Tale of the Tait

Breaking down Billy Preston's McDonald's All-American Game

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/29/315880/ Although it wasn’t as hyped up or exciting as an NCAA Tournament game, I’m sure more than a few fans of Kansas basketball tuned into ESPN last night to watch five-star forward Billy Preston play in this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game. Preston, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward with guard skills, ...

Incoming freshman Billy Preston already all about the Jayhawks

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2017/mar/29/315879/ Although Billy Preston’s college basketball career has not even started yet, you’d never know it from listening to the 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward talk about his future school. [In Chicago this week for the McDonald’s All-American Game,][1] the No. 8 player in the country, according to Rivals.com, has talked a ...

Say What? Tait's weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

Matt Tait

Isn't technology great? Thanks to a suggestion from our publisher, Scott Stanford, who just can't get enough KU sports talk despite his humble South Carolina roots, we're going to start a new feature here on KUsports.com to bring you some of our regular radio appearances right here on the site. ...

Where things stand in the recruitment of 2017 PG Trevon Duval

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2017/mar/28/315854/ There are plenty of questions about the immediate future for Kansas basketball worth examining, but by far one of the biggest — and most important — has to do with who will play point guard for the Jayhawks during the 2017-18 season. While there are options out there, from ...

Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the 2017-18 Jayhawks

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/23/315700/ Whether it wraps up on a win or a loss, the end of any Kansas basketball season brings with it immediate questions about the future. Who’s coming back? Who’s going pro? What does next year’s rotation look like? How many days until Late Night? It’s an age old ritual ...

KU seniors say goodbye

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/feb/27/314872/ One of the things that made [Saturday's Elite Eight loss to Oregon in Kansas City, Mo.,][1] so tough for so many Jayhawks to swallow was the fact that none of them wanted seniors Landen Lucas, Frank Mason III and Tyler Self to end on anything other than a victory. ...

Postgame Report Card: Oregon 74, KU 60

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2017/mar/25/kansas-basketball-v-oregon-elite-eight/120794/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s season-ending, 74-60, Elite Eight loss to Oregon at Sprint Center on Saturday night. Offense: D ---------- By far KU’s worst grade of the season in this category on a night when the Jayhawks flat-out could not hit anything. KU finished 21-of-60 for ...

Oregon's Dana Altman harbors bad memories, big respect for KU basketball

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2017/mar/24/kansas-and-oregon-players-and-coaches-press-confer/120762/ **Kansas City, Mo. —** Oregon coach Dana Altman, who spent three seasons at Kansas State as an assistant under Lon Kruger and, a few years later, returned to Manhattan to lead the Wildcats’ program for four seasons, has had enough experience with Kansas basketball to last a few lifetimes. ...

KU-Oregon by the numbers

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2017/mar/24/kansas-and-oregon-players-and-coaches-press-confer/120761/ **Kansas City, Mo. —** By now, everybody knows that both coaches, several players on each side and most of the people paying attention to this game in any way, shape or form believe that Kansas and Oregon are pretty similar teams that play very similar styles. And while things ...

Eyes on Oregon: Jayhawks offer early thoughts on Elite Eight opponent

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/23/315678/ Kansas City, Mo. — With just one day between monster games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, the Kansas men’s basketball team has its work cut out for it in preparing for Saturday’s 7:49 p.m. tip-off against third-seeded Oregon with a trip to the Final Four on the ...

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