WRITER: Shane Jackson

Shane Jackson: Kansas should wait to go small against Northeastern

By now you have heard the narrative regarding KU’s first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Many are wondering how Kansas is going to defend Northeastern’s four-guard lineup when the two teams square off at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City. It is a reasonable conundrum for the Jayhawks, who just faced a similar style of play in a double-digit loss to Iowa State during the Big 12 ...

16 teams that could win it all in the 2019 NCAA Tournament

1. Virginia — One season after being the first No. 1 seed to be upset by a No. 16 seed, Virginia can get redemption with a 2019 title. Sure, it may seem like a movie script, but the Cavaliers are one of the elite teams in the nation. They have as good of a shot as anyone of cutting down the nets behind one of the best defenses in the country. 2. Gonzaga — Other than a six-day stretch in December, Gonzaga ...

Ochai Agbaji ending slump could be key to KU's success in NCAA tourney

Forget the fact the game was out of reach, because the outcome was essentially decided by the time Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji got things going. But the final 12-plus minutes of KU's 88-74 win over West Virginia Friday night was a promising stretch for the freshman, who has been struggling as of late. Agbaji scored all nine of his points down the stretch, which matched his best scoring performance over the ...

Bracketology breakdown: A look at where KU stands on Selection Sunday

It is finally here, happy Selection Sunday everyone. For the first time in awhile, there is a lot of unknown regarding the NCAA tournament for the Kansas Jayhawks. Not only do we not know KU’s opponent, but watching the Selection Show will be essential to finding out seed and region. Kansas has been a 1 or 2 seed for nine consecutive seasons. The last time KU was a 3 seed was in 2009, while the team ...

Talented seniors responsible for memorable year for local boys basketball teams

In a way, Veritas boys basketball coach Carl Huslig always knew the 2018-19 season could be a special one for the city of Lawrence. Sure, he felt it would be for his program behind a talented senior class that had been playing together for several years. But Huslig was also familiar with players on the other city teams, as he served as a coach for a competitive basketball team called the “Lawrence Dynasty” ...

Kansas earns No. 4 seed in Midwest, will face Northeastern in opening round

For the first time in awhile, there was plenty of uncertainty regarding the Kansas men’s basketball team on Selection Sunday. Kansas (25-9) was given the fourth seed in the Midwest region for the 2019 NCAA tournament, which was announced during Sunday’s selection show. It marked the first time since 2009 that the Jayhawks have not been a 1 or 2 seed. Prior to this season, they were a 1 seed for three ...

After early trip to bench, David McCormack helps KU power past West Virginia

Kansas City, Mo. — After 117 seconds, Kansas coach Bill Self had seen enough. Self pulled starting center David McCormack from the game after the freshman big man committed an early turnover and struggled with his defensive assignment out of the gate. McCormack did not check back into the game until the 14:22 mark in the first half. “I thought David was not as good as he has been, being candid,” Self ...

Bracketology breakdown: Where KU stands ahead of Big 12 championship game

Kansas has just one game left before Selection Sunday. The Jayhawks (25-8) have won three games in a row, including back-to-back contests in the Big 12 tournament. In the Big 12 semifinals, Kansas took down 10th-seeded West Virginia by an 88-74 margin to advance to the championship game for the second year in a row. With that, KU’s NCAA tournament projections are starting to become more clear. The ...

Quick recap: Kansas suffers 78-66 loss to Iowa State in Big 12 championship game

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas was unable to make amends for the letting its NCAA-record streak of 14 consecutive regular-season conference titles come to an end. Iowa State and KU traded punches for the first 15 minutes of the Big 12 championship game Saturday night at the Sprint Center. The Cyclones stretched their lead to double digits over the final five minutes and staved off any charge by the Jayhawks in the ...

Marcus Garrett shows progress with ankle injury during KU's win over Texas

Kansas City, Mo. — For the first time since January, Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett looked like himself. Garrett played 20 minutes during KU’s 65-57 win over Texas in the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday night at the Sprint Center. Garrett was active on the glass, while handling a huge responsibility on the defensive end. In the locker room after the game, Garrett wasn’t ready to put a percentage on ...

Getting to know: West Virginia basketball (Big 12 tournament)

It has become a familiar matchup in the Big 12 tournament, though this year’s showdown is admittedly surprising. Kansas and West Virginia will square off in the semifinals Friday night in the Sprint Center in what is a rematch of the last year’s championship game. It is the third time these two teams have met in the event. The rubber match was made possible by West Virginia, which became the first No. ...

Kansas set to take on Iowa State in much-anticipated championship game

Kansas City, Mo. — The more things change, the more they stay the same. Once again, Iowa State and Kansas will battle for a Big 12 tourney title Saturday night at the Sprint Center after both teams notched wins in their respective semifinal matchups. It guarantees that either the Jayhawks or the Cyclones will win the Big 12 championship for the seventh season in a row. “You’re playing the elite program ...

Getting to know: Texas basketball (Big 12 Tournament)

For the first time since 2004, Kansas will be the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Tournament this week. It ended a 10-season run for Kansas (23-8) as the No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks, who are the defending conference tournament champions, have won 11 such crowns in the Big 12 era. A deep run this year could go a long way for KU, which had its 14-year stretch of regular-season titles snapped by Kansas State and Texas ...

Kansas set for unlikely rubber match with West Virginia in Big 12 semifinals

Kansas City, Mo. — It is not the rubber match many people were expecting to take place. Regardless, Kansas and West Virginia will be seeking bragging rights for 2019 when the two teams square off during the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament at 8:30 p.m. Friday night in the Sprint Center. After splitting the two-game set in the regular season, the winner of the series-deciding contest will earn a trip to ...

Big 12 tournament will be more compelling with multiple teams capable of winning it all

It has become an annual tradition to mention how wide open the Big 12 tournament is. Any team, regardless of the seed, is capable of cutting down the nets on the final day of the event. This year is no different, especially with No. 17 Kansas (23-8) listed as the No. 3 seed in the tournament for the first time since 2004. “It’s been anybody’s ballgame every year,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Every time ...

Kerwin Roach's return means Longhorns will be 'at their best' against Jayhawks

An already tough matchup for the Kansas men’s basketball team got even more difficult. During the Big 12 teleconference Monday morning, Texas head coach Shaka Smart announced that senior guard Kerwin Roach II will be reinstated this week. Roach, who leads the Longhorns in scoring, served a five-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules. With Roach sidelined, the Longhorns (16-15, 8-10 Big ...

Quick recap: No. 13 Kansas defeats Baylor in regular-season finale

For the first time in awhile, the Kansas men’s basketball team was not playing for a league title in the final weekend of the season. That didn’t stop No. 13 KU from taking care of business with a 78-70 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. With the win in the regular-season finale, the Jayhawks (23-8, 12-6 Big 12) finished undefeated at home with a 17-0 clip in Allen Fieldhouse. It is ...

Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls, PLHS boys earn third-place finishes

A pair area teams took home some hardware, earning wins on the final day of the high school basketball season. Both the Baldwin girls basketball team and Perry-Lecompton earned third-place finishes in their respective state tournament Saturday afternoon. Of the six area teams who earned state berths this week, BHS and PLHS were the only two squads to move past the opening round. Baldwin recorded a 52-37 win ...

Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls, Perry-Lecompton boys fall in semifinals

A pair of area teams will play on the final day of the basketball season, though neither will be competing for a state title. Both the Baldwin girls basketball team and Perry-Lecompton boys basketball team suffered defeats in the semifinals of their respective state tournaments. Both squads are slated to compete in the third-place game Saturday afternoon. Baldwin was unable to defend its crown, falling to ...

Getting to know: Baylor basketball

Even though a league title is no longer attainable, Kansas would like to head into the postseason with some momentum. The Jayhawks have another streak on the line, as well. Beginning in 1983-84 under then-head coach Larry Brown, KU has won 35 consecutive regular-season home finales. Kansas is also vying to post its 20th undefeated season in Allen Fieldhouse and its first since going 16-0 in the venue in ...