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How a phone call played a key role in Quentin Grimes’ decision to pick Kansas

Kansas coach Bill Self has coached and recruited a couple dozen supremely talented players who went on to enjoy success in the NBA and beyond during his coaching career. In the past month, one of those helped [five-star guard Quentin Grimes, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound combo guard from ... Continue reading

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Multi-skilled Joel Embiid cooks Lakers for 46 points on career night

Joel Embiid once again reminded the NBA of his massive potential Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where Philadelphia’s 7-foot-2 phenom cooked the Lakers for a a career-best performance. Still in just his second season out of Kansas, Embiid’s new personal bests of 46 points, seven assists, seven ... Continue reading

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Malik Newman, Trevon Duval prefer to keep things in the present

CHICAGO — The closest Trevon Duval came to sharing a locker room with the Jayhawks, at least by proximity, came on Tuesday night. Deep inside the corridors winding throughout the basement level of United Center, the Duke and KU locker rooms were separated by a matter of ... Continue reading

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Five-star guard Quentin Grimes picks Kansas

With an elite point guard and two Top 40 big men already signed, sealed and delivered, the Kansas men's basketball program's 2018 recruiting class added another gem on Wednesday, when five-star shooting guard Quentin Grimes orally committed to KU during a ceremony at College Park High in ... Continue reading

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A look back at more talented football coaches who wanted Kansas job

The silliest notion that started to gather steam before Kansas chancellor Dr. Doug Girod made it clear David Beaty will be back for a fourth season was the one expressed by many who claimed no good coach would want the job. False. Every time the job opens, ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Blue Blood Bragging Rights

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Baseline View: Jayhawks hold on for win over Kentucky

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Malik Newman talks about clutch shot, big rebound in win over UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZtGDOildCY&feature=youtu.be Malik Newman didn’t have his best game, but when the Jayhawks needed him to come through, he did. The Mississippi State transfer hit a late 3-pointer to put KU ahead by four in an eventual 65-61 win over Kentucky. The play was set up by an ... Continue reading

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Postgame Report Card: No. 4 Kansas 65, No. 7 Kentucky 61

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 65-61 victory over No. 7 Kentucky in the 2017 Champions Classic at United Center in Chicago. Offense: C- ---------- The Jayhawks made a couple of big shots and plays when they had to have them. And Devonte' Graham and Malik ... Continue reading

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Bill Self talks about ‘home-court advantage,’ Udoka Azubuike and more following win over UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7QkwHYJboc&feature=youtu.be It wasn’t quite Allen Fieldhouse, but KU coach Bill Self still felt the support of a pro-KU crowd at United Center on Tuesday night. “There would be a lot of people in the state of Illinois that would not want me to think (this was home) ... Continue reading

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Svi tops ratings in Champions Classic victory against Kentucky

**1 - Svi Mykhailiuk:** Threw some nice post feeds to the big man, had three assists, turned it over just once and led team with 17 points and a steal. Took a bad shot late that was way short but in general most of his aggressiveness was ... Continue reading

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Ben Johnson describes emotions before Senior Day; Beaty praises Baker Mayfield

Heading into Saturday's game against Oklahoma, Kansas senior tight end Ben Johnson talks about his final home game at Memorial Stadium and his pride for lasting through the program for five years. Coach David Beaty says Baker Mayfield is one of the best players he's ever seen. Continue reading

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

Matt Tait's game day thoughts from The Windy City ahead of Kansas vs. Kentucky in the 2017 Champions Classic in Chicago. Continue reading

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David Beaty comments on ‘unexpected’ message of support from chancellor

One day after University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod [released a statement in support of the school's football program][1], KU football coach David Beaty talked about why he believes "it's big for us," and how he's never had doubts about his job security. [1]: Continue reading

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Impressive football coaches have wanted Kansas job for past three openings

So how did it come to this? How did a Kansas football program that won the Orange Bowl with a 12-1 record just 10 seasons ago, tumble so far? One wrong-headed coaching firing and one poor hire by former athletic director Lew Perkins and two poor hires ... Continue reading

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Getting to know: Kentucky basketball

At the beginning of every college basketball season, Kentucky reloads with a talented crop of star freshmen. Check. Then there’s usually at least a couple of holdovers from the previous season, hoping to improve their NBA draft stock. Not this year. Calling this team young would be ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks no strangers to killing time on game day

Ever since Kansas fans started really looking ahead to today's Champions Classic showdown with Kentucky in The Windy City, one of the most popular rants I've heard has been about how KU allllwwwaaays seems to play the late game in the Champions Classic. They're not wrong. Five ... Continue reading

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Champions Classic in seventh year and here to stay forever

The Champions Classic, which celebrates its seventh season Tuesday at United Center in Chicago, serves college basketball well by putting the sport on people’s minds in mid-November with an annual doubleheader blockbuster on a Tuesday night, when MAC games are the only football competition. (Then again, MAC ... Continue reading

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Self vs. Calipari almost as big as Kansas vs. Kentucky

If you've watched Kansas play Kentucky even just once in the past 10 years, you know the game means a little more than a regular game. Whether you're talking about the media hype leading up to tipoff, the craziness the game brings out in fans from both ... Continue reading

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KU-Kentucky set to renew unique rivalry Tuesday in Chicago

Because they aren’t in the same conference, they do not play each other every year, although some quality scheduling during recent years has made the matchup more common. The two teams enter Tuesday’s clash at the Champions Classic in Chicago as the No. 1 and No. 2 ... Continue reading