Tom Keegan

Column: Savvy Wildcats survive furious Kansas rally
February 10, 2014
Down nine points Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum, 19 fewer seconds remained than when the Kansas University basketball program faced the same deficit and staged its greatest comeback ever in San Antonio six years ago. In a remarkable flurry spurred by reserve Brannen Greene, KU forced an overtime again, but lost this time, 83-79. By Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas depth too much for talented WVU to overcome
February 8, 2014
The Mountaineers had so much going for them, but it never felt as if they had a realistic shot because Kansas has so many players to turn to when things aren’t working out for a few of the starters. By Tom Keegan
Column: Traevohn Wrench could be best prospect in KU’s signing class
RB has the makings of a special player
February 7, 2014
The highlights shown of Gardner-Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench during Charlie Weis’ hour-long news conference to discuss the recruiting class of 2014 screamed “superstar in the making.” By Tom Keegan
Column: Vets key to KU’s tourney success
February 5, 2014
In many ways, the most significant development to come out of the Kansas University basketball team’s 69-52 victory Tuesday at Baylor involved the strong play of non-freshmen. Looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament, KU’s heavy reliance on freshmen makes forecasting its postseason prospects a little shaky. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Andrew Wiggins’ half-court three ends slump
February 4, 2014
When a player arrives in college basketball lugging outrageous expectations and doesn’t hide his intention to stay just one year, it’s as if every game counts as 10. Do the math and that calculates to Andrew Wiggins being seconds from a 15-game slump when he stole a pass under the hoop, took a few dribbles and buried a half-court shot to beat the buzzer and the slump. By Tom Keegan
Column: Wiggins, Jayhawks not likely to repeat UT dud
February 4, 2014
The poor Baylor Bears. They have caught the Kansas University basketball team at the absolute worst time. Coming off a road loss to Texas and sick and tired of hearing about the shellacking they took in Waco last March, the Jayhawks shouldn’t have any trouble playing at their best. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Seattle QB evokes Reesing
February 2, 2014
The question might seem crazy to some, probably most, but I couldn’t purge it from my thoughts: Had he been given a shot, could that have been Todd Reesing leading his team to a Super Bowl victory? By Tom Keegan
Column: Longhorns now in hunt for Big 12 title
February 1, 2014
A young, hungry, cohesive Texas basketball team stormed out of the enormous Big 12 shadow cast by Kansas and there went the Longhorns’ anonymity. By whipping the Jayhawks, 81-69, Saturday in the aging Erwin Center, the ’Horns tore the veil off of their secret: They’re a very good basketball team, a bona fide contender for the Big 12 title. By Tom Keegan
Column: ’Horns will be fired up for KU
February 1, 2014
The ’Horns are coming off of three consecutive victories against ranked opponents, a school first. With a fourth in a row against Kansas today in the Erwin Center, third-place Texas would draw within a game of the first-place Jayhawks. By Tom Keegan
Column: Naadir Tharpe steering ever-improving Jayhawks
January 30, 2014
No matter how hot your primary scorer might sizzle — and make no mistake, Andrew Wiggins played a terrific game Monday night versus Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse — you don’t consistently win tough games without a tough point guard steering it to the finish line. Junior Naadir Tharpe, Kansas University’s first-year starter, has blossomed into just that. By Tom Keegan
Column: Tharpe rising above peers
January 29, 2014
A question about Naadir Tharpe echoed through his first two seasons at KU: Was this a Kansas-caliber point guard capable of running a perennial college basketball powerhouse, or a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body struggling to find his shot? Finally, the doubt has vanished. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Buddies at LCC predict big year for Gary Woodland
January 26, 2014
Gary Woodland’s late fade down the leaderboard did nothing to dull local golfers’ enthusiasm about his prospects for making this his season on the PGA Tour. By Tom Keegan
Column: Andrew Wiggins satisfies expectations at TCU
January 25, 2014
Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 19 first-half points on the way to a career-high 27 in KU’s 91-69 blowout of the Horned Frogs. That’s six more points than the entire KU team scored in a half on the same floor a year ago. By Tom Keegan
Column: Forward rotation good motivation for Ellis, Traylor
January 25, 2014
Even if not designed to do so, Kansas University coach Bill Self saying something that creates the perception that he is equally comfortable with both options at power forward — sophomores Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor — serves to motivate both players. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Brannen Greene not sulking about not starring
January 24, 2014
Not long ago, Joel Embiid was the one watching Brannen Greene and the rest of his talented AAU teammates get all the playing time while he sat on the bench. They have traded roles, but Greene says he doesn’t feel overlooked. Column by Tom Keegan

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