WRITER: Matt Tait

KU's Ochai Agbaji opens junior season with strong start

Two games into the 2020-21 season, Kansas junior Ochai Agbaji is off to the best start of his college career, sitting among the team leaders in scoring at 17.5 points per game and shooting 50% from the floor and 42% from 3-point range with just two turnovers. It’s a far cry from the slow start Agbaji experienced as a sophomore during his first full season on the court with the program. Last year, after ...

Jayhawks still just scratching the surface of what's possible with 5-guard lineups, but they like what they see so far

With junior forward David McCormack struggling for the second game in a row, sixth-ranked Kansas went to a five-guard lineup early in the second half against Saint Joseph’s on Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. And the Jayhawks never went back. After the game — [a 94-72 Kansas victory][1] that was fueled by the fast and free play of the KU guards — coach Bill Self and sophomore guard Christian Braun explained ...

Impact performers: Harris, Braun lead No. 6 Kansas to bounce-back win over Saint Joseph's

The littlest dude on either roster made the biggest impact in Friday’s 94-72 victory by No. 6 Kansas over Saint Joseph’s in the Jayhawks’ second and final game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. Redshirt freshman Dajuan Harris, who was limited to just three minutes of mop-up time during Thursday’s loss to No. 1 Gonzaga, played 15 second-half minutes against St. ...

KU basketball notebook: Depth starting to show for sixth-ranked Jayhawks

The sixth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team has used two starting lineups in two games so far this season, but head coach Bill Self said it’s still too early to talk about having the team’s rotation set. Redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson started on Thursday against Gonzaga in the opening game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off. True freshman Bryce Thompson started in his spot during Friday’s 94-72 win over Saint ...

No. 1 Gonzaga sprints by Kansas, 102-90, at season-opening Fort Myers Tip-Off

Different season, different team, different result for No. 6 Kansas, which had its 16-game winning streak snapped in a 102-90 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga on Thursday at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. After putting together one of the strongest defensive teams KU coach Bill Self has had at Kansas a season ago, the Jayhawks (0-1) saw the Zags (1-0) carve up their defense from start to finish during ...

KU basketball notebook: Jalen Wilson earns spot as KU's fifth starter in loss to top-ranked Gonzaga

Redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson won the race to be the Jayhawks’ fifth starter during KU’s 102-90 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga on Thursday at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. Wilson, who missed nearly all of last season with a broken ankle, started in the KU backcourt alongside senior Marcus Garrett, junior Ochai Agbaji and sophomore Christian Braun. Junior David McCormack also started as the ...

More fun facts about players, coaches & 2 elite college hoops programs ahead of this week's KU-Gonzaga matchup

The rosters are a little different and we don’t yet know how talented the two teams actually are or where they’ll end up in March. But there’s little denying that just the sound of “Kansas vs. Gonzaga” has a pretty NCAA Tournament-type ring to it. Depending on when you're reading this, the game now may very well be less than 24 hours away. The timing of this week’s game is wild given the fact ...

Jayhawks believe junior David McCormack is ready for new role as the face of the Kansas front court

For years, talented forwards and centers have posted big numbers and delivered memorable seasons in Bill Self’s system for the Kansas Jayhawks. Now it’s David McCormack’s turn. After playing a supporting role during his first two seasons in Lawrence, McCormack enters the 2020-21 season — which opens Thursday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 1 Gonzaga in Fort Myers, Fla., on FOX — as the Jayhawks’ top ...

Game day breakdown: No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 1 Gonzaga

No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks (0-0) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (0-0) Time: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 Location: Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, Fla. TV: FOX | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the KUsports.com staff on Twitter: @KUSports @mctait @bentonasmith & @SJacksonLJW Keys for Kansas 1. Find out who’s ready for ...

KU extends no-fans policy at athletic events through Dec. 5

The University of Kansas is extending its policy of having no fans in the stands at home athletic events through Dec. 5, Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Monday afternoon. Last week, the university announced that no fans would be allowed for the rest of November. In a letter posted on the university’s website on Monday, Girod announced the extension and said the plan after Dec. 5 is for KU officials to ...

Gonzaga grad assistant Evan Manning eager for reunion with alma mater

When No. 6 Kansas and top-ranked Gonzaga face off this week in the Fort Myers Tip-Off, the Zags will be getting a little help from someone who’s experienced the KU program firsthand — first-year graduate assistant Evan Manning. A former KU walk-on and the son of Kansas legend Danny Manning, Evan Manning is now on Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s staff and is helping prepare the Zags to face Bill Self’s KU ...

Kansas volleyball caps 2020 season with series sweep of Texas Tech

For the second night in a row, the Kansas volleyball team used early momentum and physical play at the net to knock off Texas Tech at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena, 25-17, 27-29, 25-17, 25-20. The win bookended the Jayhawks’ season with home victories — they opened the season with a five-set win over Baylor on Sept. 25 — and was the third victory in the last four matches for the young Jayhawks. ...

Self expecting interruptions during 2020-21 season; plus half a dozen 'Hawks in the NBA updates

With the season opener against top-ranked Gonzaga now less than a week away, all signs continue to point to the Kansas men’s basketball team being on pace to open the 2020-21 as scheduled — or is it rescheduled? — in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thanksgiving. But it’s what happens after that that might be the most interesting and important part of the 2020-21 season. While 26 games, including a ...

'Bittersweet' NBA draft night for Kansas ends with Azubuike as a first-rounder and Dotson headed to Chicago

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self characterized Wednesday night’s NBA draft as “bittersweet” for fans of the KU program. Early in the night, the Jayhawks watched center Udoka Azubuike land in the first round at No. 27 overall to Utah, proving that all of the hard work he put in during the years — and particularly last season — paid off. A couple of hours later, however, many people close to the ...

Why Chicago appears to be a solid spot for former Kansas point guard Devon Dotson, who went undrafted in Wednesday's NBA draft

It’s easy to listen to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talk about Devon Dotson not getting drafted being a good thing and question if Self is being real or trying to put the best possible spin on a tough situation. But [Dotson’s ultimate landing spot with Chicago][1] as an undrafted free agent — as was reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski late Wednesday night — makes it a lot easier to believe what ...

Jazz GM believed Azubuike was 'best player available' when Utah picked at No. 27 in Wednesday's NBA draft

Former Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike has a new home and those who brought him there believed he was “the best player available” on Wednesday night, when the Utah Jazz made him the 27th overall pick in the NBA draft. “We felt at the end of the day (that) Dok was the best defensive player and the best player available given his production and unique attributes,” said Utah general manager Justin Zanik in ...

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson confirms Chicago as his next stop

Nothing about Wednesday night's NBA draft went the way former Kansas point guard expected it to go. But after working with his agent and family [to find the best landing spot after unexpectedly going undrafted,][1] Dotson took to Twitter on Thursday night to show that he was doing just fine. In a short video posted to his social media account, Dotson said simply, "I don't know what happened... But I know ...

KU-TCU volleyball series moved to next spring

Four Big 12 Conference volleyball series, including one involving Kansas, have been postponed to next spring, conference officials announced Tuesday. Dates and times have not yet been announced. KU's 2020 season-finale series with TCU, previously scheduled for Dec. 3-4 in Fort Worth, Texas, will join Texas at TCU, Oklahoma at Iowa State and TCU at Oklahoma in being moved to 2021. Kansas entered the week at ...

Draft day finally here for former Jayhawks Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson

Wednesday night, nearly five full months after they were expecting to know, former Kansas basketball All-Americans Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson finally will find out where their NBA careers will begin. It’s draft day in the NBA. Five weeks after the pandemic-altered 2019-20 season ended with a Los Angeles Lakers championship, and five weeks before another season begins, 60 prospects will hear their ...

NCAA eyeing Indianapolis as single site for 2021 NCAA Tournament

Indy or bust! That could be the rallying cry for everyone who plays men's Division I college basketball this season now that the NCAA has announced it is in talks with city and state officials to host the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. Nothing is official yet — NCAA officials told reporters on Monday that preliminary discussions have taken place solely with Indianapolis but other cities are ...