Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis, who is still wearing a brace at practice and in games to protect his sprained right knee, had an especially strong workout Saturday. By Gary Bedore
During the past three seasons, Wichita State guard Ron Baker has demonstrated on dozens of occasions the unflappable demeanor that has made him one of the toughest players in college basketball. By Matt Tait
Accomplished Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall tried to assume the role coaches enjoy during the buildup to monster games such as the one his Shockers play today against Kansas University. It didn’t quite fit this time. By Tom Keegan
It has been 22 long years since Sunflower State schools Kansas University and Wichita State have met on the basketball court. By Gary Bedore
The Kansas University basketball team took the CenturyLink Center court for the second round of pre-game warmups Friday morning, meaning it was time for New Mexico State’s players to all go to the other end of the floor. Kansas point guard Fearless Frank Mason III, a 5-foot-11 giant, stopped for an instant, locked his big eyes on one of the Aggies’ tallest players and gave him the icy glare typically seen at the center of the ring when boxers receive instructions. If Mason’s glare had lips, perhaps they would have formed the words, “I’m going to play bigger than you.” By Tom Keegan
Kansas University junior and Wichita native Perry Ellis said the idea of Sunday's showdown with Wichita State was exciting but still "just basketball." By Gary Bedore
Led by a hot-shooting day from behind the arc and some unusual pregame fun, the Kansas University men's basketball team moved into the next round of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-56 victory over No. 15 seed New Mexico State on Friday at CenturyLink Center. By Gary Bedore
The game everyone wanted to see is set. Sunday, in Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas University and Wichita State will lock up in the first meeting between the two men's basketball programs since 1993.
Down three at halftime, the seventh-seeded Wichita State University men's basketball team outscored 10-seed Indiana by eight in the second half of Friday's opening-round NCAA Tournament game in Omaha, to give the Sunflower State what it has been waiting for and talking about since the brackets were revealed last Sunday.
He made just three shots in 32 minutes and took a beating every trip down the floor. Holding New Mexico State big man Tshilidzi Nephawe to just 10 points may not have been the only key to Kansas' 75-56 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center on Friday, but it definitely did not hurt. By Matt Tait
A stellar first half and the return of some hot three-point shooting led No. 2 seed Kansas to a 75-56 victory over 15th-seeded New Mexico State and into the third round of the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait
Barring an unforeseen mishap, such as somebody slipping in the shower Friday morning, Kansas University’s basketball team should be relatively healthy heading into an 11:15 a.m., second-round NCAA Tournament game against New Mexico State. By Gary Bedore
New Mexico State guard Matt Taylor remembers a time, not long ago, when he thought teammates Daniel Mullings and DK Eldridge were the best defenders on the planet. By Matt Tait
Down goes Iowa State. Down goes Baylor. Down goes Texas. Just a bad day for the Big 12, or a good day to stop referring to it as the best basketball conference in the country? Both. By Tom Keegan
Kelly Oubre Jr. has the same reaction whenever it is stated in print, electronic or social media that Kansas University’s basketball team is destined to suffer the same fate of, say, an Iowa State, Baylor or Texas in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. By Gary Bedore