

Fort Worth, Texas — Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji was out of breath when he took his seat for the postgame meeting with the media following 14th-ranked Kansas’ 82-77, overtime victory at TCU on Monday night. And, sure, dropping 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 41 minutes probably had something to do with it. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Marcus Garrett unable to play in front of familiar face after missing TCU game with ankle injury

Fort Worth, Texas — Vernon Turner remembers, four or five years ago, when KU sophomore Marcus Garrett, then a freshman at Skyline High in Dallas, would warm up with the Skyline freshman team and scare the dickens out of the opponent on just about every occasion.

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Quick Recap: No. 14 Kansas outlasts TCU in overtime to end recent road woes

Fort Worth, Texas — Very little has come easy for the 14th-ranked Kansas basketball team since Big 12 Conference play began back in early January. And that theme continued Monday night at Schollmaier Arena, where the Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs needed overtime to settle KU’s latest road challenge, an 82-77 win by Kansas on a wild night for both teams.

February 2019