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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

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Kansas Air Raid woes don’t start in the air

Spending my entire adult life reporting on sports usually means I seek other topics, often true crime, when looking to become lost in a book. When I make exceptions, it's often to educate myself on a work-related topic. Since Kansas technically runs an Air Raid offense, I ... Continue reading

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How KU guard Sam Cunliffe can guarantee he makes an immediate impact

The anticipated KU debut of Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe — which is expected to come Saturday night at Nebraska — is off the charts and is a direct result of the Jayhawks' back-to-back losses, limited depth and recent struggles. And it's clear [that Cunliffe himself also ... Continue reading

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Head-to-head: Embiid’s 76ers beat Wiggins’ T’wolves; Mason’s Kings top Jackson’s Suns

With so many Jayhwaks making a living in the NBA it’s not difficult on any given day to find a box score with a former Kansas basketball standout appearing for each team. But Tuesday night’s schedule provided a pair of reunions for one-time KU teammates who likely ... Continue reading

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One common thread in KU’s losses that has nothing to do with defense

The KU defense — and its reputation — took a beating over the last week. Some fans have gone as far as to long for the days of last season, lest we all forget that team was, at times, so poor on that end it prompted several ... Continue reading

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Is Friday the big day for some Silvio De Sousa news for Kansas?

If his latest comments are accurate, Friday could be a monster day in the Kansas basketball program's pursuit of Class of 2018 signee Silvio De Sousa. Speaking with Kyle McFadden of marylandsportsaccess.com following a recent IMG Academy victory, [De Sousa said he believed he would know the ... Continue reading

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KU’s perimeter defense exposed by Arizona State trio

In a rare Allen Fieldhouse loss Sunday to surging Arizona State, no potential defect for the now 13th-ranked Kansas basketball team leapt off the court quite like the Jayhawks’ perimeter defense. KU’s defenders uncovered no real solutions for hindering either the paint-bound drives or 3-point bombs of ... Continue reading

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Kansas football 2018 season-opener shapes up as compelling matchup

Nicholls State and Kansas were in the market for football coaches at the end of their disappointing 2014 seasons. Kansas hired David Beaty, receivers coach from Texas A&M. Nicholls State opted for Tim Rebowe, safeties coach at Louisiana Lafayette. Beaty inherited a program coming off a 3-9 ... Continue reading

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Examining potential areas of emphasis during finals week for Kansas basketball

A few random thoughts about the Kansas men's basketball team as it navigates its way through finals week and a two-game losing streak. **• A lot of the talk during the past couple of days has been about how miserable practice might be for this Kansas team ... Continue reading

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KU assistant says Malik Newman ‘a little bit better’ on Monday

Filling in for KU coach Bill Self on Hawk Talk on Monday night, Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts provided a brief update on the injury status of sophomore guard Malik Newman. Newman left Sunday's 95-85 loss to Arizona State late in the game after taking a knee ... Continue reading

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‘Louisianimal’ RB Anthony ‘Pooka’ Williams picking up interest from major programs

The University of Kansas football program generated an explosion of unexpected buzz this past February by adding intriguing prospects to its 2018 recruiting class. But 10 months later, with the NCAA’s new early-signing period for college football beginning Dec. 20, the vibe surrounding KU’s potential signees could ... Continue reading

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Former Jayhawk Carlton Bragg pretty popular on Twitter Sunday

An old Kansas basketball friend jumped into the limelight a little bit via social media on Sunday, as his new team, Arizona State, was in the process of knocking off his old team, KU, at Allen Fieldhouse. Despite not even being eligible to play this season, [and ... Continue reading

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No easy fix for Kansas basketball team’s defensive woes

No easy solutions exist for the Kansas basketball team’s defensive problems exposed in back-to-back losses to Pac-12 schools. The flaws extend from the perimeter, where the guards don’t force a ton of turnovers, to the interior, where center Udoka Azubuike hasn’t yet developed great timing as a ... Continue reading

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Sun Devils’ celebrations a sign of what it means to beat KU

When Washington knocked of Kansas at Sprint Center last Wednesday night, the Huskies ripped off a wild celebration in the Sprint Center locker room that left head coach Mike Hopkins soaking wet and smiling. Sunday, at Allen Fieldhouse, UW's Pac-12 brother, Arizona State, took that celebration one ... Continue reading

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Postgame Report Card: Arizona State 95, Kansas 85

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 95-85 loss to No. 16 Arizona State on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B- ---------- The Jayhawks shot 48 percent from the floor and looked much more aggressive attacking the rim and finding their offense. And they were terrific early, ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Sunday Sun Deviling

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Bill Self after loss to ASU: ‘This is the softest team Kansas has had since I’ve been here’

After a 95-85 home loss to Arizona State on Sunday, Kansas coach Bill Self talks about the team's need to add mental toughness on the defensive end, giving up layups to ASU's guards and where the Jayhawks had defensive breakdowns. Continue reading

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Udoka Azubuike on KU’s problems in loss to Arizona State

Kansas sophomore big Udoka Azubuike explains how No. 2-ranked Kansas couldn’t turn a hot start Sunday into a victory against No. 16 Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse. Azubuike, who finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds, discusses ASU’s back-court attack, whether fatigue has become an issue for ... Continue reading

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Devonte’ Graham after loss to Arizona State: ‘Their guards were just better than us’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucRkIb8tPQo&feature=youtu.be Moments after KU’s 95-85 loss to Arizona State — just the 11th at Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self-era — senior guard Devonte’ Graham made his thoughts on the performance clear. “I don’t like losing, period,” said the downtrodden Graham. “At the end of the day, ... Continue reading

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in home loss to Arizona State

**1 - Devonte’ Graham:** Had his finger prints on pretty much every good play to deliver Kansas a 15-2 lead, but in the end, Arizona State’s guards ruled the day. Graham had 19 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals and made 5 of 11 3-point ... Continue reading

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