Stories for February 2018


Tuesday, February 27

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Cold shooting downs KU women in Senior Night loss to Iowa State

The Kansas women’s basketball team had a promising first half on Senior Night against Iowa State. But in the closing half, the shots rarely fell through the hoop.

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham makes tough transformation as senior

After a full season of playing a new role on a team that has nobody else who can play his position, Devonte' Graham has developed into a player without weaknesses.

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Monday's Big 12 coronation the end of a long and winding road for Kansas basketball

If last Saturday's victory over Texas Tech produced the celebration of the Kansas basketball team clinching an NCAA-record 14th consecutive Big 12 title — shiny new hats, water flying, Jayhawks jumping — then Monday's 10-point win over Texas at Allen Fieldhouse was the coronation. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball's red uniforms a request of 'Number 4'

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self did not even attempt to hide his true feelings when asked after Monday's 80-70 victory over Texas how he felt about his team's unusual red uniforms. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 26

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks sidestep several obstacles to 14th straight Big 12 title

Shaka Smart’s responsibilities as coach of the University of Texas basketball team include making his way to the scorers’ table to do a postgame interview with the Longhorns’ radio crew, win or lose.This night came with a twist that made it a little tougher than normal after his team lost to Kansas, 80-70, on Monday night, Senior Night, the last night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan

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Senior Night Special: Jayhawks cruise to win over Texas, clinch outright Big 12 title

There were plenty of key moments, big shots and momentum-changing buckets during Monday's Big Monday showdown with visiting Texas at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU seniors shut down fieldhouse for season with 80-70 win over Texas

Jayhawks seal outright Big 12 title

Kansas seniors Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk already experienced three losses inside Allen Fieldhouse this season, so a repeat performance of that variety wasn’t an option Monday night in the final home game of their careers. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Graham, Newman earn Big 12 weekly awards; Texas guard Andrew Jones leaves hospital

It turns out that KU's two-point victory over Texas Tech last weekend in Lubbock, Texas, was worth more than Kansas clinching a share of Big 12 title No. 14 in a row. By Matt Tait

KU baseball tops Omaha, 6-2

Kansas junior right-hander Blake Goldsberry allowed one hit over 6 2/3 innings pitched in relief, leading the KU baseball team to a 6-2 victory over Omaha on Monday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Texas center Mo Bamba to sit out Monday's game vs. Kansas

Texas freshman center Mohamed Bamba will miss Monday night's game against Kansas because of a sprained left toe he suffered last week, the school announced Monday afternoon.

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4-star New Orleans QB Lance LeGendre commits to KU football

The Kansas football program didn’t have any potential signees for next year lined up until Monday, but the Jayhawks kicked off their 2019 recruiting class in style, with news from a familiar high school in Louisiana that a highly sought after quarterback decided to commit. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: No. 8 KU basketball vs. Texas

A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in tonight's home finale against Texas, which doubles as Senior Night for Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 25

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KU seniors Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk set to say goodbye together

Four years of maturation and memorable moments, big wins and heartbreaking losses, growing hair on their heads and faces, have come down to this. It's Senior Night for Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk. By Matt Tait

KU baseball wins series over Northwestern behind Zeferjahn's 7 strikeouts, offensive explosion

Heading into Sunday’s rubber match against Northwestern, Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price desperately needed a strong outing on the mound from his hard-throwing righty Ryan Zeferjahn, and he delivered just that.

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Clay Young looking forward to 'emotional' senior night

Now that he’s had a chance to catch his breath, Clay Young can finally think up his speech. Well, he'd better hurry. By Scott Chasen

Saturday, February 24

KU baseball falls in slugfest to Northwestern

In an offensive slugfest that featured a combined 36 hits and 30 runs, the Kansas baseball team suffered an 18-12 loss to Northwestern on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Tom Keegan: After bypassing NBA draft, Devonte' Graham delivers Big 12 title

The rapid Kansas ball movement punctuated by swishes from long distance that defined the first half had faded. Relentless Texas Tech was making its charge, drawing within one point. And then, the best basketball player in the Big 12 closed the game the way his team closed the Big 12 basketball race — like a buzz saw with no off switch. By Tom Keegan

KU women crushed by K-State, 91-67

Allowing at least 20 points in each quarter, the Kansas women's basketball team was drubbed, 91-67, against Kansas State on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

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Unprecedented: Jayhawks top Texas Tech, surpass UCLA's conference title streak

Want to know what it takes to win the Big 12 Conference 14 times in a row? Just watch the final few minutes of Saturday's 74-72 victory by No. 8 Kansas over No. 6 Texas Tech inside a wild and crazy United Supermarkets Arena and you'll see a clear blueprint. By Matt Tait

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Self: Reports on college basketball scandal not a distraction for Jayhawks

Less than an hour after his team clinched its NCAA-record 14th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, Kansas coach Bill Self was in the hall answering questions about the ongoing investigation into corruption in college basketball. By Matt Tait

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KU clinches share of 14th-straight Big 12 title in win over Tech

The Jayhawks entered Lubbock with a chance at a Big 12 title. They left with a piece of history. By Scott Chasen

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Game day Breakdown: No. 8 KU basketball at No. 6 Texas Tech

A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in today's massive Big 12 showdown against No. 6 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.By Matt Tait

Friday, February 23

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Kansas linked to college basketball scandal in Yahoo Sports report

For the first time, Kansas basketball on Friday morning became linked to the FBI's investigation into widespread corruption in college basketball. By Matt Tait

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Josh Jackson's mother, Apples Jones, denies accepting payments from agent

Apples Jones, mother of former Kansas basketball star Josh Jackson, said she received a phone call from a family member Friday and was told to turn on the TV to see herself. “Why am I on TV?” Jones said she asked.

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Yahoo report ties Josh Jackson's mother to FBI investigation into college basketball

The FBI's ongoing investigation into college basketball, which produced a number of criminal charges last fall, has uncovered a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, including the mother of former University of Kansas player Josh Jackson.

Thursday, February 22

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All eyes on Keenan Evans' toe heading into Big 12 Game of the Year between Kansas, Texas Tech

Texas Tech point guard Keenan Evans is not Superman. But there does appear to be a direct link between him and saving the day for the sixth-ranked Red Raiders.

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New KU D-lineman Charles 'Codey' Cole learning all he can from veteran Daniel Wise

When defensive tackle Charles “Codey” Cole decided to sign with the Kansas football program, he didn’t know whether a key Jayhawk who plays the same position, Daniel Wise, would still be around by the time he arrived in Lawrence for the spring semester. The new Jayhawk was glad KU’s star lineman returned for the 2018 season. The 6-foot-3 transfer from Butler Community College plans to pick Wise’s brain as much as he can. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham makes Kansas basketball's melting-pot roster jell

The melting-pot Jayhawks feature players from four different countries: Angola (Silvio De Sousa), Nigeria (Udoka Azubuike), Ukraine (Svi Mykhailiuk), the United States.

Wednesday, February 21

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KU women upset No. 25 Oklahoma State, end 12-game losing streak

The timing of Kylee Kopatich’s 3-pointer couldn’t have been any better. Hoping to end a 12-game losing streak, Kansas found itself tied with No. 25 Oklahoma State with under three minutes to play at Allen Fieldhouse. By Wesley Dotson

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Jayhawks take 1-game lead, tons of confidence into Saturday clash with Texas Tech

The stage is set. The game is here. And thanks to Oklahoma State's upset victory over No. 6 Texas Tech in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday night, the 8th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will take a one-game lead into their showdown with the Red Raiders on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self 17-0 in Big 12 payback games and Texas Tech has 17-game home winning streak

Skid Row is lined with gamblers who flouted conventional wisdom and bet against a winning streak.

Tuesday, February 20

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No shortage of power arms on Kansas pitching staff

On the eve of last week’s season-opening series against Murray State, 16th-year Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price said this had a chance to be the best pitching staff he has taken into a season.

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Tom Keegan: Silvio De Sousa is final piece of puzzle nearing completion

After the table session ended and the players were rising from their chairs, third-year sophomore guard Malik Newman imparted a simple message to freshman forward Silvio De Sousa after Kansas dominated Oklahoma, 104-74, Monday in Allen Fieldhouse: “I’m proud of you, young fella’.”

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Selfless attitude from Day 1 led to KU freshman Silvio De Sousa's first big night

The breakthrough moment for Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa came a little later than many people had hoped for and expected. But it was hardly out of nowhere. How two months of bonding with teammates and putting Kansas basketball first put De Sousa in a position to finally deliver. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 19

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham makes his case for best player in Big 12 against Oklahoma

Eighty minutes before game time Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham sat in a chair on the Oklahoma bench, eyed his target and launched a shot toward the basket. Swish. By Tom Keegan

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Silvio De Sousa keeps it simple as Jayhawks rout Oklahoma

Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa stole a little incentive before Monday's 104-74 victory over Oklahoma straight off of the wrist of teammate Mitch Lightfoot. After a spirited pregame that featured positive vibes flowing and good old Mr. Confidence peeking his head ever so slightly out, like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, De Sousa caught a glimpse of Lightfoot's wrist and saw the words “Rebound” and “Defense” written in dark marker on the skin. By Matt Tait

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Sherron Collins fights tears during jersey retirement ceremony

After watching a brief video that flashed highlights from his stellar career at halftime of Monday night's 104-74 victory by No. 8 Kansas over Oklahoma, Sherron Collins, Monday's guest of honor, slowly walked onto James Naismith court to watch his No. 4 jersey officially go into the rafters at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks blow out Oklahoma, 104-74, on Big Monday

The Kansas basketball team’s revenge week started just the way the Jayhawks envisioned Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. A few weeks removed from its loss at Oklahoma in late January, KU throttled Oklahoma in the rematch, 104-74, ahead of its much-awaited trip to Texas Tech this coming Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: No. 8 KU basketball vs. Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for 8th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big Monday rematch with the Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 18

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Tom Keegan: Sherron Collins not yet ready to give up on basketball

During his freshman season at Kansas, Sherron Collins tried a lot of things at full speed and sometimes the game he saw in front of him seemed in his mind to be going even faster than he was.

Zeferjahn's eight strikeouts, bullpen help pace KU baseball to series victory

Gusty winds proved to be a factor for Kansas baseball righty Ryan Zeferjahn before he even took the mound against Murray State, but coach Ritch Price walked away impressed with the electric outing his starter ultimately turned in.

Saturday, February 17

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Cole Aldrich calls jersey retirement ceremony 'really humbling'

With his wife, Britt, by his side, and his dad, Walt, and brother, Grant, there to support him, as well — dad decked out in a No. 45 Kansas basketball T-Shirt, no less — former Kansas big man Cole Aldrich returned to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday for the moment of a lifetime. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Bob Huggins' frustrations erupt in late-game ejection

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins cooled down almost as quickly as he flipped his lid in a way that earned him back-to-back technical fouls and an ejection with eight seconds remaining in Saturday night’s game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan

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Coming up big: Udoka Azubuike helps Jayhawks rally past WVU

After Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike dropped 21 points in 31 minutes to help lead the Jayhawks to a wild, 77-69, comeback victory over West Virginia on Saturday evening at Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most popular questions tossed KU's way was whether the game was the best of Azubuike's still-young career. As is so often the case, KU coach Bill Self delivered the best answer, tying in Saturday's celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 national title team to emphasize his point. By Matt Tait

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Comeback kids: Jayhawks rally to knock off West Virginia again

For the eighth time this season, the Kansas basketball team found itself in a double-digit deficit. Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks rediscovered the Morgantown magic that helped them pull off a major comeback in their first meeting with West Virginia. Although six other KU opponents have sent the perennial Big 12 champion home with a loss after leading by 10, WVU failed to do so again in an incredible 77-69 Kansas victory. By Benton Smith

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No. 3 Lady Bears rout Jayhawks, 88-51

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has often said she never tells a shooter to stop shooting when they go into a slump. That philosophy paid off Saturday.

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Game day Breakdown: No. 13 KU basketball vs. No. 20 West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's rematch with 20th-ranked West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse in front of ESPN's "College GameDay" crew. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 16

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Tom Keegan: Jay Bilas wonders why college athletes can't have agents

Part attorney, part NCAA watchdog, part basketball analyst, ESPN’s Jay Bilas is one of the better thinkers in our ever-expanding sports world.

Citta's homer, bullpen propel KU baseball to season-opening win

It only took one at-bat for Brendt Citta to begin the Jayhawks’ baseball season—and his collegiate career at KU—with a bang on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Thursday, February 15

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FBI probe of college basketball back in the news

An unnamed source who has been briefed on the details of an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball told Yahoo Sports that far more than four assistant coaches arrested in September have cause for concern. By Matt Tait

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KU baseball's Ritch Price on upcoming season: 'I expect to play in June'

Ritch Price’s KU baseball squad was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12, but he’s setting his sights a little higher. By Scott Chasen

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Tom Keegan: Voice of current Jayhawks listens to voice from past

If Kansas basketball coach Bill Self trusted another player enough to put the basketball and game in his hands, Devonte’ Graham wouldn’t have a streak of nine consecutive 40-minute outings.

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KU's Batman & Robin: Aldrich, Collins excited to share jersey retirement weekend

Forever linked for their time together as Jayhawks, former KU greats Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich will share the spotlight one more time when their jerseys are retired, two days apart, at Allen Fieldhouse this weekend.By Matt Tait

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KU's Khalil Herbert states shock over mass shooting at Florida high school he attended

Now in his second year with the University of Kansas football program, running back Khalil Herbert spent some of his formative years attending Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., site of a deadly shooting on Wednesday. Herbert stated his shock over the mass shooting, which left 17 dead. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, February 14

Kansas women's basketball losing streak reaches 11 in West Virginia

The West Virginia women’s basketball team easily handled Kansas, 76-46, with 1,880 in attendance at WVU Coliseum on Wednesday night.

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 basketball race heading into home stretch

The old rules no longer apply in Big 12 basketball. Not long ago, you could look at the rest of a team’s schedule and come pretty close to projecting the wins and losses.

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Better energy, activity led to big night for KU guard Malik Newman

Kansas senior Devonte' Graham needed just three words to describe the improved effort and extra energy that sophomore guard Malik Newman played with during the Jayhawks' 83-77 road victory at Iowa State on Tuesday night. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, February 13

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self's second-half gamble with Udoka Azubuike pays off

Iowa State’s Solomon Young went up for a short baseline jumper, and Kansas center Udoka Azubuike went up with him and made contact. The whistle blew, and 21 seconds into the second half, Azubuike picked up his third foul. He stole a glance toward the bench, figuring he would see Mitch Lightfoot being summoned to replace him. Lightfoot remained seated. “I thought (Kansas coach Bill Self) was going to take me out, to be honest with you, but he kept me in the game,” Azubuike said afterward. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Lagerald Vick takes advantage of ISU's matchup problem in road victory

The first time Iowa State faced Kansas this season, they put 6-foot-9 freshman power forward Cameron Lard on 6-foot-3 shooting guard Malik Newman and dared the Kansas sophomore to beat them. Newman did, scoring 27 points on that early January afternoon to lead Kansas to a five-point victory. Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum, the stage was set for a similar matchup, and this time Iowa State coach Steve Prohm elected to put Lard on KU's slumping junior Lagerald Vick instead of Newman. By Matt Tait

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Reinvigorated: Jayhawks back to old starting 5 in win at Iowa State

On Monday afternoon, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said he knew what his struggling Jayhawks needed to be successful again. On Tuesday night, his team proved him right. With Lagerald Vick and Malik Newman both back in the starting lineup, the KU starters played the lion's share of the minutes in Hilton Coliseum (162 of 200), scoring all but eight points to lead Kansas to a tough, 83-77 road victory over Iowa State. By Matt Tait

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Udoka Azubuike sparks KU in bounce-back win over ISU

Despite three early fouls, Udoka Azubuike showed exactly why he’s so hard to take off the court. By Scott Chasen

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Game day Breakdown: No. 13 KU basketball at Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's showdown with Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 12

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Tom Keegan: Local recruiting makes sense for national-powerhouse program

Against the backdrop of stories about ailing team chemistry and Bill Self talking about having to coach effort in February for the first time at Kansas, encouraging news broke on the recruiting front for the 13-time-defending Big 12 champion. By Tom Keegan

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Self understands 'heavens are falling' but remains focused on KU getting better

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is smart enough to sense what's happening with KU's beloved fan base, even though he has spent very little time interacting with them of late and spends basically no time on social media sites and message boards where thousands of Jayhawk fans are happy to let their feelings be known. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 11

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Tom Keegan: RPI remains hidden impediment to NCAA tournament fairness

Unless and until the NCAA, its affiliated television networks and all media covering college basketball denounce and distance themselves from the dreaded RPI rankings, March Madness seeding won’t approach anything that resembles fair. By Tom Keegan

Gayre homers, KU softball tops Charleston

Freshman Shelby Gayre drilled a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning and the Kansas softball team finished the weekend with a 6-1 victory over the College of Charleston on Sunday in Deland, Fla.

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Jayhawks have simple goal after tough loss at Baylor: 'We just have to regroup'

Asked for a “big picture” assessment of his Kansas basketball team following Saturday's disheartening, 80-74 loss at Baylor, KU coach Bill Self wasted no time getting to the point. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks currently a 2 seed in eyes of NCAA Tournament selection committee

If the 2018 NCAA Tournament began today, the Kansas Jayhawks would be a No. 2 seed in the West region. That was the message sent by this year's selection committee, which on Sunday revealed the top four seeds in each region, as things stand today, during an afternoon special on CBS Sports. By Matt Tait

Shooting woes haunt KU women in loss to Oklahoma

After a cold shooting start, Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider saw his team fall into a hole he was hoping they could avoid. The Jayhawks were never able to dig themselves out of it.

Saturday, February 10

Kansas softball splits doubleheader

The Kansas softball team split its two games at the Stetson Leadoff Classic, losing, 6-4, to the College of Charleston before earning a 4-1 victory over Akron in Deland, Fla.

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Tom Keegan: Pregame injury serves as bad omen for Svi, KU's offense

You know it’s not your day when you can’t escape pregame warmups without an injury to a key player. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Devonte' Graham carries offense in loss to Baylor; De Sousa makes brief appearance

A quick glance up and down the box score following Saturday's 80-64 victory by Baylor over 10th-ranked Kansas at Ferrell Center revealed a fact that was probably obvious to anyone who watched the game. By Matt Tait

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Everything, including chemistry, awry for No. 10 Kansas in loss at Baylor

If you were to pick a single play that summed up just how out of sorts the Kansas men's basketball team was on Saturday during an 80-64 loss to Baylor at Ferrell Center — and, if we're being honest, there were more than a dozen of them — it came early in the second half on, of all things, a Kansas 3-pointer. By Matt Tait

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KU offense crashes in road loss at Baylor

A lackluster first half put the Kansas basketball team in a troublesome spot Saturday afternoon at Baylor, so much so that a second-half surge couldn’t save the Jayhawks in an 80-64 road loss. The Bears ended an 11-game losing streak versus KU by shooting 57 percent from the floor and turning the Jayhawks’ offense into a shell of itself most of the first half. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball at Baylor

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12 road battle at Baylor. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 9

Sharon Lokedi breaks school record in Ames

Kansas junior standout runner Sharon Lokedi broke her second school record of the indoor track season Friday, running a time of 8:59.69 in the 3,000-meter run at the Iowa State Classic.

KU softball wins season-opening doubleheader

With strong pitching, Kansas softball opened the season with back-to-back wins Friday over Akron and Stetson in Deland, Fla.

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KU football's 2018 spring game set for April 28

University of Kansas football fans can get their first glimpse of the 2018 team on the final Saturday of April, when the Jayhawks will play their annual spring game at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Drug distribution case involving former KU basketball player Brannen Greene still under investigation

The case of a former University of Kansas basketball player who was arrested last weekend on suspicion of distributing marijuana is still under investigation, the Kansas Highway Patrol said Friday.

Thursday, February 8

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Tom Keegan: Miles Kendrick looks up to short quarterback for inspiration

Kansas sophomore signee Miles Kendrick doesn’t look at a tall quarterback through green-tinted glasses of envy. He’s more likely to look at him and wonder how much better Stretch might be if only had the advantage of being shorter than the prototypical passer.

Kansas softball ready to show off speed in new season

Returning the heart of the batting order from last season, the Kansas softball team will look to frustrate opposing pitching staffs in a different way than past years. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU football's 2018 class best since Beaty's arrival, but far from historic

When David Beaty said during his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday he doesn’t care about national team recruiting rankings the Kansas football coach wasn’t kidding. By Benton Smith

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Rising KC prospect Ochai Agbaji commits to Kansas

Already armed with a star-studded 2018 recruiting class ranked No. 3 in the nation by, the Kansas men's basketball program added to its haul on Thursday with a pledge from Oak Park High guard Ochai Agbaji, who orally committed to join the Jayhawks during a 2 p.m. ceremony at his school. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, February 7

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Tom Keegan: KU turning into Juco U in football recruiting

Fourth-year Kansas football coach David Beaty came to Wednesday’s press conference on signing day armed with numbers. He was eager to use them to demonstrate his point that he was not putting the Kansas football program right back in the same rut that he inherited from his predecessor. By Tom Keegan

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11-year-old from Tonganoxie 'signs' with KU football

Not many college football coaches recruit 4-foot-10, 70-pound wide receivers, but when David Beaty heard about Tayber Witt, the Kansas coach couldn’t resist. Beaty included Witt, an 11-year-old from nearby Tonganoxie, among the Jayhawks’ National Signing Day additions Wednesday, highlighting the relationships the elementary school student is developing with KU football players and staff members. By Benton Smith

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KU football's 2018 signing class includes 2 prep stars, 11 juco prospects

Fourth-year Kansas coach David Beaty finally got to discuss one of his favorite topics, recruiting, on Wednesday, otherwise known as National Signing Day in the realm of college football. Speaking with media members for the first time since the Jayhawks lost their 2017 season finale at Oklahoma State, on Nov. 25, capping a 1-11 season, Beaty reveled in hailing the program’s newest additions. Eventually the coach also responded to queries on the presence of 11 junior college signees in a 2018 class that currently features seven known scholarship players from the high school ranks. By Benton Smith

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Free State's Jalan Robinson chooses not to sign on Signing Day

Spencer Roe signs to walk-on at KU

After a whirlwind two weeks, Free State senior offensive tackle Jalan Robinson decided to press pause on his recruitment Wednesday and opted not to sign with any school on National Signing Day. By Bobby Nightengale

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Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot delivers strong performance in debut as a KU starter

With his mother and grandmother sitting in the stands after making a last-minute decision to travel to Allen Fieldhouse for Tuesday's 71-64 Kansas victory, KU sophomore Mitch Lightfoot made sure the trip from Arizona was worth it.By Matt Tait

Tuesday, February 6

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Just Enough: Jayhawks sink key shots, shake past TCU

On a night when nothing came easy for the 10th-ranked Jayhawks, Devonte' Graham's rattle-clang-dip-bang 3-point make with 6:06 to play gave Kansas the breathing room it needed to avoid utter disaster and get back into the win column at Allen Fieldhouse, 71-64 over visiting TCU. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick begins crawling out of his funk

Someone had to lend Devonte' Graham and Udoka Azubuike a hand Tuesday night against TCU. Slowly, Lagerald Vick crept out of his hole, not all the way out — not yet — but just enough to at least make TCU pay a little for sending extra attention the way of Azubuike and for not leaving Svi Mykhailiuk. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Mitch Lightfoot makes first start; a look back at how KU players fared in first starts

Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot started the first game of his Kansas career on Tuesday night and helped the 10th-ranked Jayhawks win a battle over TCU, 71-64, at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks recover in 2nd half to beat TCU

No victory is guaranteed or a foregone conclusion this season in the Big 12 — not even inside Allen FIeldhouse. The Kansas basketball team survived a serious test from visiting TCU Tuesday night, though, 71-64. By Benton Smith

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Dorance Armstrong invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Mock draft projects KU DE as 2nd-round pick

Former Kansas football defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. will be one of 326 prospects hoping to impress pro coaches and decision-makers at the upcoming 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. The league announced its full list of participants Tuesday, and Armstrong, who left KU a year early to enter the draft, was one of 29 Big 12 players deemed worthy of an invite. By Benton Smith

Monday, February 5

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KCMO all-state QB Maples to walk on with KU football

One of the most productive high school quarterbacks in the state of Missouri this past year, Park Hill senior Billy Maples plans to walk on with the Kansas football program. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Talk of No. 1 seed for Kansas rightly fades after loss to Oklahoma State

Kansas had started showing up as a No. 1 seed in various NCAA tournament projections until Oklahoma State knocked off the Jayhawks in Saturday's stunner.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball vs. TCU

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in tonight's rematch with TCU at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Coffeyville OL Lewis commits to KU football

11th juco prospect to join 2018 class

As the hours leading up to National Signing Day tick down, more commitments for the Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class continue to trickle in. The latest came on Monday afternoon, when junior college offensive tackle Reuben Lewis announced his intentions to sign. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self hopes adding Mitch Lightfoot's effort to starting lineup will kick-start Kansas

If you ever have wondered what the price is for a lackluster home loss by a program not used to dropping games in its home venue, you now have your answer.By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks fall three spots to No. 10 in latest AP Poll

Thanks to a home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday which negated the gains from a big road win over Kansas State earlier in the week, the Kansas men's basketball team fell three spots, from No. 7 to No. 10, in the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Monday. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 4

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Tom Keegan: Super Sunday for KU golfers Gary Woodland, Chris Thompson

The best round of his Tour season behind him, Chris Thompson returned to his hotel room in Panama City, Panama and shifted from competitor to TV spectator with a strong rooting interest.

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Texas prep QB Locklin commits to KU football

Less than 72 hours before Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the Kansas football program picked up a new commitment for its 2018 recruiting class Sunday night. A dual-threat high school quarterback from Rockdale, Texas, Torry Locklin announced his intentions to join the Jayhawks via Twitter. By Benton Smith

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Gary Woodland defeats Chez Reavie in playoff to win Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Gary Woodland was surprised to see infant son Jaxson with wife Gabby late Sunday afternoon at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Jayhawks still searching for home-court advantage

The goal coming into Saturday's 84-79 home loss to Oklahoma State was for the Kansas men's basketball team to find a way to bring back to Allen Fieldhouse the same kind of energy, effort and focus that had staked them to a 4-1 start on the road during Big 12 play. It didn't happen. By Matt Tait

Saturday, February 3

Oklahoma State women defeat Kansas, 92-63

Loryn Goodwin had 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Kaylee Jensen scored 23 points with nine boards to help Oklahoma State beat Kansas on Saturday night.

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Tom Keegan: Sluggish start removes sizzle of home-court advantage

Kansas looked more foggy than Phoggy from the start Saturday in trying and failing to stave off a 21st-century first. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Former KU players honored as part of 120-year celebration

One by one, they marched onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, just as they had done all those years ago. Players, assistant coaches, managers and staff members who competed for six of the eight head coaches in the 120-year history of Kansas basketball walked together for a halftime ceremony during Saturday's 84-79 loss to Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

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Saturday Stunner: Jayhawks upset, 'whipped' by Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse

Five years and a day after Marcus Smart's backflip on the Allen Fieldhouse floor put an exclamation point on a surprising Oklahoma State victory over Kansas, Smart's alma mater left Lawrence on Saturday with a downright shocking 84-79 victory that put a serious damper on the day-long celebration of 120 years of Kansas basketball. By Matt Tait

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'A class act': Ted Owens honored with bench dedication ceremony

As hundreds of people packed into the concourse at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, Isaac "Bud" Stallworth asked for the former players in attendance to stand. He had the right idea, although the initial request drew some laughter. By Scott Chasen

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Oklahoma State spoils KU basketball's 120-year celebration

On the day the vaunted Kansas basketball program celebrated its 120-year history, the Jayhawks weren’t able to dominate or cruise like they have so many times through the years inside Allen Fieldhouse. In fact, KU found lost at home for the third time this season on Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: No. 7 KU basketball vs. Oklahoma State

A look at some of the keys for seventh-ranked Kansas in their weekend clash with Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 2

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TCU files to be removed from former WR's lawsuit

According to the Star-Telegram, TCU filed a motion for the university to be removed from a lawsuit that claimed head football coach Gary Patterson and some of his assistant coaches harassed former receiver Kolby Listenbee into returning from an injury too soon. TCU countered that Listenbee’s lawsuit — which named then-TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, now offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Kansas — should not include the university. By Benton Smith

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Free State lineman plans to walk on with KU football

Blue Valley North TE pledges, too

An in-town lineman from Free State High, Spencer Roe on Friday announced his plans to join the Kansas football program. A defensive tackle and offensive guard during his senior season at FSHS, Roe will join the Jayhawks as a walk-on. Dylan Freberg, a 6-4, 220-pound tight end from Blue Valley North, plans to stay in state and join KU as a non-scholarship player, as well. By Benton Smith

Thursday, February 1

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Tom Keegan: Defense key to Kansas title defense

Well-run plays and clutch shots from thrilling games tend to echo the longest and loudest. Yet, as Kansas has shown in winning most of its cliffhangers this season, sound defense plays just as big a role.

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Report: KU coordinator Meacham named in former TCU receiver’s harassment lawsuit

Kansas offensive coordinator and receivers coach Doug Meacham, who previously was co-offensive coordinator and coached inside receivers at TCU, has been named in a lawsuit by a former player who says he was harassed by TCU’s coaching staff, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report. By Benton Smith

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Road Warriors: Jayhawks seeking to replicate road success at home

At the midway point of the Big 12 race, the Kansas men's basketball team has built a one-game lead over Oklahoma and Texas Tech in large part because of the Jayhawks' ability to play well and win on the road. By Matt Tait