A look at some of the keys for 4th-seeded Kansas in tonight's second-round NCAA Tournament clash with No. 5 seed Auburn at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. By Matt Tait
Salt Lake City – By the time the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team had moved on to preparing for No. 5 seed Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the hard work was already done. By Matt Tait
Salt Lake City — Defense, defense, defense. That was the focus all week for the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team ahead of its first-round, NCAA Tournament matchup with hot-shooting Northeastern.
Salt Lake City — They combined for 38 points, 14 rebounds and one big victory while helping lead No. 4 seed Kansas to Thursday’s 87-53, first-round victory over No. 13 Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But the one statistic that made the whole thing possible may have been an assist from mom. Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for 4th-seeded Kansas in today's first-round NCAA Touranment matchup with No. 13 seed Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. By Matt Tait
Kansas coach Bill Self hinted this week that he may be looking at tweaking his starting lineup ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. NCAA Tournament opener against No. 13 seed Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But whether he switches things up or starts the same five he has for the past 11 games, Self can rest easy knowing he has a player on his roster named Marcus Garrett, who gives him maximum lineup flexibility, from the bench to pregame introductions and the backcourt to the paint. By Matt Tait
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has a saying he uses this time of year that probably applies to this KU team better than most during his 16-year run with the Jayhawks. “When you’ve got a great player, which we do, you can always ride that guy." By Matt Tait
Salt Lake City — Usually, by now, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has done a dozen different radio and television interviews and talked until he was blue in the face about his team’s status entering the NCAA Tournament, both as a top contender and as a general representative of one of the greatest sporting events on the calendar each year. But there’s been nothing typical about the 4th-seeded Jayhawks’ pre-tourney status this season.
In 13th seeded Northeastern, No. 4 Kansas will face one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. The Huskies enter Thursday's 3 p.m. game with Kansas in Salt Lake City shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range, which ranks them 14th in the nation. KU's 3-point D will be put to the test for 40 minutes. Here's a quick look back at how the Jayhawks' 3-point defense fared during the first 34 games of the 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait
The consecutive Big 12 Conference title streak might be dead, but by earning a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the Kansas men’s basketball program kept alive another impressive streak. When things get going in the Big Dance later this week, the Jayhawks will be playing in their 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament, dating back to the 1989-90 season.
What becomes of the Jayhawks this postseason remains to be seen, but here are five reasons KU fans can be optimistic about their team’s chances to make a run.
Kansas freshman Devon Dotson has looked forward to a day like Sunday for as long as he can remember. That was what made it a bit torturous for Dotson and his Kansas teammates on Sunday, when they had to wait through three sets of commercials and all the way to the final region to learn that the Jayhawks had drawn a No. 4 seed in the Midwest region and would play No. 13 Northeastern at 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City. By Matt Tait
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s first thought when the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday evening could be boiled down to a single word. By Matt Tait
Kansas City, Mo. — All season, whenever the Jayhawks had a bad outing on a Saturday, the quickest they could hope to put it behind them and move forward from their latest loss was two days away.
Kansas City, Mo. — If you’re looking for black-and-white examples of how Iowa State handed Kansas its latest loss in the Big 12 tournament title game on Saturday night at Sprint Center, look no further than the 78-66 final score and the fact that the Cyclones led for more than 36 minutes of the 40-minute game. Matt Tait
Kansas City, Mo. — The stage is set for the 2019 Big 12 tournament title game and it’s No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 5 Iowa State for the hardware and confetti. But Kansas coach Bill Self is not exactly planning on his team having the home-court advantage in today’s 5 p.m. final like the Jayhawks are accustomed to inside Sprint Center. By Matt Tait
Kansas City, Mo. — The shot was big, the foul was foolish but the pass was pristine. Late in what was, in just about every way, a sluggish offensive half for the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in Friday’s Big 12 semifinal against West Virginia at Sprint Center, freshman point guard Devon Dotson darted his way up the floor after a West Virginia miss and needed about three steps to know where he was headed. Matt Tait
Kansas City, Mo. — Bigger was better for the 17th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Big 12 tournament. In addition to playing with a bigger seed than they had in a decade, the third-seeded Jayhawks got a major lift from freshman big man David McCormack to power past 6th-seeded Texas, 65-57, Thursday night at Sprint Center. Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for 17th-ranked and 3rd-seeded Kansas in tonight's quarterfinal Big 12 matchup with No. 6 seed Texas at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait
Kansas City, Mo. — As college basketball heads into its postseason, where a champion will be crowned and uncertainty will follow, Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday that the state of the game was strong. By Matt Tait
Kansas City, Mo. — Throughout his college career, Kansas junior Mitch Lightfoot has sort of become the unofficial spokesman for the idea that, when you sign up to play basketball at Kansas, you agree to take on all of the pressure that comes with it. By Matt Tait
After two and a half months and 18 games for each team, the writers who cover the Big 12 Conference saw it the same as the coaches who watched from the sidelines. By Matt Tait
Winning three games in three days at this week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., will be no easy task for any of the 10 teams attempting to do it. But Kansas coach Bill Self on Monday outlined a blueprint that he thought would take KU to the title. By Matt Tait
In the running for Big 12 player of the year after posting 20 double-doubles during his first season with the Jayhawks, Kansas junior Dedric Lawson had to settle for being named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year on Sunday. Lawson also earned a first-team all-Big 12 nod in the awards voted on by the Big 12 coaches. By Matt Tait
With Saturday’s 78-70 victory over Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse, the 2018-19 Kansas men’s basketball team achieved something that not even last season’s Final Four bunch did — a perfect record at home.
On a day when recent Oscar winner Kevin Willmott was honored on the court during a timeout at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self turned to a legendary Hollywood actress to describe the current state of his team following a 78-70 victory over Baylor in the regular-season finale for both teams. Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in today's regular-season finale at Allen Fieldhouse against the Baylor Bears. By Matt Tait
While Saturday’s regular season finale against Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse will be the rare season-ender without a celebration of KU’s seniors, Kansas coach Bill Self took time in the days leading up to it to reflect on the lone senior on his 2018-19 roster. By Matt Tait
Norman, Okla. — The Kansas Jayhawks left nothing to chance on Tuesday night. Instead of a spirited effort that would take the conference race down to the final day and at least give the Jayhawks a glimmer of hope of extending their NCAA-record streak of 14 consecutive conference titles to 15, the 13th-ranked Jayhawks showed up dead flat at Lloyd Noble Center and watched Oklahoma run away from them from start to finish during a 81-68 OU victory that put the Jayhawks two games behind Kansas State and Texas Tech with one game to play. By Matt Tait
Norman, Okla. — When KU forward Dedric Lawson first arrived at Kansas, he brought with him 36 career double-doubles from his two seasons at Memphis, where he both grew up and played before transferring to KU prior to the 2017-18 season.
The once-promising, injury-riddled Kansas basketball career of Jessica Washington officially has come to a close.
A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 road finale at Oklahoma. By Matt Tait
Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji rediscovered his scoring touch during Saturday’s 72-67 win at Oklahoma State, but his 11-point outing in 29 minutes against the Cowboys did not come without its rough patches. By Matt Tait
Stillwater, Okla. — Following Saturday’s wild, come-from-behind, 72-67 win over Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena, Mitch Lightfoot’s eyes lit up with that, “You must be crazy,” look when asked if he and the Jayhawks planned to watch Big 12 basketball the rest of the day. By Matt Tait
Stillwater, Okla. — Sometimes you need a little good fortune to stay alive. Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for 15th-ranked Kansas in today's key, Big 12 road clash at Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait
Everything you need to know about Mitch Lightfoot’s monster night that fueled Monday’s 64-49 Kansas victory over Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse first surfaced weeks ago, long after the old building had emptied out and far away from any television cameras or reporters’ microphones. By Matt Tait
It begins, in its infant stages, each summer, when the new freshmen basketball players first report to KU for summer workouts. And it gains steam each day, week, month and year from there. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball team’s hope of extending its streak of 14 consecutive Big 12 titles to 15 in the next couple of weeks is alive and well. And it’s all because of a man named Mitch Lightfoot. By Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for Kansas in tonight's crucial matchup with Big 12 leader Kansas State on Big Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Lubbock, Texas — Three weeks ago, after his team’s 16-point loss to Kansas in Lawrence, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard called Allen Fieldhouse and the KU environment, “a hornet’s nest,” and said he knew his team was walking into a tough situation that day. By Matt Tait
Lubbock, Texas — It took Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett just eight seconds to get back into the scoring column following a five-game absence because of a high ankle sprain.
A look at some of the keys for 12th-ranked Kansas in tonight's massive Big 12 road battle with No. 14 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. By Matt Tait
Baker University now has an old, familiar face in place as its new head football coach. By Matt Tait
With a defensive efficiency rating among the best in the nation and long, athletic, tough-minded defenders dotting the roster, Texas Tech has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the toughest defensive teams on Kansas’ schedule year in and year out. By Matt Tait
From 6-foot-7, 300-plus pounds as an 8th grader to the strong and lean frame currently starting in the front court for 12th-ranked Kansas, KU freshman David McCormack has traveled quite a journey to get from Norfolk, Va., to the top of the college basketball world. By Matt Tait
While there are nearly a dozen basketball-specific reasons for KU's recent 3-game win streak, the Jayhawks themselves say one of the biggest factors in this team's turnaround has been the fact that everything has just started to come together. By Matt Tait
Riding a three-game winning streak and finally feeling good about the direction of the team and their play on the floor, the Jayhawks head into an off week with two monster games on the horizon. By Matt Tait
Saturday’s 78-53, runaway victory by No. 14 Kansas over West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse took place in front of nearly two dozen former KU greats, who chose the NBA’s All-Star weekend as the perfect time to host a reunion in Lawrence.
Kansas sophomore K.J. Lawson entered Saturday’s 78-53 victory by No. 14 Kansas over last-place West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse averaging just 9 minutes per game and fighting to find opportunities to show what he could do. The Memphis transfer and older brother of KU’s leading scorer, Dedric Lawson, got 24 of them during Saturday’s victory and finished in a tie for the team lead with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a game where every Jayhawk who played contributed something positive to the cause. By Matt Tait