WRITER: Matt Tait

Game Day Breakdown - No. 4 Kansas vs. Chaminade

No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (3-1) vs. Chaminade Silverswords (2-0) Time: 8 p.m. | Location: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii TV: ESPNU | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Sign up for ESPN+ and watch your Hawks on the go. 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 ...

KU coach Bill Self picks Garrett, Agbaji as Jayhawks most likely to step out of anonymity in Maui

[During Sunday’s coaches press conference, bright and early above Ka’anapali Beach in Maui,][1] Kansas coach Bill Self was asked by a couple of reporters to identify a player or two on his team that people might not know much about. One of his answers made sense and the other seemed crazy. Because it’s my job to cover and follow every detail of this team, and because so many Kansas fans do the same on ...

Jayhawks roll past Chaminade for 93-63 win in Round 1 of Maui Invitational

Lahaina, Hawaii — Things could not have started much better for underdog Chaminade on Monday night at Lahaina Civic Center in Round 1 of the Maui Invitational. And the Silverswords were still down by 20 at halftime. The final 15 minutes of the first half were all No. 4 Kansas needed to claim control and overwhelm the Division II host school in a 93-63 victory that pushed the Jayhawks into Tuesday’s ...

Notebook: KU won't face Michigan State in Maui Invitational after Spartans suffer upset

Lahaina, Hawaii — Sometimes advancement in any given tournament is as simple as the luck of the draw. That was crystal clear on Monday in Maui, where No. 3 Michigan State dropped a 71-66, first round decision to Virginia Tech and No. 4 Kansas rolled into today’s semifinals with a 93-63 victory over Division II Chaminade. “Well, I’ve said this for 20 years; upsets happen,” Michigan State coach Tom ...

Is KU coach Bill Self ready to scrap the two-big approach?

**Lahaina, Hawaii —** After playing two big men for the first 3:41 of [Monday’s 93-63 victory over Chaminade in Round 1 of the Maui Invitational,][1] Kansas coach Bill Self went away from the larger lineup and rarely went back. Now, things might be headed that way permanently. “I don’t know that we can stay playing two bigs much longer,” Self said after Monday’s victory. “It’s just not very ...

KU soccer set to face South Carolina with trip to Elite Eight up for grabs

A couple of hours before today’s 1 p.m. Sweet 16 matchup with fifth-ranked and second-seeded South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., the third-seeded Kansas soccer team will put its faith in the shuffling skills of junior defender Isabella Cavalcante. Cavalcante, who hails from Glenbard West High in Glen Ellyn, Ill., has tallied one goal and three assists on 17 shots so far this season. But almost as important as ...

Jayhawks blend business with pleasure during prep day in Maui

Lahaina, Hawaii — Saturday night, after an “exhausting” day of snorkeling, sight-seeing, practice and family adventure, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self declared the fun part of fourth-ranked KU’s escape to Maui finished. But by 9 a.m. the next day, a handful of Jayhawks found a unique way to blend fun and business by going through a 45-minute beach workout with new strength coach Ramsey Nijem. ...

KU coach Bill Self believes field is 'terrific again' in his latest trip to Maui Invitational

Paradise aside, Kansas coach Bill Self is looking forward to KU’s run in the upcoming Maui Invitational simply because he enjoys the format so much. Three games in three days. An early-season event that feels like March. And fans from all eight programs on the islands packing the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center morning, noon and night to cheer on their teams and enjoy some high-energy, high-exposure college ...

Self, Jayhawks not concerned about KU sophomore Ochai Agbaji's recent shooting slump

Despite a 3-for-17 shooting mark in his past two games, Kansas sophomore Ochai Agbaji remains as upbeat and confident as ever. Still, just in case he wasn’t, Kansas coach Bill Self met with his starting guard Thursday morning to make sure everything was fine. “The biggest thing is he just needs to go out and be Ochai,” Self said. “Just play with a free mind and have fun and not worry about ...

McClure hat trick leads KU soccer into Sweet 16 via 3-0 victory over Xavier

The third-seeded Kansas women’s soccer team is still alive and on the brink of history. Powered by a hat trick off the strong right foot of senior forward Katie McClure, the Jayhawks knocked off Xavier, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon in Columbia, S.C. The victory moved KU into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003 and put the Jayhawks (17-4-3) in position to reach ...

Despite slow start, KU junior Silvio De Sousa 'about where he should be' according to head coach Bill Self

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa will be the first to tell you that his slow start to the 2019-20 season has been a disappointment. After the monthslong fight for De Sousa's eligibility during the offseason, the expectation was that the junior from Angola, who sat out and lost last season to an NCAA suspension, would hit the floor this season with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Many of his teammates and Kansas ...

Matt Tait: Get to know the Kansas women's soccer team

Kansas’ women’s soccer team has been on a roll in recent weeks. The Jayhawks won their first Big 12 tournament title two weeks ago. They kicked off their NCAA Tournament appearance with a Round 1 victory over Iowa last weekend at Rock Chalk Park. Last Friday night, the team was greeted by a standing ovation at Allen Fieldhouse after trotting their Big 12 trophy onto the court. Now, they’re set to ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 4 Kansas vs. East Tennessee State

No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (2-1) vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers (3-0) Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: Big 12 Now/ESPN+ | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Sign up for ESPN+ and watch your Jayhawks on the go. Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the KUsports.com staff on Twitter: @KUSports @mctait @bentonasmith @SJacksonLJW & @ByBradenShaw ...

Baker football coach Jason Thoren highlights several conference honors for Wildcats

Jason Thoren and the Baker football program did not miss a beat during Thoren’s first season in charge of the Wildcats program. The former Lawrence High and Kansas football standout this week was named the Heart of American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading BU to a 9-2 regular season record and south division championship. Thoren became just the second coach in the history of Baker ...

Notebook: KU prepares to travel for Maui Invitational, takes care of East Tennessee State in first round

Officially, No. 4 Kansas’ 75-63 victory over East Tennessee State on Tuesday was the Jayhawks’ first game in the 2019 Maui Invitational. But even with a trip to paradise looming, the Jayhawks were not focused on anything other than protecting their home court on Tuesday night. “We haven’t even mentioned Maui yet,” KU coach Bill Self said. “So if they’re thinking about it, (it’s not because ...

Early surge propels Jayhawks to 75-63 win over Buccaneers

It might have made more sense if Tuesday’s clash between No. 4 Kansas and East Tennessee State were played on nearby Campanile Hill instead of inside Allen Fieldhouse. At least then the Buccaneers would have understood why the Jayhawks seemed to be running downhill so often during the opening minutes of Tuesday’s 75-63 victory. Led by 9 early points from Devon Dotson and a suffocating combination of a ...

'Planet' Azubuike powers Kansas past East Tennessee State, 75-63

For the second time in three home games this season, an opposing player left Allen Fieldhouse asking one key question about KU big man Udoka Azubuike. “Man, what do you all feed him,” East Tennessee State guard Tray Boyd III said Tuesday night after KU’s 75-63 victory. “Goodness.” On Tuesday, Azubuike feasted on a diet of well-timed entry passes, each of which he gobbled up and turned into the ...

Devonte' Graham showing no signs of slowing down

Unless you have been purposefully not paying attention, you surely know by now that former Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham has been among the best players in the NBA to open the 2019-20 season. Yes, we’ve done [one update on Graham’s red-hot start,][1] but he hasn’t cooled off a lick since then. In fact, he’s actually done more. Whether you’re talking about his ridiculous shooting numbers, team-high ...

Jayhawks jump one spot to No. 4 in latest AP Top 25

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/nov/15/330268/ Credit Sam Cunliffe for the Kansas men’s basketball team’s rise in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. At least partially. [Cunliffe, the former Jayhawk now playing at Evansville, helped the Purple Aces shock No. 1 Kentucky a week ago,][1] sending Kentucky tumbling from the top spot all the way down to No. 9 and allowing a handful of teams to ...

Healthy enough to play, KU sharp shooter Isaiah Moss now hoping to rediscover quickness

Kansas guard Isaiah Moss is in search of the quickness that was stolen from him when he injured his right hamstring shortly after arriving on campus. But while the injury impacted his ability to move laterally, reach top-end speed while sprinting and jump to the fullest of his ability, Moss showed last Friday night that it did nothing to the quick release that triggers his jump shot. Playing just his second ...