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Keegan: 'Spurt' saves KU -- again

No matter how ugly it gets and how hopeless it might look at times, this young Kansas University basketball team never stops believing it's going to turn it on and sprint to a bunch of points in a hurry.

Keegan's top 25

At the time this ballot was due Sunday night, Atlantic 10 teams were 0-30 against teams in the Top 25.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

Keegan: KU's Self top coach in Big 12

Raise your hand if you thought Bill Self was crazy back in the days he was playing Christian Moody and Jeff Hawkins ahead of Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers. (Man, is it hard typing with one hand).

KU freshmen 'really good'

Without looking at the box score, Kansas University coach Bill Self was able to accurately rattle off the combined points, rebounds and assists of his three freshmen starters after Saturday's 88-75 victory over a fiery Iowa State team.

Keegan's top 25

Still paying the price for being young in the preseason, stale against Kansas State, and not clutch at Missouri, KU didn't make the rankings, placing 27th, one spot ahead of Bucknell.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

Keegan: Knight: 'We just got beat'

At the beginning of the game, a fiery Texas Tech coach Bob Knight was laying into John Higgins, the youngest referee on the crew, and calling over veteran Ted Hillary to complain about Higgins' call.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

Gillispie impressed

A&M coach says KU 'getting better'

To say Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Gillispie is impressed with Kansas University's talent would be an understatement.

Keegan: On any given day ...

The three remaining NCAA Division I college basketball unbeatens all lost Saturday, which serves as a reminder of just how vulnerable any team that relies on young men who range from 18 to 22 can be.

Keegan: KU still can't put it all together

One more look from Kansas University's vantage point at the good, the bad and the ugly of an amazing college basketball game in which the team that was way behind way late couldn't miss a three-pointer, and the team that was ahead couldn't make a free throw.

Buffs impressed with KU's speed

To say that Colorado was impressed with Kansas University's fast break Wednesday night at Coors Events Center would be an understatement akin to saying Brandon Rush was better in the second half than the first.

Keegan: KU made top 'Cat disappear

It was easy to find Kentucky's star player in the layup line. He was the real cool customer with the blue towel hanging over his left shoulder. He was the one the ESPN cameraman came nearly nose-to-nose with on the court until being shooed away by an assistant coach.

Keegan: UK's Rondo complete player

Kentucky's Tubby Smith has three 7-footers on his roster. If Jared Carter stood on Shagari Alleyne's head and Lukasz Obrzut stood on Carter's head, they could form the world's first 21-foot-5 center. Combined, they have 59 rebounds for Kentucky, which visits Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday morning.

Keegan: Downs patiently maturing

If someone told you the only way to get better at what it is you do best is to continue doing the very thing that is making you do it worse, would you trust that person?

Robinson, Chalmers key 'D'

Care to know what Russell Robinson and Mario Chalmers had for dinner Thursday night? Ask the University of New Orleans guards. They should know. Robinson and Chalmers were in their faces all night Thursday in Kansas University's 73-56 victory over the Privateers.

Hawks' perseverance pays

Brandon Rush and Jeff Hawkins came out shooting so hot from three-point land that it amounted to a big test of faith the St. Joseph's players have in their coach, Phil Martelli.

Keegan: Here's to parties, Chalmers

Holiday parties. The chocolate, the caramel, the peanuts, the cheese and cranberries, the gossip, and best of all, the sports opinions.

Fields' first catch a doozy

Mention of the name Dexton Fields never again will elicit the response "who?" if a Kansas University football backer is in the room.

Talkin' Kansas basketball

Keegan, Bedore hold court, Hawaiian-style

Sports editor Tom Keegan and assistant sports editor Gary Bedore held an oceanside conversation Thursday while C.J. Giles, Russell Robinson, Julian Wright, Brandon Rush, Micah Downs, Mario Chalmers, Moulaye Niang, Matt Kleinmann and Sasha Kaun played in the massive waves and, in some cases, even body-surfed on Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina, Maui.

Swords: KU 'great'

Chaminade sings Jayhawks' praises

Kansas University played three teams in the Maui Invitational: Arizona, Arkansas and Chaminade. Those three teams went 0-6 in the tourney against schools other than KU.

Hogs fresh enough

Tired Arkansas called off pressure

A year ago, the Arkansas halfcourt offense was so dreadful that it was part of athletic director Frank Broyles' decision to tell Stan Heath he had to add a former college head coach to his staff to turn things around.

Keegan: Games make travel woes worthwhile

A few decades ago, the creators of "Star Trek" looked into the future and saw a transportation system whereby all you had to do was utter four words, "Beam me up, Scotty," and you'd be wherever you needed to be in seconds. Turns out it was just a tease.

Young 'impressive'

Motivated Texas QB burns Kansas

The week started with Texas junior quarterback Vince Young blasting Mark Mangino with words, and it ended with him blistering Mangino's team with passes.

Keegan: 'Bye, J.R.; Hello, Brandon

The worst recent thing to happen to the Kansas University basketball program off the court turned out to be the best thing on it.

Keegan: Victory sweeter than it looks

The goal posts already had been rocked down to the ground and the students long since had stormed the field when the 2005 Kansas University football team, all the players and coaches, came out of the locker room and posed for a picture in front of the scoreboard.

Giles beefier, better

Forward has improved in all areas

The young man some are calling Kansas University's best basketball player had 44 times as many personal fouls as assists in his first season with the Jayhawks a year ago.

Pickin' up the pace

The addition of four fast freshmen has KU coach Bill Self eager to get out and run

Better bring your earplugs to Allen Fieldhouse this winter because the Jayhawks are going to be running faster than the speed of sound, and the sonic boom could blast your eardrums to bits.

Transfer Stewart intense, athletic

Ex-Trojan won't be eligible for KU until Pepperdine game

Teammates and friends call him Rod, not Rodrick, as his name is listed on the roster. So, tell us, Rod Stewart, have you listened to Rod Stewart's music?

Keegan: My first Fizzou priceless

Don Fambrough's warming up his vocal chords. The signs that say it all without technically saying it with vulgarity are popping up all over town. My first Fizzou week.

KU women's coach Henrickson sets bar high

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson had the attention of 16,000 basketball fans, and she had a microphone in her hand. She made it quick, got right to the point and set the bar as high as it can be set.

Texas Tech: KU 'has great defense'

Senior linebacker John Saldi was all over the field for Texas Tech, applying pressure and delivering punishing hits. But he had trouble taking much credit for the biggest play of a 30-17 victory over Kansas University.

Keegan: Radio bit quite a hit with fans

Relax, Jayhawk Nation. Bob from Salina persevered through the busy signals and worked his way onto Mark Mangino's weekly radio show again Thursday night, so that football game in the west Texas wind should be a breeze on Saturday.

Keegan: O-line vital for KU

If college football had been around when Nathaniel Hawthorne was writing, he might have penned of the Kansas University offensive linemen: "On the breast of their jerseys, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of blue thread, appeared the number 2.7."

A Comet's new look at life

Former KU great Sayers finds perspective on visit overseas

Watch Gale Sayers run with a football under his arm and you won't learn anything you can apply. It was his gift, not ours. Listen to Sayers talk about more important matters and you learn plenty.

Keegan: Mountaineers better hike home now

Kansas University takes on a nationally ranked opponent, a school that once won a game by 16 touchdowns, this evening at Memorial Stadium.

Dawson making KU lean, mean

Jayhawk football strength coach's tough love gaining following of strong, flexible players

Everywhere his eyes take him in the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center, Kansas University offensive lineman Scott Haverkamp sees something that makes all the grunting and groaning seem worthwhile.

Keegan: Meier's time is now

Do yourself a favor. If you're reading this in the newspaper, look to your right. If you're on KUsports.com, look at the two stories stacked below this one.