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Kansas drops one spot to No. 8 in Associated Press basketball poll; Doug McDermott shoots Creighton up to No. 11

Tom Keegan

Kansas dropped one spot to No. 8 in the Associated Press college basketball poll, released Monday, and Creighton made the biggest upward move, bolting from 18th to 11th. The senior star system isn’t dead after all. Creighton walk-on Doug McDermott is running away with national player of the year honors. ...

Kansas moves to No. 7 in AP college basketball poll; Larry Brown's SMU checks in at No. 23

Tom Keegan

No college basketball team has played better in the month of February than the one coached by a man who was 11 when Kansas won its first of three NCAA Tournament titles. Larry Brown was 48 and coaching the Jayhawks when Kansas won its second NCAA tournament in 1988. He ...

Marcus Smart needs professional help

Tom Keegan

Let's hope Marcus Smart, spiraling dangerously out of control, gets the suspension he deserves and the counseling help he clearly needs. Something — perhaps the decision to turn down probable guaranteed millions by returning to Oklahoma State for a sophomore season back-firing with each missed three-point shot that easily could ...

Victor Ortiz: From belt to belted

Tom Keegan

Victor Ortiz, an orphan from Southern California who rose above hopeless circumstances to wear the WBC welterweight title belt on his waist and the Jayhawk logo on the back of his shorts, stood on top of the world three years ago. [The story Ortiz told of his youth][1] — he ...

Kansas ranked No. 8 in Associated Press college basketball poll

Tom Keegan

Parity was the big winner in college basketball last week, when 15 of the 25 teams ranked in the Associated Press college basketball poll lost at least once. Top 25 teams combined for a 27-20 record. Voters didn't punish Kansas too badly for its first Big 12 loss, 81-69, at ...

Kansas moves to No. 6 in AP college basketball poll, eyes fifth No. 1 seed in eight years

Tom Keegan

Kansas moved up two spots to No. 6 in the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 poll, released Monday. The Jayhawks are gunning for a remarkable fifth No. 1 seed in the past eight seasons. They are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the flawed RPI, which puts far ...

KU's Joel Embiid, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet shafted by Wooden watch list

Tom Keegan

I box my ears and make the motor-boat sound every time someone gripes about an athlete being excluded from a Hall of Fame, mid-season watch list, etc., without first making room for him or her by citing who deserves to be removed. Don’t just say who belongs, say who doesn’t, ...

AP college basketball poll: Kansas No. 8, first among six ranked Big 12 schools

Tom Keegan

Kansas moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 poll, released Monday. The Big 12 has by far the biggest presence of any conference in the rankings, with six of its 10 teams making an appearance, a remarkable 60 percent of its members. The only ...

Kansas, ranked 15th in AP college basketball poll, fourth among five Big 12 schools

Tom Keegan

In the wake of impressive victories at Oklahoma and in Allen Fieldhouse against Kansas State, Kansas moved up three spots to No. 15 in the weekly Associated Press college basketball poll, released Monday. Still, KU is no better than fourth among five ranked Big 12 schools, standing behind No. 8 ...

Updated KU basketball stats for dunks, floor burns

Tom Keegan

Reader Steve Zimmerman requested of KUsports.com this season's dunk stats for the Jayhawks. Here they are, Steve: 1 - [Joel Embiid (16)][1] 2 - [Andrew Wiggins (12)][2] 3 - Perry Ellis (8) 4t - Tarik Black, Wayne Selden (5) 6 - Jamari Traylor (4) 7t - Landen Lucas, Frank Mason, ...

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