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Udoka Azubuike’s presence elevates KU’s ceiling

With so many rotation players from the Kansas basketball team transferring, declaring for the draft or testing the NBA waters it seemed a safe bet that Udoka Azubuike, who dipped his sizable toes into the pre-draft process a year ago, might not be around for the 2019-20 season, ...

Les Miles and Bill Self become ‘Step Brothers’

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/feb/06/328652/ The Kansas football fans who showed up Saturday for the Jayhawks’ spring game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium got a bit of a surprise during one of the breaks in the action. And for that matter, so did the man responsible for ...

Evolving early entry rules even make it hard for Bill Self to manage a roster

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/mar/23/329080/ Since the day he accepted the position 16 years ago, Bill Self’s job title at the University of Kansas has been head men’s basketball coach. But it might as well be general manager, CEO, president of basketball operations and czar of ...

Open KU football practice provides hints of what depth chart could look like

If Kansas football coach Les Miles and his assistants currently have a depth chart they feel good about during the final stage of spring practices, they’re certainly not making it public. However, during the Jayhawks’ open practice on Thursday — a light, pads-free warmup for Saturday’s ...

Once Jayhawks digest dismaying loss, they’ll use early March exit as motivation

As much as the Kansas basketball players who lived through Saturday’s second-round NCAA Tournament encounter with Auburn would like to wipe the night full of lowlight memories from their heads, that’s not the way season-ending defeats work. These types of losses frustrate, linger and ...

1 win down and … how many to go for the Jayhawks?

Salt Lake City — Thursday afternoon inside the Kansas locker room, shortly after the Jayhawks opened their path through the NCAA Tournament with a first-round victory over Northeastern, head coach Bill Self had a question for his players. “Good job. Hey, guys. One down and how many to ...

Mitch Lightfoot preparing KU’s NCAA Tournament newbies for what’s to come

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/mar/20/329017/ Salt Lake City — On Thursday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home Arena, seven members of the Kansas basketball team’s rotation will experience the NCAA Tournament — and all the nerves and pressure and highs and lows that accompany it — ...

Jayhawks get 4-guard do-over to open NCAA Tournament

On Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo., shortly after Kansas lost to Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament championship game, freshman point guard Devon Dotson sat in the Jayhawks’ Sprint Center locker room answering questions about what went wrong. As he detailed both the positives and ...

Luck shines on the Jayhawks on Selection Sunday

If Selection Sunday is any indication, the Kansas Jayhawks should enter the NCAA Tournament feeling lucky. While it’s true this team experienced way too many valleys during an at times rocky regular season to make any assumptions about what’s in store for the Jayhawks this week in Salt ...

Dedric Lawson repeatedly reminded of painful March Madness memory from his childhood

**Kansas City, Mo.** — Prompted Thursday night after his Big 12 tournament debut to take a trip down his personal March Madness Memory Lane, Dedric Lawson’s roots popped up. A native of Memphis, Tenn., and, of course, a former Memphis Tiger himself, it came as no surprise that his hometown ...

Quentin Grimes: Jayhawks ‘trending upwards’ entering postseason

**Kansas City, Mo.** — The four freshmen members of the Kansas basketball team’s starting lineup have experienced plenty over the last four-plus months. Flourishing and regressing. Achievements and failures. Getting tastes of what it’s like to battle national powerhouses such as ...

With most of rotation unproven in March, unpredictable postseason awaits Jayhawks

**Kansas City, Mo.** — During his close to 16 seasons at the University of Kansas, Bill Self has coached teams bound for Final Four glory and others that crashed and burned as victims of the Madness known as March. Sometimes, even the man who has a better feel for the state of a given group ...

Once a nonfactor, David McCormack emerging right on time for KU

A path through March that could either redeem a Kansas basketball team dissatisfied with the way the past couple of months turned out or further expose the Jayhawks’ flaws begins at the Big 12 tournament. Awaiting them at Sprint Center for Thursday’s last quarterfinal will be a Texas team ...

Trip to KC should determine Jayhawks’ March Madness map

Anyone who has spent spare time during the past couple of months checking in on the always fluid NCAA Tournament bracket projections by now knows the destinations by heart. First- and second-round games will be played next week in San Jose, Calif.; Hartford, Conn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Des ...

Jayhawks enter postseason still looking for some ‘oomph’

If the only objective on the last day of the regular season was to pick up another victory, Bill Self would have been thrilled with the play of his Kansas basketball team on Saturday. The truth is he was looking for more. Self had no complaints about the way the Jayhawks handled Baylor’s ...

Big 12 Player of Year award still up for grabs in final week of regular season

Just as the Big 12 title race has yet to be resolved with mere days to go in the regular season, this year’s conference player of the year award remains up for grabs, too. There’s no one dominating the league the way Blake Griffin did at Oklahoma in 2009 or Kevin Durant did in 2007 — not ...

Devon Dotson ideal guard for KU’s late-season push

Ask Devon Dotson to identify the best 3-point shooter on the Kansas basketball team and he’ll preface his response by first telling you he doesn’t study the statistics. Then Dotson will point to two of his teammates, Quentin Grimes and Ochai Agbaji. The reply doubles as yet another ...