St. Louis, here comes the Kansas University Jayhawks. KU qualified for its fourth straight Sweet 16 by defeating Pacific, 78-63, Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, moving on to next weekend in st. Louis. KU will face Alabama-Birmingham, which defeated No. 1 seed Kentucky, 76-75, on Sunday.
First-round games in the NCAA Tournament usually aren't this easy. The Jayhawks had few problems defeating the Flames, 78-53, on Friday at Kemper Arena, winning a game that wasn't in doubt after midway through the first half.
Kansas University's men's basketball team couldn't carry momentum from Friday's 25-point victory over Missouri to Saturday's game against Texas in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. The Longhorns wore down the Jayhawks and won, 64-60. Texas will face Oklahoma State in the tournament championship at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Kansas University's first two men's basketball victories over Missouri this season were decided by a total of 11 points, but the third match-up of the season Friday in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas was a Jayhawk blowout.
Missouri University's men's basketball team didn't leave the Hearnes Center quietly, but the Tigers did leave losers. Kansas University hit two big baskets in the final minute after a late run by Missouri, and the Jayhawks won their regular-season finale, 84-82, Sunday at the Hearnes Center, which will be replaced by a new arena in Columbia next season.
The Jayhawks had little trouble Wednesday avenging last month's 19-point loss to the Cornhuskers. KU won, 78-67, on Senior Night at Allen Fieldhouse, assuring the Jayhawks of a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference.
The Jayhawks have struggled to find help off their bench in many games this season, but that wasn't a problem against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Just two days after a hard-fought win over Iowa State, the Jayhawks fell victim to poor shooting and the Texas Longhorns' depth in an 82-67 victory Monday in Austin, Texas. The loss was KU's fourth straight Big 12 road loss, the team's longest streak since the 1986-87 season.
KU freshman J.R. Giddens came up big early and late for the Jayhawks on Saturday, helping KU defeat Iowa State, 90-89, in overtime at Allen Fieldhouse.
On a night the Jayhawks were trying to end a two-game losing streak, they broke out the red uniforms against Baylor on Wednesday and won, 74-54.
Against the Cornhuskers on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb., the Jayhawks fell victim to the same problem they ran into Monday against the Oklahoma State Cowboys -- hot shooting.
Oklahoma State hit 10 of its first 12 shots, including six of seven three-pointers, and blew away Kansas, 80-60, Monday in Stillwater, Okla. The victory gave the Cowboys, ranked No. 10 in Monday's Associated Press Top 25, took sole possession of the Big 12 Conference lead at 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the league. The 12th-ranked Jayhawks fell to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big 12.
Kansas University's men's basketball team had few problems in a strong 96-77 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks hit nine three-pointers and outscored the Red Raiders, 50-31, in the first 18 minutes of the second half.
The Jayhawks, who fell five spots in Monday's Associated Press Top 25, bounced back from Saturday's loss to the Iowa State Cyclones with a 65-56 win tonight against the rival Tigers at Allen Fieldhouse.
Iowa State ran its home record to 12-0 this season at the expense of Kansas University on Saturday, winning 68-61 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. KU led by eight points, 29-21, at halftime, but the Cyclones outscored the Jayhawks, 47-32, in the second half, hitting 61 percent of their shots and leading by as many as 10 points.
During Thursday's news conference as Kansas University's head women's basketball coach Marian Washington announced she was taking a leave of absence for undisclosed medical problems, the 57-year-old coach talked like she'd be back in a few weeks or, at the latest, the beginning of next season.
Kansas University head women's basketball coach Marian Washington announced Thursday that she will take a medical leave of absence effective immediately.
Kansas State's men's basketball team made Wednesday's game interesting late in the second half, but Kansas University held on for a 78-70 victory in Manhattan. The win was the Jayhawks' 28th straight over the Wildcats, including 21 in a row in Manhattan.
Maybe practice really does make perfect. Kansas University's men's basketball team defeated Colorado, 77-62, three weeks ago in Boulder, Colo., and had an even easier time Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, winning 78-57.
The Jayhawks took a break from Big 12 Conference foes, but the Richmond Spiders played as tough as any league opponent, defeating the Jayhawks, 69-68, Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse. Tony Dobbins hit a jumper in the lane with 1.3 seconds left, and Wayne Simien was called for an pushing foul on the inbounds pass for KU's last possession. The loss ended KU's 52-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.
The Jayhawks stayed undefeated in Big 12 Conference play with a 71-65 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station, Texas. Keith Langford, a native Texan, scored a team-high 21 points and regained the lead for KU late in the first half after Texas A&M had led for much of the period.
The Jayhawks earned their 27th straight victory over the Wildcats, 73-67 Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse, but it wasn't easy. The teams battled back and forth in the first half, exchanging the lead 12 times before intermission. KU took a 29-27 lead with just more than two minutes left in the half on a pair of free throws by Keith Langford, and didn't trail again.
Colorado ended KU's 23-game Big 12 Conference winning streak last season in Boulder, Colo., but the Jayhawks won the rematch Monday at the Coors Event Center, 77-62. The Jayhawks trailed 1-0 early after a free throw by David Harrison, but J.R. Giddens answered with a three-pointer and KU didn't trail again.
The Jayhawks got a handful from the unranked Villanova Wildcats in the first half, broke away midway through the second half and held off a late charge by Villanova before winning, 86-79, Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.
In their first game since losing to unranked Nevada and falling out of the top 10, the Jayhawks had few problems with the Bearcats.
Against Kansas University in the Tangerine Bowl, North Carolina State quarterback Phillip Rivers showed why he's likely to be one of the first quarterbacks chosen in next year's NFL draft. Rivers set bowl records for passing yards and touchdowns in leading the Wolfpack to a 56-26 victory Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Neither the No. 5-ranked Kansas Jayhawks nor the unranked Oregon Ducks had much luck shooting, but KU led for the majority of the game, holding off an Oregon comeback midway through the second half of a 77-67 victory Saturday at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
Without junior forward Wayne Simien and coming off a loss to Stanford, the No. 5-ranked Kansas Jayhawks had no problems handling Div. II opponent Fort Hays State on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse. Simien didn't play because of a strained groin, but freshman David Padgett picked up the slack down low, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the Jayhawks' 80-40 victory over the Tigers.
Stanford started the game with strong three-point shooting and finished it with solid free-throw shooting, dropping No. 1-ranked Kansas University, 64-58, Saturday at The Pond in Anaheim. The loss was KU's first under head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks' first loss in the Wooden Classic.
Kansas University junior and Fort Worth, Texas, native Keith Langford made the most of his first trip home, scoring a game-high 24 points in an 85-66 victory over Texas Christian on Monday. Langford played just six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, but scored 17 points in the second half, and added four rebounds and four assists.
In a matchup of two of college basketball's top teams, Kansas University led through most of the first half and opened a double-digit lead over Michigan State early in the second half. The Spartans closed the gap late in the period, but it wasn't enough, and the Jayhawks won, 81-74, Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Bill Self has his first victory as Kansas University's head basketball coach. The Jayhawks were locked in a tight struggle with Tennessee-Chattanooga for much of the first half, but finished the half strong and kept the momentum for much of the second half of an 90-76 victory Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University's 36-7 victory over Iowa State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium couldn't have played out -- or turned out -- much better. Bill Whittemore, playing his first game in nearly a month, scored three touchdowns and led the Jayhawks to their sixth victory of the season, giving KU its first non-losing record since 1995.
Kansas University freshman quarterback Adam Barmann left Saturday's game against Oklahoma State midway through the first quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Brian Luke replaced Barmann and led the Jayhawks to 10 first-half points, and KU trailed OSU by just six, 16-10, at halftime at Boone Pickens Stadium. Both quarterbacks played in the second half, but neither could muster much offense as the Jayhawks fell, 44-21, to the Cowboys.
Pittsburg State played Kansas University's men's basketball team close early in the first half, but the Jayhawks broke the game open with a 16-0 run midway through the half and coasted to a 103-73 victory Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University's defense played very well in the first half against Nebraska, but self-destructed with penalties and poor plays in the second half, and the Cornhuskers won, 24-3, Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks also were hurt by four turnovers, including three interceptions by freshman quarterback Adam Barmann, one of which was on Nebraska's one-yard line.
The Jayhawks looked shaky early in head coach Bill Self's debut and trailed by as many as 10 points early in the second half, but fought back for a 91-87 victory Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
In his first collegiate game Saturday, Kansas University's Adam Barmann set a school record for passing as a freshman and showed good poise against Texas A&M at Kyle Field. Unfortunately for Barmann and the Jayhawks, one bad play early in the second half doomed KU in a 45-33 loss to the Aggies.
The good -- Kansas University's football team held Kansas State to just 42 points Saturday at KSU Stadium, a year after giving up 64 points to the Wildcats at home. The bad -- the Jayhawks mustered just two field goals themselves, losing to the Wildcats by 36 points. The ugly -- KU quarterback Bill Whittemore left the game late in the first quarter with an apparent injury to his right shoulder and likely is out for the rest of the season.
Kansas University's offense sputtered much of the game, but the Jayhawks put together scoring drives in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 28-21 victory over Baylor on homecoming Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Leading 35-24 and in control at halftime, Kansas University's defense melted down in the second half which proved lethal as Colorado stormed back and defeated the Jayhawks, 50-47, in overtime Saturday at Folsom Field. "Give credit to Colorado," KU head coach Mark Mangino said. "They fought hard the whole game. We fought hard, but they fought harder. Today's game will benefit our program in the long run, and will be something we learn from. We have some things to work on, but we will keep up our effort."
Despite a passing attack nationally ranked in the top five, KU scored five times on the ground in a 35-14 victory over No. 23 Missouri on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Clark Green and Bill Whittemore both rushed for two touchdowns, as KU (4-1) racked up 207 rushing yards -- 139 of which came in the second half.
After scoring 28 points in the first quarter against Jacksonville State, the Kansas University football team's scoring pace slowed -- to a halt for more than two quarters -- but the Jayhawks held on for a 41-6 victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Trailing UNLV 17-16 at halftime, no thanks to two turnovers deep in Rebel territory, the KU football team stormed back with 202 yards, 12 first downs and 23 points in the third quarter before cruising to a 46-24 victory Saturday in Memorial Stadium. "It's a win, we're excited about that," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "We needed a win. The kids needed a win."
(Updated 10:39 p.m. Saturday) In the end, Northwestern had too much Jason Wright and KU had too many turnovers and too little luck. Wright, the Wildcats' senior running back, tied career highs of 196 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 41 carries, and the Jayhawks didn't have enough big plays in a 28-20 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in the rain.
Kansas University's baseball team has some extra incentive facing a win-or-leave situation today in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament. The Jayhawks will face the rival Missouri Tigers, who lost 11-0 to Baylor Thursday, at 1 p.m. today at SBC Bricktown Ballpark. The winner will play at least one more game in the tournament while the loser will go home.
Saying it's been "a whirlwind" experience, former Illinois coach Bill Self spoke for the first time to the media Monday afternoon as Kansas University's eighth men's basketball coach. Self was introduced by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who presented Self with a folding "head coach's chair," telling Self, "I know that you've dreamed of the head coach's chair at Kansas ever since you first coached at Allen Fieldhouse. So today's a day for dreams to come true. Here's the head coach's chair. We'd be pretty glad if you just kept it the next 25 years or so."
Four people will move quickly -- in days, not weeks -- to conduct a search for a new head basketball coach for Kansas University, Drue Jennings, interim athletic director, said at a press conference this morning.
During Wednesday's news conference announcing the firing of Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl, a reporter asked chancellor Robert Hemenway if the University of North Carolina had contaced him for permission to talk to basketball coach Roy Williams. Hemenway said Dick Baddour, North Carolina athletic director, had contacted the University at 11:30 a.m., though Hemenway wasn't sure of Baddour's reason behind the call.
The Jayhawks lost a close national championship game against the Orangemen because of two of KU's typical banes -- the opponent's three-point shooting and its own free-throw shooting. While being questioned about the North Carolina rumors by a television reporter after the game, KU head coach Roy Williams responded by saying, "I don't give a shit about North Carolina."