Tale of the Tait

The Day After: Rolling into Round 2

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/mar/17/kansas-basketball-v-austin-peay-ncaa-first-round/116676/ The Kansas basketball team did what No. 1 seeds used to always do back in the formative days of the NCAA Tournament — they kicked butt. KU’s 105-79 victory over Austin Peay at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, was not even as close as the score indicated. ...

KU juniors Lucas, Mason tap into football personas during pre-game shoot-around

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/nov/13/299256/ If you’ve been able to catch the pre-game shoot-arounds for Kansas during the past few weeks, you might have noticed something that more resembles football than basketball at the beginning of them. Each time the Jayhawks take the floor for the first time on game days, junior guard Frank ...

The Day After: Jayhawks back on top

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/mar/12/kansas-v-west-virginia-big-12-tournament-champions/116519/ With his Big 12 tourney champions hat on his head and a fresh blue T-Shirt with the stickers still on it pulled over his jersey, KU junior Landen Lucas talked in the winning locker room after Saturday’s 81-71 victory over West Virginia at Sprint Center about this team’s mindset ...

The Day After: Bye Bye, Baylor

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/mar/11/kansas-basketball-v-baylor-big-12-tournament/116468/ The Kansas University men’s basketball team kept their roll going Friday night inside Sprint Center, with a 70-66 victory over No. 5 seed Baylor in the Big 12 tourney semifinals. Although the game meant very little in terms of the big picture for this year’s team — KU has ...

The Day After: Status quo vs. K-State

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/mar/09/kansas-basketball-v-kansas-state-big-12-tournament/116396/ For the third time this season, the Kansas University men’s basketball team defeated in-state rival Kansas State, this one coming via an 85-63 victory in the Big 12 championship quarterfinals on Thursday at Sprint Center. It was by far KU’s easiest victory over the Wildcats this season and featured ...

My picks for this year's Big 12 championship in KCMO

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2016/mar/09/304430/ Tonight begins one of the most enjoyable weeks/weekends in the world of a sportswriter who covers the Big 12 Conference. OK, so maybe tonight is not actually the part that makes it so enjoyable. But seeing how the 7-10 match-up between Texas Tech and TCU (8 p.m., ESPNU) and ...

Like Beaty's bold move or not, something had to change with the KU football offense

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/06/304356/ Saturday after Saturday during a season in which his team averaged just 15 points per game and scored fewer than 21 points in 10 consecutive games to close a winless season, we heard first-year Kansas football coach David Beaty express his disappointment in the KU offense. “We’ve gotta find ...

What caught my eye from Day 1 of spring practice 2016

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2016/mar/06/304337/ Spring football is back and the Kansas Jayhawks were out on the practice fields for the first time this spring on Sunday afternoon. Even though it marked just the second spring under head coach David Beaty, I have to admit there was a sense of stability out there today. ...

The Day After: Icing on the cake vs. Iowa State

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/mar/05/kansas-basketbal-v-iowa-state-senior-day/116316/ For a game that really meant nothing in the big picture of the 2015-16 season, you sure couldn’t have asked for a better postseason primer than the one the Kansas Jayhawks got during Saturday’s 85-78 win over Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse. In the past four or five years, ...

The Day After: KU did what?!?! to Texas?

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/feb/29/kansas-basketball-v-texas/116208/ Take just a minute to recognize one thing about Monday night’s 86-56 blowout of the Texas Longhorns in Austin. Texas was actually ranked. Sure, the Longhorns might’ve been playing with a point guard who was dealing with a significant injury — the Isaiah Taylor news could be devastating to ...

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