KU Men’s Basketball

Production, planning for annual NCAA Tournament often a 9-month process

The decision to cancel this year’s NCAA Tournament may have been made in a matter of days, but the move wiped out nearly a year’s worth of planning by those who broadcast the games. Bob Dekas, an 11-time Emmy winner who served as the lead producer for college basketball at CBS Sports for ...

Paul Pierce’s all-time KU starting 5 goes heavy in frontcourt

Without any NBA games or March Madness to discuss, the crew from ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” decided to take a nostalgic approach earlier this week and have former players, including 1997-98 Kansas All-American Paul Pierce, assemble their all-time teams. The task was an easy one for Pierce ...

Pandemic already costing Big 12 millions and commissioner details uncertainty ahead

The Big 12 Conference lost two large revenue streams when the coronavirus pandemic canceled college basketball’s postseason tournaments, and the financial outlook of the league could look far worse if football games are lost in the fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby revealed during a media ...

Future Jayhawk Bryce Thompson named Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year

The national Gatorade Player of the Year awards were released Thursday and a future Jayhawk was included among them. Bryce Thompson, a combo guard out of Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-star guard ...

Azubuike, Self receive votes for AP player, coach of the year

Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant swept the Associated Press’ player and coach of the year honors, the AP revealed Tuesday. But a couple of Jayhawks factored into the voting by the 65-person panel, as well. Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike received two votes for AP Player of the Year ...

NABC names KU’s Azubuike, Dotson to All-American teams

Tuesday morning brought yet another set of honors for Kansas basketball standouts Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, who both were recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for their strong 2019-20 seasons. Azubuike on Tuesday was named an NABC first team All-American after ...

Marcus Garrett named Defensive Player of the Year finalist

With the Big 12 Conference honor already in his trophy case, Kansas junior Marcus Garrett now has his sights set on bigger things. On Monday morning, the Atlanta Tipoff Club named Garrett one of four finalists for the 2020 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award. Given annually to the ...

Why didn’t KU have a 1st-team AP All-American? It’s complicated

Some years in college basketball, picking All-America teams can be uncomplicated, even obvious. This bizarre, postseason-less 2019-20 campaign was not one of those years. Sure, Dayton’s Obi Toppin fell into the clear-cut category, but as Friday’s release of the Associated Press All-America ...

Introducing ‘Self Madness 2020’

Just because the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus does not mean that Kansas fans have to miss out on their annual bracket fun. I’m sure many of you have seen — or even filled out — the fast-food bracket, the binge-watch bracket or even the 64 greatest moments ...

Kansas standouts Azubuike, Dotson named 2nd team AP All-Americans

After teaming up to guide the Kansas basketball team to a 28-3 record and the likely No. 1 overall seed in the canceled NCAA Tournament, Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson on Friday earned second-team Associated Press All-American honors. The Associated Press All-America Team was selected and ...

Kansas coach Bill Self determined to find the right way to honor 2019-20 Jayhawks

During the week that followed the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, the debate about whether to hang a banner at Allen Fieldhouse raged on among Kansas basketball fans. And, in a way, KU coach Bill Self was right there with them. While Self, during a season-ending conference call ...

Kansas to open 2020-21 season with all-time Self winning streak in sight

As most of you probably know, the top-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team ended the 2019-20 season on a 16-game winning streak, which is tied for the third longest stretch of consecutive victories in the Self era. The Jayhawks did not get the chance to extend that streak by playing in this ...

16 teams that could have won it all

Even though there won’t be an NCAA Tournament in 2020, we thought it might be entertaining — and a decent distraction — to think about the would-be field and some of the teams that could have joined Kansas in the chase for this year’s national championship. Kansas Many people ...

Kansas basketball finishes 2019-20 season ranked No. 1 in both major polls

The Kansas men’s basketball team officially has finished the season as the No. 1-ranked team in college basketball. The 28-3 Jayhawks, by a comfortable margin, held onto their top spot in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of 2019-20 and will enter the 2020-21 season on the brink of ...

KU’s Azubuike, Dotson and Garrett snag top honors from ESPN.com

On Monday, Kansas coach Bill Self said he was still searching for the right way to celebrate and honor the achievements of the 2019-20 Jayhawks. What that means, how it looks and when it will take place remains a mystery, with nearly all of the KU roster back home with their families and ...

KU’s Azubuike one of 5 finalists for Naismith Trophy

Although his dream of bringing a national title trophy back to Lawrence is now unattainable, Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike is still in the running for some meaningful hardware. The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday that the 7-foot center was named one of five finalists for this year's ...