The Jayhawks had two different chances to clinch a Big 12 Championship for the first time ever.
Kansas junior Maria Toran Ribes lofted the shot over the head of Texas senior Katie Poluta. As soon as the tennis ball landed on the other side of the net, Toran Ribes turned to her right and flung her racquet in the air. The racquet flipped five times before falling to the floor on the sixth court at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Shane Jackson
As soon as the spring game ended, Kansas safety Bryce Torneden rushed back to the locker room to take a shower. He, along with the rest of his KU teammates, eventually made it back to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. By then, a stage had been set up near midfield for Rick Ross. But, as so often is the case, it didn’t take long for head coach Les Miles to steal the show. Shane Jackson
Six hundred seventy-seven. That’s the number of days between Eli Davis’ Tommy John surgery and his first collegiate home start. It proved to be well worth the wait, though, as the left-handed starter posted a terrific outing on the mound to lead Kansas past No. 25 Baylor, 12-7, during the series finale Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Shane Jackson
Salt Lake City — It took just six-plus minutes for Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett to send a message. Garrett checked into the game at the 17:42 mark, and he struck a few minutes later. After he made a layup with 13:58 left in the first half, Garrett elected to pick up Northeastern senior Vasa Pusica as he dribbled up the floor.
Salt Lake City — Kansas avoided being on the wrong end of a Cinderella Story in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
These 16 teams are poised to make a run in the postseason.
For the first time in awhile, there was plenty of uncertainty regarding the Kansas men’s basketball team on Selection Sunday.
Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas was unable to make amends for the letting its NCAA-record streak of 14 consecutive regular-season conference titles come to an end.
Kansas City, Mo. — The more things change, the more they stay the same. Once again, Iowa State and Kansas will battle for a Big 12 tourney title Saturday night at the Sprint Center after both teams notched wins in their respective semifinal matchups. It guarantees that either the Jayhawks or the Cyclones will win the Big 12 championship for the seventh season in a row.
Kansas City, Mo. — It is not the rubber match many people were expecting to take place.
For the first time in awhile, the Kansas men’s basketball team was not playing for a league title in the final weekend of the season.
Kansas will live to fight another day.
Just 48 hours after its worst conference loss under Bill Self, Kansas bounced back in a big way.
In a conference season full of nail-biters, Saturday’s thrashing was a nice refresher for the Kansas men’s basketball team. No. 14 Kansas led for all but one minute, and even had a double-digit advantage over the final 30 minutes of the contest, during a 78-53 win over West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) avoided the season sweep of the Mountaineers (10-15, 2-10) after dropping a 65-64 decision in Morgantown on Jan. 19.
With a depleted roster, No. 13 Kansas took care of business when it returned to Allen Fieldhouse. Following a loss to its in-state rival, KU got back on track in a big way with a 84-72 win over Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks, who were without starters Marcus Garrett (injury) and Lagerald Vick (leave of absence), led by double digits for the final 10-plus minutes of the contest.
Former point guard Devonte’ Graham, who is now with the Charlotte Hornets, is still finding ways help Kansas win, even though he is 11 months removed from his last action in a Jayhawk uniform. Before KU’s 79-63 victory over Texas Tech, Graham gave the team a message that proved to be pivotal Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. Just before the team ran through the tunnel, Kansas played Graham’s message on the TV in the locker room.
Saturday served as a nice reminder that the Big 12 conference still runs through Lawrence. Despite all the recent distractions, Kansas ended a two-game skid by trouncing one of its biggest threats to the throne. No. 11 KU led the for the duration of its 79-63 victory over No. 16 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
The streak is over. Not KU’s streak of Big 12 regular-season titles, of course, as that remains intact for the moment. But Kansas’ dominating run against Texas came to an end Tuesday night in Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns led for all but nine seconds of their 73-63 win over the Jayhawks.
The battle of blue blood programs lived up to the billing. No. 9 Kansas and No. 8 Kentucky traded punches during a gritty, slugfest in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday afternoon. In the end, though, the Wildcats delivered the decisive blows in the second half to secure a 71-63 victory over the Jayhawks in Rupp Arena.
Kansas flipped the script in the second half to secure another Big Monday victory. After suffering a 17-point loss to Iowa State just a few weeks ago, KU got its revenge with a 80-76 victory Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Since the 2013-14 season, the Jayhawks (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) are 37-3 following a loss. With the loss, ISU (14-5, 4-3) dropped from a four-way tie for first place in the Big 12.
On its first Big Monday of the season, No. 7 Kansas was tested by Texas in a game that came down to the wire. Despite being in control for much of the night, the Jayhawks surrendered multiple 3-pointers down the stretch to make things close at the end. In the end, KU made enough plays to secure a 80-78 victory over UT Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win marked KU’s 31st consecutive victory at home on Big Monday.
No. 7 Kansas put its recent road woes to bed at last. The result was basically never in doubt, as KU cruised to a 73-68 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks took a 3-2 advantage at the 18:25 mark and never looked back en route to their second consecutive win since suffering 17-point loss at Iowa State a week ago.
Few things are as automatic as a Bill Self-led Kansas team bouncing back from a loss. Following its first conference defeat of the season, No. 7 Kansas got back in the win column with a 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 87-11 in games following a loss over the last 16 years, which is the best win percentage in the nation in such contests.
Winning inside a hostile Hilton Coliseum is no easy task. No. 5 Kansas did itself no favors, though, during Saturday’s 77-60 loss to Iowa State. The Jayhawks struggled to take care of the ball on the offensive end, and they gave up to many open looks on the defensive side as well.
Death, taxes, and Kansas winning the Big 12 opener. KU has rattled off 14 consecutive conference titles, which is an NCAA Division 1 record. But the program’s most remarkable streak may just be its mind-boggling run of winning the first game of Big 12 play.
One. That’s the number of losses the University of Kansas women’s basketball team suffered during nonconference play in 2018. The Jayhawks went 10-1 in their 11-game nonconference slate, outscoring opponents by 177 points in the process. Yet, in many ways, KU still has plenty to prove as it heads into the start of Big 12 play by playing host to Iowa State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A flurry of late buckets by Vermont spoiled Kansas’ chances of setting a record, but it did not take away from what was a dominating defensive performance. KU closed out an impressive run through the nonconference with 77-36 route of Vermont Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were suffocating on defense and overwhelming on offense to wrap up a 10-1 record in the nonconference portion of its schedule.
The Jayhawks could not have asked for a better way to close out 2018. No. 5 Kansas (11-1) responded from its first loss of the season by dominating Eastern Michigan from the jump during an 87-63 victory Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. KU, which led for over 37 minutes of its last game before the start of Big 12 play, never trailed by more than three points.
Another day, same result. Kansas won another basketball game, even if it wasn’t always the prettiest performance.
Despite losing a first-place vote, Kansas remains No. 1 in the latest poll by the Associated Press. Kansas (9-0) defeated Villanova, which fell out the AP Top 25, Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse in a rematch of last season’s Final four. The 74-71 victory was the lone game for the Jayhawks since moving back to the top spot in college basketball.
Kansas coach Bill Self made sure to give a message to one player in particular. Freshman Quentin Grimes played a season-low 14 minutes during KU’s 74-71 win over Villanova Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. It marked the third time in the last four contests that Grimes has logged less than 19 minutes.
No. 1 Kansas avenged last year’s season-ending loss to stay undefeated on the 2018-19 season. The much-anticipated rematch between KU and Villanova came down to the wire Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks made enough key plays down the stretch to claim a 74-71 victory over the defending national champion.
It wasn’t always the prettiest showing, but No. 2 Kansas found a way to survive once again. KU (8-0) struggled for much of its non-conference clash with New Mexico State Saturday night in the Sprint Center. Just like they have done a number of times during the young season, though, the Jayhawks made enough plays down the stretch to claim a 63-60 victory.
The Lawson brothers have been in this situation before. Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson were both on the Memphis team in 2016-17, when starting center Chad Rykhoek was sidelined with a dislocated ankle injury in December. The Tigers turned to their small-ball lineup following the injury, which lasted 16 games between mid-December to mid-February.
No. 2 Kansas overcame another sluggish start to remain unbeaten on the 2018-19 season.
Kansas forward Dedric Lawson has a knack for filling up a stat sheet with ease. Perhaps nothing illustrated this better than a moment during the breakout session with individual players following KU”s 90-84 overtime win over Stanford Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. A reporter posed a question about Lawson’s ability on the glass following his 15-rebound performance.
The Year of Lagerald Vick continued Saturday afternoon. The senior guard poured in a team-high 27 points to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 90-84 overtime win over Stanford Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Vick drilled a game-tying triple in the closing seconds to force overtime.
Les Miles set the tone on the importance of recruiting during his introductory press conference one week ago. Miles, of course, will likely not be targeting the same type of recruits at Kansas that he was going after during his time at LSU. The Jayhawks, who have just one commit from the 2019 class, have a limited number of available scholarships to hand out.
Kansas was unable to get its storybook ending for head coach David Beaty and the senior class. The Jayhawks, who made a late push, struggled to get much going on the offensive end through the first three quarters in the final game of the 2018 regular season. Texas, meanwhile, made enough plays to pull off a 24-17 victory over KU Friday afternoon in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.
There was something different about the way Les Miles approached this college football season. Kathryn Miles (nickname “Smacker”), a former swimmer at Texas and currently a TV sports personality, had become accustomed to seeing the version of her dad when he wasn’t coaching football. Les Miles had been linked to multiple coaching positions since getting fired by LSU midway through the 2016, though none eventually panned out.
Kansas made enough plays to keep things interesting against No. 6 Oklahoma. In the end, though, the Sooners’ high-octane offense proved to be too much for the Jayhawks to overcome. OU scored on all but two of its drives to claim a 55-40 win over KU (3-8, 1-7 Big 12) Saturday night at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
After a flawless effort from deep on Monday, Kansas senior wing Lagerald Vick put together an impressive encore.
Not long before the start of her final preps season, Lawrence High senior Chisom Ajekwu made her collegiate plans official. After announcing her verbal commitment in March, Ajekwu signed her national letter of intent to play collegiate basketball for the University of Kansas.
Kansas senior linebacker Joe Dineen has experience his fair share of early kickoffs in his career. That’s why Dineen is looking forward to playing one of his last games as a Jayhawk in front of a national audience. KU (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) is slated to take on No. 6 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a road conference clash that will be broadcasted on Fox.
During a weekend in Vegas this past summer, I placed a $5 bet on an electronic horse racing game and somehow — much to the chagrin of the rest of the bachelor party — managed to win $150 from that short race. For the rest of the weekend, I took more chances at the roulette table, or at least as risky as a recent college grad with a pile of student debt could be. After all, I was playing with money that I didn’t deserve to have.
When Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby got off the plane in Lawrence, he was greeted by a group of local reporters. Bowlsby, of course, knew he was not the reason for this welcoming party at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. It marked the second time that reporters were at the airport regarding the coaching search since Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced that David Beaty would not be the head football coach following the conclusion of the 2018 season.
After a slow start, No. 2 Kansas did enough in the second half to finish off a 84-68 win over Vermont in the home opener.
Despite knocking off a top-10 team in the season opener, Kansas was unable to keep its No. 1 spot in the latest AP poll, which was released Monday morning.
Kansas State made enough plays down the stretch to hold off Kansas yet again. With 2:46 left in the game, K-State quarterback Alex Delton scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to give the hosts the final advantage in the 21-17 victory. The win extended the Wildcats’ (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) dominance in the Sunflower Showdown, as they have won 10 consecutive meetings over the Jayhawks.