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Summer Svi: Lakers 2nd-rounder Mykhailiuk proving himself in Las Vegas

Some around the NBA may have found themselves caught a little off guard the past couple of weeks by the summer success of Los Angels Lakers second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk. L.A. assistant coach Miles Simon is not one of those people. After Mykhailiuk scored 15 points and the Lakers improved ...

Devonte’ Graham credits Bill Self for smooth transition to NBA

Since joining the Charlotte Hornets as a second-round draft pick, former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham has encountered, and been accountable for processing, loads of information. Learning how to best complement his new summer roster teammates and playing within new offensive and ...

Svi Mykhailiuk shows off shooting, athleticism in Lakers’ summer league debut

Svi Mykhailiuk arrived at the NBA Summer League ready to score. The Los Angeles Lakers’ second-round draft pick from Kansas put up 15 points and knocked down three of his 6 3-point attempts in his exhibition debut Monday night at the California Classic, in Sacramento, Calif. The smooth ...

2019 NBA mock drafts project Quentin Grimes as likely lottery pick

Considering the 2018 draft concluded only a little more than a week ago, it’s still difficult to picture second-round picks Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk playing in their respective new NBA uniforms instead of the University of Kansas jerseys and shorts they sported every time they hit ...

5 stats that popped for Kansas in a Big 12 title game victory over West Virginia

Kansas City, Mo. — Just as West Virginia learned twice during the regular season against eventual Big 12 champion Kansas, the Jayhawks can be a difficult team to put away. The Mountaineers didn’t establish a double-digit lead against KU like they did in their previous two meetings, ...

5 stats that popped in KU’s Big 12 semifinal victory over rival K-State

Kansas City, Mo. — Perennial league champion Kansas improved to 13-6 all-time in the Big 12 tournament semifinals on Friday, with an 83-67 victory over rival Kansas State at Sprint Center. The Jayhawks only shot 44% from the floor and allowed the Wildcats to hit 53.6% of their shots in the ...

KU guards can compensate for Udoka Azubuike’s absence by attacking glass

Kansas City, Mo. — This season’s Kansas basketball team is no stranger to getting beat on the glass. So the top-seeded Jayhawks should feel right at home this week at Sprint Center, where they will try and navigate the Big 12 tournament without injured 7-foot center Udoka ...

Jayhawks looking for a Malik Newman resurgence just in time for the postseason

Less than two weeks ago Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, while discussing a recent uptick in Malik Newman’s play, stated how proud he was of the starting guard’s progress. The sophomore transfer from Mississippi State was coming off one of his best offensive showings as a Jayhawk, ...

With bubble teams aplenty, Big 12 tournament should deliver madness

The words March and madness so easily roll off the tongue because postseason college basketball so often delivers the upsets and wild finishes fans crave. Those searching for such chaos in the days ahead need look no further than this week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. The ...

Big 12 Power Rankings: Depth outweighs dominance in 2018

Over the course of the past couple of months every coach in the Big 12 spoke about the quality and depth of the league this year. Yet as the postseason begins this week, some college basketball observers might hesitate to pick any of the Big 12’s best teams to make a deep run in the ...

5 stats that popped for Kansas in dreadful close to regular season

The Big 12 champions didn’t [strike any fear into the hearts of the Oklahoma State Cowboys][1] Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. In an 82-64 defeat, its worst of the season, No. 6-ranked Kansas proved once again it doesn’t match up well with OSU, which became the first Big 12 team to ...

Jayhawks need consistency from ‘X-factor’ Lagerald Vick in coming weeks

Sometimes his athleticism makes him look like the best player on the floor. Other games he can go an entire half — or longer — mostly unnoticed. Junior Lagerald Vick’s impact from game to game is even too erratic for 15th-year Kansas head coach Bill Self to predict. A little ...

Udoka Azubuike playing with more energy, ‘oomph’ as Jayhawks head into March

It only took 21 minutes Monday against Texas for center Udoka Azubuike to supply Kansas with one of the most productive games of his young career. The 7-foot sophomore yielded 20 points and often seemed invincible in his domination of the Longhorns’ front line. Defenders have looked ...

KU freshman Marcus Garrett emerging as more complete player late in season

Easily lost in the farewell performances inside Allen Fieldhouse by seniors Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, as well as the always wide-reaching shadow of center Udoka Azubuike, a freshman backup played as important a role as any of his Kansas teammates in the second half of Monday’s ...

5 stats that popped for Kansas in a Senior Night win over Texas

The No. 6-ranked team in the nation, Kansas sent seniors Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk [out in style on Big Monday, with an 80-70 win][1] over Texas in the Jayhawks’ Allen Fieldhouse finale. KU (24-6 overall, 13-4 Big 12) at times overwhelmed the undermanned Longhorns, even ...

Big 12 Power Rankings: Kansas clearly the league’s best team

For much of the conference schedule, the identity of the Big 12’s best team was either in a state of flux or up for debate. It’s no longer disputable. In 2018, Kansas, as usual, is without equal in this league. West Virginia couldn’t finish off the Jayhawks after taking big ...