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KU junior Udoka Azubuike named to Abdul-Jabbar watchlist

After learning that he had earned a preseason all-Big 12 honorable mention nod from the league's coaches earlier this week, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike found his name as one of 20 on the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award watchlist, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday.

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Jayhawks the unanimous pick of Big 12 coaches to win 15th straight conference title

The Kansas men’s basketball team, for the eighth consecutive year, is the preseason pick of the Big 12 coaches to win the 2018-19 Big 12 title. By Matt Tait

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KU's Dedric Lawson named to Karl Malone watchlist

Another day, another Kansas basketball player added to a preseason college basketball watchlist. By Matt Tait

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KU's Dedric Lawson, Quentin Grimes earn Big 12 preseason honors

KU junior Udoka Azubuike also mentioned

If someone is going to end the Kansas men’s basketball team’s streak of consecutive Big 12 regular season titles at 14, they’re going to have to go through the conference’s preseason newcomer and freshman of the year to do it. By Matt Tait

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KU coaches seeking greater engagement from freshman guard Quentin Grimes

The man to whom he compared him on Wednesday, at KU’s annual media day, became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and, one year ago, signed a five-year contract extension worth $150 million. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks young and old following KU's leadership to find where they fit

Two minutes into the first Kansas basketball media day of his career, freshman point guard Devon Dotson already had it down. By Matt Tait

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Media Day Notebook: Chemistry, caution and early lessons all key for Kansas

One of the big reasons the 2017-18 Kansas basketball team ended its season at the Final Four in San Antonio in March was the chemistry and cohesion of the seven or eight core members of the team. By Matt Tait

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Self, Jayhawks still sorting out 2018-19 rotation

Practices began in late September. The first official game is now less than four weeks away. And Kansas basketball coach Bill Self still does not quite know how he will juggle all of that talent and depth the 2018-19 Jayhawks will bring to the floor this season. By Matt Tait

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Comparisons for KU freshman David McCormack hard to come by

The first time he saw him play, Kansas coach Bill Self saw something he liked in freshman forward David McCormack. But that was more than 60 pounds ago, when McCormack, the 6-foot-10, 265-pound forward from Oak Hill Academy, weighed well over 300 pounds and used his massive body to bully opponents near the basket. Today, things are a little different. By Matt Tait

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Rookie point guard Devon Dotson starting ahead of huge shoes he's being asked to fill

While it’s unfair to expect anything close to the numbers put up by Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham before him, KU freshman Devon Dotson could be well on his way to getting his career off to a faster start than either of those two All-Americans. By Matt Tait

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'This dude can score' - KU's Charlie Moore more than just a point guard

One look at his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame is all it takes to determine that Kansas sophomore Charlie Moore is a serious contender to fill the shoes vacated by Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham as the KU point guard. But don’t let the Cal transfer’s size lock you in to thinking that point guard is the only position Moore can play. By Matt Tait

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KU doubles team becomes first in program history to win ITA All-American doubles crown

Sunday’s straight-set victory, 6-3, 6-2, over No. 17 Stanford in the championship doubles match of the Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., capped a wild week of five victories in four days for KU seniors Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch.

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Freshman guard Quentin Grimes brings value of versatility to KU roster

A season’s worth of hype and praise was heaped onto Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes long before the smooth combo guard from Texas even thought about suiting up for his first game with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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KU lands oral commitment from 2019 point guard Issac McBride

Late Night strikes again. The Kansas men’s basketball team on Monday picked up its second commitment from the Class of 2019, when Issac “Mackey” McBride announced he would join the Jayhawks just after 5 p.m. By Matt Tait

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Azubuike still making progress toward improved free throw shooting

The official Late Night box score featured just two free throw attempts. And only one of them was actually shot. But boy were those two free throw tallies pretty notable. By Matt Tait

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'Younger' Jayhawks make unofficial debut at Late Night

Let the record show that the first basket of the Late Night scrimmage on a team loaded with McDonald’s All-Americans and high-profile players came from a freshman guard, who, until April, was not even ranked in the Top 150 by Rivals.com. Oh, and sophomore K.J. Lawson, who led all 15 Jayhawks who played with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, was not even one of the first 10 players on the floor. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU women's team, 2 Chainz, Bill Self entertain at Late Night

The Kansas women’s basketball team kicked off Friday’s Late Night extravaganza at Allen Fieldhouse, both in the entertainment and basketball departments. By Matt Tait

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Late Night 2018: 'If you can't do it up big, then it's not really worth doing at all'

For a coaching staff that features four assistants who have spent time at more than a dozen different Division I basketball programs, veteran KU assistant Norm Roberts’ memories of his first experience with KU’s Late Night in the Phog sure stand out. By Matt Tait

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KU junior Mitch Lightfoot, teammates discuss the flex seen around the world

The secret behind the Mitch Lightfoot locker room photo that surfaced following Tuesday’s final day of Kansas basketball boot camp has been revealed. By Matt Tait

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KU's end-of-boot-camp training with The Program has been postponed

Kansas basketball officials announced late Monday afternoon that the Jayhawks’ upcoming session with The Program, slated for Wednesday and Thursday in Lawrence, had been postponed. By Matt Tait

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KU junior Patricia Montero to miss yet another volleyball season after injury

The injury-plagued career of Kansas volleyball player Patricia Montero has taken another hit.

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Early to bed, early to rise: Boot camp off and running for Kansas basketball

Monday was a feet-shuffling, legs-turning, lungs-working-overtime kind of morning for the members of the Kansas basketball program, who kicked off another year of Bill Self boot camp at 6 a.m., at the Jayhawks’ practice gym. By Matt Tait

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Christian Braun commitment evokes memories of a former Jayhawk great

Christian Braun’s opportunity to make a name for himself as a Kansas basketball player may still be a ways out. But, according to KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott, the latest KU commitment is well on his way to following in the footsteps of a former KU star who later wrote a book about the way he played. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks bracing for another Bill Self boot camp

It’s boot camp time for the Kansas basketball program, the two-week conditioning grind that serves as a way to test and shape the minds of the Jayhawks as much as their bodies. By Matt Tait

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One Year Later: KU basketball coach Bill Self reflects on Hall of Fame induction after watching 2018 class go in

It’s been a year since Kansas basketball coach Bill Self stood on a brightly lit stage in Springfield, Mass., and saw his informal title instantly transform from elite college coach and national champion to Hall of Famer. But in the 12 months since that special night, when Self celebrated with nearly 150 family, friends and former players, not much has changed for the Bill Self the basketball coach. By Matt Tait

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KU's 2018-19 schedule complete with release of Big 12 men's basketball dates

With dates for marquee games against Michigan State, Villanova and Kentucky already known, the Kansas basketball program officially learned what its road to a 15th consecutive Big 12 title would look like on Wednesday, when the Big 12 Conference released the Big 12 portion of the 2018-19 schedule. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self to be honored by OSU Alumni Association

His goal, these days, is to emerge victorious at least twice a year in his matchups with his alma mater. But that did not stop Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association from honoring Bill Self as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2018. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks set to get serious with preseason basketball workouts

Hernia surgery kept Kansas coach Bill Self mostly away from his team during the Jayhawks’ first week on campus, but before he went into the operating room last Thursday, Self saw enough to know where the 2018-19 team stood entering the start of the fall semester. By Matt Tait

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KU climbers highlight "Over The Edge" event in Downtown Lawrence

Seated seven stories down, near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self craned his neck to watch assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and former KU basketball players Jeremy Case and Jeff Hawkins rappel down the 888 Lofts building for Saturday’s “Over The Edge” charity event. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self sidelined for Saturday fundraiser

It was billed as the day Kansas basketball coach Bill Self would go “Over the Edge” and rappel down a seven-story building for charity. Instead, the KU coach will watch staff members Kurtis Townsend and Jeremy Case scale down the 888 Lofts building in his place. By Matt Tait

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New KU deal with ESPN+ means Jayhawk TV Network will be available nationwide without blackouts

Games still will air on local TV, too

Live broadcasts of some University of Kansas football and basketball games will be accessible through a new platform beginning this fall. By Matt Tait

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KU administrator calls college basketball's new NET system a good replacement for RPI

College basketball is changing the system it uses to evaluate the strength of its teams for inclusion and seeding in the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait

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KU athletic department content with equipment policies in wake of UNC suspensions

The recent suspension of 13 North Carolina football players who sold exclusive, team-issued Jordan III shoes has college athletic departments across the country, including at the University of Kansas, on high alert.By Matt Tait

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Kansas to face Marquette in NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn

It’ll be Kansas versus Marquette on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the winner playing the winner of the Louisville-Tennessee the Friday after. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self willing to let 'significant changes' to NCAA rulebook play out

It’s anyone’s guess how much longer the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball will last, but we now have concrete evidence that the probe has changed the game. By Matt Tait

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UNC to name basketball court after head coach Roy Williams

In a different world, a similar move could have happened at Kansas. Instead, it’s the University of North Carolina that will be naming its basketball court after long-time Tar Heels basketball coach Roy Williams, the school announced Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Ready to Roll: KU AD Jeff Long officially takes over with football, fundraising among top priorities

The bare walls and empty bookshelves were an obvious sign that the athletic director’s office at the University of Kansas had a new tenant. By Matt Tait

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An overview of what's in store as Jeff Long officially moves into AD office at KU

Today is new KU athletic director Jeff Long’s first day on the job. And while that might sound exciting and worthy of some kind of official recognition, Day 1 figures to be pretty tame. Here's a look at his first day along with what might be on the agenda for the weeks and months ahead. By Matt Tait

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Uncertainty offers flexibility in KU's pursuit of Class of 2019 hoops prospects

After a furious month of live evaluation, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and the rest of the college basketball world are set for a little break. By Matt Tait

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KU PG Charlie Moore eager to 'learn and get better' during second trip to Italy

The last time Kansas point guard Charlie Moore hopped onto a plane bound for Italy, he carried a much different approach than the one he has today. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks maintain Border War bragging rights with 109-101 alumni victory

Brandon Rush explodes for 46 points to lead Kansas

Of all the memorable moments and big games he had against the rival Missouri Tigers during his three-year KU career, former Kansas great Brandon Rush never did anything quite like this. By Matt Tait

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Junior guard Sam Cunliffe leaving Kansas

The Kansas career of guard Sam Cunliffe, which really never got off the ground, has come to a close. By Matt Tait

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KU teammates seeing new, improved version of Lagerald Vick

Despite having limited past interactions with the lone senior on this year’s roster, two current Kansas basketball players recently acknowledged recently that they had been thrilled by what they had seen so far from Lagerald Vick, who decided to return to KU after dabbling with the idea of leaving school a year early. By Matt Tait

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Suddenly well-known Porter Moser in Lawrence recruiting

A year after Loyola-Chicago basketball coach Porter Moser recruited the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence, he returned this weekend for the 2018 event with a Final Four ring and a whole lot more recognition. By Matt Tait

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Dunk contest, 3-point shootout highlight Day 2 of Hardwood Classic

4 current Jayhawks on hand to judge

The Hardwood Classic AAU event out at Sports Pavilion Lawrence capped off its second day on Friday with a spirited dunk and 3-point contest that wowed the crowd and got the adrenaline flowing in all four corners of the massive gym. By Matt Tait

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New Kansas AD no stranger to working with big-time college basketball

During his introductory news conference last week, new Kansas athletic director Jeff Long made it crystal clear that the struggling Kansas football culture, coach and program would have his full attention when he officially takes over on Aug. 1. But don’t mistake that for Long jumping into his new job with tunnel vision. By Matt Tait

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Jeff Long hire illustrates Chancellor Girod's comfort working in college athletics

While Wednesday’s news conference introducing KU Athletic Director Jeff Long offered insight into where he came from, where he’s going and how he plans to get there, it also provided a more complete look at the make-up of KU chancellor Douglas Girod, the man who hired Long. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self on new AD: 'Our place got better today'

The historic account of his time at the University of Kansas forever will show that Jeff Long’s first comments as the KU athletic director were about basketball. But it was not praise for Kansas coach Bill Self, the 14 consecutive Big 12 titles or Long’s future plans or promises for the program that crossed his lips. Instead, the 58-year-old Long on Wednesday made it clear to Self that while he hopes to bring a lot to the KU athletic department athletic prowess is not on the list. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self, new AD Jeff Long discussed ongoing FBI investigation during interview process

Shortly after shaking hands with his new boss for the first time and watching a 45-minute news conference introducing Jeff Long as KU’s 11th athletic director, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday found himself in a hallway of the Lied Center answering questions about sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa. By Matt Tait

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KU acknowledges having received federal subpoena in ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball

Four days after a report surfaced stating that it had obtained a federal subpoena from the University of Maryland regarding the recruitment of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, Yahoo Sports on Tuesday released another report stating that its request for similar subpoenas from KU had been “tacitly acknowledged.” By Matt Tait

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