Tom Keegan

Column: Second quarter fateful for FSHS prospects
February 28, 2015
Ten weeks after the boys basketball teams from the city’s two public high schools first faced each other, Free State High coach Chuck Law’s confidence in his team’s ability to play Lawrence High straight-up increased tenfold.
Column: End nearing for Bonnie Henrickson?
February 26, 2015
I must admit, I was excited about the future of the Kansas University women’s basketball program when I saw how the freshman class played three years ago. Now they’re seniors. The future is now. And it’s bleak. By Tom Keegan
Column: Jayhawks’ problems not too difficult to explain
February 25, 2015
The tendency when it comes to basketball, more than most sports it seems, is to search for psychological reasons for a player’s slump, an underdog’s upset, even a team leading a race and falling back to the pack.
Column: Celebration turns ugly with aggressive court-storming
February 24, 2015
For Kansas State, Big Monday’s Sunflower Showdown was a beautiful victory against favored in-state rival Kansas, 70-63. And then the students, taking advantage of lax security, stormed the court. In a blink, the scene of highly entertaining basketball theater grew ugly, unnecessarily dangerous. By Tom Keegan
Column: K-State will be fired up Monday night
February 23, 2015
On paper, this should be a blowout, with the team fighting to hold onto a one-game lead in the Big 12 hammering divided Team Turmoil. All of the evidence that adds up to a blowout also could lead Kansas State to pull itself together for one night and play its best. By Tom Keegan
Column: Perry Ellis’s week goes from low to high
February 21, 2015
With one hand, Perry Ellis corralled an alley-oop pass and hammered it through the net. And, upset of all upsets,  the junior forward from Wichita who is so stoic he makes the guards at the Buckingham Palace seem like drama queens by comparison, cracked a smile. By Tom Keegan
Column: KU football staff serious about in-state recruiting
February 19, 2015
In making his latest stop on a tour of the state, this one Thursday night at Sporting KC’s headquarters, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty shared more information with the surprisingly big crowd that shows he’s sincere about wanting more of a Kansas flavor to the roster.
Column: Kansas gets RPI dance just right
February 19, 2015
Television earned the nickname “Boob Tube” because it really can turn our brains to mush. Particularly in sports, most notably in discussions comparing NCAA Tourament résumés and seedings. By Tom Keegan
Column: Cyber bullies unfair to Ellis
February 18, 2015
More cruel, painful spaces exist than the one called Cyber in the wake of an athlete having the audacity to be less than perfect in a game-deciding moment. By Tom Keegan
Column: KU’s shortcomings showed throughout loss at WVU
February 17, 2015
It’s always the end of a close game that haunts the player on the team that finishes on the wrong side of a one-point outcome, as Kansas University did, 62-61, Monday night in WVU Coliseum, where 7,033 spectators found their way through the blizzard and were treated to an entertaining two-hour break from winter. But the scoreboard doesn’t play favorites based on different stages of the game. By Tom Keegan
Column: Greene’s toughness too often overlooked
February 15, 2015
Toughness, the No. 1 word uttered by 21st-century college basketball coaches, typically evokes images of a guy taking a charge, rebounding in traffic, successfully finishing a drive while getting hammered and then knocking down the free throw.
Column: Kelly Oubre Jr. needs even more junkyard dog in his game
February 14, 2015
Kellly Oubre Jr. ranks as most likely Kansas player to join the ranks of the one-and-done college basketball players because his long-range potential equates to guaranteed first-round money. He doesn’t talk about such things, knowing it’s a distraction from the task at hand, Kansas winning an 11th consecutive Big 12 title. By Tom Keegan
Column: Jayhawks deserve all-Big 12 presence
February 12, 2015
The 2007-08 Kansas University basketball team that won the national title didn’t have a single player named first-team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and a skunking could happen again this season.
Column: KU playing with fire while shooting lights out
February 11, 2015
Nobody has to tell this season’s Kansas University basketball team to make itself comfortable. It needs no help with that. Make a few threes, build a double-digit lead, and let it amount to the equivalent of a little something to take the edge off the moment. Then the other team catches up, which is usually what happens when one team plays with a sense of urgency and the other does not. By Tom Keegan
Column: Sadly, Alzheimer’s wins again
February 8, 2015
Dean Smith won 13 ACC tournament-title games, 11 Elite Eight contests, two national-title battles and an Olympic Gold medal. But there is no winning against Alzheimer’s. It’s undefeated. By Tom Keegan

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