WRITER: Shane Jackson

KU freshman Devon Dotson prepared for enticing matchup with Auburn's Jared Harper

Salt Lake City — Kansas freshman Devon Dotson got a chance to show off his 3-point celebration during his NCAA Tournament debut. Late in the second half, Kansas was leading Northeastern by 30 points when Dotson canned a spot-up triple from the left wing. Dotson’s routine reaction was brief but to the point during KU’s 87-53 win in the opening round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home ...

Quick recap: Kansas dismantles Northeastern, advances to Round of 32

Salt Lake City — Kansas avoided being on the wrong end of a Cinderella Story in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. KU, the fourth seed in the Midwest Region, took care of business with a 87-53 win over 13th-seeded Northeastern Thursday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jayhawks trailed for only 1:27, leading by double digits for much of the second half, to notch their 13th consecutive ...

Marcus Garrett fuels KU's dominant defensive showing against Northeastern

Salt Lake City — It took just six-plus minutes for Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett to send a message. Garrett checked into the game at the 17:42 mark, and he struck a few minutes later. After he made a layup with 13:58 left in the first half, Garrett elected to pick up Northeastern senior Vasa Pusica as he dribbled up the floor. Once Pusica got near midcourt, Garrett swiped toward the ball and poked it away. ...

Firebirds ready to get things rolling this spring

This past weekend, the spring sports season officially began with Free State's baseball team dropping two decisions to a pair of teams in Missouri. Plenty of other spring teams will begin play this week or next week, and will get the final season of the school year in full swing. The Firebirds are hoping to claim another state title after doing so last spring when the softball team won its first such crown in ...

Battle at center position could be pivotal when Kansas takes on Northeastern

Salt Lake City — Northeastern center Anthony Green had a solid scouting report on Kansas before head coach Bill Coen even talked to the team ahead of the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. During media availability Wednesday afternoon at at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Green admitted he has seen plenty of the Jayhawks on TV before he even knew the Huskies were going to play them. As a result, the senior big ...

Lions excited for start of spring sports

Spring sports season began over break last week, and Lawrence High is ready to hit the ground running. During the spring campaign last year, LHS came away with a state title on the final day of the spring slate when the girls track and field team secured first place at the 6A state meet at Wichita State University. The baseball team already started the 2019 spring season with a 9-0 win over Wichita Northwest, ...

Shane Jackson: Kansas should wait to go small against Northeastern

By now you have heard the narrative regarding KU’s first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Many are wondering how Kansas is going to defend Northeastern’s four-guard lineup when the two teams square off at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City. It is a reasonable conundrum for the Jayhawks, who just faced a similar style of play in a double-digit loss to Iowa State during the Big 12 ...

16 teams that could win it all in the 2019 NCAA Tournament

1. Virginia — One season after being the first No. 1 seed to be upset by a No. 16 seed, Virginia can get redemption with a 2019 title. Sure, it may seem like a movie script, but the Cavaliers are one of the elite teams in the nation. They have as good of a shot as anyone of cutting down the nets behind one of the best defenses in the country. 2. Gonzaga — Other than a six-day stretch in December, Gonzaga ...

Ochai Agbaji ending slump could be key to KU's success in NCAA tourney

Forget the fact the game was out of reach, because the outcome was essentially decided by the time Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji got things going. But the final 12-plus minutes of KU's 88-74 win over West Virginia Friday night was a promising stretch for the freshman, who has been struggling as of late. Agbaji scored all nine of his points down the stretch, which matched his best scoring performance over the ...

Talented seniors responsible for memorable year for local boys basketball teams

In a way, Veritas boys basketball coach Carl Huslig always knew the 2018-19 season could be a special one for the city of Lawrence. Sure, he felt it would be for his program behind a talented senior class that had been playing together for several years. But Huslig was also familiar with players on the other city teams, as he served as a coach for a competitive basketball team called the “Lawrence Dynasty” ...

Kansas earns No. 4 seed in Midwest, will face Northeastern in opening round

For the first time in awhile, there was plenty of uncertainty regarding the Kansas men’s basketball team on Selection Sunday. Kansas (25-9) was given the fourth seed in the Midwest region for the 2019 NCAA tournament, which was announced during Sunday’s selection show. It marked the first time since 2009 that the Jayhawks have not been a 1 or 2 seed. Prior to this season, they were a 1 seed for three ...

Quick recap: Kansas suffers 78-66 loss to Iowa State in Big 12 championship game

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas was unable to make amends for the letting its NCAA-record streak of 14 consecutive regular-season conference titles come to an end. Iowa State and KU traded punches for the first 15 minutes of the Big 12 championship game Saturday night at the Sprint Center. The Cyclones stretched their lead to double digits over the final five minutes and staved off any charge by the Jayhawks in the ...

Kansas set to take on Iowa State in much-anticipated championship game

Kansas City, Mo. — The more things change, the more they stay the same. Once again, Iowa State and Kansas will battle for a Big 12 tourney title Saturday night at the Sprint Center after both teams notched wins in their respective semifinal matchups. It guarantees that either the Jayhawks or the Cyclones will win the Big 12 championship for the seventh season in a row. “You’re playing the elite program ...

Kansas set for unlikely rubber match with West Virginia in Big 12 semifinals

Kansas City, Mo. — It is not the rubber match many people were expecting to take place. Regardless, Kansas and West Virginia will be seeking bragging rights for 2019 when the two teams square off during the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament at 8:30 p.m. Friday night in the Sprint Center. After splitting the two-game set in the regular season, the winner of the series-deciding contest will earn a trip to ...

Big 12 tournament will be more compelling with multiple teams capable of winning it all

It has become an annual tradition to mention how wide open the Big 12 tournament is. Any team, regardless of the seed, is capable of cutting down the nets on the final day of the event. This year is no different, especially with No. 17 Kansas (23-8) listed as the No. 3 seed in the tournament for the first time since 2004. “It’s been anybody’s ballgame every year,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Every time ...

Kerwin Roach's return means Longhorns will be 'at their best' against Jayhawks

An already tough matchup for the Kansas men’s basketball team got even more difficult. During the Big 12 teleconference Monday morning, Texas head coach Shaka Smart announced that senior guard Kerwin Roach II will be reinstated this week. Roach, who leads the Longhorns in scoring, served a five-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules. With Roach sidelined, the Longhorns (16-15, 8-10 Big ...

Quick recap: No. 13 Kansas defeats Baylor in regular-season finale

For the first time in awhile, the Kansas men’s basketball team was not playing for a league title in the final weekend of the season. That didn’t stop No. 13 KU from taking care of business with a 78-70 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. With the win in the regular-season finale, the Jayhawks (23-8, 12-6 Big 12) finished undefeated at home with a 17-0 clip in Allen Fieldhouse. It is ...

Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls, PLHS boys earn third-place finishes

A pair area teams took home some hardware, earning wins on the final day of the high school basketball season. Both the Baldwin girls basketball team and Perry-Lecompton earned third-place finishes in their respective state tournament Saturday afternoon. Of the six area teams who earned state berths this week, BHS and PLHS were the only two squads to move past the opening round. Baldwin recorded a 52-37 win ...

Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls, Perry-Lecompton boys fall in semifinals

A pair of area teams will play on the final day of the basketball season, though neither will be competing for a state title. Both the Baldwin girls basketball team and Perry-Lecompton boys basketball team suffered defeats in the semifinals of their respective state tournaments. Both squads are slated to compete in the third-place game Saturday afternoon. Baldwin was unable to defend its crown, falling to ...

Area basketball roundup: Perry-Lecompton advances to semifinals for first time since 1980

For the first time in 39 years, the Perry-Lecompton boys basketball team is one game away from the state championship. Perry-Lecompton edged Larned with a 49-48 victory Thursday night at Hutchinson Community College. PLHS, which has now won 19 games in a row, notched the program’s first trip to the semifinals since 1980 with the narrow victory. “It feels great,” PLHS coach Jared Swafford said. “I’m ...