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Monday, February 28

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 6 Kansas basketball at TCU

A look at some of the keys for sixth-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's final Big 12 road game of the season at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas and TCU will meet twice this week, with the Horned Frogs coming to Lawrence on Thursday. Tipoff for Tuesday's game is set for 7 p.m. on Big 12 Now via ESPN+. By Matt Tait

Saturday, February 26

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Notebook: Kansas' Remy Martin returns, plays 11 minutes in loss at Baylor

Kansas guard Remy Martin made his first appearance in four weeks during fifth-ranked KU’s 80-70 loss to No. 10 Baylor on Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.

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No. 10 Baylor rallies from 13 points down to beat No. 5 Kansas 80-70

A combination of the versatility of Baylor’s big men and too many missed free throws at key times cost fifth-ranked Kansas on Saturday night in an 80-70 loss to No. 10 Baylor at the Ferrell Center. By Matt Tait

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Kansas women's basketball team falls at No. 5 Baylor after late challenge

Ioanna Chatzileonti scored a career-high 21 points and Zakiyah Franklin scored 17 for the Jayhawks, who pulled within three with 2:49 remaining but lost 85-77 to No. 5 Baylor in Waco, Texas.

Friday, February 25

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 5 Kansas basketball at No. 10 Baylor

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in Saturday's top-10 showdown against No. 10 Baylor at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. By Matt Tait

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Kansas women's basketball team ready for 'rocking' No. 5 Baylor in rematch

Kansas lost 82-79 to Baylor at home on Jan. 16 after holding a four-point lead with 14 seconds remaining. "I think we learned a lot from it," Kansas' Julie Brosseau said.

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Kansas freshman Bobby Pettiford has season-ending surgery

The freshman season of Kansas point guard Bobby Pettiford is officially over because of a lingering abdominal injury. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 24

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KU's David McCormack battling sore foot, Remy Martin still tracking toward a return

With fifth-ranked Kansas slated to play four games in an eight-day stretch starting Saturday, KU forward David McCormack’s sore right foot has garnered a little extra attention in the past few days, Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday. By Matt Tait

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As Kansas' Bill Self searches for consistency, KU backups state their case for minutes

As coach Bill Self desires to find chances to lessen the starters' workloads and have them play fewer minutes, it seems Kansas may finally be getting the much-needed consistency from its backups that would allow him to do so.

Wednesday, February 23

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No. 9 Iowa State snaps Kansas women's basketball's seven-game winning streak

The Kansas women's basketball team's seven-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday by No. 9 Iowa State, which held a consistent double-digit lead and won 85-59 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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It's all about credit for this KU basketball player; he started his own organization to teach financial literacy

Less than 12 hours earlier, KU basketball player Jalen Coleman-Lands helped hang 102 points on rival Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse. So, over a late-morning breakfast with teammates, it should come as no surprise that credit is a key topic of conversation. By Chad Lawhorn

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Fifth-ranked Kansas' 102-83 win over K-State shows faster is better for Jayhawks

One of the most efficient offenses of the Bill Self era continues to rack up big numbers, making this Kansas team different than many others from KU's recent past. By Matt Tait

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'Come play with us': Kansas football players recruit friends to give team a lift

Kenny Logan used to drive an hour north to watch Eriq Gilyard play football when they were in high school. Now, they will both play for Kansas — and Logan is one of the main reasons why.

Tuesday, February 22

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Notebook: KU's Self, K-State's Weber believe in strength of Big 12 Conference

With the 2022 NCAA Tournament roughly three weeks away, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and Kansas State coach Bruce Weber explained before Tuesday’s 102-83 Kansas win at Allen Fieldhouse why they believed the Big 12 Conference was deserving of as many bids as any conference in the country. By Matt Tait

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Rivalry Runaway: 5th-ranked Kansas clobbers K-State, 102-83

The fifth-ranked Kansas men's basketball team rolled to a 102-83 win over Sunflower State rival Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. Ochai Agbaji scored 23 points. Christian Braun added 20. And Jalen Wilson contributed 17 to help KU improve to 23-4 overall and 12-2 in Big 12 play. By Matt Tait

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Kansas women's basketball set for hardest four-game stretch of season as NCAA Tournament looms

It's already a matter of "win and you're in" for the Kansas women's basketball team. The Jayhawks have likely secured their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in nine years, but one victory in its final four regular-season games would cement it.

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Joe Yesufu undaunted by 'big responsibility' of running Kansas' offense

With starting point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. needing to play fewer minutes to keep him fresh, and Remy Martin and Bobby Pettiford still managing injuries, Joe Yesufu has been left to fill the role as Harris' top backup.

Monday, February 21

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 5 Kansas basketball vs. Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in Tuesday night's Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN. By Matt Tait

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Kansas coach Bill Self says Remy Martin returned to practice late last week, timetable for return remains unknown

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Monday that there was still no update on the timetable for senior guard Remy Martin to return to the lineup but that Martin had made strides toward being back in action. By Matt Tait

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji earns fourth Big 12 player of the week honor of the season

A pair of 20-point outings in two Kansas victories earned KU senior Ochai Agbaji his fourth Big 12 Player of the Week honor, the conference announced on Monday. Agbaji shared this week's honor with Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 20

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KU's Ochai Agbaji on road win at West Virginia: 'This one meant more'

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji could barely wipe the smile off of his face when talking about just how big Saturday’s 71-58 win over West Virginia was for the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

Saturday, February 19

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Notebook: Kansas in line for No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

Supported largely by their nine Quad 1 wins — tied for the most in NCAA Division I — the Kansas men’s basketball team is in position to land a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait

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Joe Yesufu, No. 6 Kansas 'played pretty tough' in gritty win at West Virginia

There was very little about Kansas sophomore Joe Yesufu’s final stat line that jumped off the page following the sixth-ranked Jayhawks’ 71-58 win over West Virginia on Saturday night. But don’t tell that to Yesufu’s teammates.

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KU women's basketball rallies late, survives at Texas Tech as win streak reaches 7

Ioanna Chatzileonti blocked a shot by Vivian Gray with 5.2 seconds remaining as the Kansas women's basketball team recovered from a 13-point deficit and held on to defeat Texas Tech 71-68 on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

Friday, February 18

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 6 Kansas basketball at West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 6th-ranked Kansas in Saturday's road battle at West Virginia in Morgantown. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 17

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Freshman forward Zach Clemence emerging as a key part of Kansas basketball bench

Now healthy after a month off, Kansas freshman Zach Clemence is quickly becoming a key part of KU's bench as the sixth-ranked Jayhawks race toward the homestretch of the season with an eye on do-or-die time in March. By Matt Tait

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In latest update on injured KU guard Remy Martin, Kansas coach Bill Self says Martin 'definitely feeling better'

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday, at his weekly news conference at Allen Fieldhouse, that injured guard Remy Martin told him this week that he was “definitely feeling better,” but a timeline for Martin's potential return to action remains unknown. By Matt Tait

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Kansas baseball team aims to reach elusive NCAA Tournament as season begins

Led by a trio of redshirt seniors, the Jayhawks, who open their season Friday with a three-game series against Illinois, have set a goal of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.

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KU's Aniya Thomas hopes to build on success gained vs. West Virginia

Aniya Thomas knows she still has plenty to give as her senior year draws to a close. Her challenge, as the Kansas women's basketball team faces Texas Tech on the road on Saturday, is to keep up the momentum she gained during the win over West Virginia on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, February 15

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Zakiyah Franklin's season-high 25 points lead Kansas in win against West Virginia

Junior Zakiyah Franklin scored a season-high 25 points, one shy of her career high, and senior Aniya Thomas had 12 points off the bench as Kansas extended its Big 12 winning streak to six games with a 74-63 victory over visiting West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas running back Devin Neal 'never once thought about' not playing baseball

Kansas freshman Devin Neal will still play baseball this spring, even after an impressive first season in which he started eight games as a running back on the football team.

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As opponents aim to stop him, Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji is getting more comfortable creating opportunities for teammates

As opposing defenses continue to throw new looks at Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji, the Jayhawks' leading scorer is starting to become more comfortable both scoring against them and creating opportunities for others. By Matt Tait

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Kansas' Dajuan Harris Jr. ready to embrace scoring responsibilities

For Kansas to continue to have a multidimensional offense, Dajuan Harris Jr. needs to be able to score — much like he did Monday, when he had 12 points in the Jayhawks' 76-62 victory over Oklahoma State. By Zac Boyer

Monday, February 14

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Notebook: KU's Jalen Wilson honored by Big 12; Jalen Coleman-Lands out with migraine

After continuing his midseason tear, which has reminded many people of his production and performance from a season ago, Kansas forward Jalen Wilson was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday.

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No Sweat: 6th-ranked Jayhawks put OSU away early in 76-62 win

After weeks of grind-it-out, down-to-the-wire games that took their toll, mentally and physically, the sixth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team finally was able to relax in the final minutes of Monday’s 76-62 win over Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 13

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 6 Kansas vs. Oklahoma State

A look at some of the keys for 8th-ranked Kansas in a Big Monday battle with Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN. By Matt Tait

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Former KU football assistant wins Super Bowl LVI with L.A. Rams

Former Kansas football graduate assistant Kevin Carberry completed his first year on the Los Angeles Rams' coaching staff as a world champion. By Matt Tait

Saturday, February 12

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Holly Kersgieter scores 1,000th point as KU women's basketball holds off K-State

The Kansas women's basketball team recovered from a prolonged shooting slump and used a 10-point run late in the fourth quarter to defeat Kansas State 63-51 at Allen Fieldhouse. The victory gave the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-4 Big 12) a five-game Big 12 winning streak for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

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Clemence, Braun spark strong second-half for No. 8 Kansas in 71-69 home win over Oklahoma

Kansas forward Zach Clemence was put into Saturday’s game with Oklahoma to defend OU big man Tanner Groves on the perimeter. As it turned out, he did much more than that. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Kansas' Jalen Wilson stars again; Bill Self worried about Ochai Agbaji

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson had team highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in the eighth-ranked Jayhawks' 71-69 victory over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, but coach Bill Self said after the game he isn't eager to crown Wilson as an all-Big 12 player just yet.

Friday, February 11

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 8 Kansas basketball vs. Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in Saturday's home battle with Oklahoma. The Sooners are coming off an upset of No. 9 Texas Tech earlier in the week and the Jayhawks are looking to bounce back from Monday's loss at Texas. Tipoff is slated for noon on CBS. By Matt Tait

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KU women's basketball's Holly Kersgieter eyes 1,000 points, statement win vs. Kansas State

When Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider recruited Holly Kersgieter four years ago, he envisioned her as someone who would thrive on defense and in transition. Yet on Saturday against Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse, Kersgieter could become the first player who committed to play for the Jayhawks under Schneider to score 1,000 points.

Thursday, February 10

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KU AD Travis Goff reports nearly $500,000 in NIL deals for Jayhawk athletes thus far

In the seven months since the NCAA made profiting on one’s name, image and likeness legal, athletes at the University of Kansas have cashed in on close to half a million dollars. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, February 9

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KU women's basketball wins at West Virginia for first time in nine years

Holly Kersgieter scored 18 points and Zakiyah Franklin had 17 points and six assists as the Kansas women's basketball team won 65-47 at West Virginia on Wednesday for their first victory over the Mountaineers in coach Brandon Schneider's seven seasons.

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1952 KU national champion and Olympic gold medalist Bill Lienhard dies at 92

Former Kansas basketball great Bill Lienhard, one of the last living members of the Jayhawks’ 1952 national championship team, died Tuesday at his home in Lawrence. Lienhard turned 92 in January. By Matt Tait

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University of Texas receives reprimand, $25,000 fine from Big 12 for Monday court storming

The Big 12 Conference on Wednesday issued a public reprimand and a $25,000 fine to the University of Texas for its handling of the court storming that followed the Longhorns’ 79-76 win over No. 8 Kansas on Monday night in Austin, Texas. By Matt Tait

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Former KU punter, current Cincinnati special teams coach enjoying Bengals' Super Bowl run

If anyone can speak about the highs and lows of Cincinnati Bengals football it is former Kansas punter and current Cincinnati special teams coach Darrin Simmons, who has had a front row seat for 19 seasons.

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KU football's transfer running backs add much-needed experience to young backfield

The Kansas football team found itself in a quandary three games into last season when starting running back Velton Gardner decided to transfer. That led to KU's decisions to add a pair of starting-caliber Big Ten running backs, Minnesota's Ky Thomas and Nebraska's Sevion Morrison, as transfers once the season ended.

Tuesday, February 8

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Kansas guard Remy Martin ruled out for Saturday vs. Oklahoma; Self goes into detail on senior's potential return

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Tuesday night, on his weekly "Hawk Talk" radio show, that senior guard Remy Martin had his sore right knee bumped during the court storming by Texas fans. Self said he did not think the incident would be a significant setback for Martin and elaborated on the KU guard's potential return. By Matt Tait

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In Craig Young, Kansas football adds Ohio State transfer 'looking for that fresh start'

Once Craig Young decided to transfer from Ohio State in December, he knew he didn't want to make the same mistake twice. That's why, upon the advice of people he trusts, the Indiana native decided to head to Kansas.

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Key banked-in 3-pointer one of many things that went wrong for No. 8 Kansas down the stretch in 79-76 loss at No. 20 Texas

After coming through late in so many close games earlier in the season, the Kansas men's basketball team wound up on the wrong end of one of those outcomes on Monday night in Austin, Texas. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 7

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Beaten and bruised: No. 8 Kansas falls late in physical loss at No. 20 Texas

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s pregame prediction that his team’s Big Monday battle with Texas would resemble “a rock fight” turned out to be undeniably true. All that was missing were the rocks. The absence of flying objects, however, did nothing to keep either side from scrapping and aching for 40 minutes in a 79-76 win by No. 20 Texas over 8th-ranked KU. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Kansas says goodbye to Erwin Center; up to No. 8 in AP poll

Austin, Texas — Monday night’s 79-76 loss marked the final game Kansas will ever play at Texas’ Frank C. Erwin Center, with UT and Austin closer than ever to ushering in the era of the Moody Center. Opening for concerts as soon as April of this year, the Moody Center is a brand new, 15,000-seat area specifically designed for concerts that will also host UT men’s and women’s basketball games.

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Kansas women's basketball, happy with 3-game winning streak, has sights set higher

Winning three consecutive Big 12 games may not seem like much of a cause for celebration, but Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider wants his players to do that anyway. The Jayhawks, who enter Wednesday's game at West Virginia on a three-game winning streak, hadn't accomplished that feat during Schneider's seven seasons until they beat TCU at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday.

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Kansas basketball to enter into digital collectible world through new NFT partnership

Kansas basketball fans soon will have a new way to add to their memorabilia collections. The University of Kansas men’s basketball program is joining the University of Kentucky in partnering with white-label NFT platform company Mercury to provide fans exclusive digital collectibles of their favorite KU players and coaches. By Matt Tait

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 8 Kansas Basketball at No. 20 Texas

A look at some of the keys for 8th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big Monday battle with No. 20 Texas at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN. By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 6

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Kansas women push win streak to 3 with 75-60 win over TCU

The Kansas women's basketball team pushed its winning streak to three games and its Big 12 record to 6-4 with a 75-60 win over TCU on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Saturday, February 5

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Baylor beatdown: No. 10 Kansas clobbers 8th-ranked Baylor to take a 2-game lead in Big 12 race

Kansas guards Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji each had a team-high 18 points and Jalen Wilson added 15 more as No. 10 Kansas defeated No. 8 Baylor 83-59 on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball's main focus — 'keep rebounding' — pays off in win vs. Baylor

The No. 10 Kansas basketball team knew it was facing one of the best rebounding teams in the Big 12 in No. 8 Baylor on Saturday, and when several rebounds fell into the Jayhawks' hands early, Ochai Agbaji knew it was an advantage they had to maintain.

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Notebook: KU senior Ochai Agbaji solid in return from 1-game COVID absence

Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji returned to action on Saturday after a one-game absence because of COVID-19, and, by all accounts, KU’s leading scorer did not miss a beat during the Jayhawks' 83-59 rout of Baylor. By Matt Tait

Friday, February 4

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 10 Kansas basketball vs. No. 8 Baylor

A look at some of the keys for 10th-ranked Kansas in Saturday's Big 12 showdown with No. 8 Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. on ESPN. By Matt Tait

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Kansas' Joe Yesufu 'starting to feel like the old Joe' with No. 8 Baylor looming

Yesufu, who had his best performance of the season in a victory at Iowa State on Tuesday, should have an opportunity to fill an important role for the Jayhawks beginning Saturday against Baylor. Ochai Agbaji is expected to be back, but Remy Martin will be out for the foreseeable future as he continues to recover from a bruised right knee.

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KU senior Ochai Agbaji tests negative for COVID, eligible to play Saturday vs. No. 8 Baylor

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday and is eligible to play against No. 8 Baylor on Saturday. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 3

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KU athletic director predicts some challenging financial years as Big 12 Conference reorganizes

In what has become nearly an annual affair at the University of Kansas, members of the University Senate quizzed KU’s athletic director on whether the athletic program can provide more money to support general university operations. By Chad Lawhorn

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Free Your Mind: How proper mental approach has been a major key for KU forward David McCormack

For the past two seasons, much of Kansas forward David McCormack's success on the court — and lack thereof, at times — has been directly tied to his mental approach to the game of basketball. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, February 2

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KU women's basketball overcomes 14-point deficit to beat Oklahoma State

Taiyanna Jackson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and Holly Kersgieter scored 19 points as the Kansas women's basketball team rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Oklahoma State 65-56 at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.

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On signing day, Kansas football coach Lance Leipold prioritizes experience

Leipold formalized the completion of a 14-player recruiting class on Wednesday, one that includes seven players on offense and seven players on defense. The Jayhawks, one of the youngest Power 5 teams last season, leaned heavily into the transfer market to add players with experience.

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Flipping the switch: How seldom-used sophomore Joe Yesufu helped short-handed Kansas top Iowa State

After playing single-digit minutes in eight of his previous 10 appearances — and not playing at all in four of KU’s last eight games — Kansas sophomore Joe Yesufu logged 22 massive minutes while helping the 10th-ranked Jayhawks knock off No. 20 Iowa State on Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, February 1

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10th-ranked Jayhawks bounce back from tough home loss with complete road win at Iowa State

Despite playing without senior guards Ochai Agbaji and Remy Martin, 10th-ranked Kansas basketball team won 70-61 at No. 20 Iowa State on Tuesday. David McCormack had 14 points and 14 rebounds on 7-for-7 shooting, and Dajuan Harris Jr. also scored 14 points. Fellow-starters Jalen Wilson and Christian Braun each scored 13 points for the Jayhawks and a couple of reserves contributed in big ways, as well. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football names Jim Panagos new D-Line coach

The Kansas football team has hired Jim Panagos, a longtime college defensive line coach, to serve in that role for the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU guard Ochai Agbaji misses 10th-ranked Kansas' win at Iowa State because of COVID-19

The 10th-ranked Jayhawks’ latest trip to Hilton Coliseum became decidedly more difficult when senior guard Ochai Agbaji was ruled out of Tuesday’s clash with No. 20 Iowa State seven hours before tipoff. By Matt Tait