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Jim Baker

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Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder on a recent radio show indicated the Tigers couldn't recruit KU's Brandon Rush because of possible academic issues. The Tigers, Snyder said, were faced with strict standards in recruiting following NCAA probation.

Ranked and rollin'

Bill Self spoke to his bruised and battered mentor, Eddie Sutton, on the phone Monday morning.

KU plays down poll

Kansas University's basketball players didn't celebrate Monday after learning they were ranked 22nd in the country in both polls.

KU's Case inspired

Oklahoman eager to play dad's school

Jeremy Case takes extra incentive into tonight's Kansas University-Oklahoma State men's basketball game.

KU weathers blow

Jayhawks take ISU's best shot

Russell Robinson might want to wear shoulder pads the next time Kansas University and Iowa State meet in men's basketball.

Self feels for Snyder, 'a good person'

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self was saddened Friday to learn Quin Snyder had resigned his head-coaching position at Missouri.

Stinson seeking revenge

Russell Robinson, whose Kansas University men's basketball squad won Jan. 28 in Ames, Iowa, knows Curtis Stinson and Iowa State won't go down again without a fight.

Rookies drawing praise

KU freshmen earn rave reviews after Nebraska win

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self recently decreed his three freshmen starters "sophomores at the least."

KU not ranked -- yet

Victories over No. 19-ranked Oklahoma and unrated Texas Tech weren't enough to propel Kansas University's red-hot men's basketball team into the Top 25 this week.

Green's return will be 'weird'

Jerry Green, who spent four successful seasons sitting next to best buddy Roy Williams on Kansas University's basketball bench in tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse, today will experience the other side.

Rush leaning toward return -- for now

If Brandon Rush had to decide today, he likely would choose another year of college over the NBA.

Rush making his mark

In what is partly a testament to Brandon Rush's ability and also a strong sign of Kansas University's youth, Rush, KU's freshman guard out of Kansas City, Mo., soon figures to become the Jayhawks' active career leading scorer.

Self gives OK for Downs' transfer

Micah Downs cell-phoned Bill Self on Tuesday afternoon from his new home: Spokane, Wash., home of Gonzaga University.

Tech puzzled by lack of fans

Even with Hall of Famer -- soon to become the winningest coach of all time -- Bob Knight patrolling the sidelines, Texas Tech men's basketball isn't a big-time attraction in Lubbock, Texas.

Tonight's the Knight

Legendary coach's Red Raiders to clash with Jayhawks in Big Monday matchup

Brandon Rush, who confessed to scanning the stands behind the visitor's bench to catch a glimpse of Ashley Judd during Kansas University's rout of Kentucky on Jan. 7, said he wouldn't sneak a peek at the most famous person in Allen Fieldhouse tonight.

One more for road

Poised Jayhawks win away from home -- again

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self raced past a group of reporters en route to a postgame interview with ESPN, giving an emphatic thumbs up to the Jayhawks' exciting 95-85 victory over Iowa State on Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.

Ex-Jayhawk Downs taps 'Zags

Micah Downs has decided to transfer to Gonzaga University.

ISU's Stinson has Kansas' attention

Cyclones guard has scored 27 points in three straight contests entering today's game

Just like Missouri's Thomas Gardner, who dropped 40 on Kansas University's shell-shocked defense earlier this season, Iowa State's Curtis Stinson is capable of putting up points in a hurry.

New D saves KU's day

Kansas turns to -- gulp -- zone to beat Ags

A strict believer in in-your-face, man-to-man defense, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self rarely turns to the dreaded zone.

Jackson plays big for Kansas

Self called on 'bigger bodies' against A&M

Darnell Jackson's big, bruising body came in handy Wednesday against Texas A&M.

Wright makes right

His back has bothered him. His foot has been sore. And his stomach has churned wildly because of a flu bug. Julian Wright certainly has had some bad days since enrolling at Kansas University last summer. He just never has let anybody know about them.

Husker 'D' has flummoxed foes

Nebraska's proud football defenders are known as the "Blackshirts."

Leap into KU lore

Lew Perkins peered into a shiny glass case, pointing enthusiastically at a rare Kansas University basketball artifact.

Jayhawks take beating on radio, 'Net

Russell Robinson flipped on his car radio dial Tuesday, a day after Kansas University's overtime college basketball loss to Missouri.

The morning after

Moody in good spirits following Monday's drama

Kansas University's basketball coaches tried to phone Christian Moody on Tuesday morning, hours after the Jayhawk senior missed a pair of possible game-winning free throws against rival Missouri.

Dejvu at Mizzou

Kansas crumbles late again

Mark Moody gave his son, Christian, a heartfelt hug in a Mizzou Arena hallway Monday night. "We're going to spend some time together tonight," the dad said after watching his son head dejectedly toward Kansas University's team bus after a hard-to-believe, 89-86 overtime loss to rival Missouri.

So long, streak

KU's dominance over K-State comes to end

As hard as it is for Kansas University's basketball players, coaches and fans to believe ... the streak is dead. Long live the streak.

Jayhawks shocked

'They are taking it real tough'

A rare loss to Kansas State had Kansas University's basketball players feeling mighty low Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

Self: K-State will be fired up

Coach won't judge Wildcats just on blowout loss

Bill Self bristled Friday when a reporter suggested that Kansas State didn't "look like a good basketball team" against Nebraska on Wednesday night. "Everybody has bad games," Self, Kansas University's basketball coach, said, commenting on K-State's 57-42 home loss ...

Jayhawks will face threat in CU's Roby

Like his half brother, Kenyon Martin, who makes megamillions of dollars with the Denver Nuggets, University of Colorado sophomore sensation Richard Roby hopes to someday strike it rich in the NBA.

Jackson tickled to hit road

Jayhawk sophomore happy suspension is over

Kansas University's men's basketball team is 4-0 with Darnell Jackson and 5-4 without him.

Jayhawks may make more trips to tourneys

NCAA expected to OK annual participation in 'exempt' events

Kansas University basketball fans will be able to work on their frequent-flier miles in coming years, thanks to the NCAA Management Council. The Council on Sunday recommended allowing teams to play in exempt tournaments every year -- not the current two tourneys every four seasons. The recommendation should be rubber-stamped by the NCAA Board of Directors in April.

What a Rush!

Freshman sparks KU, catches actress Judd's eye

Focused intently on basketball most of the game, Brandon Rush let his mind wander for a moment Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

'89 blowout still memorable

Kentucky steamed over KU's 150-95 victory

Kentucky's last trip to Allen Fieldhouse resulted in a Wildcat loss of epic proportions. The Jayhawks' crazy 150-95 decision on Dec. 9, 1989, is the most points scored by a KU team and the most allowed by a UK squad. It's a game that won't be forgotten by fans at the two tradition-rich schools -- a game UK head coach Tubby Smith referenced to his team after Thursday's practice.

Marquee matchup

Win over Kentucky would be 'big feather' for KU

Kansas University's men's basketball team, currently slotted 139th in the country in the RPI ratings, is in need of a marquee nonconference victory. That victory -- which coach Bill Self says would bolster his team's confidence entering Big 12 Conference play and, no doubt, would make the Jayhawks (8-4) seem a more attractive NCAA Tournament candidate on Selection Sunday...

Self pleased with Robinson's play at point

KU combo guard has developed a passing fancy during Jayhawks' last five games

Once careless with the basketball, Russell Robinson has become one of the most efficient distributors on Kansas University's team. The 6-foot-1 sophomore combo guard from New York has 18 assists against four turnovers in the Jayhawks' last five games.

Bahe back to cheer on buddies

Kansas basketball transfer enjoys watching Case, Vinson in action against New Orleans

Seated in the stands behind Kansas University's basketball bench, Nick Bahe cheered loudly as two of his former "Red Team" teammates played a significant role in Thursday's 73-56 rout of New Orleans at Allen Fieldhouse. Red-shirt sophomore Jeremy Case and senior Stephen Vinson combined for 18 points and five assists while logging 38 minutes, leading the Jayhawks to their seventh victory in 11 tries.

Katrina, injuries can't kill Privateers' spirit

Ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, the house of University of New Orleans basketball coach Monte Towe needs new walls and floors and won't be livable until the summer.

Moody's solid play throws wrench into lineup

After starting the same five players in Kansas University's first nine basketball games, coach Bill Self tinkered just a bit in Game Ten.

Jackson cites improvement

Sophomore says he's ready to play after suspension

Darnell Jackson started to smile ... and nod ... before a reporter completed the simplest question.

Westphal made 'em fall

Sharpshooter brings icy Pepperdine to face KU

One of the best pure perimeter shooters in basketball history will patrol the visitor's bench tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas tipoff changed

KU-Pepperdine game to start at 6 p.m.

The game time for Monday's Kansas University-Pepperdine men's basketball game has been changed by ESPN.

KU: NCAA probe of Rush 'no issue'

Brandon Rush has started at small forward for Kansas University during each of the Jayhawks' seven basketball games this season.

Robinson can't wait for Garden

Madison Square Garden -- "The Garden," as it's referred to in the Big Apple -- has been deemed in a catchy advertising campaign, "The World's Most Famous Arena."

Kansas wrings 'Necks

Wright sparks Jayhawks

After playing double-digit minutes in Kansas University's first four basketball games -- as well as two exhibitions -- a healthy Julian Wright was barely used at all in Thursday's loss against Nevada.

Fazekas shows he's tough

Nevada junior played despite food poisoning

When healthy, Nick Fazekas is as talented a big man as there is in the country.

Self: Maui losses were Kansas' gain

Precious few college basketball coaches dare risk losing games this early in the season.

Talkin' Kansas basketball

Keegan, Bedore hold court, Hawaiian-style

Sports editor Tom Keegan and assistant sports editor Gary Bedore held an oceanside conversation Thursday while C.J. Giles, Russell Robinson, Julian Wright, Brandon Rush, Micah Downs, Mario Chalmers, Moulaye Niang, Matt Kleinmann and Sasha Kaun played in the massive waves and, in some cases, even body-surfed on Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina, Maui.

Chalmers rebounds

Freshman learns from Arizona game

Mario Chalmers did not take a leisurely dip in the ocean or stroll on the beach after his seven-turnover performance against Arizona on Monday at the Maui Invitational.

Cramps strike KU's Hawkins

Jayhawks were hindered in 2001 appearance, too

Jeff Hawkins crumpled to the floor, writhing in pain Monday at Lahaina Civic Center.