KU Men’s Basketball

Tom Keegan: Tough group of Jayhawks keep on conquering

Kansas City, Mo. ? First, the Kansas University basketball team conquered the world in South Korea. Next came the island of Maui. The grueling Big 12 regular season, a marathon in which the Jayhawks fell behind for a blink, proved a particularly gratifying championship.Saturday, Kansas claimed ...

Dual champs: Devonté Graham pushes KU to Big 12 postseason title

Kansas City, Mo. ? Several hundred fans seated behind the basket chanted, “MVP, MVP,” at Kansas University sophomore guard Devonté Graham as he stepped to the free-throw line with 1:33 left in the Jayhawks’ 81-71 Big 12 Championship victory over West Virginia on Saturday in Sprint ...

Devin Williams redeems himself vs. Landen Lucas

Kansas City, Mo. ? The last time West Virginia big man Devin Williams faced Kansas University, he watched KU junior Landen Lucas dominate the paint to the tune of nine points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in a 10-point Kansas victory in early February, in Lawrence.Playing the rubber match in ...

Big 12 champs: KU knocks off WVU for tourney title

KANSAS, CITY, MO. ? Last week, when talking about rest and how it relates to the Big 12 tournament at Sprint Center, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self said if you get to the final, you might as well win it because you’re going to be worn out anyway after three games in a ...

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 11, 2016

Cole Aldrich, L.A. ClippersMin: 23. Pts: 2. Reb: 6. Ast: 0.Cliff Alexander, PortlandDid not play (inactive).Nick Collison, Oklahoma CityMin: 17. Pts: 3. Reb: 8. Ast: 2.Joel Embiid, PhiladelphiaDid not play (inactive).Drew Gooden, WashingtonDid not play (inactive).Ben McLemore, SacramentoDid not ...

Kansas knows WVU will bring pressure in title game

Kansas City, Mo. ? The Big 12 postseason championship will come down to the top two teams from the regular season.KU (29-4) at 5 p.m. Saturday will meet (26-7) West Virginia in the conference’s tournament title game. During the regular season, KU fell to the Mountaineers, 74-63, on Jan. 12 ...

Bill Self’s halftime message to Jayhawks short and blunt

Kansas City, Mo. ? Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self didn’t tear into his team at halftime of Friday’s Big 12 Tournament semifinal against Baylor.He calmly addressed the Jayhawks’ two-point deficit off his team’s lowest scoring output (21) in any half this season.“I said, ...

Clocked: Wayne Selden Jr. highlights KU’s semifinal victory

Kansas City, Mo. ? ESPN’s Holly Rowe walked with post-game interviewee Wayne Selden, Jr., to a TV monitor Friday night and showed the star of Kansas University’s 70-66 Big 12 semifinal win over Baylor not only a replay of his vicious dunk in the face of Baylor’s Ishmail Wainright, but ...

KU to face West Virginia in Big 12 title tilt

Kansas City, Mo. ? There will be a rubber match. For the third time this season, No. 1 Kansas will match up with West Virginia, this time with the Big 12 championship on the line. Kansas (29-4) advanced to the title game with a 70-66 victory over Baylor in Friday’s first semifinal. A couple ...

Tom Keegan: Carlton Bragg following Perry Ellis’ development path

Kansas City, Mo ? Nobody who saw Perry Ellis blossom at the Big 12 Tournament three years ago is surprised that he is on the brink of winning tourney Most Outstanding Player honors if Kansas University can take the crown Saturday night at Sprint Center.Ellis scored 20 points, leading Kansas to ...

Bears: ‘Some of us got dunked on’

Kansas City, Mo. ? It was the play that tipped the momentum fully in favor of Kansas during Friday night’s 70-66 victory over Baylor in the Big 12 semifinals at Sprint Center.And BU junior Ishmail Wainright had no problem talking about it.In fact, not only was Wainright willing to break down ...

Jayhawks dunk their way to Big 12 semifinal victory

Kansas City, Mo. ? It might have been sloppy for a while, but the minute the Kansas University men’s basketball team flipped the switch, it turned into a highlight show at Sprint Center.Friday evening in the Big 12 semifinals, top-seeded KU knocked off No. 5 Baylor, 70-66, to advance to the ...

Chalmers out for season

Memphis, Tenn. ? Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon, and Memphis waived the veteran to clear up a much-needed spot on the roster.The Grizzlies announced both the severity of Chalmers’ injury and the roster move Thursday ...

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 10, 2016

Darrell Arthur, DenverMin: 29. Pts: 13. Reb: 5. Ast: 3.Tarik Black, L.A. LakersMin: 5. Pts: 2. Reb: 1. Ast: 0.Kirk Hinrich, AtlantaDid not play (coach’s decision)Sasha Kaun, ClevelandDid not play (coach’s decision)

Notebook: Cheick Diallo sits out Big 12 Tournament opener

Kansas City, Mo. ? Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo did not play in the Jayhawks’ postseason debut, an 85-63 win over rival Kansas State Thursday at Sprint Center. Diallo took an accidental elbow from Svi Mykhailiuk in practice on Wednesday and had a three-stitch cut on the inside of ...

Jayhawks have incentive to beat Baylor

Kansas City, Mo. ? It sure looks as if Kansas University’s basketball team (28-4) has wrapped up the overall No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament entering Friday’s Big 12 semifinal versus (22-10) Baylor in Sprint Center.The likelihood of that made some media members wonder whether or not ...

Tom Keegan: Devonté Graham and Frank Mason III driving KU’s success

Kansas City, Mo. ? Nothing lasts forever. One of these decades, Bill Self will retire, an athletic director will botch the hire, and the once-proud Kansas University basketball program will have to cobble together a backcourt out of one player who committed to Towson, another to Appalachian ...

On a roll: Carlton Bragg, Jayhawks impress in tourney opener

Kansas City, Mo. ? Kansas University freshman Carlton Bragg Jr. and his roommate, Lagerald Vick, have a way of relieving stress each and every Sunday night.They spend at least a couple hours roller skating at Winnwood Skate Center in Kansas City, Mo.“It’s always packed. It’s a lot of ...

Kansas native Dean Wade disappointed in performance vs. Jayhawks

Kansas City, Mo. ? In three games against Kansas University this season, Kansas State freshman and Sunflower State native Dean Wade averaged 3.7 points on 3-of-11 shooting in 23 minutes.In the other 30 games he played, Wade’s numbers tripled to 11 points per outing on 45-percent shooting and ...

Jayhawks roll vs. K-State to open postseason

Kansas City, Mo ? After playing, and winning, two hard-fought battles against Kansas State during the regular season, the Kansas University men’s basketball team made it clear it was not interested in a third.In the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championship at Sprint Center, top-seeded ...