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Agbaji, Azubuike and Garrett on KU’s exhibition win over Washburn

Kansas basketball players Ochai Agbaji, Udoka Azubuike and Marcus Garrett discuss their team's 79-52 exhibition win over Washburn.

The Jayhawks face Michigan State to open the season on Tuesday.


Bill Self on closing preseason with win over Washburn

Bill Self discusses his Kansas basketball team's 79-52 exhibition win over Washburn.

The Jayhawks face Michigan State to open the season on Tuesday.

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Udoka Azubuike on ‘totally changed’ form that makes him better FT shooter

Kansas junior center Udoka Azubuike got to show off his improved free throw stroke Thursday night in the Jayhawks’ exhibition win over Washburn.

After going 0 for 2 at the foul line in KU’s preseason opener a week earlier, Azubuike knocked in five in a row and five of six overall on his way to 17 points in 18 minutes.

“It really boosts my confidence,” Azubuike said of his showing. “Free throws are something I’ve been working on throughout the offseason. You can see my whole form’s totally changed and I’ve been working on it.”

Azubuike said he was able to compose himself and follow his routine at the charity stripe, and he was glad to see them go in. The 7-footer added the key to his success is a more natural form on his foul shots.


Brett Ballard on returning to KU as Washburn’s head coach

A former guard and assistant coach at the University of Kansas, Washburn head coach Brett Ballard returned to Allen Fieldhouse as an opponent Thursday night.

After KU's 79-52 win, Ballard discussed how it felt and how his Ichabods handled taking on the No. 1 team in the country.


Bill Self on KU’s preseason No. 1 hype: ‘Id rather be there than not there’

A day before his No. 1-ranked Kansas basketball team’s second and final preseason exhibition, coach Bill Self was asked if he’d prefer the Jayhawks were flying under the radar entering the season.

“I’d prefer to have good enough players to be ranked number one and not be ranked there,” Self replied, while fielding questions inside Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday afternoon.

“That’s probably the perfect scenario, but that doesn’t happen like that. I’d rather be there than not there. And the fact that if we don’t play to it early on, I think that’s OK, too, because I don’t know what a preseason ranking is supposed to be — who the best team is on November 5, or who is projected to be the best team over time,” Self said.

“I do believe that we’ll be OK early and hopefully pretty good,” the KU coach added. “But I know we can be very good after we get a little experience under our belt.”

Self addressed the preseason expectations surrounding his team and many other topics, including facing a former assistant, Washburn head coach Brett Ballard.

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Quentin Grimes on KU’s defensive ability

Kansas freshman guard Quentin Grimes, after scoring 10 points in the Jayhawks’ exhibition win over Emporia State, discusses the defense KU played in the 93-55 victory.

“If we play like me, Lagerald (Vick) and Marcus (Garrett) out there, it’s a pretty long lineup,” Grimes said of the team’s potential speed and effectiveness on the defensive end. “We can deny. We’re all big guards and we can all guard smaller guards.”

Emporia State made just 20 of its 72 shots (27.8 percent) against Kansas.


Dedric Lawson on his 31-point exhibition and versatility as ball-handler

Following his 31-point, 15-rebound night against Emporia State, Kansas junior forward Dedric Lawson discusses his first unofficial game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Lawson, who shot 11 of 16 from the floor and went seven of nine at the foul line, didn’t think any of his baskets stood out.

The junior from Memphis also explains where he picked up his ball-handling skills and how he describes himself positionally.

“I say I’m a versatile four that can bring the ball up the floor and make shots and make plays for others,” Lawson said.


KU Sports Extra: Talking About The Quarterback

After Carter Stanley passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the Kansas football team’s 48-28 home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, head coach David Beaty was reluctant to name the redshirt junior the team’s new starter.

In fact, Beaty didn’t want to talk about the position at all after a few questions on the subject.

Beat writer Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss what is going on with KU’s QB situation and where the Jayhawks go from here.


Ochai Agbaji and Lagerald Vick talk Late Night

Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji and senior Lagerald Vick answer questions from reporters following Late Night in the Phog, on Friday.

Agbaji describes his first Allen Fieldhouse experience in front of fans, the Jayhawks’ depth and 2 Chainz.

Vick discusses being back at the fieldhouse as a senior after leaving the program following his junior season with intentions of playing professionally.


Bill Self’s Late Night assessments, from 2 Chainz to ‘bad ball’

Following his team’s annual Late Night in the Phog event Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses the show-closing scrimmage, which featured 10 points form senior guard Lagerald Vick for the losing Blue team and 11 by sophomore guard K.J. Lawson for the winning Crimson team.

The Crimson group, which also featured junior center Udoka Azubuike and freshman guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson, won 46-37 in the 20-minute scrimmage with a running clock.

Self gets into how he handles captains, Vick returning for his senior season, the pre-scrimmage performance by 2 Chainz, “bad ball” by his players and much more.