WRITER: Matt Tait

Dedric Lawson's 2018-19 season sits among the best in KU history

After spending nearly all of his first season with the Jayhawks smiling, laughing and staying upbeat at every turn, Kansas junior Dedric Lawson finally let it go. Sitting in the losing locker room inside Vivint Smart Lake Arena in Salt Lake City after his team’s 89-75, season-ending loss to Auburn, Lawson buried his head in his shirt and sobbed for a couple of minutes. The outpouring of emotion came ...

Breaking down the future of KU's basketball roster

Well, here we are. It’s the first Monday following the end of another Kansas basketball season and, predictably, the skies are gray and cloudy around Lawrence, there’s a slight breeze and a chill still hangs in the air. Go with this: Not to worry, KU fans. The upcoming forecast — at least locally — looks much better and there's sunshine and warmer temperatures in your near future. It’s funny, but ...

Saturday's 2nd half was all about pride, but the season-ending loss was still devastating for Kansas

Salt Lake City — It was not words that were the currency of choice in the Kansas locker room following Saturday’s 89-75 loss to 5th-seeded Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but sounds of sniffles and pauses and sighs. That was all that was needed to describe the devastation and disappointment pulsing its way through KU’s small corner of Vivint Smart Home Arena that will forever be known ...

Key Jayhawks not focused on discussing their futures at Kansas

Salt Lake City — For a program like Kansas basketball, the end of the season brings with it questions about the future of the roster, the stay-or-go dilemma for KU’s future pros and the prospects of what the next group — in this case, the 2019-2020 team — might look like in the very near future. This KU team, which had its season come to a screeching halt with an 89-75 beatdown at the hands of ...

Game day breakdown: NCAA Tournament 2nd Round - No. 4 seed Kansas vs. No. 5 seed Auburn

No. 4 seed Kansas Jayhawks (26-9) vs. No. 5 seed Auburn Tigers (27-9) Time: 8:40 p.m. | Location:Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah TV: TBS | 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. Defend the 3 It’s been a key all season. ...

It's Over: Kansas suffers 89-75 season-ending loss to Auburn in Round of 32

Salt Lake City — Even if you had not seen a single second of Saturday’s first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the vision of the Jayhawks walking off the floor at halftime would have told you all you needed to know. With heads down and mouths open, gasping for air, the Jayhawks quietly filed their way back to the locker room at halftime for the final time this season. Sophomore guard Marcus Garrett was the ...

Devon Dotson's tweaked ankle a non-issue for Kansas entering Friday's practice

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson said Friday that his left ankle was a little sore when he woke up on Friday morning, following KU’s 87-53 victory over No. 13 seed Northeastern on Thursday night. But neither Dotson nor KU coach Bill Self seemed at all worried that the ankle tweak, which Dotson endured while battling for a rebound in the second half of Thursday’s victory, would have a negative impact on ...

Quick turnaround: Jayhawks embracing all aspects of rapid-pace preparation for Auburn

Salt Lake City – By the time the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team had moved on to preparing for No. 5 seed Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the hard work was already done. Saturday's matchup — 8:40 p.m. on TBS — did not become official until sometime around 6 p.m. on Thursday night, but the KU coaching staff had done enough work in the days between Selection Sunday and ...

'My boys are winners': Lawson brothers carry Kansas to 87-53 win over Northeastern in NCAA Tournament

Salt Lake City — They combined for 38 points, 14 rebounds and one big victory while helping lead No. 4 seed Kansas to Thursday’s 87-53, first-round victory over No. 13 Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But the one statistic that made the whole thing possible may have been an assist from mom. During the Lawson brothers’ brief recruitment in the spring of 2017, Dedra Lawson, sent Kansas coach Bill ...

Notebook: Jayhawks' defense rises to challenge on big stage in rout of Huskies

Salt Lake City — Defense, defense, defense. That was the focus all week for the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team ahead of its first-round, NCAA Tournament matchup with hot-shooting Northeastern. And then the ball went in the air, the game began and the Jayhawks needed all of one possession to know they’d be fine against the Huskies’ vaunted offensive attack. The Jayhawks’ first defensive ...

2nd Round matchup between KU and Auburn set to tip around 8:40 p.m. Saturday

Salt Lake City — For just the second time in the history of the two programs, Kansas and Auburn will square off on the basketball court on Saturday night, with the winner earning a trip to the Sweet 16 in Kansas City, Mo. And we now know that that game will tip off around 8:40 p.m., roughly 30 minutes following the 6:10 tipoff between top-seeded Gonzaga and No. 9 seed Baylor in the first of two games in ...

Sophomore guard Marcus Garrett continues to serve as KU's ultimate X-factor

Salt Lake City — Kansas coach Bill Self hinted this week that he may be looking at tweaking his starting lineup ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. NCAA Tournament opener against No. 13 seed Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But whether he switches things up or starts the same five he has for the past 11 games, Self can rest easy knowing he has a player on his roster named Marcus Garrett, who gives him ...

Jayhawks arrive in Salt Lake City more 'under the radar' than in recent years

Salt Lake City — Usually, by now, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has done a dozen different radio and television interviews and talked until he was blue in the face about his team’s status entering the NCAA Tournament, both as a top contender and as a general representative of one of the greatest sporting events on the calendar each year. But there’s been nothing typical about the 4th-seeded ...

Carrying Kansas: Junior forward Dedric Lawson born and bred for what lies ahead

Salt Lake City — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has a saying he uses this time of year that probably applies to this KU team better than most during his 16-year run with the Jayhawks. “When you’ve got a great player, which we do, you can always ride that guy,” Self said recently when talking about 4th-seeded KU’s postseason chances. The team tips off at 3 p.m. Thursday against No. 13 Northeastern ...

KU's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances reaches 30

The consecutive Big 12 Conference title streak might be dead, but by earning a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the Kansas men’s basketball program kept alive another impressive streak. When things get going in the Big Dance later this week, the Jayhawks will be playing in their 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament, dating back to the 1989-90 season. Not only is KU’s streak — 14 seasons under Roy ...

5 reasons KU can make a run in the 2019 NCAA Tournament

What becomes of the Jayhawks this postseason remains to be seen, but here are five reasons KU fans can be optimistic about their team’s chances to make a run. 1: Dedric Lawson and Devon Dotson. KU’s two all-Big 12 selections — Lawson first team and newcomer of the year and Dotson third team — provide the Jayhawks exactly what they need to navigate the crazy waters of postseason basketball. In ...

3-point D: KU better by the numbers than you might think

When it comes to defense, Bill Self’s pride and joy as a basketball coach, the 2018-19 Kansas Jayhawks rank 15th in KenPom’s overall defensive efficiency rating, but just 131st in Division I in defending the 3-point shot. Eleven teams knocked in double-digit 3-point makes against Kansas this season and 10 more hit at least eight 3-pointers in a game during the Jayhawks’ 25-9 season that led them to the ...

4th-seeded Jayhawks prepared for different path in this year's NCAA Tournament

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s first thought when the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday evening could be boiled down to a single word. “Hard,” Self said during a meeting with the media at Allen Fieldhouse following the unveiling of this year’s field. Moments later, Self needed just two words to share his reaction to seeing his fourth-seeded Jayhawks placed in the Midwest region, ...

Selection Sunday Notebook: Jayhawks forced to wait to find out NCAA Tournament fate

Kansas freshman Devon Dotson has looked forward to a day like Sunday for as long as he can remember. That was what made it a bit torturous for Dotson and his Kansas teammates on Sunday, when they had to wait through three sets of commercials and all the way to the final region to learn that the Jayhawks had drawn a No. 4 seed in the Midwest region and would play No. 13 Northeastern at 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt ...

KU's Bill Self expecting Sprint Center to be slanted Iowa State's way for Big 12 title game

Kansas City, Mo. — The stage is set for the 2019 Big 12 tournament title game and it’s No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 5 Iowa State for the hardware and confetti. But Kansas coach Bill Self is not exactly planning on his team having the home-court advantage in today’s 5 p.m. final like the Jayhawks are accustomed to inside Sprint Center. “I would say that it will be the first time in a long time that we probably ...