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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 80, Iowa State 76

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 80-76 win over Iowa State on Big Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B ---------- Kansas had one of its most lopsided games of the season in terms of scoring inside. Thanks in large part to a dominant night by junior big ...

KU 3-point marksman Lagerald Vick trending upward once again

Whether it proves to be a two-game solar flare or the type of burst that can keep his right shooting hand comfortable and confident the remainder of the season, there is no denying that Lagerald Vick is on an upswing. After opening Big 12 play by connecting on 6 of his 20 3-point attempts as ...

Jayhawks should learn from late-game missteps in win over Texas

What was once a 10-point Kansas basketball lead shrunk to a single point Monday night when Texas guard Courtney Ramey drained an open transition 3-pointer with just nine seconds to go in the second half. The Jayhawks knew what would come next — a Longhorns foul to stop the clock and send KU ...

Baylor’s zone may force KU to play 2 bigs

If Bill Self has to ditch the Kansas basketball team’s four-guard lineup, and the head coach puts two bigs on the floor versus Baylor on Saturday afternoon, Self will do so somewhat begrudgingly and not because he’s enthusiastic about a return to a traditional look. Asked following the ...

Dedric Lawson beginning to grasp how to deal with defenses designed to stop him

In the first couple games of his Big 12 career, University of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson quickly discovered that his name and game were no secret to opponents. Lawson may have spent his first two college seasons at Memphis and last year as a redshirt, but even before his debut season began ...

KU will have to adapt quickly to playing without Udoka Azbuike

When the Kansas Jayhawks left Ames, Iowa, on Saturday it seemed more likely center Udoka Azubuike would play Wednesday versus TCU than miss a second game in a row. Bill Self described holding the 7-footer out at Iowa State as “precautionary,” until Azubuike had an MRI on his injured right ...

Udoka Azubuike’s teammates haven’t given up on him as free-throw shooter

Udoka Azubuike, considered a notorious misser of free throws by some, has not lost the trust of his Kansas basketball teammates when he steps to the foul line. How could that be, with the burly center connecting on a lowly 34.4 percent of his freebies so far this season? The man who starts ...

KU bigs Lawson and Azubuike more than capable of playing together

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/jan/02/328216/ Thirteen games into the season the Kansas basketball team still hasn’t come close to reaching its ceiling, particularly on offense. The latest evidence of how much better the No. 5 Jayhawks (12-1) could become over the course of the next ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 74, Villanova 71

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/dec/15/328076/ Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 74-71 win over Villanova on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: C+ ---------- KU got off to a promising start and an 8-1 lead with a couple of early 3-pointers — one ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 63, New Mexico State 60

Kansas City, Mo. — Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 63-60 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night at Sprint Center. Offense: C ---------- The starting lineup didn’t miss Lagerald Vick in the opening minutes versus the Aggies. Charlie Moore came out ...

New KU football OC Chip Lindsey shares thoughts on Pooka Williams, QBs and more

After two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn, a historically successful SEC football program that routinely plays in the postseason, Chip Lindsey arrived Tuesday at Kansas, where the Jayhawks haven’t been to a bowl game since 2008 and have won three or fewer ...

Jayhawks in need of more 3-point shooting to support Lagerald Vick

Lagerald Vick’s borderline ludicrous 3-point shooting over the course of the Kansas basketball team’s previous five games had the Jayhawks ranked seventh in the country in long-distance accuracy (43.9 percent) entering the week. Those numbers notwithstanding, on the eve of KU’s seventh ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 90, Stanford 84 (OT)

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/dec/01/327964/ Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 90-84 overtime win over Stanford on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B- ---------- KU spent much of the first half failing to find a flow on offense. Twenty minutes ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 87, Tennessee 81 (OT)

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 87-81 overtime win over Tennessee Friday night at the NIT Season Tip-Off, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Offense: B- ---------- As is now tradition, Lagerald Vick (15 points) opened the game by knocking down a 3-pointer. But the Jayhawks ...

Les Miles left Louisiana, but his name remains influential in ‘The Boot’

The Les Miles brand grew to the height of its powers in Louisiana. It’s where Miles coached the football team at the state’s flagship university, LSU, from 2005 to 2016. And it’s a place that he continued to call home for the past two years, during his hiatus from the sidelines. His ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 77, Marquette 68

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 77-68 win over Marquette Wednesday night at the NIT Season Tip-Off, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Offense: B- ---------- KU trailed 47-38 at halftime and headed to the locker room on the heels of a choppy showing that featured five ...

KU players try not to tip their hands when asked about Les Miles buzz

Norman, Okla. — It’s rare to find Kansas safety Mike Lee in a bad mood. The junior from New Orleans loves to talk, and that makes him all the more affable in a postgame interview setting. Unless you’ve just asked Lee about a specific mistake he made on the field he’ll respond to most ...