Tale of the Tait

Have we reached the end of the What Caught My Eye era?

Matt Tait

Sadly, it seems we might have reached the end of an era here at Tale of the Tait — at least for now. For the past half a dozen years, as you all well know, I’ve done my best to bring a little bit of insight and analysis from all ...

KU's NCAA tourney success, failure tied to title game in 14 of past 30 seasons

Matt Tait

While watching Villanova celebrate and cut down the nets after Monday night’s thrilling victory over North Carolina in the national title game, a topic popped up on Twitter that I felt was worth looking into a little deeper. Seeing how Kansas was knocked out of this year’s tourney by the ...

Former KU running back Brandon Bourbon on missing persons list

Matt Tait

Friends and teammates of former Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon (2010-14) have become concerned about Bourbon’s safety after attempts to reach his phone for the past two-plus days have been unsuccessful. Monday afternoon, a missing persons report was filed with the Missouri State Highway Patrol that indicated Bourbon had ...

KU basketball fans still have rooting interest in Final Four — 3 of them, actually

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/30/302528/ For those KU basketball fans who have not sworn off college hoops and crawled into a cave until October, when another season rolls around, this weekend’s Final Four offers a trio of intriguing rooting options. With that in mind, I checked in with a dozen of the most die-hard ...

Why KU freshman Cheick Diallo is neither crazy nor delusional

Matt Tait

In the hours that followed Monday’s news that Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo was throwing his name into the NBA Draft pool — though not hiring an agent just yet — I must’ve seen and heard from hundreds of KU fans who called him crazy for even thinking he’s ready for ...

Did Ellis, Selden help or hurt their NBA stock in 2016 NCAA Tourney?

Matt Tait

As fans of college basketball, we’ve all seen it a hundred times. A player who has some ability but may be a little under the radar explodes during the NCAA Tournament and, just like that, finds himself listed as one of the hot draft prospects for the next NBA Draft. ...

The Day After: Elite Eight marks the end of the road

Matt Tait

Just like that, another wildly successful Kansas basketball season ended in disappointment for the players and fans in Louisville and around the world on Saturday night. Villanova 64, Kansas 59. In a game that featured two veteran teams that could score in such a wide variety of ways, the low-scoring ...

Villanova's Jay Wright once pointed to 2 talented KU freshmen as a prime examples of the importance of coaching

Matt Tait

Villanova coach Jay Wright is one of the best in the business when it comes to taking and answering questions from the media. And the man in charge of finding a way to knock out top-seeded Kansas on Saturday night was at it again on Friday, filling the room with ...

The Day After: Trippin' up the Terps in the Sweet 16

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/mar/24/kansas-v-maryland-ncaa-tournament/116811/ Maryland was bigger, they said. Kansas out-rebounded them. By a lot. Maryland may have more overall talent, they said. Kansas had the three best players in the game. Maryland would be a real test, unlike anything KU saw in Des Moines, they said. And yet Kansas still won by ...

Peeling Back The Shell: A quick, early look at the Maryland Terrapins

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/09/301674/ Now that we know which team top-seeded Kansas (32-4) will face in this year’s Sweet 16 this week in Louisville, it’s time to take a little closer look at the Maryland Terrapins. As you all surely know by now, a terrapin is a turtle and this troop of tortoises ...

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