Tale of the Tait

Big win at WVU puts Jayhawks back in driver's seat, but doubters weren't crazy

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/14/kansas-basketball-v-west-virginia/123061/ Hopping around the Internet on Tuesday while traveling home from covering [KU’s wild and somewhat improbable come-from-behind win over West Virginia][1] in Morgantown on Monday night, I found myself bumping into the same hot take from a variety of sports analysts and Kansas fans. “We should’ve known it was ...

Konate blocks aside, KU bigs got the better of West Virginia on Monday night

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/14/kansas-basketball-v-west-virginia/123072/ In case you missed it while trying to figure out [how the 10th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team found a way to get out of West Virginia with a victory on Monday night,][1] let’s take time to look back at the Kansas bench. Particularly Silvio De Sousa and Mitch Lightfoot, ...

Postgame Report Card: No. 10 Kansas 71, No. 6 West Virginia 66

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/14/kansas-basketball-v-west-virginia/123069/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 71-66 comeback win over West Virginia on Monday night in Morgantown, W.Va. Offense: B- ---------- Let’s not confuse things here. The Jayhawks were good — real good — when they had to be down the stretch but not for the full 40 ...

A deeper look at Silvio De Sousa's KU debut

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/13/kansas-basketball-v-kansas-state/123026/ So now that [the Silvio De Sousa saga is over][1] — don’t worry, you can still get your NCAA delay fix via the Billy Preston situation — it’s time to take a closer look at exactly what De Sousa might be able to bring to the Jayhawks’ rotation during ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 73, Kansas State 72

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/13/kansas-basketball-v-kansas-state/123030/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 73-72 Sunflower Showdown victory over K-State on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: A- ---------- The Jayhawks shot 49 percent from the floor, 43.5 percent from 3-point range and made 15 of 17 trips to the free throw line, a fact that ...

Is today the day for De Sousa or Preston news?

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/29/321892/ While waiting oh so patiently — or the complete opposite — for news about freshmen forwards Silvio De Sousa and Billy Preston, Kansas basketball fans have been put through the wringer with a variety of potential timelines, key dates and big moments. Today could be another one. When asked ...

KU coach Bill Self still deciding whether to start Malik Newman or Marcus Garrett vs. K-State

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/09/kansas-basketball-v-iowa-state/122983/ Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said before Friday's practice that he was not sure who would start at KU's fourth guard spot during Saturday's 11 a.m. Sunflower Showdown clash with Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. Recent progress shown by sophomore Malik Newman has put him back in the mix ...

Impact of UT point guard Andrew Jones' leukemia diagnosis felt throughout the Big 12

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/29/321899/ In the middle of what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive and cut-throat seasons of Big 12 Conference basketball, news out of Austin, Texas, served as a reminder that these teams, players and coaches all really like each other. Just before Texas' upset victory over ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 83, Iowa State 78

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/jan/09/kansas-basketball-v-iowa-state/122988/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 83-78 victory over Iowa State Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B+ ----------- Eighty-three points and 14 3-pointers will get you an A grade on most nights. But the fact that the Jayhawks fell in love with the 3-point shot in this ...

KU's Bill Self OK with Lavar Ball's Junior Basketball Association as long as academics is addressed

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2018/jan/09/322142/ Lavar Ball continues to stay in the public eye with his publicity stunt for his two sons in Lithuania, his Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel line and recent comments about Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton. But if the pie-in-the-sky dreamer’s proposed Junior Basketball Association is going to ...

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