Stories for October 2017


Tuesday, October 31

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman leads Kansas in scoring in stealth fashion

He’s so smooth, so efficient in his movements that it sometimes is easy to forget that Malik Newman is on the floor. Then he gets the ball on the left wing, ball-fakes his defender into thinking he’s going left, blasts right and is at the basket in an instant for an easy bucket.

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Notebook: Billy Preston excites crowd with big dunk, expected to be OK after injury scare

Few moments during Tuesday’s 100-54, exhibition victory by Kansas over Pittsburg State at Allen Fieldhouse had as much raw emotion and jaw-dropping excitement as Billy Preston’s hammer dunk in transition after a soft pass from Newman just a few minutes into the freshman forward’s Kansas career. By Matt Tait

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Cleaning the glass: Lagerald Vick, Jayhawks take advantage of offensive rebounds in exhibition win

It was far from a perfect half, but it had one aspect that Kansas coach Bill Self absolutely loves — offensive rebounding. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks shoot past Pitt State, 100-54

Playing inside of Allen Fieldhouse for the first time this season, the Kansas men’s basketball team proved there’s no place like home. The Jayhawks led by 15 points within the first five minutes and never looked back in an eventual 100-54 victory over Pittsburg State in the team’s second exhibition game of the preseason. By Bobby Nightengale

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Boye-Doe picks K-State for family environment

A few weeks ago, Lawrence High senior cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe told Kansas State’s football coaches that he planned to commit in the near future.

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Notebook: Armstrong to return vs. Baylor; Lee handles brief demotion

Junior captain and standout defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., who suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter of KU’s loss to rival Kansas State and didn’t return, was cleared to practice Tuesday and could be back to full strength in time for kickoff against winless Baylor. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks to wear Civil War-themed alternate uniforms Saturday vs. Baylor

The Kansas football team will pay homage to the state's Civil War past this weekend during an 11 a.m. kickoff against Baylor at Memorial Stadium.

Monday, October 30

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'It's going to get there': ESU coach Collins sees progress in KU women's basketball program

If you’re looking for someone outside the KU women’s basketball program qualified to speak on the team’s progress, Emporia State head coach Jory Collins might be a good starting point. By Scott Chasen

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick aims to make this the year he rebounds

Kansas junior Lagerald Vick experienced the thrill of hearing the roar of the Allen Fieldhouse crowd when his named was announced as a starter in five consecutive games last season.

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Lawrence's Boye-Doe commits to K-State football

Lawrence High senior defensive back Ekow Boye-Doe announced Monday he was committing to play college football at Kansas State.

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Notebook: Why KU switched to Stanley at QB; Brown to join Ring of Honor

After seven starts for junior Peyton Bender yielded 204.1 passing yards a game, eight touchdowns, nine interceptions and just one victory, Beaty and company made redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley the Jayhawks’ new No. 1 QB against Kansas State. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball vs. Pittsburg State

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in Tuesday's exhibition home opener vs. Pittsburg State.By Matt Tait

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Kansas WR Steven Sims channels frustrations into career day

Junior named Co-Big 12 Offensive Player of Week

As much as his football team’s offensive flaws troubled Kansas receiver Steven Sims Jr. of late, his own lack of production perturbed him most. Sims channeled his frustrations and turned them into a career day during a 30-20 loss to K-State, with nine receptions for 233 yards and a touchdown — a stat line good enough to earn co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. By Benton Smith

Sunday, October 29

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Brianna Osorio, Christalah Lyons comfortable in KU exhibition win over ESU

The opening moments of the post-game news conference provided Brianna Osorio with more trepidation than that of her KU women's basketball debut. By Scott Chasen

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Disappointed Jayhawks at least show progress in loss to K-State

What the Kansas football team’s players and coaches needed more than anything Saturday against rival Kansas State was a victory. What they got was an unwanted consolation prize. The desired result escaped the Jayhawks for the seventh consecutive game, for sure, but they at least displayed progress for the first time in weeks in their 30-20 Sunflower Showdown loss. By Benton Smith

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Aldrich, Collins emotional about jersey retirement news

Both earned All-American honors and won a national championship during their playing days at Kansas. But even those accolades hardly seemed like enough for the news that recently landed at their doors. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball falls to Iowa State

The Kansas volleyball team had its six-match winning streak snapped Saturday in a four-set loss to No. 22-ranked Iowa State (25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23) at Hilton Coliseum.

Saturday, October 28

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Notebook: Ribordy returns to offensive line; 'Fire Zenger' banner flies before kickoff

After two weeks of offensive ineptitude in back-to-back shutouts on the road, Kansas witnessed the benefit of playing with its starting center, redshirt sophomore Mesa Ribordy, once again Saturday versus Kansas State. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Sloppy special teams to blame for Kansas loss to Kansas State

Kansas State’s gifted return man D.J. Reed must have salivated at the thought of facing the beleaguered Kansas special teams in Saturday's rivalry game at Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan

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Not Enough: Despite improvements, Jayhawks slip against Kansas State

There was no question something significant about the Kansas football team’s offense had to change Saturday at Memorial Stadium in order for the Jayhawks to exorcise the demons of their previous two weekends, and the torment of consecutive shutout road losses. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks fall short against K-State, 30-20

For the first time in Big 12 play this season, the Kansas football team didn’t have to climb out of a major hole at halftime. But even an improved start wasn't enough to lead to a win. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU junior Sharon Lokedi wins second consecutive Big 12 cross country title

For the second year in a row, Kansas junior Sharon Lokedi won the Big 12 Championship women’s cross country individual title on Saturday in Round Rock, Texas, becoming just the fourth female in Big 12 history to win multiple championships.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football defense better, still not good

The center of the ineptitude of the Kansas football team has shifted from a disappointing defense to an offense that hasn’t scored in nine-plus quarters.

Friday, October 27

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The final numbers are in; Showdown for Relief nets $2.01 million

Kansas officials on Friday released the final dollar value of the amount of money raised during last weekend’s Showdown for Relief Border War exhibition between Kansas and Missouri. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Carlton Bragg Jr. steps away from Arizona State basketball program

Former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., who left KU following the 2016-17 season to transfer to Arizona State is stepping away from basketball — at least temporarily. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Kansas State

Get the keys to the Sunflower Showdown before the Kansas football team takes on rival Kansas State at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

Thursday, October 26

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'Enough's enough': KU offense trying to flush recent collapses from system

No one associated with the Kansas football team’s backsliding offense is taking lightly back-to-back shutouts, featuring a combined 127 total yards. The tricky part currently is putting the consecutive misadventures permanently behind them. By Benton Smith

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2018 Kansas football schedule includes Black Friday home date vs. Texas

For the Kansas football fan who likes to plan ahead, the program on Thursday, with five games remaining in 2017, unveiled its official 2018 schedule, which includes a holiday weekend twist. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks must prove they can play on Saturday before worrying about Sunday

In explaining his well meaning post-game tirade directed at some teammates not playing with enough passion, junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise just might have unwittingly exposed a deep-rooted flaw in the team’s thinking. By Tom Keegan

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Self: Freshman Billy Preston's progress all about developing better habits

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self believes freshman forward Billy Preston could learn a thing or two about college basketball by watching former North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, October 25

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No. 11 Jayhawks 'outplayed,' 'outhustled' and 'outworked' in win over OU

Ray Bechard couldn’t hide his emotions. As he walked to the media tables following No. 11 KU volleyball’s match against Oklahoma, the coach's eyes were fixed on the floor. He shook his head, wearing an expression bordering on despondence. What he saw was unacceptable. By Scott Chasen

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Snyder: KU football situation not as bad as one he inherited at K-State

Back in 1989, Bill Snyder inherited a Kansas State football program that had won three or fewer games in 12 of the previous 14 seasons under his three predecessors. Given Snyder’s familiarity with taking on a job that looked dire, the K-State coaching legend, who has gone 205-109-1 and led the Wildcats to 18 bowl games since, was asked at his weekly press conference whether the current situation at Kansas reminded him at all of what he took on in Manhattan. By Benton Smith

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KU to retire jerseys of Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins in February 2018

Given that their Kansas basketball careers were tied so closely together, including key spots on the 2008 national championship team, it only makes sense that Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich would have their jerseys retired in the same year. By Matt Tait

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Report: Beaty one of Power Five's lowest-paid football coaches

According to USA Today, Kansas head coach David Beaty isn’t the lowest-paid man leading a Power 5 football program, but he’s close. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: West Virginia's Bob Huggins a fountain of smart, original ideas, wardrobes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As he does every year at Big 12 Basketball Media Day, supervisor of officials Curtis Shaw explained new rules interpretations, including this year's emphasis on enforcing traveling more strictly. Not surprisingly, it was West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who had the most interesting take on officiating Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 24

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Media Day Notebook: Big year by KU's biggest player would be good for both Jayhawks and Azubuike

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self knows that sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is one of the most important players on this year’s team for what he brings to the table on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Beaty gives no indication of a change at QB for KU

Asked Tuesday at his weekly press conference whether the struggles of starting quarterback Peyton Bender (15-for-35 passing, 56 yards, with one interception over the past two weeks) have led him to reevaluate who plays quarterback, head coach David Beaty gave no indication of an impending change on the depth chart. By Benton Smith

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How an 'uncomfortable' call helped Oklahoma's Trae Young earn Bill Self's respect

Bill Self has gotten the call many times. He's found one thing to be true. By Scott Chasen

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Daniel Wise delivered fiery post-game speech on 'the truth' after TCU shutout

No doubt experiencing the same emotions as many Kansas football fans following the Jayhawks’ second consecutive blowout/shutout defeat, exasperated redshirt junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise had seen enough by the end of a 43-0 loss Saturday at TCU. By Benton Smith

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KU senior Devonte' Graham happily embracing Big Man On Campus label

Of all the reasons point guard Devonte’ Graham chose to return to Kansas for his senior season, KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday that there was one that might be getting overlooked. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Third year not the charm for Kansas football coach David Beaty

Today is Big 12 Media Day for basketball, so it seems an appropriate time to look back on Big 12 Media Day for football.

Monday, October 23

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Beaty: Kansas must 'be able to run the ball' in Big 12

In the wake of a mortifying offensive outing at TCU, head coach David Beaty and his Kansas football staff are taxed with doing everything within their power to make the Jayhawks competitive. While areas of concern exist across the board following back-to-back shutout blowouts on the road, a reinvigorated KU rushing attack could be as good a starting point as any. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks eager to learn from good and bad of Border War win over Mizzou

There was one thing Kansas coach Bill Self liked most about his team’s 93-87 victory over Missouri during Sunday’s Showdown for Relief at Sprint Center. And it was not the final score or the $1.75 million dollars the two programs raised for hurricane relief. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 22

KU’s Vogasari reaches finals

Kansas senior Despoina Vogasari will compete in the singles finals after a pair of victories Sunday at the ITA Central Regional Championships at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU soccer falls to OSU, 3-1

Oklahoma State scored three second-half goals and defeated Kansas, 3-1, in Big 12 soccer Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.

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Self: Jayhawks did 'decent' job guarding 'terrific, terrific' Michael Porter Jr.

After making his unofficial college debut in a loss to Kansas, Michael Porter Jr.'s somber look told the whole story. By Scott Chasen

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Bill Self on playing Mizzou: 'I don’t think there’s been any change in our position'

Now that the two old rivals have been seen on the same basketball court again, after a five-year hiatus from one of the best rivalries in college sports, the question on everyone’s mind after Sunday’s 93-87 exhibition victory by Kansas over Missouri at Sprint Center was when we’ll get to see it again. By Matt Tait

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KU offense in a bad place following back-to-back shutouts

With only five games remaining on the schedule in head coach David Beaty’s third season leading the Kansas football program, the offense has reached a desolate state. A week after putting up zero points, 106 yards and five first downs at Iowa State, the Jayhawks somehow regressed in a 43-0 shutout at TCU. The latest four quarters of mishaps featured only four first downs (two via Horned Frogs pass interference penalties) and a feeble 21 yards of total offense. By Benton Smith

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Border Winner: Azubuike sparks Jayhawks in exhibition win over Mizzou

With Border War bragging rights back on the line Sunday afternoon at Sprint Center, the plan all along for the Kansas men’s basketball team was to get the ball to 7-foot center Udoka Azubuike and let him dominate the paint. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Devonte Graham shows smarts, aggressiveness against Missouri

The mere mention of the name Devonte’ Graham instantly brought a sigh, wide eyes, a side-to-side shake of the head and ultimately a smile from first-year Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. By Tom Keegan

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Rivalry renewed: Jayhawks prevail vs. Mizzou in charity exhibition

Though the stats and result won’t go in either team’s record books and the point of the scrimmage was to raise money for a good cause, it didn’t take long for the Jayhawks and Tigers — and a split-down-the-middle sellout crowd — to make it feel more like March than October at Sprint Center. By Benton Smith

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Texas prep QB Tune backs out of verbal commitment to Kansas

The Kansas football program lost more than a Big 12 road game to a top-five team Saturday night in Texas. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Kansas matches record road losing streak against TCU

Only one other team playing at college football’s highest level has ever lost as many road games in a row as Kansas. By Benton Smith

Saturday, October 21

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'It was pretty bad': Jayhawks pounded against TCU, produce 21 yards on offense

Negativity ruled the night for the Kansas football team's backpedaling offense Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football continues to take steps backward

One play can’t capture the state of a football program. It doesn’t work that way, except with Kansas football. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks shutout for the second straight week, 43-0

For the first time since 1986, the Kansas football team failed to score any points in back-to-back weeks.

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Experience key for Kansas in Border War revival

A look at some of the keys for Big 12 favorite Kansas in Sunday's Showdown for Relief, Border War revival with old rival Missouri. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball cruises past Texas Tech

Madison Rigdon recorded 14 kills and the Kansas volleyball team rolled past Texas Tech on Saturday for a straight-set victory (25-22, 25-18, 25-14) at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Friday, October 20

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Jayhawks look forward to 'high stakes' prime time challenge at No. 4 TCU

It’s not often that a football player at the University of Kansas can take the field knowing what he does over the course of the coming four quarters could be applauded or scrutinized on a national stage. That’s the scenario in front of the Jayhawks Saturday night at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU’s status as the No. 4 team in the nation inspired FOX to broadcast in prime time what shapes up as a lopsided Big 12 matchup. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at No. 4 TCU

Get the keys to the game before the Jayhawks, losers of five straight, face undefeated No. 4 TCU under the lights at Amon G. Carter Stadium. By Benton Smith

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KU provides more details of NCAA-mandated basketball review, enlists law firm to help

Kansas Athletics Inc. has enlisted an outside law firm to assist with an NCAA mandated review of its men’s basketball program following a federal investigation that is rocking the sport.

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike raises ceiling for Kansas basketball

Kansas forward Billy Preston, equipped with a well-developed physique for a freshman at 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, readily acknowledges that his perimeter game is more developed at both ends than his post play. He also believes the crash course he takes in practice will benefit his paint play. Preston said that when teamed with Dedric Lawson and playing against Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot in practice, he guards the 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike. By Tom Keegan

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Border War exhibition to be televised via pay-per-view option

Kansas basketball officials announced Friday morning that this weekend's exhibition game against Missouri — 3 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., — will in fact be televised after all. By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 19

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Meacham's familiarity with TCU assisting KU's preparation for No. 4 Frogs

Kansas football defensive coordinator Clint Bowen didn’t have to look far this week to find an expert on key members of TCU’s offense. Typical video study on his own, of course, could have shown Bowen what the No. 4-ranked Horned Frogs have done to propel the team to a 6-0 start. But Bowen also prepared for the Jayhawks’ nationally-televised road challenge by picking the brain of KU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. By Benton Smith

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Exhibition or not, Jayhawks starting to feel buzz of Border War revival

You don’t have to look farther than Malik Newman’s head to discover the true magnitude of Sunday’s Showdown for Relief exhibition game between Border War rivals Kansas and Missouri at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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KU officials exploring televising Sunday's Border War Showdown for Relief

Officials at KU said the option of televising Sunday’s Border War clash was still on the table and details were being examined to see if it was possible. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks a unanimous pick to win 14th consecutive Big 12 men's basketball title

History awaits. That's the message sent by the Big 12 men's basketball coaches on Thursday morning, when the conference revealed that Kansas was a unanimous selection to win its 14th consecutive Big 12 regular season title, breaking a tie with UCLA for the most all-time. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball sweeps Baylor

The Kansas volleyball team earned its program-record fourth win of the season against a ranked opponent, cruising past No. 24-ranked Baylor (25-14, 25-22, 25-14) on Wednesday at Ferrell Center.

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Tom Keegan: Billy Preston and Michael Porter Jr., foes for a day, friends the rest of the way

Don’t look for the animus that might percolate in the Sprint Center seats Sunday during the Sunday’s Border War exhibition basketball game to be duplicated on the court.

Wednesday, October 18

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Beaty: Kansas QB Bender's confidence 'fine'

In the first three starts of Peyton Bender’s Kansas football career, the desired results didn’t always show up, but the junior transfer quarterback at least eclipsed 300 yards every week. In three losses since, though, Bender’s yardage production has declined, too. So where exactly does his confidence stand after a couple of rough weeks? By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: TCU brings out best in Kansas football

It’s one of the great mysteries of our time, ranking right up there with the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s corpse, the success of unwatchable reality shows and a giraffe only needing 30 minutes of sleep per day. Why does Kansas compete way better against TCU than vs. any other Big 12 school? It defies explanation.

Tuesday, October 17

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How KU's offense moves on from Iowa State dud

Perhaps the most difficult part of enduring the kind of nightmarish game the Kansas football team’s offensive players did this past weekend at Iowa State, in a 45-0 shutout, is not allowing the clunker to further haunt them as they try to move forward. By Benton Smith

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Analysis: Understanding the legal case building against the college basketball world

Monday was a day of confusion around the University of Kansas basketball program. An Associated Press article reported that KU was one of 28 universities that acknowledged it had launched an “internal review” of its recruiting practices following the bombshell announcement last month that federal prosecutors had found evidence of bribery and other illegal schemes related to college basketball recruiting.

Monday, October 16

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Tom Keegan: Playing for an Eddie Sutton disciple prepared Marcus Garrett for Bill Self

The words of his former boss have echoed through the years for Dallas Skyline High basketball coach Paul Graham. So when Marcus Garrett was a freshman at Skyline and one of his teachers informed Graham that he was “being silly, standing up, disrupting the class,” the coach told the student he had better stop if he wanted to continue to play basketball. By Tom Keegan

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Zenger: KU will comply with NCAA requirement of all schools to review basketball program

The University of Kansas will conduct an internal review of its basketball program for possible rules violations after being instructed by the NCAA to do so, KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger said Monday.

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Beaty: Jayhawks have 'great opportunity' in prime time at No. 4 TCU

Loss would tie KU for all-time worst road streak

In its early years, long-running T.V. variety series Saturday Night Live branded its cast members as “the not ready for prime time players.” Those who follow the Kansas football program closely might say the same of the Jayhawks, particularly after back-to-back debacles — against Texas Tech and at Iowa State. Third-year head coach David Beaty would disagree. By Benton Smith

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Devonte' Graham named to Cousy watch list

Kansas senior point guard Devonte' Graham was named to the Bob Cousy watch list, given to the top point guard in the country, announced Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sunday, October 15

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Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

David Beaty has the second half of his third season to prove he has made progress with the Kansas football program. But D-Day comes earlier than that for the man making the call on Beaty’s boss, athletic director Sheahon Zenger. A generous estimate for that timetable is two weeks.

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KU defense played 'by far' its best game of season at ISU

The statement on its own defies logic, but here it is: the Kansas football team’s defense surrendered five touchdowns and a field goal Saturday at Iowa State and played better than it had in any other game during the first half of the season. By Benton Smith

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The Season of Svi: Why 2017-18 might be different for KU's Mykhailiuk

Svi Mykhailiuk's experience testing the NBA Draft waters was a little different. By Scott Chasen

KU soccer can't record shot on goal in 1-0 loss to Baylor

Baylor goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt could've taken the day off. By Scott Chasen

Saturday, October 14

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Tom Keegan: Cyclones in a blowout; Jayhawks in a tailspin

A dreary, rainy day in the Big 12’s northern-most outpost took a turn for the worse when a football game started and a Keystone Cops routine broke out at Jack Trice Stadium, home of Iowa State’s tough, disciplined, steadily improving football team.

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Notebook: Khalil Herbert sits with injury; punting unit struggles in 45-0 loss

On a cringeworthy day for the Kansas football offense, the Jayhawks had to make due without two key first-stringers. By Benton Smith

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Mounting Miscues: KU offense shutout in road loss to Iowa State

On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium, the Kansas football team’s Air-Raid-branded offense slowly drowned the Jayhawks’ chances of challenging Iowa State in a 45-0 shutout. By Benton Smith

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No offense: Jayhawks thumped against Iowa State, 45-0

In an Air Raid offense that’s supposed to stretch the field and hurt opposing defenses with a quick tempo, the Kansas football team did neither of those things in its most dismal offensive performance of the season. By Bobby Nightengale

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New KU hoops point guard Devon Dotson unselfish to the core

Being unselfish is often the first quality that people list when talking about pass-first, true point guards. Friday evening, shortly after committing to play his college basketball at Kansas, five-star point guard Devon Dotson took being unselfish to another level. By Matt Tait

KU soccer upsets unbeaten Texas

Kansas senior Kayla Morrison scored a goal with less than six minutes remaining Friday, lifting the KU soccer team to a 2-1 comeback win over unbeaten Texas at Rock Chalk Park.

Friday, October 13

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'Man of the people': Joel Embiid returns to Sprint Center in 76ers win

The headband helped him stick out, but it was far from necessary. By Scott Chasen

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Iowa State

Get the keys to the game before the Kansas football team tries to topple Iowa State on the road. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Self fields Adidas questions without sweating

Predictably, at the end of Friday's Kansas basketball Media Day, Bill Self deftly handled questions about the Adidas scandal that rocked college basketball three weeks ago and keeps on rockin'.

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Devonte's team: KU guard ready and willing to shoulder all that comes with leadership role

In addition to the big news about the Border War revival and more candid comments from KU coach Bill Self about the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball — "I’m much more concerned about our sport than I am anything at Kansas," Self said Friday — Kansas basketball media day offered the entire roster, eligible or otherwise, an opportunity to meet the media dressed in full uniform shortly after taking the official team photo for 2017-18. By Matt Tait

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2018 point guard Devon Dotson commits to Kansas

The Kansas men's basketball team landed on Friday night landed its third commitment and first guard in the 2018 recruiting class, when five-star point guard Devon Dotson, of Charlotte, orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

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Jacob Pullen reflects on KU-K-State rivalry in return to Allen Fieldhouse

Jacob Pullen was happy to be back "in" Kansas — just not "at" Kansas. By Scott Chasen

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KU football picks up commitment from juco DE

The day before the Kansas football team’s second road game of the season, head coach David Beaty and his assistants received some good news on the recruiting front. Najee Stevens-McKenzie, a defensive end at ASA College (N.Y.), called Beaty, en route to Ames, Iowa, to inform the third-year coach of his decision to commit to Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Kansas, Missouri renew basketball Border War for hurricane relief

Bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri have agreed to play an exhibition basketball game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Oct. 22 to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 12

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Joel Embiid 'thankful' for time at KU

It had been three years, seven months and 18 days since he last played basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. So forgive former University of Kansas center Joel Embiid if he couldn’t recollect the most specific details of his home finale as a Jayhawk, while visiting the venue he loves Thursday afternoon with the rest of his Philadelphia 76ers teammates. By Benton Smith

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Is the Border War back?

KU, Mizzou in discussions about an 'event' to raise money for hurricane relief

Could the Border War be coming back? For at least one day in the not-too-distant future, that may very well be the case. By Matt Tait

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FBI investigative file includes KU documents; athletic department says investigators have not contacted KU

Kansas University Athletic officials have not been contacted by federal investigators who are looking into shady college basketball recruiting practices, a KU spokesman told the Journal-World. That response on Thursday morning came on the heels of a University Daily Kansan article from Wednesday night that reported the FBI had documents relating to KU and its sponsorship with Adidas.

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KU's Devonté Graham named Big 12 preseason player of the year

Teammates Malik Newman, Svi Mykhailiuk also earn preseason honors

If his goal is to follow in the footsteps of 2016-17 Big 12 and national player of the year, Frank Mason III, Kansas senior Devonté Graham already has a head start. By Matt Tait

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Keegan: KU volleyball's loss to Texas a learning experience

It’s always better to win than lose. It feels better. Your supporters head home happy. Your confidence soars. It always beats losing. Always.

Wednesday, October 11

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'We had our opportunities': KU volleyball misses out on key chances in five-set loss to Texas

It was still early enough, but Kansas couldn’t afford to let Texas off the hook. By Scott Chasen

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Notebook: KU football closer to full strength with scholarship players

Due to players leaving the program for various reasons in the years before he took the job, the Kansas football roster David Beaty inherited close to three years ago was lacking in the scholarship category. By Benton Smith

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Self: Newly formed Commission on College Basketball will provide 'long-term benefit of our sport'

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Wednesday announced the formation of a Commission on College Basketball, which will be headed by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 10

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'I'm not that person': How Kylee Kopatich found and embraced her own leadership role

Self-described as a formerly “wide-eyed, deer in headlights kind of person," Kylee Kopatich has emerged as one of the leaders of the Kansas women's basketball team heading into her junior season. By Scott Chasen

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Notebook: Beaty remains faithful in Bowen and KU defense

A few days removed from Texas Tech’s 65-19 thumping of KU, head coach David Beaty stated his satisfaction with how defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has handled the adversity that comes with such unwelcome results. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks awaiting possible decision, official visitor during big recruiting week

The Kansas men’s basketball program is facing another big week on the recruiting trail, with one important decision potentially coming by Friday and another weekend visitor on the schedule. By Matt Tait

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Ainise Havili nearing program history as Texas match looms

When Ainise Havili checked the record books as a freshman, that number — 4,772 — never really seemed within reach. By Scott Chasen

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Beaty: Jayhawks already know starting QB's identity

Publicly, Kansas football coach David Beaty doesn’t want anyone to know which of his team’s quarterbacks will start Saturday at Iowa State. Within the walls of Anderson Family Football Complex, the identity is no secret. By Benton Smith

Monday, October 9

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With the waiting now behind him, Malik Newman is ready to roll

Before the 32-point explosion in Italy or his 19.3 points per game average in KU’s four exhibition contests overseas, there was the waiting — long, painful, miserable, dead-end waiting. By Matt Tait

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Beaty doesn't plan to name starting QB ahead of trip to ISU

Now that the starting quarterback job is back in a state of flux on his Kansas football team, head coach David Beaty doesn’t plan on naming a No. 1 QB ahead of the Jayhawks’ upcoming trip to Iowa State.By Benton Smith

Sunday, October 8

KU’s Rychagova wins consolation

Kansas junior tennis player Anastasia Rychagova won the consolation bracket Sunday at the Riviera ITA Women’s All-American in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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2018 standout Zion Williamson recaps Late Night visit

For the first time since his visit to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog a couple of weeks ago, prized Class of 2018 recruit Zion Williamson talked publicly about his recent trip to Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Matt Campbell showing major progress already in second season at Iowa State

Nobody freaked out last season when Matt Campbell started his Iowa State career 0-3, losing to FCS school Northern Iowa, then at Iowa, 42-3, then at TCU, 41-20.

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Sluggish again: Early defensive missteps haunting KU football

Another Saturday. Another colossal first-half crater too deep to escape. Another loss for the Kansas football team. In the Jayhawks’ fourth consecutive defeat they suffered their worst start yet in Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

Saturday, October 7

KU volleyball tops Oklahoma

Kansas’ volleyball team improved to 5-0 in the Big 12 with a 25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 25-11 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday night in Norman, Okla.

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Notebook: Herbert limited in run game, hurts hamstring; Armstrong notches first sack

After back-to-back monster rushing days, Kansas running back Khalil Herbert couldn’t extend his streak of 100-plus performances Saturday in the Jayhawks’ 65-19 homecoming loss to Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

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Deja vu: Kansas rotates quarterbacks in 65-19 loss against Texas Tech

Here we go again. The Kansas football program is back to using two quarterbacks and claiming neither as the clear-cut starter in the wake of a 65-19 loss to Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks show no signs of progress in loss to Texas Tech

Fans of KU sports teams know the drill. When the basketball schedule comes out, they circle the few possible losses. When the football slate is released, they circle the possible upset victories. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks dropped by Texas Tech, 65-19

Coming out of its bye week, the Kansas football team endured the same problems that it had prior to Saturday’s 65-19 loss to Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

Friday, October 6

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'It just sucks': KU shut out in inaugural soccer Sunflower Showdown

In a match played in front of a Kansas D-I soccer record 2,514 fans, it wasn’t one in the stands, but a straggler in the lounge just off the press box overlooking Rock Chalk Park that perfectly summed up the gut-wrenching loss. By Scott Chasen

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Kansas Athletics official says none of Bill Self's pay comes directly from Adidas

The Louisville Courier-Journal report that revealed that 98 percent of the Adidas money paid to Louisville went directly to basketball coach Rick Pitino suggested an obvious question locally: What percent of the money that Adidas pays Kansas Athletics Inc. goes directly to Bill Self? Zero, according to KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony.

Former KU golfers Chase Hanna, Chris Thompson advance to second stage of Tour qualifying

Former Kansas golfers Chase Hanna and Chris Thompson made it through the first stage of Tour Q school Friday in Nebraska City, Nebraska, at Arbor Links, where the top 24 and ties moved onto the second stage.

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Time to shine: KU needs pass-rush production from star D-linemen Armstrong and Wise

Had someone told coordinator Clint Bowen back in August that a third of the way through the season his Kansas football defense would have just three sacks on its resume, he likely would have left the conversation baffled. Two of the most talented players on the Jayhawks’ roster — juniors Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Daniel Wise — man the defensive line. However, between the two of them they have made just one sack. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Texas Tech

Get the keys to Kansas football's homecoming game before the Jayhawks take on Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football on lookout for tough guys

It takes more than a stopwatch to determine who would make the best fireman to run into a building when everybody else is running out of it.

Thursday, October 5

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To run or not to run: Where KU's offense goes from here

Doug Meacham’s coaching career included stops as an offensive coordinator or co-coordinator at six other college football programs before he arrived at Kansas. As a play-caller, the Jayhawks’ Air Raid authority almost felt out of his element during a rush-heavy loss to West Virginia on Sept. 23. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, October 4

Kansas volleyball wins in four sets at West Virginia

Madison Rigdon led Kansas to a victory with 17 kills and 11 digs Wednesday night in a four-set match at West Virginia. KU defeated the Mountaineers, 28-26, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, to improve to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12. KU setter Ainise Havili contributed 50 assists to help the Jayhawks past West Virginia (12-5, 1-3).

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Tom Keegan: Time for bad-start trend to end for Kansas football

Kansas opened its Big 12 football schedule in Lubbock last season with a realistic shot at shedding its habit of getting off to woeful starts. Texas Tech was coming off consecutive games in which it had allowed 68 points to Arizona State and 45 to Louisiana Tech.

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Brandon Schneider eyeing culture shift for KU women's basketball

After saying it at Late Night, Brandon Schneider wanted to affirm his message. By Scott Chasen

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KU offense showing progress under coordinator Doug Meacham

While the addition of offensive coordinator Doug Meacham to the Kansas football staff hasn’t yet translated to more victories, the Jayhawks’ current version of the Air Raid offense has proven more effective than the 2016 model. Through four games a year ago, when Meacham still worked for Gary Patterson at TCU, the KU offense floundered, averaging just 353 yards — 102nd among FBS programs. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, October 3

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Morris twins acquitted in Phoenix assault case

A Phoenix jury acquitted NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris in their aggravated assault trial Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas safety Mike Lee eager to show he's more than a hard hitter

It didn’t take Kansas safety Mike Lee long to establish himself as one of the Big 12's most feared bone-crushing tacklers.

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Jayhawks used bye week to self-assess, prepare for Texas Tech

When the 2017 calendar first came out, third-year head coach David Beaty didn’t know whether he liked the timing of the Jayhawks’ bye. But in retrospect, Beaty entered preparation for this Saturday’s home game against Texas Tech glad the off week came when it did. By Benton Smith

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Strong senior leadership a luxury for 2017-18 Kansas basketball team

Despite losing Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas from last year's 31-5 squad, the Kansas men's basketball team returns a pair of important veterans, in Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, who should be able to pick up where Lucas and Mason left off a year ago. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 2

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Out of bye week, Jayhawks preparing for talented Texas Tech offense

Even before the Kansas football team went into its bye week, there was plenty of familiarity with Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek. By Bobby Nightengale

Tom Keegan: Paranoia haunts cheating college basketball coaches more now than ever

Put yourself inside the mind of a cheating college basketball coach who hasn’t yet been implicated in the bribery/fraud scandal that rocked the college basketball world with 10 arrests.

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2017-18 Jayhawks prepared to practice for real on Tuesday

While Saturday night officially was the first practice of the 2017-18 Kansas basketball season, don’t think for a second that the coaching staff or players viewed it that way. By Matt Tait

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Havili named Big 12 player of the week

For the second time this season, Kansas senior setter Ainise Havili was named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week, announced Monday.

Seabury slips at Wellsville tourney

Bishop Seabury's volleyball team posted an 0-6 record at the Wellsville tournament on Saturday.

Sunday, October 1

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Tom Keegan: Brandon Schneider has game-changing recruiting day

Sure, women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider won big at the Div. II and mid-major levels, but would he be able to go up against heavyweights in recruiting battles and come away with commitments from prospects capable of playing winning basketball in the Big 12?

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KU women's basketball lands 3 commits after Late Night

One day after watching all of the Late Night in the Phog festivities, the Kansas women's basketball team picked up three commitments from recruits in attendance.

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Lagerald Vick off and running toward big junior season

The night was mostly about senior Devonte’ Graham stepping into the spotlight and the nearly two dozen recruits in attendance for the season tip-off spectacle known as Late Night in the Phog. But somewhere along the way, junior guard Lagerald Vick decided to steal the show. By Matt Tait