WRITER: Matt Tait

Notebook: David McCormack apologizes for role in brawl after returning from 2-game suspension

Kansas sophomore David McCormack made a meaningful impact in his return to the floor on Saturday, after serving a two-game suspension for his role in the recent brawl between KU and Kansas State. And he spent a portion of the postgame meeting with the media apologizing for his part in things getting out of hand against the Wildcats. “I’m sorry for my actions,” McCormack said when asked what he learned ...

KU introduces Marian Washington Trailblazer Series to celebrate Black History Month

Kansas Athletics is introducing a new annual series designed to celebrate Black History Month and honor some of the achievements and accomplishments of African Americans who have come through KU. Officially dubbed The Marian Washington Trailblazer Series, the new endeavor, which will honor four current or former Jayhawks each February — one per week — will tell the stories of the honorees through ...

Back spasms delay Jalen Wilson's efforts to return to the Kansas basketball lineup

Kansas freshman Jalen Wilson recently hit a setback in effort to return to the KU lineup. And it had nothing to do with the broken left ankle he suffered in the second game of the season. “We were getting ready to play Tennessee and going into that Friday he was thinking, ‘Hey, I was full speed yesterday and I'll be ready to go and I’ll show you coach that I’m ready,’” Self recalled Thursday. ...

KU junior Marcus Garrett keeps tracking toward first career triple-double

Jayhawks everywhere have gotten used to seeing junior guard Marcus Garrett put up big numbers in multiple statistical categories every time he takes the floor. But don’t let that familiarity with Garrett’s jam-packed stat lines allow you to look past his most recent performance. Seven points. Eight rebounds. Nine assists. [All of it coming in a winning effort on Monday night at Oklahoma State.][1] ...

Rookie on the rise: KU freshman Christian Braun delivers another strong outing in first career start

Stillwater, Okla. — Kansas freshman Christian Braun had the duration of Monday night's pregame routine to adjust to the idea of joining the Jayhawks’ starting lineup at Oklahoma State. Luckily for Kansas, he didn’t need more time than that. Making the first start of his suddenly soaring Kansas career, the 6-foot-6 guard from Blue Valley Northwest dropped 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting and added 9 ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 3 Kansas at Oklahoma State

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (16-3 overall, 5-1 Big 12) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-9 overall, 0-6 Big 12) Time: 8 p.m. | Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Okla. 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 & @ByBradenShaw Keys for Kansas 1. Start ...

Jayhawks remain 3rd in latest AP poll

The top seven spots in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll remained unchanged this week, with Baylor, Gonzaga and Kansas rounding out the Top 3 and receiving all of the first-place votes. Baylor, which last week became the seventh different team to climb to the No. 1 spot this season, stayed on top and received 44 of the 64 first-place votes. Gonzaga, which Baylor jumped a week ago despite ...

Behind 11 triples, No. 3 Kansas rolls past Oklahoma State for 65-50 road win

Stillwater, Okla. — Three-point shooting has not exactly been a strong suit of the third-ranked Kansas basketball team so far this season. But it sure saved them on Monday night in a 65-50 win over Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Behind a Robin Hood-esque showing from new starter Christian Braun, who robbed from the Cowboys and gave to the Jayhawks while firing imaginary arrows after his four ...

Notebook: Christian Braun honors Kobe Bryant during first career start at OSU

Stillwater, Okla. — In his first start as a member of the Kansas men’s basketball program, KU freshman Christian Braun brought a little extra help to the court with him on Monday night. Wearing his usual white Adidas high tops, with three blue stripes, Braun used a black Sharpie to write the words, “RIP Gigi #2, 1-26-20” on the outside heel of his left sneaker. On the other shoe, Braun wrote, "Mamba ...

Jayhawks react to death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Multiple reports, including one from The Associated Press and ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, have indicated that NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon in California. The news rocked the sports world, and people from all walks of life, and across all sports, hit social media to pay tribute to Bryant and mourn his passing. That included several Kansas basketball players. > ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 3 Kansas vs. Tennessee

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (15-3 overall, 5-1 Big 12) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (12-6 overall, 4-2 SEC) Time: 3 p.m. | 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 & @ByBradenShaw Keys for Kansas 1. Get back to ...

Udoka the dominator: Azubuike powers shorthanded Kansas team to 74-68 win over Tennessee

Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike has experienced plenty of days when his size and strength have been the difference. But his presence on the floor rarely has meant more to KU’s chances for success than it did on Saturday in a 74-68 victory over Tennessee at Allen Fieldhouse. Down to just seven scholarship players because of the recent suspensions handed out to David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa — and with ...

Notebook: KU junior Marcus Garrett fine after hard fall in win over UT

After bouncing off the floor at least 5 or 6 inches into the air following a hard foul on a transition dunk attempt during the first half of KU’s 74-68 win over Tennessee on Saturday, junior guard Marcus Garrett hopped up and walked toward the free-throw line. The play, which eventually was ruled a flagrant foul on Tennessee forward Olivier Nkamhoua, took place eerily close to the same spot where an all-out ...

KU signee Bryce Thompson becomes 46th future Jayhawk to be named a McDonald's All-American

Class of 2020 Kansas signee Bryce Thompson received word on Thursday that he had become KU’s latest McDonald’s All-American. The game will be played April 1 in Houston. One of 24 high school boys to earn a spot in this year’s McDonald’s game, the 6-foot-5 combo guard from Booker T. Washington High is [the highest-ranked player in the 2020 class to sign with Kansas.][1] Ranked No. 19 overall in ...

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self vows team will learn and grow from ugly brawl with Kansas State

Days after two of his players were suspended for their roles in a brawl, Kansas coach Bill Self vowed that his team would learn from the incident. More specifically, Self said suspended Jayhawks, Silvio De Sousa (12 games) and David McCormack (2 games), would be “perfect” from here on out. “We take responsibility for the role in which we played and what transpired on Tuesday,” Self said Friday while ...

Christian Braun's big night vs. K-State the result of increased intensity, aggressive mindset

Now that the dust has settled and [suspensions have been handed out for the brawl that marred the latest edition of the Sunflower Showdown,][1] it’s time to take a quick look back at the performance of KU freshman and native Kansan Christian Braun. The 6-foot-7 guard from Burlington, who attended high school at nearby Blue Valley Northwest, was [sensational in his 29 minutes against KU’s in-state ...

Opportunity knocks: KU's Isaiah Moss poised for a bigger role

With David McCormack out of the starting lineup for at least the next two games to serve a suspension for his role in Tuesday’s brawl with Kansas State, KU coach Bill Self has a decision to make about his fifth starter. Recent history shows that senior guard Isaiah Moss could be the player Self calls on to fill out the starting five. Moss, who started 96 games during his three seasons at Iowa, started in ...

KU forward Silvio De Sousa suspended indefinitely following rivalry game brawl

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa has been suspended from the team indefinitely for his role in Tuesday night’s fight between the Kansas and Kansas State men’s basketball programs. KU coach Bill Self announced the suspension just before noon on Wednesday. “I have suspended Silvio De Sousa indefinitely pending the final outcome of the review by KU and the Big 12 Conference," Self said in a statement. "As I ...

Big 12 suspensions to Silvio De Sousa, David McCormack leave Kansas thin up front

The Wednesday suspensions of Kansas basketball forwards Silvio De Sousa (12 games) and David McCormack (2 games) will have a significant impact on the KU lineup in the week ahead. McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 265-pound sophomore from Norfolk, Va., has been in the Jayhawks’ starting lineup for 17 of their 18 games so far this season. He will miss the next two games after his role in the ugly brawl that unfolded ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 3 Kansas vs. Kansas State

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (14-3 overall, 4-1 Big 12) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (8-9 overall, 1-4 Big 12) Time: 6 p.m. | Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: ESPN2 | 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 & @ByBradenShaw Keys for Kansas 1. Take some ...