Stories for February 2019


Thursday, February 28

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Jayhawks looking to play with urgency with 2 crucial road games looming

In the Jayhawks' uphill pursuit of a league title, two glaring obstacles remain. This Kansas team (21-7 overall, 10-5 Big 12), which is 2-7 on the road, must win back-to-back road games: Saturday at Oklahoma State and Tuesday at Oklahoma. Now that there’s a palpable urgency to their circumstances, will that spark the Jayhawks on the road? By Benton Smith

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Judge denies electronic form of NCAA's request in college basketball corruption court case to 'obtain materials'

A federal judge on Thursday denied the NCAA’s request to obtain unreleased information gathered by the FBI for a college basketball corruption court case, according to a filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Marcus Garrett still not back to 100 percent

Two games into his return to the rotation, Kansas guard Marcus Garrett still hasn’t reached a point where his coach can expect the sophomore to perform at his absolute best. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, February 27

KU women's basketball drops 76-66 decision to TCU for 8th loss in a row

The Kansas women’s basketball team could not get a win in February.

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KU wants $1 million in restitution from convicted men in college basketball corruption trial

The University of Kansas wants the three men convicted of fraud in the college basketball corruption trial to pay more than $1 million worth of restitution to the university, according to a document filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.

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Report: NCAA seeking more FBI information in college basketball corruption scandal for its own investigation

NCAA officials are seeking unreleased information the FBI gathered for three trials for college basketball corruption cases, one of which has already prominently featured the University of Kansas basketball program, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

Tuesday, February 26

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Senior leadership lifts KU tennis to highest ranking in program history

Kansas tennis senior Anastasia Rychagova walks off the court after a win in straight sets over Air Force’s TJ Frumagalli on the No. 1 singles court on a Sunday afternoon in late February. Andrew Rosenthal

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Lightfoot's perseverance leads to popular, important role at KU

Everything you need to know about Mitch Lightfoot’s monster night that fueled Monday’s 64-49 Kansas victory over Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse first surfaced weeks ago, long after the old building had emptied out and far away from any television cameras or reporters’ microphones. By Matt Tait

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'Hawk Talk' with AD Jeff Long to debut this week

“Hawk Talk” isn’t just for University of Kansas coaches anymore.

Monday, February 25

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Notebook: Bill Self not talking about conference streak with current KU team

It begins, in its infant stages, each summer, when the new freshmen basketball players first report to KU for summer workouts. And it gains steam each day, week, month and year from there. By Matt Tait

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Heavy Hand: KU junior Mitch Lightfoot leads KU to crucial win over K-State

The Kansas men’s basketball team’s hope of extending its streak of 14 consecutive Big 12 titles to 15 in the next couple of weeks is alive and well. And it’s all because of a man named Mitch Lightfoot. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks’ Big 12 title streak still has a pulse after defeating Wildcats

After the buzz and screams and whistles and more screams and celebrating subsided Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, a faint rhythmic beat remained. By Benton Smith

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Quick recap: Kansas pushes past Kansas State in Sunflower Showdown

Just 48 hours after its worst conference loss under Bill Self, Kansas bounced back in a big way.

Sunday, February 24

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Game day breakdown: Sunflower Showdown part two - Kansas vs. Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in tonight's crucial matchup with Big 12 leader Kansas State on Big Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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2-sport prep standout Trevor Kardell commits to KU football, plans to play baseball, too

A Junior Day weekend designed to introduce targeted high school prospects to the University of Kansas football program turned out fairly successful for new head coach Les Miles and his staff. A day after the Jayhawks gained their first commitment for the Class of 2020, another high school junior hopped on board Sunday. By Benton Smith

KU softball falls to Louisville, beats Virginia

The Kansas softball team completed the Tennessee Classic by splitting the final day of competition.

KU baseball blanks Texas Southern in series finale

Behind a strong start from freshman left-hander Hunter Freese, the Kansas baseball team defeated Texas Southern, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Melissa Sports Complex in the final game of a four-game set.

Saturday, February 23

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Jayhawks demolished by Red Raiders in worst conference loss under Bill Self

Lubbock, Texas — Three weeks ago, after his team’s 16-point loss to Kansas in Lawrence, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard called Allen Fieldhouse and the KU environment, “a hornet’s nest,” and said he knew his team was walking into a tough situation that day. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU sophomore Marcus Garrett plays 22 minutes in first game back

Lubbock, Texas — It took Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett just eight seconds to get back into the scoring column following a five-game absence because of a high ankle sprain.

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Les Miles and Jayhawks get first 2020 commitment from 3-star WR Keenan Hambrick

With the timing of his hire in November, Les Miles had to scramble to assemble his first recruiting class as the head football coach at the University of Kansas. That obviously won’t be an issue for Miles and his assistants when it comes to the Class of 2020. By Benton Smith

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Quick recap: Kansas dismantled by Texas Tech in 91-62 defeat

No. 12 Kansas never had a chance in its biggest game of the season. The Jayhawks trailed for the duration of their 91-62 loss to No. 14 Texas Tech Saturday night in United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders (22-5, 10-4) set the tone, taking a double-digit lead within five minutes into the game. KU (20-7, 9-5) never recovered from the early punch by Texas Tech, which snapped a three-game win streak.

Kansas baseball splits doubleheader with Texas Southern

The Kansas baseball team split Saturday’s doubleheader with Texas Southern at the Melissa Sports Complex in Melissa, Texas.

Cold-shooting first half sinks KU women at Oklahoma State

A cold-shooting first half plagued the Kansas women's basketball team at Oklahoma State in a 72-52 loss Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 12 Kansas basketball at No. 14 Texas Tech

A look at some of the keys for 12th-ranked Kansas in tonight's massive Big 12 road battle with No. 14 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 22

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Former LHS, KU standout Jason Thoren hired to lead Baker football program

Baker University now has an old, familiar face in place as its new head football coach. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' next road test presents challenges beyond Red Raiders' tough D

With a defensive efficiency rating among the best in the nation and long, athletic, tough-minded defenders dotting the roster, Texas Tech has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the toughest defensive teams on Kansas’ schedule year in and year out. By Matt Tait

KU softball falls to No. 7 Tennessee

The Kansas softball team could not weather the storm against No. 7 Tennessee at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in a 9-0 loss Friday afternoon.

Jaxx Groshans, Jayhawks blast past Texas Southern

Junior catcher Jaxx Groshans notched his second multi-home run game of the year to lead the Kansas baseball team to a 7-1 win over Texas Southern Friday afternoon at the Melissa Sports Complex.

Wednesday, February 20

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The David McCormack Transformation

How a heavy high school freshman cut weight and climbed the ladder to Kansas

From 6-foot-7, 300-plus pounds as an 8th grader to the strong and lean frame currently starting in the front court for 12th-ranked Kansas, KU freshman David McCormack has traveled quite a journey to get from Norfolk, Va., to the top of the college basketball world. By Matt Tait

KU women's basketball falls at No. 1 Baylor

Kansas women's basketball team was doubled up by No. 1 Baylor in an 80-40 loss Wednesday night inside the Ferrell Center.

Baseball games against Texas Southern moved to Texas

Kansas and Texas Southern officials announced Wednesday that the four-game series slated for this weekend at Hoglund Ballpark has been moved to the Melissa Sports Complex in Melissa, Texas.

Tuesday, February 19

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After 'chaotic' period of uncertainty, 3 factors kept Tony Hull at KU

Running backs coach Tony Hull said three factors led to his decision to accept Les Miles' offer to keep him on board with KU football. By Benton Smith

Monday, February 18

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Les Koenning not yet ready to forecast what KU football offense will look like in fall

Unfortunately for those diehards who keep up with Kansas football and are curious about what the offense will look like this fall, with an overhauled staff working for new head coach Les Miles, the man who will be calling the Jayhawks’ plays is concealing more than he is revealing about his offensive philosophy — for now at least. By Benton Smith

KU baseball splits series at USC Upstate

Backed by a strong showing by its bullpen to close the game, the Kansas baseball team defeated USC Upstate, 5-3, to split the four-game series at Cleveland Harley Baseball Park Monday afternoon in Valley Falls, South Carolina.

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Jayhawks say 'it's all coming together' for Kansas basketball

While there are nearly a dozen basketball-specific reasons for KU's recent 3-game win streak, the Jayhawks themselves say one of the biggest factors in this team's turnaround has been the fact that everything has just started to come together. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 17

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Despite strong start, KU women drop 75-71 decision to Texas Tech

With less than 10 seconds remaining, Kansas thought it would have one last chance to tie the game. Texas Tech's Sydney Goodson had other ideas as she snatched the ball from Chelsea Lott and had the fans heading for the exits. The Kansas women’s basketball team fell, 75-71, to Texas Tech at home on Sunday afternoon. The Red Raiders (12-13, 3-11 Big 12) earned their third win in the conference with their second victory over the Jayhawks (12-12, 2-11) this season.

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Extra prep time and lots of rest up next for Kansas basketball

Riding a three-game winning streak and finally feeling good about the direction of the team and their play on the floor, the Jayhawks head into an off week with two monster games on the horizon. By Matt Tait

KU softball suffers 12-0 loss to Missouri

Kansas softball couldn’t overcome a nine-run inning in an eventual 12-0 loss to Missouri during the final game of the Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom Invitational, Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla.

Saturday, February 16

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To avoid sanctions, KU basketball may need to convince NCAA Gassnola is not a booster

The biggest win or loss for the University of Kansas basketball program may not come on the court this year. It may come down to whether KU leaders can convince NCAA officials that a man at the center of a pay-for-play college basketball recruiting scandal isn’t a booster of KU.

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks' defense trending upward in final weeks of regular season

Decidedly, the Jayhawks’ assertiveness on defense set them up for their third victory in a row. By Benton Smith

KU baseball drops both games of doubleheader at USC Upstate

The Kansas baseball team suffered two losses in as many games to USC Upstate Saturday at Cleveland Harley Baseball Park in Valley Falls, S.C.

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Notebook: Former Jayhawks watch KU roll over West Virginia

Saturday’s 78-53, runaway victory by No. 14 Kansas over West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse took place in front of nearly two dozen former KU greats, who chose the NBA’s All-Star weekend as the perfect time to host a reunion in Lawrence.

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Mr. Opportunity: K.J. Lawson scores 15 points to help No. 14 Kansas trounce West Virginia

Kansas sophomore K.J. Lawson entered Saturday’s 78-53 victory by No. 14 Kansas over last-place West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse averaging just 9 minutes per game and fighting to find opportunities to show what he could do. The Memphis transfer and older brother of KU’s leading scorer, Dedric Lawson, got 24 of them during Saturday’s victory and finished in a tie for the team lead with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a game where every Jayhawk who played contributed something positive to the cause. By Matt Tait

KU softball splits games between Providence, Bethune-Cookman

On the second day of Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom Invitational, Kansas softball split a pair of games between Providence and Bethune-Cookman.

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Quick recap: No. 14 Kansas wallops West Virginia to claim third consecutive win

In a conference season full of nail-biters, Saturday’s thrashing was a nice refresher for the Kansas men’s basketball team. No. 14 Kansas led for all but one minute, and even had a double-digit advantage over the final 30 minutes of the contest, during a 78-53 win over West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) avoided the season sweep of the Mountaineers (10-15, 2-10) after dropping a 65-64 decision in Morgantown on Jan. 19.

Friday, February 15

Three home runs lift Jayhawks to victory in season opener

The Kansas baseball team used three home runs to propel its way to a 9-5 victory over USC Upstate Friday night at Cleveland Harley Baseball Park.

KU softball nets first win of 2019 season

Kansas softball netted its first win of the season, spitting its two games on day one of the Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom Invitational. The Jayhawks (1-5) notched a 4-2 win over UMASS to begin the event. KU then dropped a 2-1 decision to Iowa in the nightcap.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 14 Kansas basketball vs. West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 14th-ranked Kansas in today's rematch with West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 14

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Kansas coach Bill Self on the Big 12 race: 'K-State is in the driver's seat'

With just 6 games to play in the Big 12 regular season, — 7 for Kansas State — the Kansas men's basketball team sits a game and a half behind the team that KU coach Bill Self says is in the "driver's seat" to win this year's league crown. By Matt Tait

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Gatto, others in NCAA basketball scandal seek probation; they argue scheme was designed to help KU, other universities

The three men who were convicted of fraud for their schemes in a college basketball recruiting scandal — which included the University of Kansas program — recently asked a judge to sentence them to probation rather than jail, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.

Wednesday, February 13

KU women can't complete comeback in loss at Oklahoma

The Kansas women's basketball team was within a possession of Oklahoma early in the fourth quarter, but a cold-shooting spell cut the comeback short in a 78-67 loss Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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Ritch Price sets high bar for Ryan Zeferjahn at KU baseball media day

If Ryan Zeferjahn isn’t KU baseball’s highest draft pick in program history, coach Ritch Price will be “really disappointed in him.” “I’m going to put a little pressure on him, right there out of the gate,” Price said jokingly at KU baseball’s annual media day on Wednesday.

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Les Miles wants to get KU football to point where Jayhawks don't need as many juco signees

When six junior college prospects signed with the Kansas football program this past December, it seemed new head coach Les Miles might be headed down a familiar recruiting path. By Benton Smith

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National honor the latest indicator of freshman point guard Devon Dotson's rapid development

Mere hours after turning in what Kansas coach Bill Self said “may have been his best game,” freshman point guard Devon Dotson was named the national freshman of the week by CBS Sports and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. By Matt Tait

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Court sets trial for Pooka Williams domestic battery charge; diversion discussions continuing

A trial date has been set for University of Kansas star football player Pooka Williams, who faces a charge of domestic battery.

Tuesday, February 12

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Mature mindset kept KU sophomore K.J. Lawson ready for Monday's big moment in win over TCU

The circumstances had to present themselves just right for Kansas sophomore K.J. Lawson to be in the position to hit two of the game’s biggest shots during KU’s recent road win over TCU. But once they did, there was not a player on the Kansas roster who questioned whether the sophomore wing would come through. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' locker room a reflection of just how big Monday's road win at TCU really was

Fort Worth, Texas — Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji was out of breath when he took his seat for the postgame meeting with the media following 14th-ranked Kansas’ 82-77, overtime victory at TCU on Monday night. And, sure, dropping 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 41 minutes probably had something to do with it. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 11

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Notebook: Marcus Garrett unable to play in front of familiar face after missing TCU game with ankle injury

Fort Worth, Texas — Vernon Turner remembers, four or five years ago, when KU sophomore Marcus Garrett, then a freshman at Skyline High in Dallas, would warm up with the Skyline freshman team and scare the dickens out of the opponent on just about every occasion.

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Quick Recap: No. 14 Kansas outlasts TCU in overtime to end recent road woes

Fort Worth, Texas — Very little has come easy for the 14th-ranked Kansas basketball team since Big 12 Conference play began back in early January. And that theme continued Monday night at Schollmaier Arena, where the Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs needed overtime to settle KU’s latest road challenge, an 82-77 win by Kansas on a wild night for both teams.

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Benton Smith: Devon Dotson breaks through on Big Monday for rare KU road win

Fort Worth, Texas — Ever since it became clear that winning away games could no longer be considered the foregone luxury that it typically is for Bill Self-coached teams at Kansas, the Jayhawks have searched for one of their role players to drag them out of their road stupor by becoming more of a leading man.

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'He's been through it': KU coaches think highly of junior QB Thomas MacVittie

When Les Miles took over the long-struggling Kansas football program this past November and began making decisions about the roster’s most pressing needs, it became clear to him where to get started. “Offensively, it was we needed to have a quarterback. And Thomas MacVittie is that guy. He’s mobile. He can run it and throw it.” By Benton Smith

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Miles announces recruiting-focused support staff additions

Wedd retained, now director of H.S. relations

Fresh off his first signing class as head football coach at the University of Kansas, Les Miles announced Monday some more additions to his support staff which figure to help the Jayhawks on the never-ending recruiting front.

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Game day breakdown: Kansas basketball at TCU

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in tonight's Big Monday, road clash with TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 10

KU softball drops Kajikawa Classic finale to Missouri

In a final game of the Kajikawa Classic, the Kansas softball team was caught in a pitcher's duel that came down to the very last out in a 3-2 loss to Missouri on Sunday.

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4-star talent Steven Parker expected to contribute quickly

Even though Steven Parker will be at his lightest and least experienced during the upcoming 2019 season, Kansas football defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot foresees the signing class’s largest talent finding ways to make plays. By Benton Smith

Saturday, February 9

KU softball suffers two more losses in Kajikawa Classic

The Kansas softball team dropped two more games Saturday in Tempe, Arizona.

KU women's basketball toppled by Texas

Texas scored at least 19 points in all four periods en route to a 91-73 win over the Kansas women’s basketball team Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Benton Smith: Ochai Agbaji has become key player for KU after just 10 games

Ochai Agbaji wasn’t supposed to play this season. The Kansas basketball team, it appeared, didn’t need the freshman guard from Kansas City, Mo. Sure, KU’s coaches loved his longterm potential. But Agbaji could take a redshirt year and the Jayhawks would be just fine without him, what with their McDonald’s All-Americans and returning players with Final Four experience. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Jayhawks currently viewed as a 3 seed by committee

Midway through the first half of Saturday’s 84-72 victory over Oklahoma State, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee was busy revealing its early glance at where things stand today, with Selection Sunday now 5 weeks away. Entering Saturday, the 13th-ranked Jayhawks, according to the committee, were a 3 seed, on the same line as Purdue, Houston and Marquette. By Matt Tait

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CB Justin Ford reopens recruitment

It doesn’t appear Justin Ford will end up joining the Kansas football program after all.

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Lightfoot's gutsy play lifts No. 13 Kansas to much-needed win over OSU

Allen Fieldhouse is loud. Mitch Lightfoot is louder. And with both his play and an audible Rick Flair-esque scream that somehow could be heard over the roar of the Allen Fieldhouse crowd as he walked to the bench for a timeout midway through Saturday’s second half, Lightfoot helped lead No. 13 Kansas to another much-needed 84-72 victory over Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 13 Kansas takes down Oklahoma State for 84-72 win

With a depleted roster, No. 13 Kansas took care of business when it returned to Allen Fieldhouse. Following a loss to its in-state rival, KU got back on track in a big way with a 84-72 win over Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks, who were without starters Marcus Garrett (injury) and Lagerald Vick (leave of absence), led by double digits for the final 10-plus minutes of the contest.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 13 Kansas basketball vs. Oklahoma State

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12 battle with Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse. The last time these two hooked up on KU's home court, the Cowboys walked away with an upset victory. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 8

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Jayhawks expect Vick back but are preparing to move on without him

Both Kansas coach Bill Self and junior forward Dedric Lawson said Friday that they expect senior guard Lagerald Vick to return to the team after his leave of absence that does not include a specific timetable for a return. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball teams to play in Harlem Renaissance-inspired uniforms

With a day-night basketball twinbill slated for Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, both the University of Kansas men’s and women’s teams will pay homage to Black History Month with special edition Harlem Renaissance uniforms created by Adidas.

Thursday, February 7

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Lagerald Vick taking 'leave of absence' from KU basketball team

The on-again, off-again Lagerald Vick experience for Kansas basketball has returned to the off position. This time for more than his play on the floor. The lone senior on the 2018-19 Kansas basketball roster is taking what the Jayhawks are calling a “leave of absence,” from the team, effective immediately, KU coach Bill Self announced Thursday night. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles sees some great potential in KU's 2019 recruiting class

On the second Sunday of December, new Kansas football coach Les Miles got his first commitment for the program’s 2019 recruiting class. By the first Wednesday in February, also known as National Signing Day in the college football universe, Miles was able to laud 19 prospects who will become a part of his debut season in Lawrence this coming fall. By Benton Smith

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Charges allege that KU women’s volunteer volleyball coach burglarized homes, stole underwear for over a year

For over a year while he was the University of Kansas women’s volleyball volunteer assistant coach, Skyler N. Yee also was breaking into homes and stealing underwear and swimsuits, criminal charges allege.

Former KU volunteer assistant volleyball coach arrested on suspicion of burglary

A volunteer assistant coach for the University of Kansas women’s volleyball team was arrested and charged with a felony this week, not long after resigning his post with the team.

Wednesday, February 6

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KU women surrender late lead in loss to Kansas State

With 18 seconds to go in regulation, Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie took a timeout with the Wildcats down by two with the ball. Freshman Christianna Carr made the pass to junior Peyton Williams, and suddenly the Jayhawks’ once 9-point lead was washed away. Williams forced overtime, and then Kansas fell to K-State, 72-62, in the extra period Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (12-9, 2-8 Big 12) split the season series with the Wildcats after a win at Bramlage Coliseum earlier in the year.

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Matt Tait: Les Miles methodically moving through the steps required to revive Kansas football

When Les Miles was introduced as the next Kansas football coach back in mid-November, a fairly significant portion of the story of his hiring was about a big name coach with a national championship ring returning to the college sidelines for the first time since being fired by LSU in 2016. But Miles no longer is focusing on his part in this story. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Gavin Potter picks KU after showing up to signing ceremony in K-State gear

After his recruitment came down to the wire, Gavin Potter, a high school linebacker from Oklahoma, introduced himself to the Kansas football fan base in grand fashion Wednesday. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles' first KU football recruiting class grows significantly on signing day

The first National Signing Day for Les Miles at the University of Kansas got off to an eventful start as the Jayhawks added another quarterback to their class.

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Channeling former Colts coach Jim Mora, Kansas coach Bill Self focusing on getting better, not the Big 12 race

After Tuesday's 74-67 loss to K-State in Manhattan, if the 13th-ranked Jayhawks hope to push their NCAA-record run of 14 consecutive Big 12 crowns to 15 in the next month, they are going to have to summon up the strength to come from behind once again. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, February 5

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Jayhawks suffer 74-67 loss to Wildcats, snapping 8-game win streak in Sunflower Showdown

Manhattan — It took four years for the Kansas State senior class to grab a win over in-state rival Kansas. But now that they have, the Wildcats have something much more valuable in their possession — a 2-game lead over the Jayhawks in the loss column in the Big 12 standings.

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Benton Smith: Mistakes prove costly as KU drops rivalry showdown

Manhattan — For all that Kansas State had done well this season, particularly while putting together a six-game Big 12 winning streak heading into Tuesday night’s Sunflower Showdown with Kansas, the Wildcats’ offensive prowess couldn’t exactly be considered a point of concern.

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Notebook: Big 12 race heating up after Kansas falls to Kansas State

Manhattan — Kansas coach Bill Self has never been one to tell his players how to handle the league race. Sure, he wants them to pay attention to scouting reports and game plans and the concept of focusing on what they can control. But when it comes to off nights in their dorm rooms or study sessions with their laptops, Self doesn’t really mind if the Jayhawks focus their attention on the league standings or do a bit of scoreboard-watching.

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Les Miles and staff look to fill final spots in 2019 recruiting class

Although Les Miles and his staff finished off much of their work ahead of December’s early signing period, a little drama remains for the first-year Kansas head coach and his assistants heading into National Signing Day. By Benton Smith

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Game Day breakdown: No. 13 Kansas basketball vs. Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Sunflower Showdown with Kansas State in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 4

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4-star prep DE Steven Parker commits to KU football

National Signing Day isn’t until Wednesday, but Monday very well could go down as the most important day for the Kansas football program’s 2019 recruiting class. By Benton Smith

Sunday, February 3

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Bishop Miege standout Dylan Downing plans to join KU football

The Kansas football coaching staff won’t know for certain until Wednesday’s National Signing Day exactly who they will be adding to their 2019 class. In the meantime, an in-state player they targeted as a preferred walk-on announced Sunday night his plan to join the Jayhawks.

KU women's basketball team falls at West Virginia

The Kansas women's basketball team couldn't keep pace with West Virginia's offense in a 71-50 loss Sunday afternoon inside WVU Coliseum.

Saturday, February 2

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Devonte Graham's pregame message fuels KU to dominant performance over Texas Tech

Former point guard Devonte’ Graham, who is now with the Charlotte Hornets, is still finding ways help Kansas win, even though he is 11 months removed from his last action in a Jayhawk uniform. Before KU’s 79-63 victory over Texas Tech, Graham gave the team a message that proved to be pivotal Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. Just before the team ran through the tunnel, Kansas played Graham’s message on the TV in the locker room.

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KU is still fighting for ineligible forward Silvio De Sousa

If the “Free De Sousa” chants from the student section and the raucous roar from the Allen Fieldhouse crowd when he took the floor and later was shown on the video board were not enough of an indication that the Jayhawks are still fighting for ineligible forward Silvio De Sousa, Kansas coach Bill Self’s comments after the game had to be.

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Benton Smith: Silvio De Sousa ruling could galvanize Jayhawks

It’s no coincidence that one of the Kansas basketball team’s most impressive victories of the season came on the heels of the Jayhawks learning the on-court fate of one of the program’s most popular players. Throughout the first three months of the schedule, there always remained a chance. Maybe KU could add 6-foot-9 forward Silvio De Sousa to its lineup, and take off to another level as a result.

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Despite distractions, No. 11 Kansas torches No. 16 Texas Tech for important win

The questions lingered, doubt ran rampant and genuine concern to the point of full-fledged worrying was starting to cast its shadow on the entire Kansas basketball world. And then, the Jayhawks returned to the building they call home and calmed everyone’s biggest fears.

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Quick recap: No. 11 Kansas trounces No. 16 Texas Tech to end two-game skid

Saturday served as a nice reminder that the Big 12 conference still runs through Lawrence. Despite all the recent distractions, Kansas ended a two-game skid by trouncing one of its biggest threats to the throne. No. 11 KU led the for the duration of its 79-63 victory over No. 16 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

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NCAA's De Sousa ruling raises new questions about whether KU coaches committed violations

University of Kansas officials already have used the terms “mean-spirited” and “vindictive” to describe the NCAA and its suspension of KU basketball player Silvio De Sousa. But NCAA officials also used a term that should have the full attention of the leaders and fans of KU basketball: "booster."

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Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett out for Saturday's game vs. Texas Tech

A bad day got worse for the Kansas men's basketball team on Friday, when sophomore guard Marcus Garrett injured his left ankle toward the end of KU's Friday afternoon practice. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 11 Kansas basketball vs. No. 16 Texas Tech

A look at some of the keys for 11th-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12 battle with No. 16 Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 1

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Silvio De Sousa ruled ineligible through 2019-20 season

KU plans on appealing NCAA's 'unfair' decision

Silvio De Sousa will not play a game for the Kansas men's basketball team this season, nor will he join the Jayhawks’ rotation for the 2019-20 campaign, the NCAA ruled late Friday afternoon.