WRITER: Matt Tait

KU-Kentucky Notebook: Freshmen big men step up big for 9th-ranked Jayhawks

Lexington, Kentucky — When sophomore forward KJ Adams picked up his second foul with eight minutes still to play in the first half of Kansas’ 77-68 win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Saturday, the Jayhawks were forced to go to young big men Zuby Ejiofor and Ernest Udeh Jr. off the bench. The two freshmen did not disappoint. In 11 minutes combined, the two biggest bodies on KU’s roster made all three of ...

Losing skid snapped: No. 9 Kansas out-toughs Kentucky in 77-68 win at Rupp Arena

Lexington, Kentucky — It was tough defense and all-out hustle that got No. 9 Kansas the lead, but three massive 3-pointers from three different Jayhawks put the game away during a 77-68 win over Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena. One came from Gradey Dick after a pump fake on the wing. One came from Jalen Wilson in the corner. And the last came from Kevin McCullar Jr. as the shot-clock buzzer sounded. ...

Gameday breakdown: No. 9 Kansas at Kentucky

No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks (16-4 overall, 5-3 Big 12) at Kentucky Wildcats (14-6 overall, 5-3 SEC) Time: 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky TV: ESPN | Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network via Learfield Keys for Kansas 1. Start faster KU’s recent starts have been atrocious, with the Jayhawks’ opponents racing out to easy buckets and big leads in the game’s first 10 minutes. ...

No. 9 Kansas eyes turnaround, defensive improvement in blue blood battle at Kentucky

As if his 30.3 points-per-game average was not enough for his team during No. 9 Kansas’ current three-game losing skid, now KU junior Jalen Wilson is keeping an eye out for trends. Specifically, Wilson has looked closely at why the Jayhawks have struggled so mightily out of the gate in those three losses and what they can do to change that. “After losing three games in a row, we’re all just like, ...

Heavy usage and physical opponents taking a toll on KU point guard Dajuan Harris' offensive production

After making his first nine 3-point shots in Big 12 Conference play this season, Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. has made just one 3-pointer in his past five games. The regression closer to his non-conference 3-point average of just under 30% was to be expected. But the offensive struggles Harris has endured during the Jayhawks three-game losing streak were not. Veteran KU forward Jalen Wilson has a ...

KU's Jalen Wilson within striking distance of the best 4-game scoring stretch of the Bill Self era at Kansas

At a recent banquet for the 125-year anniversary of Kansas basketball, KU junior Jalen Wilson was on his way out the door when an older gentleman grabbed him for a quick chat. The man was Ron Kellogg, widely regarded as one of the best pure shooters in Kansas basketball history, and he had a couple of words of wisdom for Wilson. “Young fella,” Kellogg began. “I love your game and I love watching you ...

Kansas football announces 13 midseason transfers, 4 early-enrollees

Thirteen newcomers have officially joined the Kansas football program, KU announced earlier this week. All 13 arrived in Lawrence out of the transfer portal, and nearly all of them are expected to have an immediate impact on the 2023 Kansas football season. Five of the new faces from the transfer portal will play defense and five will play offense, with KU also adding a pair of place kickers to attempt to ...

Freshman guard Gradey Dick's reemergence at Baylor a small silver lining for struggling Kansas

On Monday night in Waco, Texas, the Baylor Bears did to Kansas freshman Gradey Dick what the teams that faced him in the few games leading up to Monday did with a fair amount of success. They kept him from going off from 3-point range. So rather than stay on the wing, firing away with the belief that the next one would go in, Dick attacked the basket. The result left him one point shy of tying his ...

KU signee Elmarko Jackson the latest Jayhawk to be named a McDonald's All-American

The Kansas men’s basketball program can add another name to its long list of McDonald’s All-Americans. On Tuesday, Class of 2023 signee Elmarko Jackson, a four-star prospect from the South Kent School in Connecticut, who originally hails from Marlton, New Jersey, joined the exclusive fraternity of so-called “Burger Boys” when this year’s teams were announced. That makes it an even 50 for the blue ...

KU's Fred Quartlebaum Jr. coaches with heavy heart in Jayhawks' road game at Baylor

Waco, Texas — Kansas assistant Fred Quartlebaum Jr. coached Monday’s game against No. 17 Baylor at the Ferrell Center with a heavy heart. His father, Fred Quartlebaum Sr., died Sunday night at the age of 79 after a battle with Stage 4 lung cancer. Fred Sr., who had lived in Lawrence for the past several months, was a longtime supporter of the Jayhawks and always took a great amount of pride in watching ...

Kansas losing skid reaches 3 after 75-69 loss to No. 17 Baylor in Waco

Waco, Texas — The meat of the Big 12 Conference schedule continued to be a mighty struggle for No. 9 Kansas on Monday night, with the Jayhawks falling to 17th-ranked Baylor, 75-69, at Ferrell Center. The loss was the third in a row for the Jayhawks — all three to ranked teams — who fell to 16-4 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 play after winning their first five games on the conference schedule in thrilling ...

Big 12 'beatdown:' Kansas basketball drubbed by TCU, 83-60, at Allen Fieldhouse

The final score wasn't as lopsided as TCU-Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game earlier this month, but it was one that finally put the Horned Frogs on the winning side of the coin. Jamie Dixon’s club walked into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon and drubbed No. 2 Kansas, 83-60, in a game that was never in doubt and sent hundreds of KU fans to the exits with several minutes still to play. ...

Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 14 TCU

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (16-2 overall, 5-1 Big 12) vs. No. 14 TCU Horned Frogs (14-4 overall, 3-3 Big 12) Time: 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: CBS | Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network via Learfield Keys for Kansas 1. Beware of the TCU transition Kansas coach Bill Self said this week that one of the biggest areas of concern with the Horned Frogs was their ability ...

Current Jayhawks share NIL experiences with KU alums at recent happy hour hosted by the Mass Street Collective

Last week, in a room full of dozens of former Kansas basketball players from several different eras, current KU forward Jalen Wilson grabbed the microphone and expressed his gratitude for their contributions to the program. “One thing that coach has always talked about is making this place better than when you found it,” Wilson said. “It’s hard to do when you all won so much, but, with the support and ...

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says KU guard Kevin McCullar Jr.'s recent cold stretch no reason to worry

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday that senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr.’s recent struggles shooting the ball have not left Self or the Jayhawks overly concerned. “Kevin’s playing fine,” Self said. “He’s just not playing as well shooting the basketball. And I do think, sometimes when you don’t make shots, it can affect other parts of your game, at least a little bit. For the ...

Tuesday's Kansas basketball loss at K-State an effective case study on the status of the Jayhawks' bench

In back to back games — one close win and one close loss decided by a total of three points — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was left discussing a play by KU sophomore Bobby Pettiford. That sets up a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg discussion about Pettiford’s role with the Jayhawks and, perhaps more to the point, about KU’s entire bench as a whole. Self is demanding and preaches the importance of ...

Notebook: K-State coach calls out negative chant after Wildcats' nail-biting win against KU

Manhattan — While Kansas coach Bill Self and veteran forward Jalen Wilson talked Monday about bracing for the madness that is Bramlage Coliseum, K-State coach Jerome Tang was busy making a plea to his fan base to act a little differently than it has in the past. “I don’t want our fans to show up to the game because they hate the other team,” Tang told reporters. “I want them to show up because they ...

Taking a hit: Wilson's big night squandered in 83-82 OT loss in Sunflower Showdown

Manhattan — Kansas forward Jalen Wilson’s first ever loss to Kansas State came on the best individual scoring night of his career. And he nearly single-handedly led the 2nd-ranked Jayhawks to a wild and crazy road win over the No. 13 Wildcats on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum. Instead, after dropping in a career-high 38 points — a total believed to be the third most points ever scored by an ...

Jayhawks still 2nd in AP poll with 23 first-place votes; 6 Big 12 teams now ranked

Following a wild week that saw 11 of the 25 teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 lose at least once, the top four spots remained unchanged on Monday. Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks remained in the No. 2 spot — behind Houston — while Purdue and Alabama landed at Nos. 3 and 4. The rest of the poll saw quite a shake-up, with several teams dropping out, a few teams changing places and Florida Atlantic ...

Gameday breakdown: No. 2 Kansas at No. 13 Kansas State

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (16-1 overall, 5-0 Big 12) vs. No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats (15-2 overall, 4-1 Big 12) Time: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 Location: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas TV: ESPN | Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network via Learfield Keys for Kansas 1. Expect pandemonium The 2nd-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team heads to Manhattan riding a three-game winning streak on its in-state ...