Stories for January 2018


Wednesday, January 31

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'Played her guts out': Benoit sparks defense but KU women can't upset No. 8 Texas

After missing out on a chance to upset a top-10 opponent, the frustration oozing out of Brandon Schneider was palpable. By Scott Chasen

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Svi's hot hand the product of confidence, Self says

Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk has topped 20 points in each of the last three games and enters Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse second on the team in scoring at 17 points per game, just four points behind senior running mate Devonte Graham's 17.2 average. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 30

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Tom Keegan: Rotation likely to stay at seven for Kansas basketball

Most of the rest of us couldn’t help but take our minds off the moment to wonder how much better a bigger, more balanced Kansas basketball roster would look once Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa were cleared to play in games. By Tom Keegan

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Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot logging valuable minutes and delivering for Kansas

Kansas sophomore Mitch Lightfoot was the Jayhawks' best big man on Monday night against Kansas State, and the young forward appears to be more comfortable than ever in the KU lineup. By Matt Tait

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Juco OL Mike Brown backs off KU commitment, opts for WVU

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class lost one potential addition just more than a week ahead of National Signing Day. Mike Brown, an offensive tackle from Eastern Arizona College, announced Tuesday — nine days after committing to the Jayhawks — his intentions to sign with a more reputable Big 12 team, West Virginia. By Benton Smith

Monday, January 29

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Surprise zone keys Jayhawks' win at Kansas State

In the high-stakes world of Big 12 basketball, turnovers and 3-pointers are extremely valuable currency in every gymnasium and arena on the five-state conference map. But nothing is worth quite as much as a nasty defense. Monday night, at an electric and jam-packed Bramlage Coliseum, the Jayhawks used portions of each strength, in good stretches and bad, to plow past second-place Kansas State. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman finds his role, confidence through rebounding

Gone is the first-year Kansas player who at times looked lost in thought, wondering how to fit in, what to do and what not to do. Nine days after the calendar flipped to 2018 that player faded away. By Tom Keegan

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Free State's Jalan Robinson watches football recruitment skyrocket before signing day

Before walking into school Monday, Free State senior Jalan Robinson received a phone call from a Mississippi State football coach. By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Udoka Azubuike heckled during warmups; KU wins again on Kansas Day

Leave it to Kansas State fans to be well-schooled on the strengths and weaknesses of every Kansas basketball team that walks into Bramlage Coliseum. By Matt Tait

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Road-tested Jayhawks beat K-State in Manhattan

The road was once again kind to the Kansas basketball team Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum, where the Jayhawks’ two battle-tested seniors steered them to a 70-56 victory over rival Kansas State. With Svi Mykhailiuk providing scoring (22 points) and rebounding (seven boards) and Devonte’ Graham (16 points, 11 assists) running the show, KU improved to 5-1 in true road games this season. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty announces hiring of assistant Bill Miller

KU defensive assistants change roles

Kansas football coach David Beaty officially announced the hiring of the 10th and final member of his coaching staff for the coming season, defensive assistant Bill Miller, Monday afternoon. By Benton Smith

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Game day breakdown: No. 7 KU basketball at Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for favored Kansas in tonight's Big Monday battle with Sunflower State rival Kansas State in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks well aware of hostile environment that awaits in Manhattan

The Kansas upperclassmen know exactly what awaits them tonight in hostile Bramlage Coliseum. By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 28

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Adrian Mitchell becomes fourth KU women's player to have jersey retired

Moments after the spotlight intensified on the blue canvas in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse and the fans greeted her with a standing ovation, Adrian Mitchell, just the fourth KU women’s basketball player ever to have her jersey retired, passed the credit right back. By Scott Chasen

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'It's an honor': KU can't hold off K-State in celebration of program's 50th season

As the 30-plus former Kansas players walked off Naismith Court, Marlene Mawson held her ground. By Scott Chasen

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Tom Keegan: Former background players on marquee for Sunflower Showdown

Highly skilled for a man his size, he showed flashes of brilliance early in his college basketball career, but just when you thought he was about to burst out he would lapse into retreat mode, deferring to flashier stars.

Saturday, January 27

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Notebook: Self impressed by Marcus Garrett vs. Texas A&M; Big 12 falls in showdown with SEC

It's been a while since KU freshman Marcus Garrett delivered the kind of stat line he put up Saturday, during fifth-ranked Kansas' 79-68 victory over Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike's revamped free-throw style yet to be tested

Defending without fouling was among the many things Texas A & M did well in the second half of a game it lost to Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, 79-68, Saturday. As a result, Kansas didn’t reach the bonus until 48 seconds remained, so the Aggies didn’t employ the Hack-A-Udoka strategy. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks speedier than sizable Aggies in 79-68 victory

Speed beats size. Speed beats size. Speed beats size. That was the message drilled into the heads of the Kansas men's basketball players this week in anticipation of Saturday's showdown with a throwback-big Texas A & M team at Allen Fieldhouse. And after 40 minutes of Big 12/SEC Challenge basketball, the mantra proved true. By Matt Tait

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Challenge accepted: KU disposes of SEC foe Texas A&M

A quick break from Big 12 play served Kansas well Saturday, as the Jayhawks disposed of Texas A & M, 79-68, at Allen Fieldhouse, as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball vs. Texas A&M

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12/SEC Challenge clash with former Big 12 foe Texas A&#38M at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Friday, January 26

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Report: Veteran assistant Bill Miller to join David Beaty's KU football staff

It appears Kansas football coach David Beaty has found the final assistant coach to round out his staff. According to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, Beaty is set to hire coaching veteran Bill Miller as a defensive assistant. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self searching for ways to fight fatigue factor

Amid questions on top of questions about Udoka Azubuike's free throw shooting woes and what, if anything, can be done about them, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday addressed an issue that might actually be more critical for this Kansas team. By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 25

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick capable of reappearing as suddenly as he vanished

Trying to get to the source of Lagerald Vick losing his aggressiveness and in turn his point production in the past seven games has presented even as skilled a mind prober as Kansas coach Bill Self a sizable challenge. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, January 24

KU women fall at Oklahoma, 97-64

One day after the men's basketball team was defeated at the same venue, the KU women's basketball team lost its sixth game on Wednesday, falling to Oklahoma in Norman, 97-64.

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Police called on suspicious person offering ‘free-throw advice’ at KU men’s basketball dorm

University of Kansas police were called to the men’s basketball dorm Wednesday afternoon, where a man reportedly kept showing up to give a resident there some “free-throw advice.”

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What's next for Udoka Azubuike the free throw shooter?

Now that the free throw misses heard 'round the world are a thing of the past — you know, like 16 hours old now — it's worth exploring where the Kansas basketball team and big man Udoka Azubuike go from here. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 23

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Notebook: Lightfoot fills in nicely; Graham shoulders blame

With 7-foot center Udoka Azubuike sitting for all but four minutes of the first half because of early foul trouble, sophomore sub Mitch Lightfoot did his best to hold down the fort down low. In 14 first-half minutes, Lightfoot recorded six points, four rebounds, two blocks — one on Oklahoma phenom Trae Young — and an assist on 3-of-5 shooting to help keep the Jayhawks close at halftime. By Matt Tait

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Hack-a-Dok: Free-throw shooting woes send KU home from Oklahoma in defeat

A season-long concern that had not yet fully hurt the Kansas basketball team did the Jayhawks in on Tuesday night, when 12th-ranked Oklahoma used an intentional-foul strategy on KU big man Udoka Azubuike during the game's final four minutes to knock off No. 5 Kansas, 85-80, at Lloyd Noble Center. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Trae not too young to learn value of facilitating teammates

Sometimes, it takes the great ones longer than others to fully trust less talented teammates. It took Michael Jordan’s fourth NBA coach, Phil Jackson, to convince the superstar that the road to championships is one traveled by teams, not individuals. By Tom Keegan

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Sooners recover late to knock off Kansas

The hack-a-Udoka-Azubuike strategy implemented by Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger and his Sooners in the final minutes of Tuesday night’s game against Kansas worked like a charm in an 85-80 victory for OU at Lloyd Noble Center. The crunch-time shift away from the norm took away from the Jayhawks’ flow and productivity on the offensive end of the floor, as OU turned a three-point hole into a five-point win. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball at No. 12 Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in tonight's 6 p.m. showdown with freshman sensation Trae Young and No. 12 Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Points not only relevant point for measuring OU and KU point guards

The greatest testament to the strength of Big 12 basketball lies in studying how Oklahoma freshman Trae Young’s season has unfolded.

Monday, January 22

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Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel LB/RB to walk on at KU

An in-state senior prospect from Wichita’s Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Nick Channel announced Monday his plans to join the Kansas football program.

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Jayhawks jump to No. 5 in latest AP Poll

The Kansas men's basketball team continued its climb in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, jumping five spots from No. 10 to No. 5 in the latest rankings released Monday afternoon. By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 21

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Tom Keegan: Sporting KC's Seth Sinovic a Jayhawk basketball fan for life

The romantic notion that professional athletes play kids' games and don’t realize that the rest of us would be happy to play for free is a load of hogwash, of course.

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KU no stranger to tight games dominating Big 12 play so far this season

With close games being the norm so far this season in the Big 12, the Kansas men's basketball team continues to do impressive stuff in tight games. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks add to 2018 class with juco OL's verbal commitment

The Kansas football team added to its 2018 recruiting class Sunday with a verbal commitment from an offensive lineman. Like so many other members in this crop of future Jayhawks, the latest addition came from the junior college ranks. Mike Brown, an offensive tackle from Eastern Arizona College, told KU head coach David Beaty and his staff during a weekend visit to campus he plans to sign. By Benton Smith

Saturday, January 20

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Tom Keegan: There's some beauty to KU's 'ugly' win over Baylor

With apologies to the 1983 Chicago White Sox, there is no such thing as winning ugly. Winning sends everyone home happy, from players to coaches to spectators to ushers to bar owners. By Tom Keegan

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Malik Newman bails out Jayhawks in crunch time to beat Baylor

“Coach's motto, every time the game gets close, is players make plays, coaches don't win games,” Malik Newman said. On Saturday evening at Allen Fieldhouse, the 10th-ranked Jayhawks saw a heck of a player make all kinds of plays down the stretch to pull out yet another too-close-for-comfort Big 12 victory, 70-67, that Kansas nearly lost control of down the stretch. By Matt Tait

KU women fall to TCU, 77-67

Four players scored more than 10 points but the Kansas women's basketball team couldn't climb back from an early deficit in a 77-67 road loss to TCU at Schollmaier Arena on Saturday.

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Notebook: Jayhawks say it was 'tough' to lose freshman Billy Preston, wish him luck in Bosnia

On the eve of his big performance during Saturday's 70-67 victory over Baylor, Kansas sophomore Malik Newman spent nearly all of his time hanging out with teammate Billy Preston. By Matt Tait

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Kansas survives scare from Baylor, wins 70-67

Disaster averted. When the Kansas basketball team’s offense went stale in the second half Saturday versus Baylor, it appeared the Jayhawks might lose at Allen Fieldhouse for the third time this season. Instead, KU survived in dramatic fashion, winning 70-67 against the Bears by finishing the game on a 9-0 run. By Benton Smith

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Freshman forward Billy Preston signs with European professional team, ends KU career

After spending months trying to clear up his eligibility, KU freshman Billy Preston has signed a contract with BC Igokea of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will end his Kansas career without the former McDonald's All-American and highly touted prospect having played a single game for the Jayhawks.By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball vs. Baylor

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in tonight's home showdown with the visiting Baylor Bears. By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 18

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Joel Embiid voted starter in NBA All-Star Game

The one thing that Bill Self never could lay claim to during his Kansas tenure was coaching an NBA All-Star. That changed today when Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was voted to be a starter in this year’s NBA All-star game, Feb. 18 in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The starters were announced on TNT’s NBA Tip-Off show.

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Tom Keegan: Svi coming off his best game in Kansas uniform, according to his coach

In years past, Svi Mykhailiuk wasn’t ready or asked to play a big role in carrying Kansas back from big, late deficits. He's doing it so well now that his coach paid him a monster compliment Thursday. By Tom Keegan

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Getting Comfortable: KU freshman Silvio De Sousa taking small steps toward progress and loving every one of them

Speaking publicly for the first time since arriving at Kansas after graduating early from IMG Academy in Florida, freshman forward Silvio De Sousa on Thursday was asked about the pressure he felt from having to hit the ground running and help the thin Kansas frontcourt immediately. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, January 17

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'She's not a coward': Brandon Schneider praises guard, blasts team after loss to Texas Tech

Brianna Osorio's 28-point performance was just about the only thing KU coach Brandon Schneider reflected favorably upon after a loss to Texas Tech.

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20 years later, Wilt Chamberlain's return to Kansas still produces chills

Twenty years ago Wednesday, a giant returned to Allen Fieldhouse. His name was Wilt Chamberlain, he, somehow, still managed to squeeze into his old letter jacket and he was in Lawrence for the first time in more than 20 years. By Matt Tait

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Champions Classic moved up a week to tip off college hoops season

The 2018-19 college basketball season will start with a bang. That much was learned Wednesday, when ESPN announced that the annual Champions Classic featuring powerhouse programs Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State would be moved up a week and would be the official kickoff of the college hoops season. By Matt Tait

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David Beaty hires former Missouri Tiger A.J. Ricker as new KU O-line coach

Five days after Kansas football parted ways with Zach Yenser, its offensive line coach for the previous three seasons, David Beaty has found his replacement. A former O-line coach at Missouri, Western Michigan and Illinois, A.J. Ricker will take over the same position at KU. By Benton Smith

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Jo Jo White: What It Means To Be A Jayhawk

Tuesday night, the Kansas basketball family, and basketball in general, learned that one of is all-time greats had passed, as the family of former KU legend and Boston Celtics great announced the death of Jo Jo White.

Tuesday, January 16

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KU, Boston Celtics legend Jo Jo White dies at 71

The Kansas basketball family on Tuesday lost one of its true legends, when Hall of Famer Jo Jo White died at the age of 71 after a long battle with brain cancer. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Penthouse view suits Kansas

Unlike what Huggins articulated what has happened with his team, for Kansas the view from the top never will bring on vertigo. The Jayhawks' comfort zone can be found in the penthouse because it's were they spend most of their time. By Tom Keegan

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Strong play from 2 KU seniors helped put an end to Jayhawks' Morgantown misery

Even if you watched the replay three or four times after it was over, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how the 10th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team flipped the script on an otherwise sluggish performance and played some of its best basketball of the season down the stretch to steal a victory in Morgantown over West Virginia on Monday night. By Matt Tait

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Three KU signees named to McDonald's All-American Game

Less than 24 hours after Kansas earned a comeback road win against West Virginia, some future Jayhawks received more good news. All three Class of 2018 prep players who signed with KU in the early signing period were selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Tuesday afternoon.

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Backup QB Tyriek Starks leaves KU football

After two seasons with the University of Kansas football team and almost no time actively contributing in a game, quarterback Tyriek Starks has left the program. By Benton Smith

Monday, January 15

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks far more effective with Azubuike on the floor

Two different Kansas basketball teams took the floor at WVU Coliseum for a Big Monday thriller won by Kansas, 71-66, on a furious late comeback from a 16-point deficit. The Jayhawks who played when sophomore center Udoka Azubuike sat nursing foul trouble looked small, slight of build, no match for a shot-blocker freed to block the rim no matter who attacked it. By Tom Keegan

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Mountain of a comeback: Jayhawks stun West Virginia, move atop Big 12 standings

Of all of the talented teams and insanely skilled players that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has taken to West Virginia during the past five years, it was a bunch of grinders and scrappers who finally came out of WVU Coliseum with a victory again. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: WVU's Harris earns start despite reprimand; Self wears Huggins' pullover

West Virginia forward Wesley Harris, who started all 17 games for the Mountaineers heading into Monday’s showdown with 10th-ranked Kansas, was back in the starting lineup on Monday night despite some controversy swirling around him. By Matt Tait

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Pressing on: Jayhawks rally for rare victory at West Virginia

Recent Big 12 tradition be damned, the Kansas basketball team visited West Virginia and left without “Country Roads” resounding throughout WVU Coliseum and Mountaineers fans singing along blissfully. West Virginia failed to defend its home court against the Jayhawks for the first time in five years, as KU rallied for a 71-66 road victory, in a Big Monday battle of top-10 teams. By Benton Smith

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West Virginia forward Wesley Harris publicly reprimanded by Big 12

The Big 12 Conference on Monday announced a public reprimand of West Virginia forward Wesley Harris, who was involved in an altercation with a Texas Tech fan during a court-storming celebration last weekend in Lubbock, Texas, following the Red Raiders' victory over WVU. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks back in top 10 in latest AP poll

A couple of victories against two of the Big 12’s lower-tier teams were enough to improve the Kansas basketball team’s place in the Associated Press Top 25 this week.

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Juco QB to enroll at Kansas this semester

The Kansas football team didn’t sign a quarterback during December’s early signing period, but head coach David Beaty and his staff won’t have to wait until February to add a QB to the 2018 recruiting class. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Players eligible all year keep Kansas in title hunt

the players who have hustled their way to a 4-1 Big 12 record and one-fourth share of first place haven’t quite received the plaudits they have earned. The perimeter players have adjusted impressively and center Udoka Azubuike, who showed great footwork in the post Saturday, is on the come.

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Game day Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball at No. 6 West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in tonight's first of four Big Monday matchups this season at No. 6 West Virginia on ESPN. By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 14

Gary Woodland finishes tied for seventh at Sony Open

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland caught fire Sunday and climbed all the way into a tie-for-seventh-place finish in the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Saturday, January 13

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Tom Keegan: State's Big 12 college basketball coaches heading in opposite directions stay on course

Here’s what Bill Self and Bruce Weber have in common: They both served as head coach at Illinois and now lead Big 12 programs in the state of Kansas. Here’s how they are most different: Weber’s teams don't pull out close games often enough and Self’s almost always do. By Tom Keegan

KU women lose to Texas, 79-62

Outscored by 19 points in the second half Saturday, the Kansas women's basketball team dropped its third straight game in a 79-62 loss to Texas at the Frank Erwin Center. All three of the losses are against ranked opponents.

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Notebook: Silvio De Sousa receives standing ovation; no update on Billy Preston's status

Silvio De Sousa's first official game as a Jayhawk probably will not be remembered for his time on the floor. By Matt Tait

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Sunflower Squeaker: Jayhawks hold off K-State in 73-72 win

During his first live and in-person experience in the Sunflower Showdown, Malik Newman's two free throws with 15.2 seconds to play gave 12th-ranked Kansas a 73-72, hang-on-for-dear-life victory over visiting Kansas State. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks survive Sunflower Showdown, 73-72

It took a full 40 minutes for Kansas to emerge from the Sunflower Showdown victorious Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Visiting Kansas State looked right at home much of the matinee, despite playing in hostile territory. By Benton Smith

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Silvio De Sousa cleared by NCAA; will play today vs. K-State

Nineteen days after first setting foot on KU's campus as an official member of the Kansas men's basketball team, freshman forward Silvio De Sousa finally has been cleared to play. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 12 KU basketball vs. Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for 12th-ranked Kansas in today's Sunflower Showdown matchup with Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Friday, January 12

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The latest on Silvio De Sousa, Billy Preston, both of whom are still waiting for their turn to play

Nearly three weeks after first setting foot on KU's campus as an official member of the Kansas men's basketball team, freshman forward Silvio De Sousa is still waiting to play his first game. By Matt Tait

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Beaty not retaining O-line coach or special teams coordinator for 2018 season

Offensive analyst Johnson promoted

The Kansas football program announced the dismissal of two assistant coaches and the promotion of another Friday. Fourth-year head coach David Beaty will not retain either special teams coordinator Joe DeForest or offensive line coach Zach Yenser for the 2018 season, Beaty revealed in a release. Beaty promoted Justin Johnson, who has worked for KU football as an offensive analyst the past two years. By Benton Smith

Thursday, January 11

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Tom Keegan: Seniority brings out best in Svi

Svi Mykhailiuk doesn’t turn 21 until June 10, but as a college basketball player, everything about him screams senior. He’s playing with senior urgency, senior consistency and senior smarts.

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Report: Texas A&M quality control staffer to join KU football, oversee special teams

With a new NCAA rule allowing college football staffs to add a 10th full-time assistant coach going into effect this week, it appears University of Kansas head coach David Beaty has found his next hire. FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Thursday night the Jayhawks plan to bring on Jeremy Springer, a Texas A&M quality control aide

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Bruce Weber's K-State Wildcats eager for 'tough challenge' Saturday at Kansas

Several hours after knocking off Oklahoma State at home on Wednesday night, Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber found himself still awake, staring intently at game film from two losses to Kansas a season ago instead of the box score from the Wildcats' latest win. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, January 10

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KU women blitzed in third quarter in loss to West Virginia

Immediately following KU's loss to West Virginia, the two head coaches couldn't have differed any more in their comments. By Scott Chasen

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Daniel Wise to return for redshirt senior season at Kansas

DT and captain won't enter draft

The University of Kansas football team will only lose one half of its imposing defensive line duo heading into the 2018 season. By Benton Smith

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Fun returned to Allen Fieldhouse during Tuesday's 83-78 KU win over Iowa State

Quick. Think back to Tuesday night’s 83-78 Kansas basketball victory and count up all of the times you saw Bill Self’s Jayhawks having fun on the floor. Now think back to how many times you saw those kinds of images in the handful of games that came before Tuesday. See the difference? By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 9

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Hello, Newman: Kansas sophomore's breakout performance fuels win over ISU

The signature moment in Malik Newman’s Kansas coming out party on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse — Italy be damned — featured one big time play on both ends of the floor from a player the KU basketball team desperately needed to get going. With 2:34 to play in a two-point game that felt even tighter than that, Newman stayed down in his stance, watched Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson try to dribble into a go-ahead 3-pointer and then elevated to block the shot. No 3-point winner for Jackson this year. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham plays with irreplaceable energy

On a team packed with players who don’t typically exhibit a great deal of emotion, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham consistently plays with an unbridled verve. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Jayhawks avenge another rare fieldhouse loss

Kansas’ 83-78 victory over Iowa State Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse not only got the Jayhawks back on track in their cozy home arena but also became the latest installment in a trend based on revenge. KU coach Bill Self may not exactly see it that way. By Matt Tait

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Malik Newman helps Kansas put away Iowa State

Bill Self told his Kansas basketball team a week ago following a loss to Texas Tech it wouldn’t be the last time the Jayhawks left Allen Fieldhouse sad this season. That type of post-game displeasure didn’t repeat itself Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, though. A breakout performance by KU sophomore Malik Newman and another impressive 3-point shooting display by senior Svi Mykhailiuk allowed KU to hold off its pesky visitors from Iowa State, 83-78. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 12 KU basketball vs. Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for 12th-ranked Kansas in tonight's clash with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Time for the real Malik Newman to stand up

Malik Newman could show up Tuesday night for Kansas and stick around for the rest of the season. As for what player has been wearing Newman’s No. 14 jersey for the first 15 games of the season, nobody knows. By Tom Keegan

Monday, January 8

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Kansas OL Jayson Rhodes to play in showcase

Former Kansas offensive lineman Jayson Rhodes will play one final college football game on Sunday, when he hopes to showcase his abilities at the Tropical Bowl, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Self says KU 'pushing buttons' but still awaiting word on De Sousa, Preston

Monday marked another day in the ongoing saga that is the quest for the Kansas basketball program to gain information about the status of withheld Kansas freshmen Silvio De Sousa and Billy Preston. And the Jayhawks have heard nothing concrete for the NCAA about either case. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks drop two spots to No. 12 in latest AP poll

Last week’s home loss by Kansas to Texas Tech did more to help the Red Raiders than to damage the Jayhawks in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 basketball race breaking into 3 tiers

Kansas coach Bill Self tried to tell himself and the world last week that it’s too early to be thinking about winning the conference, but by week's end even he couldn’t help himself.

Sunday, January 7

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The waiting game for De Sousa, Preston causing confusion for Kansas

The uncertainty surrounding the status of freshman forwards Silvio De Sousa and Billy Preston goes much deeper than not having the two big men on game days. By Matt Tait

Saturday, January 6

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Tom Keegan: Backup Mitch Lightfoot saves Jayhawks at TCU

Mitch Lightfoot doesn’t always look as if he belongs playing minutes that matter for perennial national college basketball powerhouse Kansas. Against bigger bodies he sometimes looks too small, too weak. Too often he has the look of a playing-out-of-position backup center. And then there was Saturday night in Schollmaier Arena. By Tom Keegan

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Leapfrogging TCU: Jayhawks hold off Horned Frogs, display toughness in 88-84 win

Kansas coach Bill Self has been begging his team to be tougher and more competitive all season. Saturday night at TCU’s Schollmaier Arena, Self got his wish. And right away. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: TCU fanbase enjoys chance to watch KU; Jayhawks avoid back-to-back losses

When your team boasts just one regular season victory in the history of its program over the big, bad wolf from the conference, you tend to be more scared than excited about the traditional powerhouse coming to town.By Matt Tait

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KU rebounds from home loss, survives test at TCU

Staring down the barrel of another two-game losing streak and a second early loss in Big 12 play, the Jayhawks responded in hostile territory. By Scott Chasen

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Baylor roars past KU women, 83-48

For the first four minutes of the Kansas women's basketball team's 83-48 loss to No. 6 Baylor, the Jayhawks went possession-for-possession with the Big 12 powerhouse on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Chris Duderstadt

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Game day Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball at No. 16 TCU

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in tonight's road showdown with No. 16 TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 4

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Tom Keegan: Kansas women's basketball program gets off the schneid

It took third-year Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider 27 tries to win his first regular-season Big 12 game. It took him three tries to win two of them this season. That’s what progress looks like.

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Jayhawks can't waste time talking about winning the Big 12 again

Entering January’s first weekend, the Big 12 standings may appear a little out of the ordinary for members of the Kansas men’s basketball team. As one would expect, 15th-year KU coach Bill Self has some ideas about what his players must do to extend the program’s run of Big 12 dominance and set a new NCAA record. “I think we need to quit talking about winning the league," Self said. By Benton Smith

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Self: De Sousa's amateur status more difficult to verify than most

Had Silvio De Sousa’s path to college basketball mirrored the ones of so many American-born players who grow up playing in AAU tournaments, the Kansas freshman’s waiting game with the NCAA likely would be over by now. By Benton Smith

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Dorance Armstrong to skip senior year at KU, enter NFL Draft

The next time the University of Kansas football team takes the field it will do so without one of its captains and most talented players. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. announced Thursday his decision to leave KU a year early and enter the NFL Draft. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, January 3

KU women surge past Texas Tech, 60-47

The Kansas women's basketball team matched its Big 12 win total from last season after a 60-47 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday at United Supermarkets Arena.

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Tom Keegan: It will take more than great coach to win loaded Big 12

Bill Self's the same coach he was in leading KU to consecutive conference title Nos. 1 through 13, but he has a more difficult job this time because his general manager hasn’t supplied him with as balanced and deep a roster as usual. In college sports, of course, the general manager is the coach.

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KU coach Bill Self: 'I'm concerned about everything'

Less than an hour after KU's 21-point victory over Stanford in Sacramento just before Christmas, Kansas coach Bill Self offered a brutally honest but hopeful assessment of where his team stood entering conference play. Two games and 12 days later, many of the same things Self was concerned about then appear to be legitimate problems for this Kansas team, which fell to No. 18 Texas Tech, 85-73 on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse and dropped to 1-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since the 2005-06 season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 2

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Tom Keegan: Stone-faced Red Raiders not typical visitors to fieldhouse

In 43 seconds midway through the second half Tuesday night, a 13-point Kansas deficit withered to six points. Pandemonium in the stands. Panic for the visitors was certain to follow. Surely, Kansas was in the midst of one of its wild second-half comebacks. Guess again. By Tom Keegan

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'It's just not normal': Jayhawks slip at Allen Fieldhouse again, lose to Texas Tech

Two streaks ended Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse and another might be in jeopardy after the Red Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak to Kansas and won for the first time ever in Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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Texas Tech coach Chris Beard after 85-73 win: 'In no way did I expect to beat Kansas'

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was brutally honest during his postgame session with the media following Tuesday's 85-73 victory over 10th-ranked Kansas. By Matt Tait

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No. 18 Red Raiders knock off No. 10 Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse

No one on the Kansas basketball team thought winning in the Big 12 would be easy this season, and Texas Tech made sure to remind the Jayhawks of that Tuesday night, in KU’s conference home opener. The No. 18-ranked Red Raiders did more than give the No. 10 Jayhawks a battle, the men in black from Lubbock, Texas, out-worked KU at Allen Fieldhouse to earn a 85-73 victory and never even trailed. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball vs. No. 18 Texas Tech

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in tonight's 2017-18 Big 12 home opener against No. 18 Texas Tech. By Matt Tait

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Fueled by skepticism, KU football shocked many with Orange Bowl triumph

Talib, Mangino recall Jayhawks' decade-old accomplishment

About a decade ago, a prominent ESPN college football announcer ran into then-KU football coach Mark Mangino. “Coach, I think you did a heck of a job. You’ve got a great team,” Mangino related of the interaction. “You can’t beat Virginia Tech.” Such an anecdote rings comical now, with the 10-year anniversary of the Jayhawks’ Jan. 3, 2008 Orange Bowl victory coming up on Wednesday. At the time, though, Mangino and his Jayhawks simply welcomed the doubters. By Benton Smith

Monday, January 1

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Tom Keegan: Playoff selection committee Frost-bitten by UCF

Nothing shy of assigning a No. 1 ranking to UCF and recognizing it as co-national champion does justice to this season’s best story in college football. The Knights ought not be ranked second to anyone.

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Tom Keegan: Receiver Evan Fairs has football career pointing in right direction

Kansas wide receiver Evan Fairs came out of Fulshear High in Foster, Texas, with a two-star rating from Rivals. Halfway into his KU career, Fairs shapes up as the second-brightest potential star among the 14 high school players in KU’s recruiting Class of 2016, ranking behind only running back Khalil Herbert, a fellow two-star prospect. By Tom Keegan