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Former Kansas University forward Perry Ellis, who still is less than a month removed from being the face of the KU basketball program, teamed with the popular web site The Players' Tribune to pen a farewell letter to Jayhawk fans everywhere.
The letter, titled "Thank You, Kansas," takes Jayhawk fans on a journey all the way back to Ellis' freshman year and before, with pictures from his days as a young baller and tales of his childhood in Wichita.
Some of it you've heard before, but even if you have it's one final look at what being a Jayhawk meant to Ellis.
Dubbed "a new media company that provides athletes with a platform to connect directly with their fans, in their own words," The Players' Tribune has taken the sports world by storm, with letters, flashbacks, inside stories and memorable moments from some of the world's best known athletes.
Founded by former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune publishes first-person stories from athletes, providing unique insight into the daily sports conversation. Through impactful and powerful long and short form stories, video series and podcasts, The Players’ Tribune brings fans closer than ever to the games they love.
Fellow former KU great Paul Pierce already has been featured on the site 11 times, including this look back at the heartbreaking loss to Arizona during the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
Every March — and one weekend each April — the NCAA Tournament churns out indelible moments that live on in the consciousness of college basketball fans like the very March Madness promos designed to remind us of the mega event’s greatness.
The 2016 tournament featured a phenomenal national title game, capped by a buzzer-beater for the ages by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins.
But that wasn’t the only great game of the most recent postseason — nor the only Villanova matchup that kept fans on the edges of their seats.
Zac Ellis of SI.com ranked the top 10 battles of the 2016 tourney, and the Wildcats’ Elite Eight meeting with Kansas made the list, as well.
While Villanova’s 64-59 victory in Louisville will linger in the hearts and minds of KU basketball fans for years, because it meant the end of the road for the top-seeded Jayhawks, the regional final also stood out for neutral parties.
Ellis (Zac of SI.com, not Perry of KU) said Kansas vs. Villanova, which he ranked No. 6, had a “Final Four feel to it.”
See the complete top 10 over as SI.com. (You can probably guess which game topped the rankings.)
Where does KU-’Nova rank in your mind? It certainly turned out to be a more defensive-oriented game, but the effort exerted by both teams is undeniable.
Starting with Bob Frederick, late athletic director of Kansas University, the Frederick family has built a rich Final Four tradition.
Bob served as the chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee and hired Roy Williams, who took the Jayhawks to four Final Fours.
Bob’s son, Brad Frederick, director of operations on Williams’ staff at North Carolina, went to two Final Fours as a player at North Carolina and earlier this month was in Houston, where the Tar Heels lost at the buzzer to Villanova in the national-title game.
But a pint-sized patriot by the name of Sawyer Frederick, the youngest of Brad and Jocelyn’s three children, has become the most famous of all the Fredericks.
A video of Sawyer, all of 2 years old, shaking the hands of several military personnel on the tarmac after the North Carolina basketball team’s chartered flight landed for the Final Four has gone viral.
Jocelyn took the video with her phone, and her brother-in-law, Chris Frederick, a KU graduate student and bartender at The Sandbar, posted it on Youtube, triggering a frenzy of interest from global media outlets, including (London-based) The Telegraph.
“Sawyer is really funny because he is adorable to look at, but he doesn’t talk a whole lot,” Jocelyn said by phone from North Carolina. “But he’s a busy body, toddles around like a pint-sized version of an adult, so he’s very funny.”
Jocelyn said the "Pint-Sized Patriot," nickname has caught on in North Carolina.
Jocelyn and Sawyer appeared Thursday on “Fox and Friends,” and the video appears on the ABC news website.
Margey Frederick, Sawyer’s grandmother and a Lawrence resident, said she is “incredibly proud. We are a family that always supported the military. It was really fun. I had no idea it would mushroom into this much attention.”
Chris Frederick, the youngest of Bob and Margey's four sons, said that at last check, one of the Youtube postings had reached 1.3 million views.
“I read the comments under it and so many people posted that watching it brought them to tears,” Chris said. “So I sent my sister-in-law a text saying, ‘I bet you didn’t imagine when you were filming this you would make people all over the world cry.’ ”
Tonight's the night.
Kobe Bryant, the man Magic Johnson himself calls the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all time, will play the final game of his legendary NBA career at home in front of what figures to be a star-studded crowd of some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
And there's no doubt that, given that this is Kobe and Hollywood we're talking about, it figures to be one heck of a send-off.
For those of you who don't care much for Kobe, I'm sure the dominant thought in your minds is, "Hasn't this whole season been a Kobe send-off?" And, yeah. It has. But that's what happens when legends say goodbye and, love or hate him, Kobe Bryant, on the floor is a basketball legend.
With that said, so much of this day and this week have been about Kobe send-offs. And one of the most recent tributes I saw, a Nike commercial which should speak to the Kobe fans and haters, featured a little Kansas basketball flavor, as legendary Jayhawk and Boston Celtic Paul Pierce made an appearance.
Here's a look...
Josh Jackson fever has overtaken the Kansas basketball universe since the No. 1-rated player in the Class of 2016 tweeted out Monday night his decision to play for the Jayhawks next season.
Because the 6-foot-7 wing won’t arrive in Lawrence until the summer and won’t suit up for KU until November, the only way to watch him in the meantime is to check out Jackson’s YouTube highlight reels.
We’ve compiled a small assortment of the more enthralling clips. So feel free to watch to your heart’s content and consider how Jackson will translate to the college game and fit in at Kansas — playing for coach Bill Self, alongside the likes of Frank Mason III, Devonté Graham, Landen Lucas, Carlton Bragg Jr., Svi Mykhailiuk, and the rest of the Jayhawks.
Jackson’s amazing explosiveness and fiery competitive approach to the game become abundantly clear in the array of mixtapes and highlights, viewable below.
(This clip also mixes in highlights of Michigan State-bound Miles Bridges, but is worth viewing for the in-game display put on by Jackson.)
According to multiple recent reports, highly coveted high school senior Josh Jackson, a 6-foot-7, 201-pound McDonald’s All-American wing ranked No. 1 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, will announce his college of choice next Monday or Wednesday.
This is in line with Jackson’s original timeline of sometime after the Nike Hoops Summit game, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and will be shown on ESPN2.
Future Jayhawk big man Udoka Azubuike also will play in the Hoops Summit game on Saturday.
As for which day is most likely between the two, Eric Bossi, a national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, recently Tweeted that Jackson told him that Monday would be the day.
No. 1 Josh Jackson tells me that Monday is likely going to be the day for his college decision.— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) April 8, 2016
Kansas and head coach Bill Self remain in good position for Jackson’s services and the Jayhawks are competing with Michigan State and Arizona to land the standout perimeter player who has the total package and figures to make an immediate and profound impact wherever he plays his college ball.
Jackson, who earned co-MVP honors at the McDonald's game, has said throughout the process that he's looking for the best fit for him as a person and basketball player and often talked about how important the family feel would be for him in choosing a school.
Here are a couple of recent good looks at Jackson from USA Today.
The stage gets bigger every day for the top-seeded Kansas basketball team, as the Jayhawks make their NCAA Tournament run.
Friday was a day off from basketball for KU, which is one win away from a trip to Houston for the Final Four.
The Kansas players, coach Bill Self, as well as their counterparts at Villanova, and coach Jay Wright, stayed busy this afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, with media interviews previewing their Saturday night Elite Eight showdown at the KFC Yum! Center.
— Check out the highlights from the afternoon of interviews: Jayhawks and Wildcats preview Elite Eight matchup
As the South region’s No. 1 seed, the Kansas Jayhawks, prepare to face 5th-seeded Maryland in Louisville, Kentucky, the players and coaches went through interviews with the media and an open practice Wednesday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.
— Get the highlights from the KUsports.com team at our live blog: Sweet 16 Media Day: Kansas vs. Maryland
Both the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks and No. 9-seed Connecticut Huskies had plenty of questions to answer and topics to cover Friday at Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines, Iowa.
KU and UConn face off Saturday night with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Players and coaches from both schools spent a chunk of Friday afternoon sharing their thoughts on the matchup between two of the nation’s most prominent programs.
— Get the media day highlights from KUsports.com’s live coverage: Jayhawks and Huskies headed toward Saturday showdown
3:23 p.m. Update:
Several KU players shared what past NCAA Tournaments taught them that they can use heading into this year's run.
2:55 p.m. update:
An open-to-the-public practice served as the last part of the Jayhawks' Wednesday obligations at Wells Fargo Arena. Here is a look at the highlights:
2:10 p.m. update:
1:50 p.m. update:
Kansas veterans Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas answered questions at a press conference early Wednesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
1:30 p.m. update:
A handful of Austin Peay players give their first thoughts on what hearing the words "Kansas basketball" means to them.
When the 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket came out Sunday night, Austin Peay junior forward Kenny Jones says his eyes didn’t move too far from the No. 1 seed line.
The Governors knew they would be a 16 seed and they couldn’t wait to find out which national program they would play in the first round.
Believe it or not, most of the pre-Selection Show discussion in the AP locker room focused on whether the Governors would be in a play-in game, and they actually hoped that would be the case.
Jones says Austin Peay’s players are excited to face Kansas without the benefit of a play-in game, though. And he thinks playing in what should be a packed Wells Fargo Arena, with KU, Kentucky and Indians fans descending on Des Moines, Iowa, will be a special experience, too.
1 p.m. update:
Austin Peay senior guard Khalil Davis didn’t fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket, but he has seen on social media and through other avenues that some people have picked the 16th-seeded Governors to knock off No. 1 overall seed Kansas.
A No. 16 seed never has defeated a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
This will serve as your landing spot today as the KUsports.com team covers the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks the day before their 2016 NCAA Tournament opener against Austin Peay.
— Check back throughout the day for updates.
Now that the brackets are out and the No. 1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (30-4) know where they’re headed (Des Moines) and who they’ll play (Austin Peay), Kansas coach Bill Self reacted to Sunday’s NCAA Tournament news at a press conference.
— Get the Q&A highlights from KUsports.com's live coverage of the press conference: Self reacts to KU's draw, South region
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEWS:
Since 2016 is an election year — and since Bill Self, both before Kansas and with the Jayhawks has fared pretty well during election years in the past (Elite 8 in 2000 at Tulsa, Elite 8 in 2004 during first year at KU, national title in 2008, national runner-up in 2012 — why not put a little election-year spin on this year's NCAA Tournament?
That's sort of what the guys at SportsBettingExperts.com did recently by polling 100 college basketball fans in all 50 states and asking them for their pick to win this year's national championship.
Kansas, which enters this week's Big 12 championship in Kansas City, Mo., as the 12-time Big 12 champ and No. 1 ranked team in the nation, was the overwhelming pick by America's college hoops fans.
People in 18 different states gave Kansas the nod in the recent poll, with Villanova (7), Michigan State (5) and North Carolina (2) playing the Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich roles in the polls.
Here's a list of the states that KU claimed along with a map of how the entire country voted. It's kind of cool and completely understandable to see how the Utes claimed Utah, West Virginia went with the Mountaineers or Oklahoma went with the Sooners.
But there were a couple of strange selections, such as Villanova winning in Washington and Hawaii or Kansas claiming New Hampshire.
Either way, it was a pretty fun and clearly very unscientific way to break down what has become one of the most exciting events in today's sports landscape.
Also, from betting site bovada.lv, listed below in the third column are the updated odds to win the national championship as of March 3. The second column is where the odds sat one month earlier.
As you can see, four Big 12 teams rank in the Top 20, including Kansas, which, at 5-1, is the co-favorite with Michigan State.
Kansas — 12/1 — 5/1
Michigan State — 12/1 — 5/1
North Carolina — 6/1 — 9/1
Kentucky — 20/1 — 10/1
Oklahoma — 15/2 — 12/1
Xavier — 20/1 — 12/1
Villanova — 16/1 — 14/1
Virginia — 25/1 — 14/1
Duke — 14/1 — 20/1
Maryland — 11/1 — 20/1
Iowa — 12/1 — 25/1
Wisconsin — 200/1 — 25/1
Miami FL — 28/1 — 28/1
Arizona — 33/1 — 33/1
California — 100/1 — 33/1
Indiana — 33/1 — 33/1
Iowa State — 25/1 — 33/1
Oregon — 40/1 — 33/1
West Virginia — 28/1 — 33/1
Wichita State — 25/1 — 33/1
It does not appear that the powers that be in the Bracketology world are interested at all in moving Kansas off of the No. 1 seed line.
The Jayhawks, who have won 11 in a row and enter the postseason as hot as any team in the country, have a lot to do with that and, even if KU does not fare well in Kansas City this week, it seems like it will not have a negative affect on KU's seed.
The Jayhawks, barring something incredibly crazy, will be a No. 1 seed and as long as they win a game or two in KCMO, they likely will be the No. 1 overall seed.
With that in mind, it's time to start taking a closer look at which teams are on the 8-9 line. No disrespect to the 16 seeds, but since a No. 1 has never lost to No. 16, it doesn't seem like spending too much time studying who those teams might be is really worth it. Besides, would it even mean much to anyone if we started talking about Texas Southern, Wagner or Wright State?
With the possible exception of a first-round match-up between KU and Florida Gulf Coast — aka Bill Self against Joe Dooley — there's not a lot of intrigue in the 1-16 match-ups.
That second-round showdown could be something, though.
Right now, in his latest Bracketology update (March 8), ESPN's Joe Lunardi again has Wichita State in that 8-9 game in KU's region. That would set up a potential KU-WSU rematch from last season's tournament and, obviously, would bring a lot of buzz to the Sunflower State.
Looking beyond that, though, there are some teams on the 8-9 line that are pretty powerful.
South Carolina, under former K-State coach Frank Martin, has had a good year. St. Mary's is an underrated team on the rise. And Colorado, coached by former Jayhawk Tad Boyle, has a couple of signature victories over good teams.
While those are all interesting and potentially dangerous second-round teams, the one that jumped off the page at me is Vanderbilt. You'll remember Vandy from the title game in Maui, where the Commodores pushed the Jayhawks to the brink and had plenty of people leaving the islands thinking that Kevin Stallings' team was a potential Final Four ballclub. They still might be. Even though the Commodores fell on hard times during the middle of the season, they're playing much better of late and recently knocked off Kentucky at home.
I doubt that's a team Kansas would face in the second round, but, as you can tell from what's mentioned above, there are plenty of strong teams all over the bracket in the 7-10 range that easily could be waiting on the Jayhawks in Round 2.
Such is life in college basketball this season and it appears that the days of the 8-9 game being a battle of weaker teams are long gone.
The No. 1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks went 27-4 in the regular season and their 15-3 mark in conference play secured the program’s 12th straight Big 12 regular-season championship. Now the real fun begins.
The postseason is here, and KU will get started Thursday at Sprint Center, in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals. Kansas coach Bill Self discussed the K.C. showcase and the NCAAs Monday, before the Jayhawks embark on their March Madness journey.
— Read up on all the Q&A highlights from KUsports.com’s live coverage.
— AUDIO | Listen to the complete press conference: Bill Self looks ahead to Big 12 tourney and NCAAs
As suspected, Wichita State already has moved up a line or two from the last Watchetology update we did, taking them out of the 8-9 game in KU’s region.
Whether that’s good news for KU or not, it definitely qualifies as noteworthy.
With that in mind, Joe Lunardi’s most recent updated Bracketology (from March 2) still has KU as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest regional, with a second-round match-up against the winner of Colorado vs. Syracuse looming.
CU and the ‘Cuse both are teams with which KU has a significant amount of history and both would make for intriguing — but not necessarily difficult — second-round match-ups for the Jayhawks, who still appear to be Lunardi’s No. 1 overall seed.
KU’s updated regional includes the following teams: 2. Xavier, 3. Indiana, 4. Duke and 5. Iowa.
That potential Duke-Kansas Sweet 16 match-up is certainly interesting and easily the one thing from this updated version of the bracket that jumps off the page at me.
KU would likely be a substantial favorite in that match-up, but Duke, even with its non-existent bench, would be an incredibly tough third-round opponent, with Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram being two of the more talented offensive players in college basketball and Coach K being one of the all-time great coaches and tournament coaches. It’s a match-up I’m sure KU would rather not see that early.
Wichita State remains in the Midwest as the No. 7 seed and, the Big 12 kept its stranglehold on the top half of the bracket with all seven Big 12 teams in the tournament being on the 8 line or higher.
Here’s a look:
3. West Virginia
4. Iowa State
8. Texas Tech
KU will wrap up the regular season with Senior Day against Iowa State at 3 p.m. on Saturday and then it will be on to the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, with just one week standing between the end of the regular season and Selction Sunday on March 13.
It’s almost time.
Entering the final game of the regular season, No. 1-ranked Kansas already has wrapped up its 12th consecutive Big 12 championship ahead of Saturday’s Allen Fieldhouse finale, versus No. 21 Iowa State.
KU coach Bill Self discussed the Jayhawks’ Senior Day and much more at his weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon.
— Read the Q&A highlights from KUsports.com’s live coverage of the press conference: Jayhawks preparing for season finale
If you weren’t up late and on Twitter Monday night after KU’s 86-56 pounding of Texas in Austin, you might have missed a small dose of trash talk dished out by KU point guard Frank Mason.
But despite what you might be thinking, Mason was not jawing at the Longhorns. How could he? I mean, after what Kansas did to that team in its own building, talking trash would’ve just been too much.
But Mason had no problem sending some subtle words toward ESPN broadcaster Fran Fraschilla, who, a couple of weeks ago, sent out a Tweet ranking the Big 12 point guards and put Mason sixth on the list.
I doubt you would’ve found too many people who follow the conference closely who would’ve argued with the ranking at that point in time. Remember, Mason has only returned to his 2014-15 form during the past couple of weeks and was having an up-and-down season to that point.
In the past couple of weeks, however, Mason has been fantastic and has played a huge role in helping lead the Jayhawks to Big 12 title No. 12 in a row, something Mason wanted to make sure Fraschilla was aware of in an oh-so-subtle way.
Here’s a look at both Tweets, first the one from Fraschilla on Feb. 8 followed by Mason's Tweet late last night.
Best PG's in @Big12Conference: 1. Morris ISU 2. Cousins, OU 3. Taylor, UT 4. Evans, OSU 5. Medford, BU 6. Mason, KU. WVU by committee, too.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 9, 2016
"6th best PG in the Big 12" but what is my team? 😴— Frank Mason (@F_Mason0) March 1, 2016
Everybody likes lists. And everybody likes photos, as well. So we figured, why not put together a blog entry that combines the two while also paying homage to the ridiculous streak of consecutive Big 12 regular season championships that the Kansas basketball team just added to over the weekend?
During the streak of 12 titles in a row, which dates back to the 2004-05 season — Bill Self’s second in town — dozens of entertaining and memorable players have slipped on a Kansas uniform and helped bring the title to Lawrence.
Whether that meant leading the team in scoring and earning all-conference honors or delivering a key moment in a single game or even just pushing the starting five in practice, the streak belongs to a bunch of current and former Jayhawks, most who will be remembered for ever and a few who might already have been forgotten.
The following list, which was tossed together by doing something as simple as looking back at the Jayhawks who wore jersey numbers 1-12 during the streak, includes players from both categories.
Not a single Jayhawk wore numbers 6 through 9 during the past 12 seasons, so we had to get a little creative on those numbers, using simple addition and subtraction to make it work.
It’s nothing profound and won’t give you any insight on how this team will do in March — which arrives tomorrow!!! — but, nonetheless, it’s a nice trip down Memory Lane.
1 – Wayne Selden, 2013-Present
Junior guard who helped bring the three most recent titles to town, Selden is enjoying his best season as a Jayhawk and will be a huge part of whatever run KU makes or doesn't make this March.
2 – Conner Teahan, 2008-12
Sharp-shooter on the 2012 national runner-up, Teahan was one of those players who got the absolute most out of his KU career.
3 – Russell Robinson – 2005-08
The glue guy on the 2008 national championship team, the New York native brought a brand of toughness and tenacity, especially on the defensive end, to a team will talent up and down the bench.
4 – Sherron Collins – 2007-10
Some call him one of the greatest players to ever play at KU. Collins was one of the best leaders during one of the best stretches of Kansas basketball and is still regarded as the toughest player to ever suit up for the Jayhawks.
5 – Jeff Withey – 2010-13
Everyone remembers the Withey Block Party that accompanied the run to the national title game in 2012.
6 – Devonte’ Graham (2014-Present) + Cliff Alexander (2014)
Graham has been a huge part of the past two teams and Alexander, though a disappointment overall, had his moments during his lone season with the Jayhawks.
7 – Justin Wesley (2011-14) + Andrew White III (2013-14)
Two role players who were around for some really good times. Wesley may most be remembered for being Keith Langford's little brother and Wilt Chamberlain in the movies, but he had game. And Andrew White was an incredibly talented shooter caught on the wrong team.
8 – Evan Manning (2013-Present) + Anrio Adams (2013) + Xavier Henry (2010)
Talk about slopping one together. Evan Manning is one of the nicest dudes to ever put on a KU uniform, Anrio Adams was one of the most over-hyped and Xavier Henry was a guy who left KU fans wanting more and left Lawrence in tears.
9 – Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (2014-present) — Naadir Tharpe (2012)
We had to do subtraction on this one (fitting seeing how it included Tharpe) and included one of the true X factors on this year's team and a point guard who was underrated throughout most of his career and left under less than stellar terms.
10 – Tyshawn Taylor – 2009-12
One of the most passionate competitors to ever suit up for Self, Jayhawk fans are still looking for a suitable replacement to what Taylor brought the team — on the floor — night in and night out.
11 – Aaron Miles – 2002-05
One of the first KU guards to play for Self, Miles was one of the best passers in school and Big 12 history and is back with the team in a support staff role for this year's run.
12 – Brady Morningstar – 2007-11
The local kid with the sleeves, Morningstar was one of the first players who was so fundamentally sound and made things flow so smoothly that Self could not help but keep him on the floor.
It’s been 10 days since our last “Watchetology” blog, and, unless you’ve been without electricity or on another planet, you know it’s been a very good 10 days for the Jayhawks.
Wins over Oklahoma State and at Kansas State and Baylor pushed KU’s winning streak to eight in a row and vaulted the Jayhawks into position to play for the No. 1 spot in the polls this weekend against Texas Tech on Saturday.
Knock off the Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse and it’s all but certain that KU will take over the top spot from Villanova, who lost to Xavier on Wednesday night, when the new polls come out on Monday, the final day of February.
The Jayhawks just might be the hottest team in college basketball right now and Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology update certainly reflects that.
Lunardi has KU as a 1 seed in the Midwest — first and second rounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and third and fourth rounds in Chicago — and it looks as if the Jayhawks are his No. 1 overall seed, based on Miami being the 2 seed in the Jayahwks’ regional.
Kentucky at No. 4, which would set up a very interesting potential rematch in the Sweet 16, and a good Iowa team in the 3 spot certainly make KU’s region anything but a cakewalk.
But by far the most interesting aspect of this latest version is what appears in the 8-9 game, where fellow Sunflower State power Wichita State sits in the 8 spot, setting up a potential rematch of last year’s second-round showdown won by No. 7 seed Wichita State over No. 2 seed Kansas in Omaha.
The likelihood of this happening seems like a stretch. For one, I think WSU will get a slightly higher seed and, for two, I’m not sure the odds would work that strongly against Kansas the way they have against Roy Williams, who has drawn the Jayhawks a few too many times in the tournament for his taste since leaving KU.
Time will tell.
Both KU and Wichita State are different teams than they were a year ago, but I’m not sure either program would be all that thrilled with seeing the other this early in the 2016 tournament.
Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks (22-4 overall, 12-3 Big 12) have a chance Saturday to clinch at least a share of the program’s 12th consecutive regular-season conference championship with a home victory against Texas Tech.
That topic and many more came up at Self’s weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon.
— Get the blow-by-blow highlights from the Q&A, from KUsports.com’s live coverage
— PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO | Bill Self: Ku still has plenty of work to do in pursuit of Big 12 title