There was no Thanksgiving Day hangover in Orlando for the Kansas or Tennessee men’s basketball teams, which waged a heck of an entertaining battle in the semifinals of the Orlando Classic, won by KU, 82-67.
Rhode Island, coached by Danny Hurley, came into Thursday's Orlando Classic game against Kansas University with a game-plan based on the Jayhawks' dismal three-point shooting in the first three games of the season. The Rams dared them to shoot. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University put a 76-60 beat-down on Rhode Island in an opening round Orlando Classic game at HP Fieldhouse. So many strong efforts to discuss, yet the message-board mentality of “I want the world and I want it now,” forever lurks and occasionally finds its way into KU coach Bill Self’s world. Column by Tom Keegan
KU's basketball players were stuck on an elevator on Wednesday for about 10 minutes. By Gary Bedore
One of Kansas University’s most forceful dunkers thus far this basketball season has been the unlikeliest of candidates: calm, cool, collected, laid-back Perry Ellis. The 6-foot-8 Ellis score a team-leading 17 points in the Jayhawks’ 76-60 first-round Orlando Classic victory over Rhode Island in HP Field House. By Gary Bedore
There clearly was no concern about the tryptophan effect for the Kansas University men's basketball team on this Thanksgiving in Orlando. Playing in the quarterfinals of the Orlando Classic on the Walt Disney World resort, the Jayhawks stormed out of the gate and put Rhode Island in a big hole in a hurry en route to a 76-60 victory over the Rams.
Bill Self would like to see Kansas University’s basketball players hoist a trophy after playing three games this week in the Orlando Classic.
Landen Lucas now knows what it’s like to be introduced as a starter at tradition-rich Kansas University.
Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe has averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 assists a game in his first five games with the Los Angeles D-fenders of the NBA Developmental League. The team plays in the Lakers’ practice facility which seats under 200 fans.
ESPN reported Monday that former KU guard Xavier Henry of the Los Angeles Lakers has a ruptured left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season.
Kansas University’s Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr., are included on the preseason Wayman Tisdale Award watch list. The award, which goes to the country’s top freshman, is sponsored by the USBWA. Duke’s Jabari Parker won a year ago.
Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis, who had four points and two boards against Kentucky, responded with 17 points in 26 minutes during KU’s 87-60 home win against Rider.
Sophomore Landen Lucas (career best nine points, four boards, two steals) was in the starting lineup for this first time in his career Monday night in Kansas University’s 87-60 victory over Rider.
Sharp mind, meet your perfect match: The first time Bob Dylan took pen to paper to write lyrics. Bill Gates’ introduction to a computer. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk playing his initial game of five-on-five. Column by Tom Keegan
Kansas University freshman guard Devonté Graham could have played if necessary on Monday night against Rider.
Kansas University sophomore Wayne Selden Jr. failed to score a point for the first time in his 38-game college career on Monday night. Before anybody thinks he had an off night ... the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Roxbury, Massachusetts dished a career-high nine assists against one turnover in an 87-60 rout of Rider. He took just four shots in 28 minutes. By Gary Bedore