Tale of the Tait

Shaka Smart rebuilding Texas through patience, relationships

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/23/302243/ It’s no secret that the Texas men’s basketball team is struggling under second-year head coach Shaka Smart. The 7-11 Longhorns, who will take on second-ranked Kansas at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, got out to an up-and-down start to the season and now are riding a 1-5 Big ...

Self says Jayhawks, at their best, as good as anybody

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2017/jan/16/kansas-basketball-v-iowa-state/119863/ A few hours after returning from his team’s Monday night victory in Ames, Iowa, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self appeared on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday and discussed everything from KU’s latest win to the Svi Mykhailiuk travel heard ’round the world, Joel Embiid and the Jayhawks’ four-guard ...

KU signee Billy Preston named a McDonald's All-American

Matt Tait

Congrats to the 48 men and women on the 2017 #McDAAG team! Is it March yet?! 🤔 pic.twitter.com/AchNidvqNt— All American Games (@McDAAG) January 16, 2017 Class of 2017 forward Billy Preston, the No. 8-ranked player in his class according to Rivals.com, learned Sunday night that he was selected to be ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 87, Oklahoma State 80

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/14/313722/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 87-80 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B ---------- Too many missed free throws and a really rough start to the game, both from the floor and behind the three-point line, pulled this usually excellent offensive team down ...

Halftime deficit at OU provided Kansas with opportunity to grow

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/10/313613/ Historically speaking, trailing at halftime has not been good news for the Kansas men’s basketball team under Bill Self, who has just a .500 record in games in which the Jayhawks have trailed at the half. Self, as you all surely know by now, racked up his 400th victory ...

KU target Trae Young hoping to travel to Lawrence this weekend

Matt Tait

Weather permitting — and, at this point, that’s a fairly big question mark — the Kansas men’s basketball team will have an important visitor in the building this weekend when they take on Oklahoma State on Saturday at 1 p.m. With Trae Young, the No. 14-ranked player and one of ...

Frank Mason gunning to become Self's second KU player to average 20 a game

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/oct/13/311018/ It may still be early — although the halfway point of the 2016-17 regular season has arrived — but Kansas senior Frank Mason III has put himself in position to do something generally considered unthinkable under Bill Self at Kansas. And he’s doing it in a way that is ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 81, Oklahoma 70

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/10/313612/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 81-70 victory at Oklahoma on Tuesday night. Offense: B+ ----------- It might be best to break the grades for this game into two halves and would be fairly easy to do — F for the first half, A for the second. KU’s ...

Looking back at KU basketball's milestone victories

Matt Tait

With a win over Texas Tech, #kubball became just the second team in NCAA Division I to have won 2,200 all-time games #RockChalk pic.twitter.com/QJ0d6CvquP— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) January 8, 2017 It’s easy to gloss over a victory as historically significant as all-time win No. 2,200 when you consider the fact ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 85, Texas Tech 68

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/07/313460/ Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 85-68 victory over Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Offense: A ---------- The Jayhawks shot better than 50 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three-point range and made five consecutive shots during the decisive run that put the game out ...

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