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Basketball Friends | What’s at stake for top-seeded Kansas at a wide open Midwest regional

Kansas guard Remy Martin (11) roars as the Jayhawks lock up the victory over Creighton on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 79-72 win over the Bluejays.

Kansas guard Remy Martin (11) roars as the Jayhawks lock up the victory over Creighton on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 79-72 win over the Bluejays. by Nick Krug

The Kansas men's basketball team is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2018 and the Jayhawks are facing a 4 seed, a 10 seed and an 11 seed as the only thing standing between them and a return trip to the Final Four.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at Kansas' chances this week in Chicago and a few key factors that will determine how successful Bill Self's squad will be during the NCAA Tourmanent's second weekend.

Included in this episode:

• Remy Martin's postseason emergence

• Nick blasts Matt for his definition of what a role player is

• What to make of the way the Midwest region has opened up for KU

• Can KU's edge in Sweet 16 experience on the bench be an advantage?

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Kansas Laboring Down the Stretch

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) shoots a free throw with the Baylor student section in the background during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Waco, Texas.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) shoots a free throw with the Baylor student section in the background during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Waco, Texas. by Ray Carlin/Associated Press

After back-to-back 10-point losses in the state of Texas in recent days, the Kansas men's basketball team finds itself searching for answers and needing to win its final two home games to claim the Big 12 regular season title.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at what's plaguing the Jayhawks and what they need to do to get back on track.

Included in this episode:

• A half-baked Senior Night idea to save time

• Why KU's veteran squad has lacked poise at times down the stretch

• What does Kansas need from its point guards?

• A questionable parallel between KU's back court and David Beaty-era quarterbacks

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Jayhawks Rotation Getting Tight as KU Heads Into the Homestretch

Kansas forward Zach Clemence (21) points to the Kansas students late in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Zach Clemence (21) points to the Kansas students late in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Up 2 games in the loss column with 6 games to play in the Big 12 Conference title race, the Kansas men's basketball team is chasing after another ring and positioning itself for a run in the postseason.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at the Jayhawks' rotation and why it is the way it is heading into this weekend's road game at West Virginia.

Included in this episode:

• The importance of the return of freshman forward Zach Clemence

• How many minutes does KU really need from its bench anyway?

• Where Remy Martin might fit into the bench question?

• Why this Kansas team, at 21-4 overall, has a different feel than past KU teams

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Can Joe Yesufu Carve Out a Role with Kansas?

Kansas guard Joseph Yesufu (1) grabs a rebound in front of Iowa State forward George Conditt IV (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Ames, Iowa. Kansas won 70-61. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Kansas guard Joseph Yesufu (1) grabs a rebound in front of Iowa State forward George Conditt IV (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Ames, Iowa. Kansas won 70-61. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On the road against a top-20 team and without their leading scorer and another veteran guard capable of picking up some of that slack, the 10th-ranked Kansas men's basketball team picked up a massive win at Iowa State on Tuesday night.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at some of the particulars that made that outcome possible for the Jayhawks, who were coming off of a beatdown by Kentucky just a few days earlier.

Included in this episode:

• Can Joe Yesufu build on the momentum he gained at Iowa State?

• What does KU's guard rotation look like moving forward?

• Does Kansas have a reliable bench now?

• Chris Beard's wild return to Texas Tech

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Jalen Wilson Finding his Groove with Kansas

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson shoots in front of Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson shoots in front of Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Another strong game from Kansas sophomore Jalen Wilson has the Jayhawks clicking, but there are still a couple of parts and pieces that need to come together for this team to reach its ceiling by March.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a what's gone right for Wilson over the last couple of weeks that has turned him back into the player many people remember from a season ago.

Included in this episode:

• How Wilson's resurgence has affected Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun

• What it means for Remy Martin

• Why Ochai's gut-it-out game vs. OU was so significant

• Christian Braun's personality

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Why David McCormack is struggling to fit in with Kansas

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) gets a pass in the paint over UTEP Miners forward Alfred Hollins (15) during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. Also pictured is UTEP Miners forward Bonke Maring (11).

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) gets a pass in the paint over UTEP Miners forward Alfred Hollins (15) during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. Also pictured is UTEP Miners forward Bonke Maring (11). by Nick Krug

Two games into the 2022 Big 12 Conference schedule, the Kansas Jayhawks are 1-1 and still find themselves facing a major question in their front court. Mitch Lightfoot and David McCormack have now both started at the 5, and both players have had good moments and bad.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at what's going on with KU senior David McCormack and what the Jayhawks need to get from him the rest of the way.

• Why is McCormack still struggling?

• What can he do to turn things around?

• Why McCormack must join his teammates in evolving into a new role.

• Does KU have other options at the 5?

• Check out all of that, and more, in our first Basketball Friends episode of 2022 below...

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Basketball Friends | Are Ochai & Braun turning into one of the best duos of the Bill Self era?

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) goes in to the bucket during the second half against Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) goes in to the bucket during the second half against Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Fresh off of a near-40-point drubbing of bitter border rival Missouri, the Kansas Jayhawks appear to have hit their stride again as they close in on the final few games of their schedule before Big 12 play begins.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at two of the team's top players and discuss:

• What has gotten into Christian Braun?

• Braun's ridiculous shooting numbers.

• Why Nick thinks Mitch Lightfoot was the MVP of the Missouri game.

• Where Braun and Ochai Agbaji rank in terms of recent Jayhawk duos

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Greg Gurley expects to see new and improved Jalen Wilson

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets a round of fist bumps after checking out of the game with 25 points on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets a round of fist bumps after checking out of the game with 25 points on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

As the 2021-22 Kansas basketball team heads to Orlando to play three games in four days at the ESPN Events Invitational, radio color analyst and former KU guard Greg Gurley joined the show to break down what's ahead for this Kansas team.

In our latest episode, Gurley joins Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt to discuss:

• What the next step for red-hot KU guard Ochai Agbaji will be

• How will Jalen Wilson's return impact the rotation?

• What exactly will Jalen Wilson 2.0 look like?

• The strong start by KU's freshmen

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | What to make of Ochai Agbaji’s blistering start for Kansas basketball

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) whips a pass to the wing through the Tarleton State defense during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) whips a pass to the wing through the Tarleton State defense during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Two games into the 2021-22 Kansas basketball season, senior guard Ochai Agbaji has put the conference, and college basketball in general, on notice that he's a different player than in the past.

In our latest episode with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt, we take a deeper look at Agbaji's red-hot start.

In this episode we discuss:

• What has led to Agbaji's scoring success

• Should we have seen this coming?

• Is Agbaji's 27 points-per-game pace sustainable?

• What happens when Jalen Wilson returns from suspension?

• And more...

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The debut of Kansas senior Remy Martin and the Noticeability Index

Kansas guard Remy Martin (11) celebrates a bucket during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Remy Martin (11) celebrates a bucket during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The Kansas men's basketball team is off and running with the 2021-22 season and the Jayhawks' lone exhibition game — an 86-60 win over Emporia State — delivered all kinds of things to discuss.

None of it was bigger than the KU debut of senior guard Remy Martin.

In our latest episode with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt, we break down all things Remy Martin and look at what's next for him and the third-ranked Jayhawks.

In this episode we discuss:

• The Full Remy

• Nick's Noticeability Index and where Martin ranks on it

• The Self-Martin dynamic

• Remy Martin at Madison Square Garden

• And more...

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