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Tom Keegan

Column: Tharpe’s time as KU’s starting point guard may be over
March 26, 2014
The past two years, the Kansas University point-guard position has had something in common with the school’s quarterback spot. No matter the starter, the chorus crying for somebody else showed up ready to sing every game, just in case. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Absence proved Embiid’s worth
March 25, 2014
Maybe Fred Hoiberg was right. Maybe Joel Embiid was the best player in college basketball. Hoiberg seems to be right about a lot of things, such as how to get a team peaking for the postseason. By Tom Keegan
Column: March can seem like November for freshmen
March 23, 2014
Elite freshmen dominate the November news in college basketball. Superlatives fly. So do the freshmen. Sometimes they trip and fall, too. Then they get better as league play toughens them. And then the NCAA tournament arrives. So often, one-and-done pressure of an elimination tournament can reset the clock for teenagers experiencing something new. By Tom Keegan
Column: KU needs to keep up its dunking ways
March 23, 2014
At the time an MRI revealed a stress fracture in the lower back of Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid, he led his team with 31 dunks. That’s one area in which the Jayhawks have not slowed down without the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. By Tom Keegan
Column: Mistake-free play of Conner Frankamp just what KU needed
March 21, 2014
Wichita State fans wearing gold didn’t have to check their programs to learn the identity of  the little guy wearing the white No. 23 jersey entering the game off the bench. Conner Frankamp scored more points in high school than anybody in the history of basketball-rich Wichita. By Tom Keegan
Column: Wiggins brothers relish St. Louis reunion
March 21, 2014
Nobody had more cause for celebration when Kansas University and Wichita State were sent to St. Louis to start this season’s NCAA Tournament than members of the Wiggins family. It became unnecessary for them to decide which son’s team to watch in person. Andrew, a freshman, leads KU in scoring. Nick, a senior, is seventh man for the Shockers. By Tom Keegan
Column: Some questions best left unasked at NCAAs
March 20, 2014
Somewhere approaching a billion questions will be asked of coaches and athletes today in Scottrade Center, site of four NCAA Tournament basketball games Friday, two Sunday. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Crafting winning bracket as easy as 1-2-3
March 19, 2014
Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan has three steps to help you win your bracket contest.
Column: Cozart’s future at QB, not WR, for Kansas
March 17, 2014
Todd Reesing beat out Kerry Meier in the spring of 2007, and not too long after that, Meier became one of the most prolific wide receivers in Kansas University football history. Might that happen with Montell Cozart in the event either Jake Heaps or T.J. Millweard beats out Cozart for the starting quarterback job? Probably not. By Tom Keegan
Column: Without Embiid, possible UNM rematch would be toss-up
March 17, 2014
One game, more than any other, demonstrated how much having 7-foot freshman center Joel Embiid on the floor changes the Kansas University basketball team for the better: Dec. 14 in Sprint Center against New Mexico, a possible NCAA Tournament opponent in St. Louis if KU survives Eastern Kentucky. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Iowa State’s hot shooting too much for most defenses, including KU’s
March 14, 2014
Sometimes, it’s about the other guys, especially when the other guys play a brand of basketball as innovative as Iowa State’s under coach Fred Hoiberg. When the Cyclones hit their shots, they’re tough to beat. When they can’t get them to drop, they seldom have the defensive personnel to walk away winners. By Tom Keegan
Column: Tarik Black brings passion to Big 12 tournament
March 13, 2014
Players can’t view a conference tournament like a breather before the NCAAs. Tarik Black knows it better than anyone on the Kansas roster because he’s played in more of them than anybody. By Tom Keegan
Column: Brannen Greene has potential to spark KU in postseason
March 13, 2014
Talk centers on superstars in advance of big games. But sometimes, a stealth bomber sneaks in below the chatter and swings the contest in favor of his team. It could be anybody and it’s impossible to predict. So I ask myself over and over: Why do I think freshman Brannen Greene could be that guy today? Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas can spin its fate into fuel
March 11, 2014
There’s nothing good about losing a talented 7-footer, but as the Kansas University’s men’s basketball team may learn, losing the ever-present weight of expectations can have its benefits. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Big 12 really is best league
March 9, 2014
It happens every March in every power conference. As Selection Sunday draws closer, coaches take the podium and talk up their league as “the best in the country.” This year, it happens to be true for the Big 12. By Tom Keegan

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