WRITER: Matt Tait

Jayhawks fall to No. 5 in AP poll after season's first loss

After twice being jumped in the poll without losing, the Associated Press voters had a reason to drop the Kansas men’s basketball team this week. And they did. Fresh off of their first loss of the 2018-19 season — 80-76 at No. 18 Arizona State last Saturday night — the Jayhawks (10-1) fell to No. 5 in this week’s poll, released Monday morning. Arizona State (9-2), meanwhile, jumped a spot to No. 17 ...

Trust, talent key aspects in depth of relationship between Bill Self and KU point guard Devon Dotson

When Devonte’ Graham walked off the floor at the 2018 Final Four for the last time, Kansas coach Bill Self knew in that moment — even if he wasn’t thinking about it at the time — that he would have to rely on somebody new to handle point guard duties for the Jayhawks during the 2018-19 season. What Self did not know then, however, was that, in such a short amount of time, he would develop such a ...

Inability to hit from outside as much to blame as anything for KU's first loss of 2018-19 season

Despite 30 points and 14 rebounds from junior forward Dedric Lawson, the top-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday night in the desert, 80-76 to No. 18 Arizona State. After the loss, Lawson and freshman point guard Devon Dotson pointed to the team’s mistakes down the stretch and inability to close out a game that it led for more than 37 minutes as the biggest ...

Game day: No. 1 Kansas basketball at No. 18 Arizona State

No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (10-0) at No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) Time: 8 p.m. | Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Arizona TV: ESPN2 | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Not going to be home for the game? 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 & ...

No. 1 Kansas falters in final minutes during 80-76 loss to Arizona State

Tempe, Ariz. — His team led for 37 of the game’s 40 minutes against the No. 18 team on the road, but all Kansas coach Bill Self could talk about after top-ranked KU’s first loss of the season — 80-76 to Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night — was the miscommunication at the end that cost the Jayhawks. “I did such a bad job in the last timeout,” Self said. “I did such a bad job in ...

Notebook: ASU coach Bobby Hurley won't forget upset over No. 1 KU

Tempe, Ariz. — Even with all of his big wins as a player at Duke and during the first stretch of his head coaching career, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley had some serious praise for Saturday’s 80-76 victory over No. 1 Kansas at Wells Fargo Arena, just the second win by an ASU team over No. 1 in school history. “That was one of the great sports moments of my life,” Hurley said after the win. ...

No. 18 Arizona State aiming for eye-opening win over top-ranked Kansas

Tempe, Ariz. — It’s been since 1981 and has only happened once in school history. Suffice it to say, beating — or even just playing — the No. 1 ranked college basketball team in the country does not happen all that often around the Arizona State campus. But that’s exactly what the 18th-ranked Sun Devils (8-2) will get an opportunity to do at 8 p.m. Saturday night, when top-ranked and unbeaten Kansas ...

KU freshman David McCormack's uptick in minutes all about proper mindset

For a basketball coach who values attitude and effort over just about everything, what Kansas coach Bill Self saw from freshman forward David McCormack during Tuesday’s 89-53 victory over South Dakota at Allen Fieldhouse was about as good as it gets. Of course, given that Self has been around McCormack routinely, morning, noon and night, since August, the freshman’s breakout performance was not all that ...

Matt Tait: Les Miles' juco signing strategy has different feel than recent experiments

Let the record show that the first official recruiting class in the Les Miles era of Kansas football will include at least six junior college signees. Insert your best eye roll, more-of-the-same statements and belly laughs worthy of Old Saint Nick here. Hasn’t Kansas tried this whole juco thing way too many times before? Yes, and no. More on that in a minute. Now, take a deep breath and let your mind ...

Game day: No. 1 Kansas basketball vs. South Dakota

No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (9-0) vs. South Dakota Coyotes (6-5) Time: 7 p.m. | Location:Allen Fieldhouse TV: Jayhawk TV/ESPN+ | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Not going to be home for the game? 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 Keys for ...

Behind 40 bench points, No. 1 Kansas cruises to 89-53 win over South Dakota

Bench points have been tough to come by for the top-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team so far this season, and never more so than last Saturday, when the Jayhawks’ four reserves scored just 4 points in a win over Villanova. But Tuesday night, during an 89-53 victory over South Dakota at Allen Fieldhouse, the bench points came in bunches and the KU reserves nearly scored as many points as they had in the ...

Notebook: KU freshman David McCormack receives extended minutes in win

A funny thing happened on the way to the top-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team finally running past South Dakota, 89-53, on a sloppy and sluggish Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Freshman forward David McCormack played and then kept playing. Limited to just 32 total minutes in KU’s first nine games, including a season-high of 10 against Louisiana and a DNP against Vermont, McCormack logged 17 minutes ...

Reputation as lock-down defender growing by the day for Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett

The last time Kansas and Villanova met before Saturday, back in March at the Final Four in San Antonio, the Jayhawks had plenty of Villanova players to focus on. In the rematch, a 74-71 dog-fight victory by top-ranked Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, there was one Villanova player who stood out above all others. And Bill Self put his best defender on him. Despite giving up three inches and roughly 50 pounds to ...

Top-ranked Kansas among college basketball teams with toughest schedules so far

With their 3-point victory over No. 17 Villanova on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks picked up their third Top 25 win in just nine games so far this season. According to KenPom.com, those victories, along with several other factors, put KU’s strength of schedule as the second best among major Division I programs through Sunday, at No. 6 in the nation, with only Purdue (4th) ranking ...

Game day: No. 1 Kansas basketball vs. No. 17 Villanova

No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (8-0) vs. No. 17 Villanova Wildcats (8-3) Time: 11 a.m. | Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: ESPN | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Not going to be home for the game? 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 & ...

Lagerald Vick bounces back to help No. 1 KU take down No. 17 Villanova

Kansas senior Lagerald Vick sure found a memorable way to put a bad week behind him. After coming off of the bench and struggling offensively during recent KU victories over Wofford and New Mexico State, Vick was back in the starting lineup and back on the red-hot railway during the top-ranked Jayhawks’ 74-71 win over No. 17 Villanova on Saturday morning at Allen Fieldhouse. Saturday’s effort was not quite ...

Notebook: Jayhawks center Udoka Azubuike progressing in rehab

Injured Kansas junior Udoka Azubuike watched his top-ranked teammates knock off No. 17 Villanova, 74-71 at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday morning, the second consecutive outing that a sprained right ankle kept Azubuike on the bench. But KU coach Bill Self said after the victory that the 7-foot center was on track for a return. “I think (it’s going) well,” Self said of Azubuike’s rehab. “He’s been on ...

KU-Villanova rematch part personal, part business as usual for both programs

Not long after the Kansas men’s basketball team picked up a survive-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth victory over New Mexico State last Saturday, junior forward Dedric Lawson received a phone call about the Jayhawks’ future. On the other end of the line was former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham, who had a simple message for Lawson. “Devonte’ hit me up after the last game and he had seen we were ...

KU coach Bill Self says looking only at Jayhawks' record, ranking is the wrong way to evaluate current state of team

Kansas coach Bill Self has a little advice for the Jayhawk fans out there who choose to look at KU’s 8-0 start and No. 1 ranking six weeks into the season as a sign that all is well in Lawrence. In a word: Don’t. “That’s not how you should look at it,” the Kansas coach said Tuesday night on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show. “You should look at it based on, I hate to say this, but you can ...

Villanova coach Jay Wright ready to return to Allen Fieldhouse, but only for this one game

To the starry-eyed Kansas basketball fan, Jay Wright’s walk into Allen Fieldhouse for Saturday’s 11 a.m. clash with top-ranked Kansas might inspire visions of the Villanova coach someday taking a similar stroll out of the home team’s tunnel onto James Naismith Court. That scenario, of course, would only be possible if or when current KU coach Bill Self ever decided to leave the place he’s spent the past ...