WRITER: Matt Tait

Kansas basketball adds March 4 game with UTEP to wrap up 2020-21 regular season

The Kansas men's basketball season will end up with 27 regular season games after all. KU on Thursday announced that the 17th-ranked Jayhawks (17-8 overall, 11-6 Big 12) will welcome the University of Texas at El Paso to Lawrence next Thursday for the final regular season game of the 2020-21 season. Tip time is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be shown on an ESPN platform that has yet to be announced. ...

Reports indicate 5-star Class of 2022 wing Gradey Dick plans to announce college decision next week

According to reports from multiple recruiting outlets including JayhawkSlant.com and Tipton Edits, ESPN five-star Class of 2022 wing Gradey Dick is planning to announce his college decision sometime next week. A 6-foot-7, 200-pound do-everything player from Wichita, Dick is in his first season at Sunrise Christian Academy after enjoying a standout couple of seasons at Wichita Collegiate. The Kansas native is ...

KU's Marcus Garrett named Naismith defensive award semifinalist

The reigning Naismith Defensive Player of the Year is in the running to win the award again in 2021. Kansas senior Marcus Garrett on Thursday was named one of 10 finalists for this year’s award, given annually to the best defender in college basketball by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Garrett won the honor at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season after establishing himself as one of the best man-to-man ...

With No. 2 Baylor looming, Jayhawks determined to move on quickly from OT loss at Texas

As a college basketball coach who has won a heck of lot more games than he’s lost during his coaching career, Kansas’ Bill Self lives in the village made up of people who hate to lose. But Self has been around long enough to know that sometimes it’s when you win and how you win that matters as much as if you win. It was that perspective that kept him from leaving Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night ...

Slow start dooms Kansas women in 61-52 home loss to Texas

The beginning of each half proved problematic for the Kansas women’s basketball team during a 61-52 home loss to Texas on Wednesday night. A 17-5 hole to open the game, which turned into a 22-7 deficit before the Jayhawks knew it, set the tone for the night at Allen Fieldhouse. The loss, KU’s fifth in a row, dropped the Jayhawks to 7-14 overall and 3-12 in the Big 12 and featured UT outscoring KU 34-15 ...

Postseason seeding may be harder to trust than ever this year

Most years, fans of Big 12 Conference basketball can look at how the seedings may shake out for the conference tournament and breakdown matchups and the possible paths to a Big 12 tourney crown for four or five different teams. This year, however, Kansas coach Bill Self believes all of that can be thrown out the window. “The Big 12 seedings are not going to be real,” Self said following [his team’s ...

Notebook: Big 12 sets schedule for final week of 2020-21 regular season

The Big 12 Conference on Tuesday afternoon announced 12 make-up games for next week, starting Monday with a game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and running through Saturday. The games became necessary because of COVID-19 disruptions throughout the regular season. As a result, not all 10 teams will play all 18 games this season, a fact that Kansas coach Bill Self was more than willing to live ...

No. 14 Texas climbs back to defeat 17th-ranked Kansas, 75-72 in OT

Kansas coach Bill Self has said repeatedly in the past couple of weeks that in order to win the Jayhawks were going to have to play games in the 60s. On Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, No. 14 Texas needed overtime to climb above the 70-point mark and that was enough for the Longhorns to knock off 17th-ranked Kansas 75-72 at Frank Erwin Center. The loss snapped KU’s five-game winning streak and made Shaka ...

Kansas basketball jumps six spots to No. 17 in latest AP poll

Riding a five-game winning streak into the final week of the regular season, the Kansas men’s basketball team jumped six spots to No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. KU (17-7 overall, 11-5 Big 12) is ranked just ahead of No. 18 Texas Tech, which the Jayhawks knocked off, 67-61 at Allen Fieldhouse over the weekend, to secure the season sweep of the Red Raiders (14-7, 6-6). Kansas is now up 16 ...

Game day breakdown: No. 17 Kansas basketball vs. No. 14 Texas

No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks (17-7 overall, 11-5 Big 12) vs. No. 14 Texas Longhorns (13-6 overall, 7-5 Big 12) Time: 8 p.m. Location: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas TV: ESPN | 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. It’s a pride game The ...

Jayhawks still eyeing adding a game; freshman guard Bryce Thompson out of the glove

Kansas coach Bill Self said Monday during his regularly scheduled press conference that the Jayhawks are still debating whether to add another opponent next week during the team’s 11-day layoff between Saturday’s regular season finale against Baylor and the start of the Big 12 tournament. “We’re considering that,” Self said. “But in order to do that, we have to get on it immediately.” Any ...

A closer look at Marcus Garrett's mid-February masterpiece vs. Texas Tech

Unless you’ve missed every single minute of Kansas basketball during the past four seasons, you’re probably keenly aware of just how talented and important Marcus Garrett is and has been to the KU program. But even those fans who have watched every minute the Jayhawks have played during Garrett’s career still may overlook the Dallas senior’s greatness. It’s easy to do because so much of it is ...

Behind team effort, Jayhawks put together complete game in 67-61 win over Texas Tech

For months, the Kansas men’s basketball team has been clamoring for its entire roster to play at a high level at the same time. On Saturday, in a top-25 showdown with No. 15 Texas Tech, the 23rd-ranked Jayhawks got exactly that in a massive 67-61 victory at Allen Fieldhouse. In securing its fifth consecutive victory, Kansas (17-7 overall, 11-5 Big 12) never trailed and committed just six turnovers against ...

Notebook: No. 23 Kansas only commits six turnovers in win over No. 15 Texas Tech

For years, Chris Beard’s Texas Tech teams have been known as a nightmare matchup for opposing offenses because of their ability to stifle shooters and force turnovers. On Saturday, during a 67-61 Kansas victory at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks got the better of Texas Tech in one of those areas, by committing just six turnovers in 40 minutes. That was 10 fewer than Kansas committed in a one-point win in ...

Limited number of fans will be allowed to attend next month's NCAA Tournament

It’s official: March Madness 2021 will include fans. In a news release announcing the decision on Friday, the NCAA indicated that the various venues in and around Indianapolis that will host this year’s NCAA Tournament will be allowed to fill 25% of capacity for all rounds of the tournament. The event capacity will include all participants, essential staff and family members of each participating ...

Game day breakdown: No. 23 Kansas basketball vs. No. 15 Texas Tech

No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks (16-7 overall, 10-5 Big 12) vs. No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-6 overall, 6-5 Big 12) Time: 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: ESPN | 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 ...

Defensive tweaks starting to pay dividends for 23rd-ranked Jayhawks

While it’s unlikely that the 23rd-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team will hold No. 15 Texas Tech to 40 points or fewer on Saturday in a clash of Top 25 teams at Allen Fieldhouse, the recent trend surrounding the Jayhawks says it’s possible. OK, so that may be a bit of a reach. But in addition to riding a four-game winning streak, the Jayhawks also are enjoying a streak of four consecutive games in which ...

How phantom losses & adjusted winning percentage could (but probably won't) determine the Big 12 champ

The current standings show Kansas just two games back of Baylor in the race for the 2020-21 Big 12 men’s basketball title. Not bad for a team with five conference losses that is chasing a team that has none. Ah, COVID. When will you run out of ways to blow our minds? Two games back with three to play — with one of them coming against the team you’re chasing — certainly would be an interesting ...

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says KU has discussed adding a game during upcoming off week

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday night on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show with Brian Hanni that KU has had conversations about adding a game to its schedule for the week between the end of the regular season and the start of the Big 12 tournament. Nothing is imminent. And the Jayhawks may not do anything. But the option to add one more nonconference game exists because of the canceled game ...

Notebook: KU extends streak of double-digit conference wins with 59-41 victory over K-State

It’s been a rough few years for some of the more popular streaks associated with the Kansas men’s basketball team. The Jayhawks’ NCAA-record streak of consecutive Big 12 regular season titles ended at 14 in 2019. And, just over a week ago, KU’s streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the Associated Press poll ended at 231 weeks, another NCAA record. Wednesday’s 59-41 victory over K-State, however, ...