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These guys again: First-place WVU bringing assertive style to Allen Fieldhouse

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/12/301747/ The Big 12’s first-place team plays Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. And, no (as you’re surely aware), it’s not Kansas. The No. 6-ranked Jayhawks are a game back of 10th-ranked West Virginia, coached by the often grouchy and always entertaining Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers (19-4 overall, 8-2 Big 12) ...

These guys again: KU visiting last-place TCU

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/16/301976/ In its first rematch of the season, Kansas gets the only Big 12 team headed into the weekend with a losing record: TCU. Of course, the Jayhawks haven’t exactly looked stellar in road games this season — see KU’s current 3-game road losing streak and 2-3 record inside opposing ...

Get to know competitive K-State before Sunflower Showdown

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/23/287376/ Not many people around the Big 12 expected much out of Bruce Weber’s Wildcats this season. The league’s coaches picked Kansas State to finish tied for eighth (with TCU) in the preseason poll. Almost midway through the conference schedule, K-State (13-8 overall, 2-6 Big 12) isn’t blowing people away. ...

Kentucky might be hitting stride just in time for trip to Kansas

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/nov/18/282450/ The hype for Kansas versus Kentucky might not be quite as deafening as college basketball fans hoped when the Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup was announced. Both teams aren’t currently ranked in the top five, like they were in the preseason polls. But that doesn’t mean Saturday night’s showdown (6 ...

Getting to know Monté Morris, catalyst for Iowa State's potent offense

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/21/302157/ When first-year Iowa State coach Steve Prohm took over this past offseason, he inherited one of the most talented offensive cores in all of college basketball. But for the all-around play-making of Georges Niang, the ferocious dunks of Jameel McKay and the three-point shooting of Matt Thomas, none of ...

Getting to know Shaka Smart's surging Longhorns

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/22/302187/ As the initial season for a new head coach often goes, Shaka Smart’s first few months leading Texas have featured some highs and lows. UT began the season 2-3. A few weeks later, Smart’s Longhorns knocked off North Carolina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN-ZLsVOEd8 Then Big 12 play got started and Texas dropped ...

Failure to finish around rim has cost KU in losses

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/jan/18/kansas-basketball-v-oklahoma-state/115188/ Missing high-percentage shots will cost you in college basketball, and perhaps no team understands that more than Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks. While KU (15-3 overall, 4-2 Big 12) hasn’t lost an overwhelming amount of games, unsuccessful shots inside have stood out as one of the bigger issues when the ...

Getting to know Oklahoma State

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/18/302051/ Travis Ford’s Oklahoma State Cowboys have won 4 of the last 6 times Kansas and Bill Self have visited Gallagher-Iba Arena. But the Cowboys’ offensive troubles this season (66.4 points in Big 12 games) could be a bit much to overcome against the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks. OSU’s players know ...

Getting to know TCU, which has struggled offensively and on the road

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/27/285893/ TCU hasn’t done too well away from home this season, and coach Trent Johnson’s Horned Frogs will have an annoyed bunch of Jayhawks waiting for them at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, after No. 1 Kansas lost at West Virginia earlier this week. TCU (9-7 overall, 1-3 Big 12) won ...

Getting to know No. 11 West Virginia, which thrives on thievery, second chances

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/11/301694/ Sure, No. 1-ranked Kansas has faced a couple of the nation’s top teams this season. But Bill Self’s Jayhawks have yet to experience a road game against a top-10 caliber opponent. So even though KU defeated No. 2 Oklahoma in triple overtime last week and lost on a neutral ...

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