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Christian Braun's career night helps No. 8 Kansas cruise past St. John's, 95-75

Elmont, N.Y. — A hot start and strong second half led the eighth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team past St. John’s, 95-75, on Friday night at UBS Arena in the Big East-Big 12 Battle. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 8 Kansas basketball at St. John's

A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in Friday night's Big East-Big 12 Challenge matchup with St. John's at the brand new UBS Arena in New York City. By Matt Tait

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Kansas volleyball confident, excited heading into opening-round NCAA Tournament match vs. Oregon

As the Kansas volleyball team gets set for its first NCAA Tournament match since 2017, the young Jayhawks are both fired up and focused ahead of their Thursday showdown with Pac-12 power Oregon in Omaha, Neb. By Matt Tait

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Talented freshman class played huge role in KU volleyball program's return to NCAA Tournament

A talented trio of freshmen, all of whom were honored by the Big 12 Conference in one way or another this season, has played a huge role in the Jayhawks' run back to the NCAA Tournament. Now, that group and KU's upperclassmen will look to keep their season rolling when they face Oregon at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Omaha, Neb., in Round 1. By Matt Tait

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2022 Kansas Relays postponed; KU planning 100th anniversary celebration in 2023

Because of “ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kansas Athletics Inc., announced Tuesday that the 2022 Kansas Relays have been postponed. By Matt Tait

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Kansas big man David McCormack takes 'step in right direction' in KU's 3rd-place win over Iona

After struggling in the first two games of last week's ESPN Events Invitational, Kansas senior David McCormack showed small signs of improvement in KU's 96-83 win over Iona in the third-place game on Sunday.By Matt Tait

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Kansas junior Christian Braun breaks out in Orlando, lands on all-tourney team

Kansas guard Christian Braun was one of KU's top performers last week in Orlando, leading the team in several statistical categories and landing on the ESPN Events Invitational all-tournament team. By Matt Tait

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They're in! Kansas volleyball earns spot in 2021 NCAA Tournament

Jayhawks will play Oregon at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Omaha, Neb.

The Kansas volleyball program found out on Sunday night that its 2021 season would continue at this week's NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks, who finished tied for third in the Big 12 Conference, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking the 10th time in school history that KU has qualified for the postseason event. By Matt Tait

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Iona's Rick Pitino on Kansas coach Bill Self after first ever meeting: 'He doesn't have a weakness'

After combining to coach more than 2,000 college basketball games and racking up more than 1,500 victories, Kansas coach Bill Self and Iona coach Rick Pitino finally faced one another on Sunday at HP Field House. By Matt Tait

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4th-ranked Jayhawks ride offense, bemoan defense in 96-83 win over Iona in Orlando

With their chances of an early-season tournament title already dashed by Dayton at the ESPN Events Invitational, the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up their holiday weekend in Florida with a 96-83 victory over Iona in the tourney's third-place game on Sunday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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Kansas volleyball completes sweep of K-State, sets up Jayhawks for possible postseason berth

The Kansas volleyball program strengthened its case for an NCAA Tournament bid on Saturday night by coming back from two sets down to top Kansas State in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 4 Kansas vs. Iona - ESPN Events Invitational 3rd-place game

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in Sunday's third-place game matchup with Iona at the ESPN Events Invitational in Florida. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU, Dayton play another classic, Flyers snag historic win

Friday’s wild win by Dayton over fourth-ranked Kansas marked the second time in three seasons that the Jayhawks and Flyers have played a memorable November basketball game. By Matt Tait

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Wild ending pushes Dayton past 4th-ranked Kansas in Orlando

The ending was almost too outrageous to believe, but the sobering reality of losing to Dayton as a double-digit favorite on a buzzer-beater was not just a bad dream for fourth-ranked Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 4 Kansas vs. Dayton - ESPN Events Invitational semifinals

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in today's ESPN Events Invitational semifinal clash with Dayton from HP Field House in Kissimmee, Fla. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU's Bill Self on struggling big man David McCormack: 'He's got to do better'

Following Thursday’s 71-59 victory over North Texas, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self did not hide his frustration over another sub-par performance by starting big man David McCormack. By Matt Tait

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4th-ranked Kansas both good and bad in 71-59 win over North Texas in Orlando

A hot start and strong second half led the fourth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team to a 71-59 victory over North Texas in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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Stakes are high for Kansas volleyball in regular season finale at Kansas State this weekend

In case facing in-state rival Kansas State in the regular season finale was not already big enough, the Kansas volleyball team has a couple of others carrots it’s chasing this weekend in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: Kansas basketball vs. North Texas in Orlando

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in Thursday's opening-round game against North Texas at the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando, Fla. By Matt Tait

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Three Jayhawks fighting through minor injuries, another set to return as 4th-ranked KU heads to Orlando

The fourth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball program is taking a bruised and battered backcourt to Orlando for this week’s ESPN Events Invitational. By Matt Tait

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Unbeaten Jayhawks jumped by Purdue in latest AP college basketball poll; KU still 3rd in coaches poll

The Kansas men’s basketball team maintained its spot at No. 3 in the USA Today coaches poll but dropped a spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 4.

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Former Kansas great Paul Pierce inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., earlier this year, former Kansas great Paul Pierce was one of eight former college standouts inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. By Matt Tait

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Kansas volleyball completes sweep of TCU in home finale

The Kansas volleyball team completed its sweep of visiting TCU with a four-set victory at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena on Saturday evening, 25-15, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-20.

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Unbeaten Jayhawks ready to welcome Jalen Wilson back to lineup

Three games into a regular season in which third-ranked Kansas has outscored its opponents by an average margin of 88-65, the Jayhawks are poised to bring back one of their top players from a season ago. By Matt Tait

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Another scoring outburst from Ochai Agbaji propels No. 3 KU past Stony Brook

The man who entered the day as the leading scorer in Division I proved to be too much for visiting Stony Brook on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji’s latest show included 25 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 88-59 win. By Matt Tait

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Third-ranked Kansas looking for faster play, better defense vs. Stony Brook

The way Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sees it, last week’s battle with Tarleton State was the perfect tune-up for Thursday’s matchup with Stony Brook. By Matt Tait

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Kansas volleyball announces signing of 4 top prospects in 2022 recruiting class

The Kansas volleyball program recently announced the signing of four top prospects, each of whom head coach Ray Bechard said could make an immediate impact with the Jayhawks.

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji named Big 12 men's hoops player of the week

After scoring 29 and 25 points in back-to-back Kansas victories to open the 2021-22 season, senior guard Ochai Agbaji was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

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Freshman guard Kyle Cuffe Jr. the latest Jayhawk to decide to redshirt 2021-22 basketball season

Kansas coach Bill Self said after Friday’s 88-62 victory over Tarleton State at Allen Fieldhouse that freshman guard Kyle Cuffe Jr. had decided to redshirt the season. By Matt Tait

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Third-ranked Kansas basketball pushes past scrappy Tarleton State, 88-62 in home opener

The final score showed an easy, double-digit Kansas victory. But most on the Kansas bench will tell you that Friday’s 88-62 win over Tarleton State at Allen Fieldhouse was anything but easy. By Matt Tait

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KU senior Cam Martin vows to continue to work hard while redshirting 2021-22 season

Kansas senior Cam Martin said Thursday that his decision to redshirt the upcoming season came down to wanting more time to improve his game and his body. By Matt Tait

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Self reunion with longtime friend, Billy Gillispie, only part of the picture for Kansas vs. Tarleton State

While last year’s opportunity at a reunion with longtime friend Billy Gillispie was erased because of a COVID-19 issue, Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday that KU promised to put Gillispie’s Tarleton State squad on this season’s schedule as soon as the 2020 game was canceled. By Matt Tait

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KU men's basketball program signs 4 in 2022 class, KU women ink 2 in early signing period

The Kansas men’s basketball program received letters of intent from four members of its 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday and the KU women's program signed two.

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Teammates call trio of Kansas freshmen 'perfect' in season-opening win over Michigan State in NYC

New York — On a night when Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji carried the Jayhawks’ offense, three freshmen playing the first game of their careers showed that this KU team already has reliable pieces on the bench. By Matt Tait

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Senior guard Ochai Agbaji explodes for career-high 29 points to lead No. 3 Kansas past Michigan State at Champions Classic

New York — Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji recently admitted that he occasionally found himself daydreaming about what life would be like right now if he had elected to jump to the NBA instead of returning to college. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Bill Self says KU basketball transfer big man Cam Martin will redshirt

Super-senior forward Cam Martin did not play during Tuesday’s 87-74 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden because he has decided to take a redshirt this season. Kansas coach Bill Self announced the move during his pregame radio appearance.

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Game day breakdown: No. 3 Kansas basketball vs. Michigan State

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's Champions Classic championship game showdown with Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York City. By Matt Tait

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo happy with team, eager to see what it has in tough test vs. Kansas

With a Champions Classic clash with Michigan State now just a couple of days away for the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, here's a first-glance look at the 2021-22 Spartans. Tom Izzo's latest team features a mixture of size, experience, fresh talent and, of course, toughness. By Matt Tait

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'We've got to get better' Kansas basketball putting in extra court time to prepare for season opener vs. Michigan State

By the time tipoff rolled around for the Kansas men’s basketball program’s exhibition game against Emporia State on Wednesday night, the Jayhawks already had practiced twice that day. By Matt Tait

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Kansas Basketball Notebook: 14 play vs. Emporia State, but Self says redshirts will be considered

With 14 scholarship players on this year’s roster and talent up and down the lineup, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self will have his hands full with figuring out how to find enough playing time to keep everyone happy. By Matt Tait

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Delayed debut: KU guard Remy Martin brings fire, production off the bench to lead Kansas past Emporia State, 86-60

Wednesday night was a night of so many firsts for the third-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team in its lone exhibition game of the season, an 86-60 victory over Emporia State. But none of them quite popped like seeing transfer guard Remy Martin in action — off the bench, no less. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks old and new eager to return to packed Allen Fieldhouse for exhibition clash with Emporia State

Kansas senior David McCormack has played in 92 games during the first three years of his KU career, but there’s something about Wednesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State that has him buzzing. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball forward Jalen Wilson suspended 4 games for weekend DUI arrest

Kansas sophomore Jalen Wilson has been suspended four games — Wednesday’s exhibition and the first three regular season games — after a weekend arrest for suspicion of DUI. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball forward Jalen Wilson arrested on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning

Hours after the University of Kansas men’s basketball team participated in a closed-door scrimmage in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday morning, Kansas forward Jalen Wilson was arrested in Lawrence, according to the Douglas County Sherrif’s Office. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self pleased with Saturday's scrimmage at Tulsa

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Saturday that his team “got a lot out of the scrimmage today,” following a closed-door matchup at Tulsa. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and several Jayhawks OK with added pressure of high ranking and preseason pick

Just because he’s been in this position before, don’t think for a second that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is not flattered by the fact that his team was picked as the preseason favorite in the Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

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KU guard Remy Martin receives new car as part of NIL deal with Crown Toyota

The first significant deal of the 6th Man Strategies Name, Image and Likeness era was brokered on Thursday between Kansas basketball senior Remy Martin and Crown Toyota of Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self excited by the idea of playing Remy Martin and Dajuan Harris together at times

With Remy Martin and Dajuan Harris in line to handle most of the minutes at the point for the 2021-22 Kansas basketball team, the Jayhawks appear to be in better shape at the position than they were a year ago. By Matt Tait

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KU women's hoops locker room named in honor of legendary Kansas basketball coach Marian Washington

Legendary former Kansas women’s basketball coach Marian Washington now has her name stamped on the outside of the KU women’s locker room. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self eyeing expanded rotation for upcoming season

Already well versed in going eight- or nine-deep during any given game, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday he was dabbling with the idea of pushing KU’s rotation to double digits during the upcoming season. By Matt Tait

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