WRITER: Matt Tait

Quentin Grimes just fine after cramps took him out of KU's semifinal win over West Virginia

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes, who carried the Jayhawks to a halftime lead and 88-74 victory over West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament semifinals on Friday night at Sprint Center knew a couple of things right away when he went down with a leg injury with 6 minutes to play in the victory. First, he knew exactly what was wrong with him. Second, he knew he needed to be anywhere but on the ...

Shooting struggles doom Kansas in loss to Iowa State during Big 12 title game

Kansas City, Mo. — If you’re looking for black-and-white examples of how Iowa State handed Kansas its latest loss in the Big 12 tournament title game on Saturday night at Sprint Center, look no further than the 78-66 final score and the fact that the Cyclones led for more than 36 minutes of the 40-minute game. But if you’re in search of something more poetic, perhaps a signature moment that perfectly ...

Notebook: Jayhawks will turn their attention to NCAA tournament after loss to Cyclones

Kansas City, Mo. — All season, whenever the Jayhawks had a bad outing on a Saturday, the quickest they could hope to put it behind them and move forward from their latest loss was two days away. But now, following the Jayhawks’ 78-66 loss to No. 5 seed Iowa State Saturday in the Big 12 tournament title game at Sprint Center, Kansas does not even need 24 hours for the reset button to arrive. That’s ...

KU junior Mitch Lightfoot flashes defense of a different kind to help lead Kansas past Texas

Kansas City, Mo. — Whether you’re new to Mitch Lightfoot’s world and discovered him through his “Prison Mitch” alter ego, or you’ve known about his timing on blocks, heart on rebounds and passion for the game for years, you probably feel like you have a pretty good read on Lightfoot’s game. And then the junior from Gilbert, Ariz., goes and does something like he did [on Thursday night during ...

Sensing a Silvio-type emergence from KU forward David McCormack? You're not alone

Kansas freshman David McCormack calls it “sort of an unspoken thing” and junior forward Mitch Lightfoot says you’d have to be crazy not to see the parallels. Regardless of how you classify it, if you find yourself wondering, dreaming or even just contemplating whether McCormack could be to this year’s KU team what Silvio De Sousa was to last year’s, you’re definitely not alone. “Yeah, you’ve ...

Late run in first half lifts Kansas past West Virginia in Big 12 semifinals

Kansas City, Mo. — The shot was big, the foul was foolish but the pass was pristine. Late in what was, in just about every way, a sluggish offensive half for the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in Friday’s Big 12 semifinal against West Virginia at Sprint Center, freshman point guard Devon Dotson darted his way up the floor after a West Virginia miss and needed about three steps to know where he was ...

Mighty McCormack: Freshman center helps Kansas power past Texas in Big 12 quarterfinals

Kansas City, Mo. — Bigger was better for the 17th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Big 12 tournament. In addition to playing with a bigger seed than they had in a decade, the third-seeded Jayhawks got a major lift from freshman big man David McCormack to power past 6th-seeded Texas, 65-57, Thursday night at Sprint Center. In the week leading up to the matchup, ...

Bring on the pressure: Young Jayhawks bracing for different feel in postseason play

Kansas City, Mo. — Throughout his college career, Kansas junior Mitch Lightfoot has sort of become the unofficial spokesman for the idea that, when you sign up to play basketball at Kansas, you agree to take on all of the pressure that comes with it. Starting today, a whole bunch of young Jayhawks will find out exactly what Lightfoot means and, more importantly, exactly what that pressure talks, sees, looks ...

Game day breakdown: No. 17 Kansas basketball vs. Texas (Big 12 Tournament)

No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks (23-8) vs. Texas Longhorns (16-15) Time: 8 p.m. | Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. 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 & @SJacksonLJW Keys ...

KU coach Bill Self says college basketball in better shape than it might appear

Kansas City, Mo. — As college basketball heads into its postseason, where a champion will be crowned and uncertainty will follow, Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday that the state of the game was strong. “I think the health of the game is far better than what the appearance is,” Self said. “I do.” Self also addressed KU’s position in the ongoing investigation into corruption in college ...

Let it fly: Jayhawks hoping for hot shooting at Big 12 tournament

Winning three games in three days at this week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., will be no easy task for any of the 10 teams attempting to do it. But Kansas coach Bill Self on Monday outlined a blueprint that he thought would take KU to the title. “I think we have to make shots. I think we have to defensive rebound. I think we have to grow up and play beyond our years a little bit,” Self said ...

Bill Self: KU senior Lagerald Vick not expected back from leave of absence

Already well-versed in answering questions of the Lagerald Vick nature, Kansas coach Bill Self on Monday provided an answer that is likely to be the last. Asked at the end of his regularly scheduled press conference if there were any roster changes in store for the Jayhawks as they begin preparations for this week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Self closed the book on any possibility of Vick ...

KU's Dedric Lawson named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

He delivered 20 double-doubles, averaged 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game and helped lead the Kansas men’s basketball team to a perfect record at Allen Fieldhouse. All of that, and more, led to KU junior Dedric Lawson earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors, the conference announced Sunday morning. Lawson, the 6-foot-9 Memphis transfer who started every game of the regular season for the ...

Jarrett Culver over Dedric Lawson for Big 12 Player of the Year a simple case of one guy winning more

If Dedric Lawson is cool with it, you’d think Kansas basketball fans would be too. Saturday afternoon, following KU’s 78-70 victory over Baylor in the regular-season finale, Lawson was asked whether he thought he should be player of the year in the Big 12 Conference. His answer? “I guess so.” Lawson’s numbers certainly made for a strong case — stronger than those words, anyway. But give ...

Game Day Breakdown: No. 13 Kansas basketball vs. Baylor

No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks (22-8 overall, 11-6 Big 12) vs. Baylor Bears (19-11 overall, 10-7 Big 12) Time: 1 p.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 ...

Dynamic duo: McCormack, Lawson lift Kansas past Baylor in regular-season finale

On a day when recent Oscar winner Kevin Willmott was honored on the court during a timeout at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self turned to a legendary Hollywood actress to describe the current state of his team following a 78-70 victory over Baylor in the regular-season finale for both teams. “I mean, it’s ‘50 First Dates.’ Drew Barrymore could star with our team,” Self said following ...

Notebook: Jayhawks finish off perfect season at home by beating Bears

With Saturday’s 78-70 victory over Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse, the 2018-19 Kansas men’s basketball team achieved something that not even last season’s Final Four bunch did — a perfect record at home. After losing three games inside Allen Fieldhouse a season ago, this year’s Jayhawks rolled their way to a 16-0 record inside KU’s home building, winning by an average of 13 points per game. Even though ...

From as high as a 3 to as low as a 5 or 6, KU coach Bill Self breaks down where Kansas stands in terms of seeding

As we close in on the one-week mark to Selection Sunday — March 17 — many eyes have begun to shift toward what seed this Kansas basketball team will land in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Sure, that’s no different than any other year, but, most years, it’s whether the Jayhawks will be a No. 1 or a 2 seed that stands as the biggest question, or, when that’s already obvious, where KU will be sent or if ...

KU coach Bill Self says senior Lagerald Vick should be remembered 'in a very favorable way'

While Saturday’s regular season finale against Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse will be the rare season-ender without a celebration of KU’s seniors, Kansas coach Bill Self took time in the days leading up to it to reflect on the lone senior on his 2018-19 roster. Because a leave of absence took him back to his hometown of Memphis to tend to some personal matters four weeks ago, Lagerald Vick will not be in the ...

For this Kansas team, it's what comes next, not the end of the streak, that matters most now

Say what you will about the end of KU’s 14-year Big 12 title streak, how the Kansas players and fans should react to it and what it means for the Big 12, these Jayhawks and the Kansas basketball program as a whole. All of that, and much, much more, matters a great deal to those observing this thing from afar, [even the former Kansas players who put their own work into building the NCAA record][1] that is not ...