Stories for February 2015


Saturday, February 28

KU swimmers third at Big 12

Kansas University claimed third place Saturday in the Big 12 women’s swimming and diving championships.

KU’s McCuin winner in 600

Kansas University senior Kenneth McCuin won the men’s 600-yard run, and the Jayhawks’ men’s and women’s track and field teams both placed sixth Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor.

KU softball rallies for win

Daniella Chavez’s grand slam keyed a seven-run fourth inning, and Kansas University’s softball team defeated Siena, 9-7, on Saturday.

Kansas baseball tips Northeastern

Ben Krauth allowed one earned run in six innings, and Kansas University’s baseball team defeated Northeastern, 6-4, on Saturday.

KU women hit free throws, stun Sooners, 65-58

Kansas University hit 17 of 18 free throws in a 65-58 women's basketball victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 28, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 28, 2015

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Notebook: Fieldhouse packed as usual on snowy Saturday

A snowy Saturday didn’t keep Kansas University’s basketball team from enjoying its usual filled-to-capacity atmosphere for a 69-64 victory over Texas at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Potential violation forces Cliff Alexander out of lineup

Kansas University freshman forward Cliff Alexander sat out Saturday’s game against Texas over a potential NCAA violation. KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said the NCAA “has alerted us to an issue that could affect Cliff’s eligibility. As a precautionary measure, Cliff will not take the court until we have resolved the issue.” By Gary Bedore

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Column: Jayhawks will go as far as trio can take them

By this point of a college basketball season, all the secrets have been exposed, every player’s pet move identified, studied, taken away. Only the most talented, most aggressive, most creative players stand out against intense defenses built to drive them to a state of frustration. By Tom Keegan

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Perry Ellis carries Kansas to victory over Texas

Bill Self: KU junior is best player in league right now

Perry Ellis started the Big 12 season off slowly, scoring in single digits in two of Kansas University’s first three games and three of the initial seven contests. He’s finishing like a guy intent on accepting some postseason hardware for a team closing in on an 11th-straight conference championship. By Gary Bedore

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Longhorns wonder about late no-call

Texas coach Rick Barnes was in no mood to complain about the officiating following Saturday's 69-64 loss to No. 8 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. But the veteran Longhorns leader did not mind mentioning a couple of instances that he thought were key to the outcome of the game. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks finish strong, defeat Texas

The Texas Longhorns gave Kansas all the Jayhawks wanted, but KU got tough when it counted most on both ends of the floor and left Allen Fieldhouse with a 69-64 victory Saturday evening.

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Cliff Alexander won't play against Texas as KU looks into potential issue

Less than a couple of hours before Kansas University’s men’s basketball Saturday home game against Texas, the school announced one of its starters won’t play.

KU swimmers claim 2 silvers

Chelsie Miller and Yulduz Kuchkarova earned runner-up finishes to highlight Kansas University’s day Saturday at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships.

Kansas' Vollmer, Bowen win track titles

Kansas University’s Lindsay Vollmer won her second Big 12 Conference pentathlon title, and Casey Bowen followed up his outdoor pole-vault title with a win indoors as the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships began Friday.

KU baseball shut out, 5-0

Kansas University hit into two double plays in the first four innings and stranded seven runners in a 5-0 baseball loss to North Dakota State on Friday in the Snowbird Classic.

Kansas softball wins 2 games

Jessie Roane drove in the game-winner in a walk-off, extra-inning game early Friday, then Alicia Pille threw a one-hit shutout in the afternoon as Kansas University softball picked up a pair of victories in the North Florida tournament.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 27, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

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KU, Texas provide ‘GameDay’ fodder

ESPN’s “GameDay” crew, which plans to air pre-game shows in both Wichita and Lawrence today, forecast snow be darned, definitely will have a lot to talk about prior to the 4 p.m. Kansas University-Texas contest in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU-OU women at a glance

Who: Kansas vs. Oklahoma When: 7 tonight Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma Series: Sooners lead 34-29 Notable: Wednesday night, OU snapped No. 3 Baylor’s 25-game winning streak with a 68-64 win in Norman.

Friday, February 27

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 26, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Thursday, February 26

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Jayhawks discuss concerns at players’ meeting

Kansas University basketball starters/team leaders Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden Jr. called a players-only meeting on Tuesday night at Jayhawker Towers in response to the Jayhawks’ 70-63 loss to Kansas State on Monday in Manhattan.

KU swimmers fourth at Big 12

Kansas University moved up a spot into fourth place Thursday at the Big 12 women’s swim meet.

Kansas baseball tops Chicago State

Joven Afenir went 3-for-3, and Michael Tinsley was 2-for-2 with two RBIs in Kansas University’s 15-2 baseball victory over Chicago State on Thursday in the Snowbird Classic.

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Jayhawks hold players-only meeting Tuesday night in wake of loss to K-State

The players met at Jayhawker Towers on Tuesday night to discuss recent developments in the Big 12 race.

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KU, adidas unveil another new uniform for Jayhawks

Kansas basketball and adidas are at it again, as the two on Thursday morning unveiled another new alternate uniform that the Jayhawks will wear during the 2015 postseason.

Kansas swimming struggles in opening day of Big 12

Kansas University placed third in one relay but was disqualified in another as the Big 12 swimming and diving championship meet opened Wednesday.

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Former KU walk-on Scott Novosel turns experience into book

Japan rap star/personal trainer/camp instructor Scott Novosel now can add “graphic novelist” to the growing list of job titles he has had since spending a year as a Kansas University basketball walk-on during the 1994-95 season. By Gary Bedore

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Column: End nearing for Bonnie Henrickson?

I must admit, I was excited about the future of the Kansas University women’s basketball program when I saw how the freshman class played three years ago. Now they’re seniors. The future is now. And it’s bleak. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 25, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

Wednesday, February 25

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K-State women out-scrap KU, 55-48, at Allen Fieldhouse

The Kansas University women's basketball team dropped the second leg of the 2014-15 Sunflower Showdown — both this week (with the men's loss Monday) and this year in their own series — 55-48, Wednesday night to Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Big 12 commissioner issues public reprimand to Kansas State over Monday's court-storming incident

Kansas State has been reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference.

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Kansas State fan cited for disorderly conduct

The much publicized court-storming contact between a Kansas State fan and Kansas University basketball player Jamari Traylor following the Wildcats’ Big Monday victory in Manhattan has resulted in a citing for disorderly conduct.

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Ellis, Garrett named to academic all-Big 12 first team

The Big 12 Conference on Wednesday morning announced that junior forward Perry Ellis and senior guard Christian Garrett had been named to the academic all-Big 12 first team.

Thomas Robinson claimed by 76ers

Thomas Robinson won’t be a Brooklyn Net after all. The former Kansas Jayhawk, who was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Denver Nuggets last week and then released by the Nuggets at his request, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Philadelphia 76ers.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 24, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Kansas-Kansas State women at a glance

When: 7 p.m. today Where: Allen Fieldhouse Who: Kansas vs. Kansas State

KU women’s golfers 12th

Kansas University’s women’s golf team fell two spots in the team standings Tuesday to finish 12th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

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Column: Jayhawks’ problems not too difficult to explain

The tendency when it comes to basketball, more than most sports it seems, is to search for psychological reasons for a player’s slump, an underdog’s upset, even a team leading a race and falling back to the pack.

Tuesday, February 24

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Self, Zenger address court-storming incident

KU coach credits Bruce Weber for trying to help him exit court

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was pinned against the Bramlage Coliseum scorer’s table by a mob of Kansas State students, opposing coach Bruce Weber shoving folks out of the way to help his counterpart to safety.

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K-State court-storming drawing reviews from several organizations

The Big 12 Conference, both Kansas University and Kansas State University, as well as the K-State Police Department all have spent the early part of Tuesday reviewing the court-storming scene that turned wild following the K-State men's basketball team's 70-63 upset victory over No. 8 Kansas Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas women’s golf tied for 10th

Kansas University senior women’s golfer Minami Levonowich shot a team-best 2-over 74 Monday during the second round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate as the Jayhawks moved to a tie for 10th place in the team race.

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KU’s JaCorey Shepherd relishes combine experience

Former Kansas University cornerback JaCorey Shepherd on Monday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis did not have the same kind of breakout day his former teammate Ben Heeney did a day earlier. By Matt Tait

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Column: Celebration turns ugly with aggressive court-storming

For Kansas State, Big Monday's Sunflower Showdown was a beautiful victory against favored in-state rival Kansas, 70-63. And then the students, taking advantage of lax security, stormed the court. In a blink, the scene of highly entertaining basketball theater grew ugly, unnecessarily dangerous. By Tom Keegan

Monday, February 23

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Latest Big 12 road loss leaves Jayhawks searching for answers

With 4 league losses apiece, KU now tied with Iowa State for 1st

After losing two straight Big 12 road games — and three of the last four including Monday’s 70-63 clunker at Kansas State — it’s gut-check time for Kansas University’s basketball team. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Jayhawks getting used to late nights

Ten Kansas University basketball games have started at 8 p.m., this season, including Monday’s 70-63 road loss, at Kansas State.

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Jaylen Brown will take his time; Thon Maker details visit to KU

Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, has been concentrating on his high school season more than recruiting.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 23, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 23, 2015

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Nigel Johnson helps K-State make some more memories

The only thing that came close to slowing down Kansas State sophomore Nigel Johnson during a 70-63, Big Monday victory over No. 8 Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum was a temporary injury that left him limping on the KSU bench during the second half. And even that came after a bucket.By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: No point in making freshmen sit out

There’s been recent talk about college basketball perhaps returning to the days when freshmen were ineligible to play in games until their second year on campus. Kansas coach Bill Self thinks the idea sounds "awful." By Gary Bedore

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Wildcats knock off No. 8 Kansas

The Kansas University men's basketball team lost a third consecutive road game in Big 12 play under Bill Self for the first time since 2004-05, 70-63, to Kansas State on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Colorado tennis drops Jayhawks

Kansas University won the doubles points, and Maria Jose Cardona won at No. 1 singles, but the Jayhawks dropped a 4-2 tennis decision to Colorado on Sunday.

Kawinpakorn leads Kansas women's golf

Kansas University women’s golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 1-under 71 to put herself in a tie for fourth place after the first day Sunday of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

KU men’s golf 14th at Wyoming

Connor Peck, competing as an individual, tied for 16th, and Kansas University men’s golf finished 14th overall at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Sunday.

Oregon State rips KU baseball

Two big innings doomed Kansas University to a 15-5 baseball loss to Oregon State on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.

Kansas softball hammers ISU

After failing to put down a bunt to cover a double steal in the first inning, Chaley Brickey atoned with a three-run homer to spark Kansas University to a 10-2, run-rule-shortened softball victory over Illinois State at the Aquafina Invitational on Sunday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 22, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 22, 2015

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KU’s Heeney turns heads at combine

Heading into Sunday, former Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney had a specific set of goals for his performance at the NFL scouting combine. And then he hit the field in Indianapolis and outdid them all. By Matt Tait

Column: K-State will be fired up Monday night

On paper, this should be a blowout, with the team fighting to hold onto a one-game lead in the Big 12 hammering divided Team Turmoil. All of the evidence that adds up to a blowout also could lead Kansas State to pull itself together for one night and play its best. By Tom Keegan

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Native son: Perry Ellis lone Sunflower Statesman

It may be hard to believe, but just one scholarship player from the state of Kansas will represent Kansas University and Kansas State in the 281st edition of the Sunflower Showdown tonight. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, February 22

Washington St. tops KU baseball

Washington State rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to hand Kansas University’s baseball team an 8-5 defeat Saturday night.

KU softball 1-1 in Florida

Kansas University’s softball team suffered its first loss of the season, 7-1 against Florida, then defeated Mercer, 2-0, on Saturday in the Aquafina Invitational.

KU golfers 16th; Drogosch fires 72

Kansas University golfer Brock Drogosch shot an even-par 72, and Kansas University’s men’s golf team was in 16th place Saturday after day two of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

Saturday, February 21

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 21, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 21, 2015

Kansas women stumble at OSU

Oklahoma State extended Kansas University’s losing streak to five, defeating the Jayhawks, 80-76, in Big 12 women’s basketball Saturday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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Player for a day: Manager thankful for moment in spotlight

Kansas University fifth-year senior basketball manager Chris Huey, who practices regularly with the Jayhawks, trading elbows with the likes of Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor, Landen Lucas and Cliff Alexander, on Saturday was given the opportunity to suit up and play for the Jayhawks in an actual game. By Gary Bedore

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Suitable sub: Devonté Graham's new approach propels Kansas

Devonté Graham, who hadn’t hit a shot in the last four games, scoring two points total in that span, exploded for a career-high 20 tallies in Kansas University’s 81-72 victory over TCU on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Perry Ellis's week goes from low to high

With one hand, Perry Ellis corralled an alley-oop pass and hammered it through the net. And, upset of all upsets,  the junior forward from Wichita who is so stoic he makes the guards at the Buckingham Palace seem like drama queens by comparison, cracked a smile. By Tom Keegan

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Trent Johnson sees progress in TCU loss

A year ago, TCU men's basketball coach Trent Johnson left Lawrence mumbling half-hearted comments about ending his own life. Not Saturday night. Instead of sitting at the post-game podium down and depressed about the state of his team, Johnson sat upright and proud, byproducts of an 81-72 loss — a far closer result than previous trips. By Matt Tait

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No. 8 Jayhawks hold off Horned Frogs

Devonté Graham, by nature, is a pretty quiet, laid-back dude. But there was nothing quiet about his play on Saturday, during KU's 81-72 victory over TCU at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU team manager suiting up vs. TCU

Typically, Kansas University basketball team manager Chris Huey spends his game days helping out just off the court. Saturday versus TCU, he just might play on it.

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College GameDay coming to Kansas next weekend

Kansas basketball will be a part of hosting ESPN’s College GameDay for the first time in two seasons, the network announced Saturday.

KU men’s golf 23rd at Wyoming

Red-shirt freshman Brock Drogosch shot a 3-over-par 75 and is tied for 62nd as Kansas University’s men’s golf team struggled on the first day of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Friday.

KU baseball upends Utah

Connor McKay went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Michael Tinsley was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs as Kansas University won its second straight baseball game, 6-3 over Utah, on Friday at Sloan Park.

Kansas softball moves to 12-0

Kansas University freshman Bryn Houlton made her first collegiate appearances hours apart as the Jayhawks picked up a pair of victories Friday in the Aquafina Invitational.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 20, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

KU-OSU women at a glance

Who: Kansas vs. Oklahoma State When: 7 tonight Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma Series: Kansas leads, 31-30

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Jayhawks looking for better showing vs. TCU

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has compared the end of the Jayhawks’ 64-61 victory over TCU on Jan. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas, to a trip to the dentist for a root canal.

Thursday, February 19

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 19, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

KU baseball rallies for first win

A six-run eighth inning helped Kansas University’s baseball team clinch its first win of the season Thursday, as the Jayhawks defeated Washington, 11-8, on the first day of the Big 12/PAC 12 Challenge.

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Beaty fires up KU football fan base

No, February doesn’t really qualify as football season. But new Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his staff certainly don’t care. They already have made stops in Hays, Hutchinson and Topeka this month as they tour the Sunflower State for a series of meet-and-greets designed to introduce the new coaches to the KU fan base.

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KU's Mykhailiuk sees path to improvement

Just 17 years, 8 months old, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk could be scoring bundles of points for Free State or Lawrence High this season, or one of the many prep schools in the land.

Column: KU football staff serious about in-state recruiting

In making his latest stop on a tour of the state, this one Thursday night at Sporting KC’s headquarters, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty shared more information with the surprisingly big crowd that shows he’s sincere about wanting more of a Kansas flavor to the roster.

Nuggets acquire Robinson

Former Kansas University standout Thomas Robinson has been traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Denver Nuggets.

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Ex-Jayhawks ready for combine

After all those days of testing themselves against the Big 12’s best and pushing themselves in the film room, weight room and on the practice field, former Kansas University football players Ben Heeney and JaCorey Shepherd stand on the brink of some of the biggest tests of their lives. By Matt Tait

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Column: Kansas gets RPI dance just right

Television earned the nickname “Boob Tube” because it really can turn our brains to mush. Particularly in sports, most notably in discussions comparing NCAA Tourament résumés and seedings. By Tom Keegan

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Thon Maker on the market now

The No. 1 player in the recruiting Class of 2016 now is’s No. 5-rated player in the current Class of 2015.

C.J. Henry signs with T-Bones

Former Kansas University guard C.J. Henry has signed a contract for the 2015 baseball season with the Kansas City T-Bones.

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Storm warning: KU ‘proud’ to see fans take court

Some Kansas University basketball fans on social media have been grumbling about West Virginia’s fans storming the court after the Mountaineers’ 62-61 victory over KU in WVU Coliseum. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, February 18

Kansas women tumble at TCU

Kansas University senior guard Natalie Knight scored a career-high 29 points, but an 18-point deficit proved overwhelming as the Jayhawks fell to TCU, 73-67, in Big 12 women’s basketball Tuesday inside the University Recreation Center.

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Bill Self praises Staten’s winning drive

West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten — who went coast-to-coast for a layup, then sprinted back to bother a potential game-winning answer by Perry Ellis — certainly dominated crunch time in Monday’s 62-61 victory over Kansas University at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Cyber bullies unfair to Ellis

More cruel, painful spaces exist than the one called Cyber in the wake of an athlete having the audacity to be less than perfect in a game-deciding moment. By Tom Keegan

Tuesday, February 17

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Bob Huggins complimentary of Juwan Staten's shot, hustle

Of course, Bob Huggins loved the coast-to-coast layup Juwan Staten hit with 3.9 seconds left in West Virginia’s 62-61 win over Kansas University on Monday in WVU Coliseum. Yet West Virginia’s coach was even more enthralled with the guard racing back to play defense as Perry Ellis attempted and missed a game-winning layup at the buzzer. By Gary Bedore

Kansas-TCU women at a glance

A look at Tuesday's Kansas-TCU women's basketball game By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks detail final chaotic moments of loss to Mountaineers

Kelly Oubre Jr. had a good view of Perry Ellis’ late layup try in a 62-61 Big Monday road loss to West Virginia.

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Column: KU's shortcomings showed throughout loss at WVU

It’s always the end of a close game that haunts the player on the team that finishes on the wrong side of a one-point outcome, as Kansas University did, 62-61, Monday night in WVU Coliseum, where 7,033 spectators found their way through the blizzard and were treated to an entertaining two-hour break from winter. But the scoreboard doesn’t play favorites based on different stages of the game. By Tom Keegan

Monday, February 16

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Buzzer-beaten: Perry Ellis, Jayhawks take last-second loss hard

Perry Ellis’ eyes were moist as he met the media after missing a short shot at the buzzer in Kansas University’s 62-61 loss to West Virginia on Monday night at WVU Coliseum. Ellis caught a long pass in stride moments after Juwan Staten's game-winning layup, but misfired on his own potential game-winning try. By Gary Bedore

Notebook: Big 12 travel tough on Mountaineers

West Virginia, which knocked off Kansas University, 62-61 at home on Big Monday, faces the biggest travel challenge of all teams in the Big 12.

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Jayhawks recruiting Cheick Diallo and his younger teammate

Cheick Diallo, a 6-9 senior forward from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, has been studying videos from his five finalists — KU, Kentucky, Iowa State, St. John’s and Pittsburgh — to see where he might best fit in, reports.

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Mountaineers knock off Kansas, 62-61

West Virginia guard Juwan Staten scored a game-high 20 points and the game-winning basket with less than four seconds remaining, as the Mountaineers beat Kansas, 62-61, on Big Monday.

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Perry Ellis shares player of week honor

The voters couldn’t quite make up their minds this week, so Big 12 Player of the Week honors were split between Oklahoma State senior forward Le’Bryan Nash and Kansas junior forward Perry Ellis.

Sunday, February 15

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Staten, Mountaineers await Jayhawks

West Virginia senior point guard Juwan Staten had a rather subdued reaction last October when told he’d been voted 2014-2015 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year.

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Beaty refines KU recruiting pitch

It may be just a subtle shift, but the focus of Kansas University football recruiting appears to have changed.

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Column: Greene’s toughness too often overlooked

Toughness, the No. 1 word uttered by 21st-century college basketball coaches, typically evokes images of a guy taking a charge, rebounding in traffic, successfully finishing a drive while getting hammered and then knocking down the free throw.

KU baseball swept by LSU

No. 2-ranked LSU completed a sweep of the Kansas University baseball team, dealing the Jayhawks a 7-4 loss Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.

Kansas softball improves to 10-0

Kansas University’s softball team rallied from three runs down for a 6-3 victory over Weber State on Sunday to improve to 10-0.

Saturday, February 14

KU relay team claims 13th

Kansas University’s men’s 4x400-meter relay team posted the sixth-fastest time in school history Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.

Kansas tennis tops Houston

Freshmen Smith Hinton and Summer Collins took three-set victories, and Kansas University’s women’s tennis team defeated 49th-ranked Houston, 4-3, on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU baseball falls to LSU

LSU broke open a close game with a seven-run fifth inning and defeated Kansas University, 8-5, Saturday in college baseball.

KU softball explodes for 25

Kansas University’s softball team set school records for runs and hits in a game during a 25-12 thrashing of New Mexico State on Saturday. The Jayhawks collected 23 hits and raised their record to 9-0.

KU football team trying new technology to spot concussions, boost national research

The Kansas University football team is trying new technology to take a bite out of the sport’s concussion problem. The Jayhawks will be among the first college football teams in the country to use impact-sensing mouthguards this spring, when they start practicing for the upcoming fall season. By Sara Shepherd

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KU women lose battle of boards, home game vs. Texas

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team made Texas earn it baskets Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Jayhawks had issues matching up with the Longhorns — especially junior forward Imani McGee-Stafford — on the glass.

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Notebook: Streak ends for Frank Mason III

Kansas University sophomore point guard Frank Mason III scored five points in the Jayhawks’ 74-64 home win against Baylor Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, breaking a streak of 21 consecutive games in double figures.

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KU doesn't have much time to prep for first matchup with WVU

Kansas University, which improved to 10-2 in league play with a 74-64 home win over Baylor on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, will meet 7-5 West Virginia at 8 p.m., Monday, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Perry Ellis reaches 1,000-point milestone

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis cashed a layup with 12:44 left in the first half, then banked in a jumper 38 seconds later to give him 1,001 points in his Kansas University basketball career.

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Jayhawks go with Landen Lucas late to beat Baylor

Landen Lucas scored five points in a 10-0 run that turned a four-point Kansas deficit into a six-point lead in the second half of KU's 74-64 Saturday home win over Baylor. The performance impressed former Jayhawks power forward Nick Collison, of the Oklahoma City Thunder. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Kelly Oubre Jr. needs even more junkyard dog in his game

Kellly Oubre Jr. ranks as most likely Kansas player to join the ranks of the one-and-done college basketball players because his long-range potential equates to guaranteed first-round money. He doesn't talk about such things, knowing it’s a distraction from the task at hand, Kansas winning an 11th consecutive Big 12 title. By Tom Keegan

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No. 16 Bears lament blown chances at fieldhouse

Although there were dozens of plays that helped shape that final score, two misses were a focal point of the Bears' post-game meeting with the media, following Baylor's 74-64 loss at Kansas, where BU led by 13 in the first half.

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Jayhawks hold off pesky Bears, improve to 10-2 in Big 12

It took the Jayhawks longer than normal in their home building to deliver the knock-out blow, but it came nonetheless. 
Behind a strong second half that saw Kansas outscore Baylor 47-31, the eighth-ranked Jayhawks improved to 10-2 in Big 12 play and 21-4 overall with a 74-64 victory over the Bears.

Kansas-Texas women at a glance

A look at Saturday's Kansas University-Texas women's basketball game By Matt Tait

Wiggins leads World team

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the World team beat the U.S. 121-112 on Friday night in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend.

KU’s Morgan shines in 5,000

Junior Jacob Morgan ran the fourth-fastest indoor 5,000-meter race in the history of Kansas University’s track and field program on Friday at the Iowa State Classic.

KU softball improves to 7-0

Kansas University’s softball team raised its record to 7-0 with a pair of shutout victories Friday.

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Ellis set to join 1,000-point club

Perry Ellis, who has expanded his range to hit 13 three-pointers in 2014-15 after making eight treys his sophomore season and two his freshman campaign, needs just three points today against Baylor to join the 1,000-point club at Kansas University.

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Weis says coaching return unlikely

Former Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis, who was hired by KU in 2011 and fired four games into his third season with the Jayhawks in 2014, may be hanging up his whistle for good.

KU baseball drops opener against LSU

Kansas University’s baseball team was held to four hits in its 4-1 loss to No. 2-ranked LSU in the Jayhawks’ season opener Friday night.

Friday, February 13

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Former KU football coach Charlie Weis done coaching?

Former Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis, who was hired by KU in 2011 and fired four games into his third season with the Jayhawks in 2014, may be hanging up his whistle for good. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 12

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 12, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

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Column: Jayhawks deserve all-Big 12 presence

The 2007-08 Kansas University basketball team that won the national title didn’t have a single player named first-team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and a skunking could happen again this season.

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Selden’s three-point accuracy soars

Wayne Selden Jr.’s mother, Lavette, did not tell her 20-year-old son to go get a haircut. “She insinuated it a couple times, gave me hints,” said Selden.

KU tennis falls

Kansas University’s women’s tennis team fell to Wichita State, 6-1, on Thursday.

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KU’s Shepherd to pick up another award

Kansas University senior JaCorey Shepherd has gone all over the country to collect awards, both for his ability and production as a football player and efforts and service as a member of the community.

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KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard to serve 2-week suspension

Kansas University men’s basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard will serve a two-week suspension from all team activities as punishment for a July 2014 arrest for possession of marajuana, KU coach Bill Self announced Thursday afternoon. The suspension is effective immediately.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 11, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

Column: Kansas baseball extra motivated

As the Kansas University men’s basketball team charges toward another Big 12 championship and 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, several other KU programs that get far less attention are starting to follow in the elite hoops program’s footsteps.

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KU baseball looking for believers in Big 12

Kansas University’s baseball team is no stranger to not receiving any respect in the Big 12 preseason poll, but if the Jayhawks’ performance in 2014 was any indication, they’ll prove doubters wrong again in 2015.

Wednesday, February 11

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Self remembers friend Tarkanian

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday remembered his good friend, Jerry Tarkanian, as a man who not only cared deeply about the team he was coaching, but many other squads around the country, as well.

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Report: KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard fined for drug offense

According to a report from Kirk Wessler, of the Peoria Journal-Star, Kansas University men's basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession in Illinois' Peoria County last summer.

Red Raiders big man outplays counterpart

Cliff Alexander started for the second time this season Tuesday night, but he was only the second-best freshman center in the game.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 10, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 10, 2015

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Column: KU playing with fire while shooting lights out

Nobody has to tell this season’s Kansas University basketball team to make itself comfortable. It needs no help with that. Make a few threes, build a double-digit lead, and let it amount to the equivalent of a little something to take the edge off the moment. Then the other team catches up, which is usually what happens when one team plays with a sense of urgency and the other does not. By Tom Keegan

KU women's rally falls short at West Virginia

West Virginia held Kansas to 15 first-half points and hung on for a 59-56 victory in Big 12 women’s basketball Tuesday night.

Tuesday, February 10

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Jayhawks go big to blow out Tech

Freshman Alexander makes first Big 12 start

Cliff Alexander’s well-publicized “motor” was revving too fast during the first minute and a half of Tuesday’s Kansas-Texas Tech basketball game in United Supermarkets Arena. But the freshman power forward scored 10 points off 4-of-5 shooting, grabbing five rebounds and blocking four shots while playing 20 minutes in the (20-4, 9-2) Jayhawks’ 73-51 victory over the (12-13, 2-10) Red Raiders. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Services for Dean Smith scheduled

The University of North Carolina will celebrate the life of former head basketball coach Dean Smith during a public memorial service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Dean E. Smith Center, the school has announced.

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’Hawks in the NBA expected at fieldhouse Saturday

Kansas University usually has some special guests in the Allen Fieldhouse stands for games on the Saturday of NBA All-Star weekend. It will be no different this Saturday when KU plays host to Baylor in a noon tip. By Gary Bedore

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'Bam' on KU's radar

Kansas University is one of many schools recruiting Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, a 6-10, 242-pound junior power forward from Northside High in Pinetown, North Carolina.

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Five Jayhawks reach double figures in road 'W' over Red Raiders

After a fast start and a sluggish finish to the first half, the Kansas University men's basketball team settled down in the second half and quickly built a double-digit lead en route to blowing out Texas Tech, 73-51, in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball at a glance

A look at Tuesday's Kansas-West Virginian women's basketball game. By Benton Smith

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Gene Wier relishes new role on KU fooball staff

After coaching football for 34 years at the high school level, Gene Wier is up for a new challenge. By Bobby Nightengale

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Night and day: Texas Tech tough at home

Kansas University’s 32-point trouncing of Texas Tech on Jan. 10 in Allen Fieldhouse does not guarantee another rout of the Red Raiders at 8 tonight in United Supermarkets Arena. By Gary Bedore

Monday, February 9

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 9, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8

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Column: Sadly, Alzheimer's wins again

Dean Smith won 13 ACC tournament-title games, 11 Elite Eight contests, two national-title battles and an Olympic Gold medal. But there is no winning against Alzheimer’s. It’s undefeated. By Tom Keegan

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Self: ‘We just watch’ conference race

Bill Self, who has coached Kansas University’s basketball team to 10 consecutive Big 12 titles, most certainly keeps track of what’s happening day to day in the league. What he doesn’t do is root for — or against — certain teams with eight games yet to be played. By Gary Bedore

KU women’s golf slips past Tulsa

Kansas University senior Minami Levonowich shot a 1-under 71 to tie for individual honors as KU opened its spring women’s golf season with a 292-299 victory over Tulsa on Sunday at the Patriot Golf Course.

KU tennis routs Pacific

Kansas University’s tennis team made short work of Pacific, claiming the doubles point and the first three singles matches to clinch the victory in an eventual 6-1 win Sunday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Pille’s no-no lifts Kansas softball

A walk to the second batter of the game was all that stood between Alicia Pille and run-rule-shortened perfection Sunday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 8, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 8, 2015

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Current, former Jayhawks remember Dean Smith as one of college basketball's all-time greats

Reaction to Saturday's passing of legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith has dominated the sports world throughout the day Sunday. And people in Lawrence, where Smith went to school and played basketball for Kansas University coach Phog Allen have joined in the celebration of his life.

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Former Jayhawk, UNC coaching legend Dean Smith dies at 83

Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina along with an Olympic gold medal while coaching some of the game's biggest names like Michael Jordan, has died. He was 83.

Morgan first in 3,000 meters

Kansas University’s Jacob Morgan won the invitational 3,000 meters Saturday at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.

KU swimming defeats Cyclones

Kansas University’s swim team closed the dual-meet portion of its season with a 169-131, two-day victory over Iowa State on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

Kansas tennis tops N.M. State

Kansas University blanked New Mexico State, 4-0, on Saturday in women’s tennis.

Kansas softball takes two wins

Kansas University’s softball team improved to 4-0 with a pair of victories Saturday. The Jayhawks defeated Arkansas, 4-3, and Florida Atlantic, 7-6.

Saturday, February 7

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 7, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 7, 2015

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KU women go cold late, lose to OSU

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team led visiting Oklahoma State by as many as 15 points in the first half Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. But OSU’s determination and interior play eventually wore down the Jayhawks in a 65-57 loss. By Benton Smith

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Column: Jayhawks not yet road warriors

The road to the Big 12 title runs through Lawrence, so many supporters of Kansas University basketball team are so proud of saying so frequently. Think about it, though. It’s the toughness and talent required to win when the Jayhawks hit the road out of Lawrence that has been the key to winning 10 consecutive Big 12 titles. By Tom Keegan

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Inside the stats: Kansas at Oklahoma State

The Kansas University basketball team’s 67-62 loss at Oklahoma State Saturday featured a number of noteworthy statistics for the Jayhawks.

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Notebook: Frank Mason whistled for 'T' in road loss

Kansas University sophomore Frank Mason III was hit with a technical foul with 2:40 left in the first half and the Jayhawks leading Oklahoma State by 11 points in what ultimately turned into a 67-62 defeat Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. By Gary Bedore

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No. 8 Jayhawks go stagnant in Stillwater

Holding a comfortable 14-point lead the first half against an Oklahoma State squad playing with a flu-ridden Phil Forte, Kansas University’s basketball team sure looked as if it would tighten its stranglehold Saturday on the Big 12 Conference basketball race. Things didn’t quite turn out that way. By Gary Bedore

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Cowboys 'forget' first half, roll in second

Although the Cowboys stayed in the locker room at halftime for about 10 minutes, a 30-second message from Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford was all the Oklahoma State men's basketball team needed to turn an 11-point deficit at the break into a five-point victory over No. 8 Kansas University. By Matt Tait

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Cowboys come out hot in second half, knock off No. 8 KU

The Kansas University men's basketball team was red hot from the outside in the first half and equally as cold from everywhere to start the second half during Saturday's 67-62 loss vs. Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena. By Mat Tait

Stigler fourth in 400

Senior Michael Stigler’s career-best time of 47.43 seconds in the 400 meters highlighted Kansas University’s first day at the Frank Sevigne Husker Track&Field Invitational on Friday.

Eight preps sign with KU baseball

Kansas University announced the signing of eight baseball players to letters of intent on Friday.

KU swimming leads Cyclones

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team jumped to a 94-56 advantage over Iowa State in its final two-day dual meet of the season Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU softball opens 2-0

Kansas University opened its softball season with a pair of victories Friday in the Florida Atlantic Tournament.

Kansas tennis falls to UNLV

Kansas University won at Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles, but dropped the doubles point and the college tennis match to Nevada-Las Vegas, 4-3, on Friday.

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Ex-KU coordinator Reagan back at Penn

Former Kansas University offensive coordinator John Reagan, who served on two KU football staffs since 2005, has been named the offensive coordinator and offensive-line coach at Penn, the school announced Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Forte giving Cowboys big lift

Phil Forte III, son of the former Kansas University defensive lineman with the same name, followed in his dad’s footsteps and played football as a youngster.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 6, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 6, 2015.

Friday, February 6

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 5, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Thursday, February 5

Column: Beaty speaking recruits’ language

If you never have been to Texas and don’t much like to travel, just introduce yourself to David Beaty if you run into him at a local barbecue joint.

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Kansas QB signee Stanley sparks memories of Reesing

It has amounted to little more than a whisper so far, but there are people floating around the Kansas University football offices who see something familiar in new KU quarterback Carter Stanley.

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Kansas’ Greene golden from three-point range

With nine games left in the regular season and anywhere between two and nine to play in the postseason, Brannen Greene is on pace to become the top single-season three-point shooter — percentagewise — in Kansas University basketball history.

Ex-Jayhawk Vaughn out as Magic coach

The Orlando Magic fired Jacque Vaughn as coach Thursday after 21⁄2 seasons, ending the tenure of the first-time head coach brought in to help rebuild the franchise.

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Experts say KU Final 4 shoo-in

It’s never too early for college basketball analysts and fans to discuss the NCAA Tournament and Final Four. Thus, ESPN this week asked eight experts to identify 12 teams they would be “least surprised to reach the Final Four.” By Gary Bedore

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First class: Beaty ‘excited’ by signees

It did not take long to recognize the genuine excitement that first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty carried with him into Wednesday’s signing-day news conference inside Mrkonic Auditorium at the Anderson Family Football Complex. By Matt Tait

Column: Who cares about stars?

My 10th Kansas University football signing day included the best quote I have heard at one, and it was spoken Wednesday by first-year head coach David Beaty. “We don’t care what anybody else thinks,” Beaty said. “We only care what we think.” By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 4, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Feb. 4. 2015.

Wednesday, February 4

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KU women hang on for hard-fought win over Texas Tech

The Kansas University women's basketball team picked up its second hard-fought victory over Texas Tech this season, 71-67, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Kansas-Texas Tech women at a glance

A look at Wednesday's Kansas-Texas Tech women's basketball game By Benton Smith

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Column: Ranking top Gill, Weis recruits

Ridiculously high coaching turnover qualifies as one of many reasons the Kansas University football program is coming off its worst five-year run (12-48) in history. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 3, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 3, 2015

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Right on point: Soph PG Frank Mason III consistent

Exhibiting consistency his sophomore season, Kansas University point guard Frank Mason III has scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, February 3

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Early ink: WR Chase Harrell signs early with KU football program

Wednesday is supposed to be the day with all of the signing day football buzz, but Kansas University got its portion of that started a day early when Huffman, Texas, wide receiver Chase Harrell signed with the Jayhawks early.

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Prep WR Chase Harrell signs early with KU football program

Wednesday was supposed to be the day with all of the national signing day buzz, but the Kansas University football program got its fun started Tuesday, when Huffman, Texas, wide receiver Chase Harrell joined the Jayhawks earlier than expected.

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Notebook: ESPN’s Fraschilla says KU inconsistent; prep Dorsey picks Oregon

ESPN Big Monday color announcer Fran Fraschilla gave a short, to-the-point “State of the Jayhawks” address to the Journal-World prior to tipoff of Monday’s Kansas University-Iowa State basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Jayhawks royally motivated for Iowa State

Big atmospheres bring out the best in big-time teams. Kansas University left no doubt that it fits that description in rolling Iowa State, 89-76, on a Big Monday night party. By Tom Keegan

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Wayne Selden Jr. keys KU's revenge-game win

Wayne Selden Jr. and his Kansas University basketball teammates have tried to follow the age-old “one-game-at-a-time” mantra since the Jayhawks’ five-point loss against Iowa State on Jan. 17 in Ames, Iowa. Easier said than done.By Gary Bedore

Monday, February 2

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 2, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 2, 2015

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Cyclones drop Round 2 with Kansas

Monday, after an 89-76 loss to the Jayhawks in Lawrence, the Cyclones were not as interested in talking about the Big 12 race, which Kansas now leads by two games over third-place ISU. West Virginia sits alone in second, at 6-2.By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks earn payback in rematch with ISU

It was a game the Kansas men's basketball team waited two weeks for and it did not come away disappointed. After suffering their first loss of Big 12 play a little more than two weeks ago in Ames, Iowa, the Jayhawks returned the favor on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, topping the Cyclones 89-76 in a wild and crazy atmosphere.

Self says game against Iowa State 'as big as you can have halfway through a conference season'

Jayhawk coach addresses Big Monday contest on this morning's Big 12 teleconference

Tonight's Kansas-Iowa State game obviously is a big one, KU coach Bill Self said this morning.

Sunday, February 1

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Column: Iowa State, not KSU, Kansas’ top hoops rival

Book-smart types don’t have any trouble identifying Kansas University’s No. 1 Big 12 basketball rival now that Missouri has bolted to the SEC. History and geography books and maps point to Kansas State. That’s nice, but basketball games aren’t played in libraries. They are played in buildings with home crowds determined to unnerve opponents. By Tom Keegan

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Cyclones expect ‘flair,’ ‘fire’ from KU

Dustin Hogue, who has been part of two victories and two losses against Kansas University in his two seasons at Iowa State, knows what to expect when the Cyclones take on the Jayhawks: “You know they are coming with flair, and you know they are coming with fire. You know they want to win.” By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 1, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 1, 2015

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KU women fall to Baylor

Nina Davis and Niya Johnson combined for all the points in an 11-0 second-half spurt that put Baylor ahead to stay in a 66-58 victory over turnover-plagued Kansas University on Sunday.

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Big visit weekend leads to 3 more commitments for KU football

The Kansas University football program appears to have put the finishing touches on its 2015 recruiting class. KU coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks picked up three more oral commitments over the weekend, bringing the total to 24, which, because of the blue-shirt scholarship given to former wide receiver Nigel King who recently declared for the NFL draft, is the maximum number allowed in this year's class.