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Ahead of KU-Baylor battle of potential No. 1 seeds, Bill Self says Big 12 not top-heavy

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/feb/01/314211/ When No. 3 Kansas plays at No. 4 Baylor Saturday in Waco, Texas, the nation will be able to tune in (noon, CBS) and check out not only the top two teams in the Big 12, but also two potential No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Still, KU ...

Avengers: Bill Self's KU teams never have suffered a Big 12 sweep

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/feb/13/314487/ As astonishing as the Kansas basketball team’s [do-or-die comeback][1] was in the final minutes Monday night against West Virginia, the Jayhawks’ absurd rally and overtime victory helped preserve an equally staggering example of the program’s dominance. The Mountaineers, up 14 points with less than three minutes to play in ...

The other guys: A look at less heralded KU football additions for 2017

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/dec/17/300763/ Not every prospect who made his commitment to the Kansas football program official on National Signing Day comes to the team with the buzz of a highly-rated skill player. But head coach David Beaty took time Wednesday to compliment every player in the 2017 class whom he could officially ...

National Signing Day: Meet KU football's 2017 recruiting class

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/31/314161/ Within the college football universe, few offseason dates carry the weight and excitement of National Signing Day. Even for a reconstructing program such as Kansas, the future possibilities that accompany an influx of new blood are more than enough to invigorate coaches and the most loyal members of a ...

Kansas expecting 12 additions to Class of 2017 on National Signing Day

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/sep/03/310131/ In order for the Kansas football team to continue on its measured upward trajectory in head coach David Beaty’s third season in Lawrence, the Jayhawks will have to carry on with improving their depth and talent in 2017. On Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the Jayhawks hope to make another ...

John Calipari, who knows his KU basketball, previews Kentucky's matchup with Jayhawks

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/30/302570/ Kentucky coach John Calipari might know as much about Kansas basketball as any current head coach outside of the program who is not named Danny Manning. An assistant coach at Kansas from 1982 to 1985, Calipari said Friday during his press conference he used to use the archaic shower ...

Five areas of concern for the Jayhawks, as seen in their two losses

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2017/jan/24/kansas-basketball-v-west-virginia/119944/ The Kansas basketball team loses so infrequently — see: the Jayhawks’ two setbacks 20 games into this season and just 6.4 a year in Bill Self’s previous 13 seasons in charge at KU — it’s easy to spot the common issues that lead to defeats over the course of ...

Frank Mason knows best

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/21/313922/ None of Frank Mason III’s 12 Kansas basketball teammates would consider the senior point guard and leader a selfish player. Sometimes, however, the 5-foot-11 Mason just has to take over. The Jayhawks weren’t exactly in dire straits, up eight against Texas at halftime Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, but ...

Jayhawks playing faster this season to maximize offensive punch

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/dec/06/312659/ Finding talented players with which to work never has been an issue for Bill Self in his 14 seasons as the head coach of the Kansas basketball program. Some of Self’s teams have featured dominant big men, others dynamic guards, but every season he knows what will work for ...

Stock watch: Josh Jackson's shooting could impact draft position

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ Even the greatest players on the planet have their flaws. That’s what makes debating one man’s on-the-court value versus another’s a fundamental element of basketball discussions. For star Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, his strengths are numerous and his imperfections, while scarce, are obvious. Jackson, who turns 20 in February, ...

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