Smithology

Dean Smith thanks former players with checks

Benton Smith

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

Benton Smith

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

Benton Smith

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

Benton Smith

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 ...

These guys again: No. 20 West Virginia

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/16/287092/ Odds are you vividly remember what happened the last time Kansas and West Virginia squared off. Feb. 16 wasn’t that long ago, after all. The final seconds, in which the Mountaineers’ Juwan Staten scored a layup on one end of the floor and the Jayhawks’ Perry Ellis missed one ...

These guys again: Texas

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/24/285728/ The Texas Longhorns, presumed before the season began to occupy the same air at the top of the Big 12 with Kansas — or perhaps operate at a slightly higher stratosphere — are running out of time to save face. Rick Barnes, in search of his 400th career win ...

Bill Self: KU has to take care of business in Big 12 race

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/24/285732/ With Kansas University back atop the Big 12 basketball standings and one of the league’s preseason favorites, Texas, coming to Allen Fieldhouse Saturday, KU coach Bill Self had his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon. The coach hit on KU’s loss at Kansas State this week, what Iowa State’s loss ...

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