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Recent fuss over potential KU-Mizzou reunion in Big 12/SEC Challenge much ado about nothing

Thursday, the college basketball world on both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line became a little more fired up than it normally is in late May. See, [Thursday was the day when the folks at ESPN announced the match-ups for the 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge][1] — 10 ... Continue reading

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Joel Embiid re-imagined as ‘Game of Thrones’ character in new video

If you ever wondered what former Kansas big man Joel Embiid would look like in George R. R. Martin’s fictional world of Westeros, you now have your answer — in cartoon form at least. Finally, after four seasons worth of parodies, BleacherReport’s NBA-meets-“Game of Thrones” mash-up is ... Continue reading

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Kansas baseball fighting for postseason life at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Nothing sharpens an athlete's focus in quite the same manner as a game with sudden-death implications. Even though the Big 12 tournament is a double-elimination format, a loss for Kansas in its first-round game vs. TCU would have dealt a serious blow to the Jayhawks' NCAA tournament ... Continue reading

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Mason says goodbye in Players’ Tribune tribute to KU

By now, you all know the story of former Kansas standout Frank Mason III. From how his rough upbringing to his failed government class to that showcase in Vegas where assistant coach Kurtis Townsend first saw him and, of course, through his incredible KU career that left ... Continue reading

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Why Svi Mykhailiuk’s decision to stay at Kansas is an even bigger deal than some may think

While most people I talked to, both in our business and others, eventually came to believe that Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk would stay in the NBA Draft and skip his senior season at Kansas, nearly everyone I talked to seemed to think that Svi’s return to Kansas, ... Continue reading

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Handful of 3-star recruits include Kansas football on their shortlists

Early on in head coach David Beaty’s third season at the University of Kansas, the football program continues to make strides on the all-important recruiting front. Over the course of the past several days, Beaty and his staff learned four different prep prospects and one junior college ... Continue reading

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Improvement running and defending run will mark true progress

Slow growth tends to equate to real growth even though it can be frustrating for fans of the Kansas football program who have endured seven consecutive seasons of three or fewer victories. Two statistical indicators will be worth watching to see if the Jayhawks are in the ... Continue reading

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Ahead of draft, Frank Mason III out to prove ‘it’s not all about size’ in NBA

For the next month, in every NBA city he visits, Frank Mason III will answer questions about his lack of size and how that impacts his ability to translate his college success at Kansas to the next level. On Monday, the 5-foot-11, 189-pound consensus National Player of ... Continue reading

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How Jayhawks compare to each other in NBA statistical categories

Now that Paul Pierce has retired from the NBA it's a good time to look at where Jayhawks stand compared to each other in terms of a few NBA statistical categories: **GAMES** 1 - Paul Pierce 1,343 2 - Wilt Chamberlain: 1,045 3 - Dave Robisch: 930 ... Continue reading

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Former Jayhawk Josh Jackson projects as more than just KU’s latest Top 5 pick

Those familiar with basketball, at just about any level, know that there typically are five positions on the floor – point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center. There are, of course, variations of each position — point forward and stretch 4 are two of ... Continue reading

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Sam Cunliffe gives Kansas another acrobatic dunker

Mid-year Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe won't be eligible to play in games until mid-December, by which time he will have had a year in the program. All that practice time will make him more ready for games than a freshman would be and it will be ... Continue reading

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Five guesses on what Svi Mykhailiuk will decide this week

It’s a big week for Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk, perhaps his biggest since the end of the 2016-17 season. Mykhailiuk, who has spent the past two months working on his game and working toward the goal of catching the eye of any number of NBA teams, has ... Continue reading

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Five things we learned from the 2016-17 KU basketball season

Now that enough time has passed — for most — between the rough ending to another amazing season of Kansas basketball and today, it’s time to take a quick look back at what we learned about the KU program during the 2016-17 season. These things we already ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason III not comparing himself to Isaiah Thomas, but rooting for similarly-sized guard

During his senior season at Kansas, point guard Frank Mason III seemed larger than life with the ball in his hands. But the consensus national player of the year’s relative lack of height has NBA decision-makers hesitant to take Mason, who averaged 20.9 points and shot 47.1% ... Continue reading

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How Kansas baseball and football players measure up to beefy Yankees

Joe Reitz, founder of [Family Promise of Lawrence][1] and retired University of Kansas business professor, sent me a text from Tuesday night’s Yankees-Royals game, marveling at the size of the Yankees. “If this were football, it would be a huge mismatch,” Reitz wrote. He then watched a ... Continue reading

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Perry Ellis inks contract Down Under

The Sydney Kings professional basketball team in the National Basketball League in Australia announced with gusto on Thursday night the signing of former KU standout Perry Ellis. Ellis, who went undrafted after his four-year Kansas career, bounced around the NBA's D League during his first season away ... Continue reading

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Magic just might have a Jayhawk up his sleeve

Lavar Ball, father of UCLA star point guard prospect, has had a blast making outrageous statements. He’s a laugh riot, provided you can laugh about a man blowing his son’s shot at a $20 million shoe contract because he started his own shoe company and came up ... Continue reading

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Philadelphia a likely destination for KU’s Josh Jackson

In the five weeks between now and the 2017 NBA Draft, a lot can, and most likely will, change — particularly in the realm of opinions on the potential impact of the most sought-after incoming rookies. For the moment, it seems the likeliest scenario for one-year Kansas ... Continue reading

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

*Recorded Tuesday, May 16, 2017* Continue reading

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Early NBA mock drafts have Josh Jackson going anywhere from third to fifth

Before taking a look at where the hot-take NBA mock drafts have Josh Jackson going, consider a brilliant idea proferred by Andrew Perloff in [a video on SI.com.][1] The NBA’s integrity took a huge hit with teams tanking left and right to improve their chances of moving ... Continue reading

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