Tale of the Tait

Azubuike's mother arrives in San Antonio

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/13/319840/ San Antonio — The Journal-World learned Saturday afternoon that Florence Azuonuwu, the mother of Kansas basketball player Udoka Azubuike, has in fact made it to San Antonio to watch her son in the Final Four. [Azubuike's story has been one of the hottest and most heartfelt topics of the ...

Final Four factoids on a big day in San Antonio

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2008/apr/05/144370/ San Antonio — It's game day, Kansas fans, and the countdown is officially on to tonight's 7:49 p.m. tipoff against Villanova. While the next several hours could be some of the longest of your fandom lives, as you wait for Devonte' Graham, Malik Newman, Udoka Azubuike and the rest ...

Welcome to the Final Four, where the scene is alive, dreams come true and memories are made that will last a lifetime

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/mar/29/kansas-and-villanova-press-conferences/124376/ San Antonio — A lone photographer scurries above a locker in the three-foot gap between the top and the ceiling the way a pack rat might move around in one's attic. All in the name of getting that one great shot. Golf carts roam from spot to spot and ...

KU ops director Brennan Bechard hoping to infuse 2018 team with 2008 vibes

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/27/320223/ San Antonio — Then just a walk-on junior reserve who played 21 minutes in 12 games the entire season, former Kansas guard Brennan Bechard had the exact same view as Final Four star Mario Chalmers when the Jayhawks arrived at The Alamodome back in 2008. Today, with Bechard in ...

Chop Talk: KU coach Bill Self relives fond memories of KU's most famous play

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2008/apr/08/145499/ San Antonio — Given that this was, after all, the very venue that it all went down, it seemed only fitting for Kansas coach Bill Self to talk a little — or, perhaps more appropriately, to be asked a little — about the now famous “Chop” play that helped ...

KU preparation designed to lead Jayhawks to 'play without thinking' on Saturday night

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/25/324561/ San Antonio – Now that [the Jayhawks have arrived in San Antonio][1] and the biggest game of their season is just three days away, it's time for the players and coaching staff to begin final preparations for Saturday's Final Four showdown with Villanova. While a lot of that prep ...

San Antonio memories already rolling in for Bill Self, who says Jayhawks are still 'light years away' from ultimate goal

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2008/apr/05/144321/ San Antonio — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has been to San Antonio a handful of times since his Jayhawks won a national championship there in 2008. But never for a Final Four. That will all change this weekend, — starting today, really — when the top-seeded Jayhawks (31-7) ...

Like Father, Like Son: KU assistant Jerrance Howard shows off son Jay Jay's coaching chops

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/17/324247/ San Antonio — For years, Jerrance Howard's son, Jay Jay, has been one of the favorite sons of Jayhawks everywhere. Whether you're talking about future No. 1 overall NBA Draft picks like Andrew Wiggins or walk-ons like Evan Manning, the younger Howard has always been beloved by the current ...

Aloha! Jayhawks headed back to Maui Invitation in 2019

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/nov/22/299574/ It has become like clock work, but the Kansas men's basketball team is headed back to paradise for the 2019 Maui Invitational, tournament officials announced Tuesday. The Jayhawks, who will be making their seventh appearance all-time in the early-season tournament in Hawaii, will be joined by a group of ...

Both Villanova and Michigan open with better national title odds than Kansas at this year's Final Four

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2018/mar/25/kansas-basketball-v-duke-elite-eight/124258/ They may be a top seed, they may have just defeated the team believed to be the favorite to win it all and they even may have the hottest player in all of college basketball. But in the eyes of those who set the odds for this year's Final ...

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