Self Madness 2020: Title Game, complete with Bill Self’s thoughts on the fictional matchup

Watching the top seed in our Self Madness bracket breeze into the title game was far from a surprise. Everyone knew when this thing began that the 2007-08 team would be pretty much impossible to take down. And the voting has certainly proven that. In three rounds ... Continue reading


KU great Paul Pierce interested in H-O-R-S-E idea for ESPN

With games on hold because of COVID-19 and live sports reduced to replays of games gone by, the NBA is working on plans to create a H-O-R-S-E competition, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski’s report indicates that the shot-making competitions would be televised by ESPN, would include ... Continue reading


In new collaborative video, KU men’s basketball team shows its appreciation for front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19

Using the tagline, “We’re all in this together,” the Kansas men’s basketball program recently put together a five-minute video encouraging fans and people around the world to stay safe and positive during the pandemic. One by one, the Jayhawks appeared on the screen, most of them from ... Continue reading


Kansas coach Bill Self relives OT win over Dayton in Maui in Episode 2 of “Self Perspective”

It was one of the games of the year in college basketball during the 2019-20 season — if not *the* game of the year — and Kansas basketball coach Bill Self brings it to you from a whole different point of view. [In the second episode of ... Continue reading


Self Madness 2020: Semifinals

And then there were four. And, go figure, the four teams still standing in our Self Madness bracket are the four top seeds, three Final Four teams and this season’s squad, which would’ve entered March Madness as the No. 1 overall seed and the favorite to win ... Continue reading


Self Madness 2020: Round 2 Matchups

Somewhat predictably, there were no upsets [in Round 1 of our Self Madness 2020 bracket,][1] and only one of the fictitious games was even close. That was the 6-11 matchup between the 2010-11 team and the 2015-16 team. The sixth-seeded 2010-11 team, starring the junior set of ... Continue reading


Kansas coach Bill Self follows up live-tweeting performance with new feature dubbed ‘Self Perspective’

Long after leaving Kansas following his senior season, former KU point guard Devonte’ Graham is still finding a way to rack up assists for the Jayhawks. And his most recent dime went to his former head coach. A week or so after Graham went viral by watching ... Continue reading


Paul Pierce’s all-time KU starting 5 goes heavy in frontcourt

Without any NBA games or March Madness to discuss, the crew from ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” decided to take a nostalgic approach earlier this week and have former players, including 1997-98 Kansas All-American Paul Pierce, assemble their all-time teams. The task was an easy one for Pierce and ... Continue reading


Self Madness 2020: Round 1 Matchups

The higher-seeded team advanced in the play-in game of the Self Madness 2020 bracket here at, and now the fun can really begin. The 16th-seeded 2014-15 team, led by a young core of Perry Ellis, Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., advanced to the full ... Continue reading


What if KU had been down only 2 points before Mario’s Miracle?

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Sunday came out of what he called “Twitter retirement” to live-Tweet the CBS rebroadcast of the 2008 national title game. Heading into the day, Self had sent 273 career Tweets from his verified account (@CoachBillSelf), and, in about three hours time, ... Continue reading


Self Madness 2020: Play-in game voting

Call it Dayton, Ohio, and KU’s version of the First Four games that usher in a new NCAA Tournament each and every year. Welcome to the play-in game of “Self Madness 2020,” where the No. 16 and No. 17 seeds in the bracket of the 17 years ... Continue reading


Why didn’t KU have a 1st-team AP All-American? It’s complicated

Some years in college basketball, picking All-America teams can be uncomplicated, even obvious. This bizarre, postseason-less 2019-20 campaign was not one of those years. Sure, Dayton’s Obi Toppin fell into the clear-cut category, but as Friday’s release of the Associated Press All-America teams reminded everyone, it got ... Continue reading


Introducing ‘Self Madness 2020’

Just because the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus does not mean that Kansas fans have to miss out on their annual bracket fun. I’m sure many of you have seen — or even filled out — the fast-food bracket, the binge-watch bracket or ... Continue reading


Kansas to open 2020-21 season with all-time Self winning streak in sight

As most of you probably know, the top-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team ended the 2019-20 season on a 16-game winning streak, which is tied for the third longest stretch of consecutive victories in the Self era. The Jayhawks did not get the chance to extend that streak ... Continue reading


16 teams that could have won it all

I̶t̶’̶s̶ ̶f̶i̶n̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶e̶.̶ ̶A̶f̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶f̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶t̶h̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶r̶e̶g̶u̶l̶a̶r̶ ̶s̶e̶a̶s̶o̶n̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶u̶l̶t̶i̶t̶u̶d̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶f̶e̶r̶e̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶u̶r̶n̶a̶m̶e̶n̶t̶s̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶N̶C̶A̶A̶ ̶T̶o̶u̶r̶n̶a̶m̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶r̶i̶v̶e̶d̶.̶ Whoops. Guess not. Full disclosure: The original version of this “16 teams that could win it all” piece was written a week in advance of what ... Continue reading


Pre-draft process could look unrecognizable for NBA prospects, such as Devon Dotson

College basketball stars such as Kansas point guard Devon Dotson didn’t get to take advantage of the NCAA Tournament as a showcase in front of potential NBA employers this March. And the way everything is trending, future opportunities between now and the 2020 draft — whenever that ... Continue reading


KU’s Azubuike, Dotson and Garrett snag top honors from

On Monday, Kansas coach Bill Self said he was still searching for the right way to celebrate and honor the achievements of the 2019-20 Jayhawks. What that means, how it looks and when it will take place remains a mystery, with nearly all of the KU roster ... Continue reading


Hiatuses in sports put life in perspective for Bill Self

Life has a way of reminding people about what’s actually important and what’s ultimately of far less consequence. On a Monday afternoon that many of us would’ve spent scrutinizing the still fresh NCAA Tournament bracket, and maybe even getting into occasionally heated debates about which teams could ... Continue reading


KU, others produce their own “One Shining Moment” montages for 2019-20 season

Every April, whether the Jayhawks fall in the second round or reach college basketball's final weekend, the "One Shining Moment" montage at the end of the NCAA Tournament is a popular watch for Kansas fans. Some want to see how many times the Jayhawks are shown. Others ... Continue reading


NCAA VP Dan Gavitt explains why no NCAA Tournament bracket was released on what would have been Selection Sunday

For the past couple of days, Kansas basketball fans, along with fans of the college game in general, had held out hope that Selection Sunday might still be worth celebrating even with no NCAA Tournament to play beyond it. The thinking was this: Even though the tournament ... Continue reading