WRITER: Matt Tait

Notebook: Junior Marcus Garrett injured in KU's road loss to Villanova

Philadelphia — It’s hard enough to try to beat ranked teams on the road with your entire roster in tow. But it’s even tougher to do when you lose your most experienced player and best defender to injury after just 13 minutes. That was the case for No. 1 Kansas during Saturday’s 56-55 loss to No. 18 Villanova at Wells Fargo Center. And while no one in the Kansas locker room was using the Marcus Garrett ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 1 Kansas at No. 18 Villanova

No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (9-1) vs. No. 18 Villanova Wildcats (8-2) Time: 11 a.m. | Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. TV: FOX | 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. Run them off the line Defending the 3-point ...

Jayhawks expect to have their hands full with Villanova freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Throughout the late stages of his college recruitment, it always looked like Jeremiah Robinson-Earl would be on the floor for Saturday’s clash between No. 1 Kansas and No. 18 Villanova. After being recruited by Bill Self and the Jayhawks for years, the former Bishop Miege standout who played his final season of prep basketball at IMG Academy in Florida, picked Villanova over the Jayhawks in October of 2018. ...

Kansas basketball team gets locked in for 23rd annual holiday shopping outing

Before filling his cart with toys and holiday gifts for one of 15 local families on Tuesday night, Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa spent time studying his list with one of the KU basketball managers. “Scouting report,” De Sousa joked before flashing a smile that lit up his face like lights on a Christmas tree. For the 23rd consecutive year, the top-ranked Jayhawks broke into small groups at Walmart on ...

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot making the most of redshirt season

Ten games into redshirting his fourth season at Kansas because of his desire to find a greater role in the future, KU forward Mitch Lightfoot has remained a key part of the Kansas basketball program. In addition to providing leadership, encouragement and tidbits of advice to his younger teammates, Lightfoot suits up with the red squad during practices and tries his best to prepare his teammates for the next ...

KU women's basketball team delivers holiday cheer, KU gear to Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Their 9-0 start has brought plenty of joy to Kansas basketball fans at Allen Fieldhouse so far this season, but on Wednesday morning the KU women’s basketball team was handing out smiles in a new setting. Roughly twelve hours after the men’s team left Walmart following its annual holiday shopping outing, the Kansas women’s basketball team made its annual trek to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Wednesday ...

High school-heavy 2020 recruiting class the latest reason to be intrigued by the future of Kansas football

The two most important letters on [the list of the 18 December signees announced by the Kansas football program on Wednesday][1] were the H and S sandwiched next to each other to the far right of each new Jayhawk’s name. The letters stand for “High School,” of course, and the fact that every player signed by Les Miles in the 2020 recruiting class to date is from the high school ranks represents a ...

Early loss to Duke may have refocused top-ranked Kansas

Winners of nine consecutive games since a season-opening loss to Duke in early November, Kansas coach Bill Self believes his team may actually have benefited from the early setback. “I think it was a good thing probably to have the experience,” Self recently said of the loss to Duke at the Champions Classic, where KU committed 28 turnovers in a 2-point loss to the Blue Devils. “I wish you could learn ...

Kansas takes over No. 1 spot in AP Top 25 and coaches poll

The Kansas men’s basketball team is the new No. 1 in college basketball. KU replaces Louisville at the top of this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, following the Cardinals loss to Texas Tech last Tuesday night. Kansas also is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll. It marks the 70th time in AP poll history and 62nd time in coaches poll history that Kansas has been ranked at the top. ...

Dotson named Player of the Week, KU No. 2 in NET rankings and an apology about the latest ESPN+ broadcast

The Big 12’s leading scorer once again has been named the conference player of the week. Kansas sophomore Devon Dotson earned the honor for the second time this season after averaging 20 points, six assists and 2.5 steals in wins over Milwaukee and Kansas City last week. Dotson is currently averaging 19.6 points per game for the season, and his big week included 22 points against Milwaukee and 18 in the ...

Improved activity on both ends leads to season-high 21 minutes for KU freshman Christian Braun

There’s little doubt that Kansas freshman Christian Braun was energized by playing in front of his family in his hometown on Saturday during KU’s 98-57 victory over Kansas City at Sprint Center. “Did you hear them,” Braun joked after the win. With around 20 friends and family members there to cheer him on, Braun delivered one of his best games as a Jayhawk to date. Four points on 2-of-4 ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 2 Kansas vs. Kansas City at Sprint Center

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (8-1) vs. Kansas City Kangaroos (5-6) Time: 4 p.m. | Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. TV: Big 12 Now/ESPN+ | 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 ...

Notebook: KU freshmen get extended minutes off bench during blowout win

Kansas City, Mo. — With Saturday’s 98-57 rout of Kansas City well in hand early in the second half, the second-ranked Jayhawks got the opportunity to give extended minutes to some of their reserves. Freshmen Christian Braun and Tristan Enaruna were joined for much of the second half by Isaiah Moss and Silvio De Sousa and the Jayhawks (9-1) did not miss a beat. “We played a lot better in the second ...

Big Dave's big day: No. 2 Kansas crushes Kansas City behind career-high from David McCormack

Kansas City, Mo. — Maybe there is room for two big men in the Kansas basketball lineup after all. Behind a career-high 28 points from David McCormack — in fewer than 17 minutes — and another all-around strong effort from senior center Udoka Azubuike, the second-ranked Jayhawks steamrolled Kansas City, 98-57, on Saturday evening at Sprint Center. “I think a lot of it was effort and energy,” Self said ...

'I just love coaching him': KU's Self, Garrett on the same page

Junior guard Marcus Garrett has played 78 games in a Kansas uniform, likely has between 60-70 more before he’s finished and already has earned some of the highest praise possible from KU coach Bill Self. “To me, he’s as fun a player as I’ve had to coach,” Self said Thursday, when asked about Garrett’s still-forming legacy at Kansas. “Here may be a little different, because you think of Tyrel ...

Ochai Agbaji's father, Olofu, explains his son's 'special purpose' after 95-68 Kansas win vs. Milwaukee

Before Tuesday’s 95-68 rout of Milwaukee at Allen Fieldhouse, Ochai Agbaji’s father, Olofu, told his son to go easy on the Panthers. The reason? Both Olofu and Agbaji’s mother, Erica, attended and played basketball at what was then known as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during their college days. Beyond that, Olofu had a handful of former teammates in town for Tuesday’s game, a trip and ...

Jayhawks willing to embrace No. 1 ranking - if it comes

Not surprisingly, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s first thought after learning of Texas Tech’s upset of No. 1 Louisville on Tuesday night was about the Red Raiders and the Big 12. “It’s a great win for Tech,” Self said. “Great for our league.” From there, the topic quickly shifted to what Tech’s victory meant for Kansas, which entered the week at No. 2 in the polls and could be poised to ...

Game Day Breakdown - No. 2 Kansas vs. Milwaukee

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (7-1) vs. Milwaukee Panthers (5-4) 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 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 ...

A Heisman Trophy vote 30 years in the making

I would’ve voted for Charles Woodson in 1997. I’ve always loved the idea of defensive players winning the Heisman. I would’ve put Todd Reesing in my Top 3 in 2007. He might not have deserved to win the award, but he was every bit the factor as those who made it to New York City for the presentation. And, as much as I’d like to think otherwise, I probably would’ve been caught up in the Heisman ...

Notebook: Jayhawks close impressive decade at Allen Fieldhouse with 151st victory

Tuesday’s 95-68 victory over Milwaukee marked the final game of the decade for the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse. And what a decade it has been. The Jayhawks’ most recent win moved them to 151-7 in their home building during the past 10 years (from 2010-19), a record that represents not only the elite status that the Kansas brand has been known for, but also the type of consistency ...