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KU's 2018-19 schedule complete with release of Big 12 men's basketball dates

With dates for marquee games against Michigan State, Villanova and Kentucky already known, the Kansas basketball program officially learned what its road to a 15th consecutive Big 12 title would look like on Wednesday, when the Big 12 Conference released the Big 12 portion of the 2018-19 schedule. KU will open Big 12 play Jan. 2 at home against Oklahoma, and, as usual, will play in the maximum number of Big ...

Breaking down and ranking KU's 2018-19 Big 12 schedule, from No. 18 to No. 1

The wait is over, KU basketball fans. OK. Not that wait. For that one, you’ve still got 23 days. But, hey, not bad considering that this year’s Late Night in the Phog is earlier than ever and will, once again, mark the official beginning of the 2018-19 Kansas basketball season. The wait we’re talking about today is the wait for the KU men’s basketball schedule, [which finally was released by the Big ...

Joel Embiid opens up — even more — in Players' Tribune piece

Unless you've been living in a cave, under a rock or on a different planet, you know by now that former Kansas basketball center Joel Embiid, now one of the brightest shining stars in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, is one of the most entertaining professional athletes on social media. From flirting with Rihanna to posting videos and pictures of him jogging or playing pickup games on the streets of Phily, ...

Highly ranked Class of 2020 combo guard R.J. Hampton schedules official visit with Kansas

Class of 2020 guard R.J. Hampton, a 6-4, 170-pound combo guard from Little Elm, Texas, told 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels on Friday that, after considering reclassifying into the 2019 class, he planned to remain in the 2020 class. “A lot of factors led to it,” Hampton told Daniels. “There was a lot of stuff that weighed into it.” One thing might be Hampton’s enjoyment of the recruiting ...

Two Jayhawks appear on ESPN's initial 2019 NBA mock draft

ESPN draft guru Jonathan Givony released his most recent 2019 NBA mock draft on Wednesday morning and it featured a couple of notable names for Kansas fans. Even though the 2019 NBA Draft is still 10 months away, it’s worth tracking these sorts of things now so we’ll know how certain players rise and fall during the course of the fast-approaching 2018-19 season. It did not take long for the first ...

KU Kickoff 2018: The case for a 2-win Kansas football season

*Earlier this week, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan officially made his win/loss prediction for the 2018 Kansas football team, [picking the Jayhawks to finish David Beaty's fourth season with a 3-9 record.][1] Clearly, that's not the only possibility for the Jayhawks, who, with a veteran group mixed with some new faces, could finish with more or certainly even fewer victories than the three Keegan's ...

Former KU great Sherron Collins picks up college degree

On pages 42 and 43 of the 2009-10 Kansas basketball media guide sit a couple of small glimpses into the academic career of former KU point guard Sherron Collins. On page 42, under the section called “The Collins File,” it lists Collins’ favorite subject as English. On page 43, under the section titled “Off the Court,” it lists the major of Sherron Marlon Collins as African and African American ...

KU cracks Top 12 for elite 2019 point guard Cole Anthony

Even if their squad is on it, it’s hard for a college coaching staff to get too excited when a prospect they covet trims his list to a final 12. So many teams remain, so much work still to do, the finish line is still so far away. But in the case of a player like Class of 2019 point guard Cole Anthony, who did just that late Monday, there’s plenty of reason to be pumped up. Anthony, who is ranked No. 2 ...

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl sets official visit to Kansas

Class of 2019 forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will officially visit Kansas during the weekend of Sept. 28 for Late Night in the Phog, his mother, Katie Robinson, told KUsports.com. Robinson-Earl, who transferred to IMG Academy for his senior year, named his top five schools earlier this month, with Villanova, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Arizona joining Kansas on his list. Robinson-Earl has long been one of ...

Five-star 2019 center James Wiseman plans visit to Kansas

One of the top-ranked prep basketball players in the Class of 2019 has scheduled an official visit to Kansas for Late Night the weekend of Sept. 28. And, according to his mother, James Wiseman’s trip to Lawrence is not just a formality. Speaking with 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels this week, Wiseman’s mother, Donzaleigh Artis, classified her son’s recruitment as “wide open.” ...

Class of 2019 PG Tre Mann ends recruitment, picks Gators

The on-again-off-again recruitment of The Villages, Fla., point guard Tre Mann appears to have come to a close. According to a Tuesday evening Tweet from his own account, Mann has orally committed to Florida, picking the Gators over Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee and eliminating the need for planned visits with the KU coaching staff in the coming weeks. "I'm 100 percent committed to the University of ...

Why KU's 2019 recruiting class doesn't have to include a point guard

Last week, we learned that [longtime KU commitment Markese Jacobs, a point guard in the Class of 2019 ranked No. 92 overall by Rivals.com, was reopening his recruitment][1] and likely headed toward not becoming a Jayhawk. To most who follow recruiting closely, including our own KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott, the news came as little surprise. After all, Jacobs — 5-foot-11, 170 pounds — ...

KU coach Bill Self to be honored by OSU Alumni Association

His goal, these days, is to emerge victorious at least twice a year in his matchups with his alma mater. But that did not stop Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association from honoring Bill Self as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2018. Self, along with six other OSU alums, will be recognized at a public reception at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center on Sept. 14 and again during an on-field ...

Jayhawks set to get serious with preseason basketball workouts

Hernia surgery kept Kansas coach Bill Self mostly away from his team during the Jayhawks’ first week on campus. But before he went into the operating room last Thursday, Self saw enough to know where the 2018-19 team stood entering the start of the fall semester. “You know, our conditioning’s awful, which you would anticipate it being,” Self began. “And I’ve said hundreds of times already, and ...

KU sports figures, Lawrence schools deputy superintendent rappel down 7-story building for charity

Seated seven stories down, near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self craned his neck to watch assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and former KU basketball players Jeremy Case and Jeff Hawkins rappel down the 888 Lofts building for Saturday’s “Over The Edge” charity event. Originally slated to be the one in the harness, Self was forced to miss the event, a ...

KU-Marquette tipoff set for 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The opponent was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but we now know the tip-off time for KU’s first game in the Big Apple this November. Kansas and Marquette will square off at approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the second of two games played at Barclays Center that day as part of this year’s NIT Season Tip-Off event in Brooklyn, N.Y. Louisville and Tennessee will face each other at 4 p.m. Nov. 21, in the ...

Class of 2019 point guard and KU commitment Markese Jacobs reopens recruitment

According to a Friday afternoon report from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, the lone player committed to Kansas in the Class of 2019 is now uncommitted. Markese Jacobs, a Chicago senior ranked No. 92 in the class by Rivals.com, told Daniels that he was reopening his recruitment and still considering Kansas. Jacobs, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, committed to Kansas shortly after making an unofficial ...

KU coach Bill Self sidelined for Saturday fundraiser in downtown Lawrence

It was billed as the day Kansas basketball coach Bill Self would go “Over the Edge” and rappel down a seven-story downtown Lawrence building for charity. Instead, the KU coach will watch staff members Kurtis Townsend and Jeremy Case scale down the 888 Lofts building in his place. The KU basketball program on Friday announced that Self’s recovery from “a minor hernia repair” would keep the KU coach ...

New KU deal with ESPN+ means Jayhawk TV Network will be available nationwide without blackouts

Frustrations from KU fans unable to see the six men’s basketball games broadcast only by Jayhawk TV during recent years are now a thing of the past. Thanks to a new agreement between KU and its media partners, which includes an expanded lineup of Spectrum Sports, Cox Cable, KMCI, MidCo Sports Network and ESPN, the blackout associated with those six early season, men’s basketball games has been ...

Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Devon Dotson

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas. Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played ...