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Notebook: Malik Newman leaves game with a concussion

When three Arizona State players and Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley stepped into the Allen Fieldhouse media room to field questions about their 95-85 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Sunday afternoon, three of the four were wearing ASU warm-up shirts that simply read, “Guard U” on the front of them. By Matt Tait

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More Miscues: Jayhawks struggle defensively, fall at home to Arizona State

Back-to-back men's basketball losses don't happen all that often at Kansas, so when they do the aftermath often includes some harsh words and serious reality checks. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. No. 16 Arizona State

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Sunday's Top 20 showdown with Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self searching for 'dogs'

Kansas coach Bill Self is in search of a dog. But not because he lost the family pet or is trying to get rid of pesky cats in his neighborhood. By Matt Tait

Water valve malfunction causes flooding at Allen Fieldhouse; game still on for Sunday

A water valve malfunction on the third floor of the south side of Allen Fieldhouse left as much as 3 feet of standing water in some areas and sent water pouring down to the ground floor.

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Phone call with Syracuse staff helped Washington's Mike Hopkins game plan for Kansas

Sometimes in sports, coaches and players spend hours studying an opponent and preparing for game day only to see things go south when game time finally arrives. And then there are moments like Wednesday night, when all you need is a phone call. By Matt Tait

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Zone-busted: Washington's strategy flummoxes No. 2 Kansas

For the second game in a row, Lagerald Vick in the high post proved to be a massive story line for the Kansas men's basketball team. But this time, instead of the junior guard giving KU's opponent fits, it almost looked as if Washington wanted Vick to be there. That was the recipe all night for the upset-minded Huskies, who led No. 2 Kansas for 28:53 and ran away at the end, 74-65, at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Early foul trouble forces KU to go small in loss to Washington

Foul trouble on the Kansas basketball team’s two big men once again forced Clay Young into action during the first half on Wednesday night at Sprint Center. This time, however, Young's contribution did not lead to senior point guard Devonte' Graham calling him the game's MVP. Instead, it led to the first Kansas loss of the season, a 74-65 dud at the hands of visiting Washington. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Washington

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in tonight's Jayhawk Shootout showdown with Washington at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks to get second crack at Syracuse-style zone

It's extremely rare for a college basketball team to play the same team twice in a row. And even though that will not be exactly the case at 8 p.m. Wednesday, when No. 2 Kansas faces Washington at Sprint Center in the Jayhawk Shootout in Kansas City, Mo., the unbeaten Jayhawks will be getting the next best thing.By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self indicates Billy Preston situation nearing resolution

In what has become fairly routine for the Kansas basketball program during the past month, KU coach Bill Self on Monday offered up the latest on the status of withheld freshman forward Billy Preston and used the words, “relatively near future,” in doing so. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Lagerald Vick finds groove vs. Syracuse zone

Occupying arguably the most important spot in the Kansas offense against Syracuse's dangerous 2-3 zone, junior guard Lagerald Vick delivered a masterful performance in the high post and helped the Jayhawks slug past Syracuse, 76-60, on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. Operating like a quarterback making reads down the field or a point guard playing from the inside out, Vick flirted with a triple-double, tallying 20 points, seven assists and eight rebounds in what was arguably the best and most active game of his career. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks squeeze Orange in Miami

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is not known for easily handing out high praise to his KU defenses, even in the biggest moments and after the most impressive performances. That's what made his postgame love for the second-ranked Jayhawks' stifling, first-half defense in Saturday's 76-60 victory over Syracuse at American Airlines Arena so noteworthy. By Matt Tait

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Freshman forward Billy Preston not in Miami with second-ranked Jayhawks

The news had no bearing on today's clash with Syracuse — 4:30 p.m. at American Airlines Arena on ESPN — but we now know for sure that KU freshman Billy Preston will not play against the Orange. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks eager to try to solve Syracuse's 2-3 zone

If it's not Jim Boeheim's scowl or that big, orange mascot, it's probably the 2-3 zone that first comes to mind when thinking Syracuse basketball. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Syracuse

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Saturday's Hoophall Miami Invitational vs. Syracuse at American Airlines Arena in Miami. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks remain 'hopeful' Billy Preston will rejoin the KU lineup

The no-news in the Billy Preston saga took on a slightly different sound on Thursday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball benefiting from putting defense first

They put up 96 points in a 38-point win, scored 59 in the first half and shot 75 percent from the floor during the first 20 minutes and 59 percent for the game. Yet, Tuesday night, during No. 2 Kansas' 96-58 victory over Toledo, it was defense, and not offense, that was never far from the Jayhawks' minds. By Matt Tait

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'As good of a team as I've ever seen': Jayhawks knock out Toledo with dominant stretch in first half

You probably have not spent much time — if any — thinking about it, given the unlikely and ridiculous sound of such a thing. But Tuesday night, at Allen Fieldhouse, during Kansas' 96-58 trouncing of Toledo, the Jayhawks showed you, the Rockets and the rest of the world exactly what a 32-3 run looks like. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Lawrence's Justin Roberts receives pregame ovation; KU football player could walk on

Normally when an opposing player is introduced at Allen Fieldhouse, he draws a few boos or no reaction at all from the home crowd. That was not the case on Tuesday night before KU's 96-58 drubbing of visiting Toledo, when Toledo sophomore Justin Roberts was introduced as a surprise starter. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Toledo

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in tonight's home matchup with the Toledo Rockets. By Matt Tait

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KU, Villanova announce future hoops series

Kansas and Villanova on Monday announced the creation of a two-year series that will take place in Lawrence and Philadelphia beginning in December of 2018. By Matt Tait

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Roberts Reunion: KU vs. Toledo a family affair

To most, Tuesday's Kansas basketball matchup with Toledo — 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse — is merely the sixth game on the Jayhawks' 2017-18 schedule. But to Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts and his son, Justin, the clash will be a showdown unlike any they have experienced. By Matt Tait

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Big Trouble: Azubuike, Lightfoot lead Jayhawks in rout over Oakland

Tuesday night, it was the Kansas guards who lit up the Allen Fieldhouse nets for a school-record 19 3-pointers in a rout of Texas Southern. Friday, the focus shifted inside and the result remained the same, as KU's two big men, so different in size, skill and status, led a 102-59 Kansas pounding of Oakland in the same building. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Malik Newman's father visits Allen Fieldhouse; no update on Billy Preston

Seeing it during Late Night and an official visit is one thing. But experiencing the mystique for an official game is something completely different. And Friday night, Malik Newman's father, Horatio Webster, truly experienced Allen Fieldhouse for the first time. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks headed back to the Big Apple in 2018

KU announced this week that the Jayhawks were one of four teams selected to play in the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off, a two-game, four-team event that will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Oakland

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in tonight's post-Thanksgiving clash with Oakland at Allen Fieldhouse.By Matt Tait

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The loud emergence of quiet Lagerald Vick

Although his natural disposition keeps him quiet off the court, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick is anything but silent on the floor. Here's the story of how KU's fast-rising star found his voice.By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Self says Azubuike 'deserved' technical foul

He made nine of 12 shots, finished one rebound shy of a double-double (20 point and nine boards) and added a steal, a block and assist and two fouls in 27 minutes. But the main thing on the mind of Kansas coach Bill Self about big man Udoka Azubuike following Tuesday’s 114-71 whipping of Texas Southern at Allen Fieldhouse was one of the things Azubuike did wrong. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks dial up record 19 3-pointers in rout of Texas Southern

The phone call was placed with the intent to be a prank, but it turned out being a premonition. Tuesday afternoon, several hours before Bill Self's third-ranked Kansas basketball team throttled Mike Davis' Texas Southern squad, 114-71, at Allen Fieldhouse, Self gave his old friend a ring and reminder. By Matt Tait.

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Game day Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Texas Southern

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in tonight's home clash with Texas Southern. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks still preparing to play without freshman forward Billy Preston

Although he offered no actual update on the status of withheld forward Billy Preston, who has missed all three of KU's regular season games so far, Kansas coach Bill Self admitted to being “worried” about the situation.By Matt Tait

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Self thrilled by 2018 recruiting haul, but still searching for more

Even with four future Jayhawks already signed in the 2018 recruiting class, KU men's baskteball coach Bill Self and his staff are searching for more.By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 4 KU basketball vs. South Dakota State

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in Friday's matchup with South Dakota State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Self says Billy Preston's status unchanged

Jayhawks preparing to play without their freshman forward Friday night

The Kansas men's basketball team went into Thursday's practice preparing to play Friday's game against South Dakota State without Billy Preston. By Matt Tait

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Five-star guard Quentin Grimes calls feeling of signing with KU indescribable

Quentin Grimes, a five-star guard ranked No. 11 by Rivals.com in the Class of 2018, announced his commitment to Kansas at a ceremony at College Park High in The Woodlands, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Shortly thereafter, he sent his national letter of intent to the KU basketball offices to make his commitment official. By Matt Tait

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KMCI-TV reaches deal with Spectrum Sports to simulcast early-season KU basketball games

There's good news for Kansas City-area Kansas basketball fans who in recent years have struggled to see a handful of early-season KU games televised on The Jayhawk Network. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks want to get sophomore center Udoka Azubuike more shots

On a night when the Kansas men's basketball team shot 35 percent from the floor and won, the one Jayhawk who finished with a field goal percentage above 50 percent had just five attempts. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self confident freshman forward Billy Preston will be back but unsure of when

Shortly after his team survived a scare from seventh-ranked Kentucky despite playing basically just six guys, Kansas coach Bill Self offered a little more information into the traffic incident that kept freshman forward Billy Preston in street clothes. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Preston sits again due to off-the-court incident; Newman earns first start

For the second consecutive game, Kansas freshman Billy Preston did not suit up for the Jayhawks during Tuesday's Champions Classic clash with Kentucky at United Center. By Matt Tait

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Another off-the-court incident sidelines KU's Billy Preston vs. Kentucky

Chicago — For the second consecutive game, Kansas freshman Billy Preston did not suit up for the Jayhawks during Tuesday's Champions Classic clash with Kentucky at United Center.

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Game day Breakdown: No. 4 KU basketball vs. No. 7 Kentucky

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in Tuesday night's Champions Classic clash with No. 7 Kentucky in Chicago. By Matt Tait

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Five-star KU recruit Silvio De Sousa's letter of intent arrives in Lawrence

It remains to be seen if he will be eligible to play for the Kansas basketball program this season. But there's no mistaking that 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward Silvio De Sousa, of IMG Academy by way of Angola, is a Jayhawk. By Matt Tait

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Five-star big man David McCormack inks with Kansas

A few hours after the Kansas basketball program announced the signing of Class of 2018 point guard Devon Dotson on Saturday, a second letter of intent arrived in the KU basketball offices. By Matt Tait

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Tennessee State coach Ford on KU's Graham: 'You really can't guard him'

After putting up stellar statistics that did not officially count during KU’s three exhibition games, Kansas point guard Devonté Graham finally got his senior season off and running on Friday night and nearly recorded a triple-double in the process. By Matt Tait

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Class of 2018 point guard Devon Dotson officially a Jayhawk

The Kansas men’s basketball team officially has its point guard of the near future. With Frank Mason III now playing in the NBA and Devonté Graham playing his final season as a Jayhawk, KU coach Bill Self knew he needed a lead guard to replace them and zeroed in on Devon Dotson, a five-star point guard from Charlotte. By Matt Tait

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Magnificent seven: Shortened rotation no issue for KU in season-opening rout

So much of the talk about the 2017-18 Kansas basketball team centered on whether the Jayhawks had enough depth, particularly in the front court, to be the kind of team they want to be and one the fans expect. Friday night, in a 92-56, season-opening whipping of Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks played a man down and proved even that was not a problem. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks can finally shift focus toward Kentucky

Now that the fourth-ranked Kansas basketball team has done what head coach Bill Self asked by focusing solely on Friday night’s home opener — a 92-56 pasting of Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse — all of the Jayhawks’ attention can turn to Kentucky. By Matt Tait

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A hoops heritage: As KU men’s basketball tips off its 120th season, a Naismith recalls the man who started it all

One of six consecutive James Naismiths in the family’s lineage, including his own son, grandson and great-grandson, Jim Naismith has spent a large portion of his life seeking to learn more about his grandfather. As Kansas basketball tips off its 120th season at 8 p.m. tonight against Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse — KU’s first game was played Feb. 3, 1899, with Naismith himself coaching on the sideline — he'll be watching from his home in Texas.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 4 KU basketball vs. Tennessee State

A look at some of the keys for No. 4 Kansas in tonight's regular-season opener at Allen Fieldhouse against Tennessee State. By Matt Tait

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