Smithology

Despite tumultuous season, Cliff Alexander remembers time at KU fondly

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/14/286892/ Like fellow one-and-done Jayhawk Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander won’t have a press conference to discuss [his decision to leave early and enter the NBA Draft][1]. An NCAA investigation into his eligibility that forced KU to keep Alexander off the court for the final eight games ...

KU's Elite Eight loss to VCU comes up on Shaka Smart's first day at Texas

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2011/mar/27/kansas-v-vcu/81965/ Shaka Smart, whose 2011 VCU Rams [busted onto the college hoops scene by toppling No. 1 seed Kansas][1] on the way to the Final Four, didn’t flee for the first big-name university to call him up once he became a hot coaching commodity. He stuck it out in Richmond, ...

Clint Bowen details what's in store for KU's defense this spring

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/nov/01/281517/ Kansas football assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen knows this spring will be critical in the overall development of the 2015 Jayhawks, even if there are more things on his to-do list than can possibly be accomplished for a young, rebuilding unit. After going through just four ...

Dean Smith thanks former players with checks

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2005/mar/30/7874/ Known not just for his contributions to the game of basketball, but also for his class and love for his players, Dean Smith’s legend continues to grow — even after his death. Before Smith died, the former Kansas basketball player and legendary North Carolina coach made sure he left ...

Getting to know Wichita State

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/20/288732/ Separated by 161 miles of interstate and rolling plains, Kansas and Wichita State could play basketball against each other every year pretty easily. Of course, they don’t. Which makes Sunday’s NCAA Tournament meeting — the first game between the Jayhawks and Shockers since January 6, 1993 — feel even ...

Getting to know upset-minded NMSU

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/16/288475/ New Mexico State hasn’t lost a college basketball game since Jan. 17. Winners of 13 straight, the Aggies hope to keep that streak alive Friday in Omaha, Nebraska, against national powerhouse Kansas. Dancing in March for the fourth season in a row, NMSU (23-10) also has a chance to ...

Bill Self examines the Midwest region of NCAA Tournament

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/05/283347/ As the 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket got unveiled Sunday evening, it quickly became clear Kansas University might have one of the most difficult roads to the Final Four in Indianapolis. KU coach Bill Self discussed his team’s Friday matchup with a solid No. 15 seed, New Mexico State, as ...

Bill Self, Jayhawks turn their focus toward postseason

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/03/287822/ Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his Jayhawks finally can turn their focus to the postseason. At a press conference Monday in Allen Fieldhouse, Self spoke plenty about this week’s Big 12 Tournament and some about the NCAA madness that follows. Of course, the status of three guys ...

These guys again: No. 15 Oklahoma

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/19/285396/ Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma Sooners hoped Saturday’s regular-season finale at home against perennial power Kansas would decide the 2015 Big 12 championship. However, two road losses in OU’s previous five games destroyed the Sooners’ chances of becoming the team that ended KU’s run of regular-season dominance. Oklahoma lost at Kansas ...

Bill Self: Big 12 champion Jayhawks going to OU to win

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/03/287801/ Just one game remains in the regular season for Bill Self’s Kansas basketball team, and his Jayhawks (24-6 overall, 13-4 Big 12) already have sole possession of a conference championship sealed up. Plus, two guys that started for KU just less than two weeks ago — forwards Perry Ellis ...

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