KU Men’s Basketball

With decision day nearing, analysts split down the middle on 5-star PG Trae Young

If ever there were an even split for a high-profile basketball prospect’s college decision, this is it. Five-star point guard Trae Young, of Norman, Okla., is set to reveal his long-awaited decision at noon Thursday at Norman North High. And a quick glance at nearly every legitimate ...

Tom Keegan: Dick Vitale calls KU’s backcourt best in nation

Eighteen hours later, colorful analyst Dick Vitale still was juiced by witnessing the unlikeliest of Big Monday comebacks, one that ended with Kansas stealing a victory from West Virginia, 84-80 in overtime.“Unreal,” Vitale said by phone late Tuesday afternoon. “One of the great comebacks ...

In close games or colossal beatdowns, Jayhawks just win

The stat sheet shows that the third-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team has outscored opponents 2,171-1,883, but that hardly tells the story of KU’s season. For the sixth game in a row, dating back to Jan. 28 at Kentucky, the Jayhawks found themselves in a dogfight on Monday night, ...

Notebook: Vick provides big first-half lift; Mason feeling better

On a night when so many wild and crazy things happened down the stretch, it could be easy to forget one player’s contribution midway during the first half.But neither Kansas coach Bill Self nor senior Frank Mason III was about to forget what sophomore guard Lagerald Vick contributed to KU’s ...

Comeback for the Ages: Jayhawks shock West Virginia with late rally, 84-80

On a night when they set the Guinness World Record for loudest indoor arena, a handful of Kansas basketball fans began filing out of Allen Fieldhouse with a little less than 3:00 remaining.Boy, were those folks sorry they left.Despite trailing No. 9 West Virginia by 14 points with 2:58 ...

Tom Keegan: Devonte’ Graham heats up right on time for Jayhawks

The fans who turned their backs on the court and headed for the exit ramps as West Virginia led by 14 points with fewer then three minutes remaining, just might have been muttering, “Where have you gone, Devonte’ Graham? It seemed like just yesterday you outplayed the best player in the ...

Jayhawks surge late to overtake West Virginia in OT

The Kansas basketball team hadn’t lost consecutive games inside Allen Fieldhouse since the 1988-89 season entering a top-10, Big Monday clash with West Virginia. By the end of a long night for the Jayhawks’ offense, 14th-year KU head coach Bill Self still had yet to experience back-to-back ...

Jayhawks holding steady at No. 3 in AP Poll

Tonight’s Big Monday battle between Kansas and West Virginia is now officially a clash between Top 10 teams. In the latest Associated Press poll, released Monday morning, Kansas (22-3 overall, 10-2 Big 12) maintained its spot at No. 3 — behind No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Villanova — and West ...

Josh Jackson’s big week earns him conference’s top honor

Josh Jackson has done it again, though this one likely came as no surprise.Two days after exploding for a career-high 31 points in an 80-79, road victory over Texas Tech, Jackson was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week, as voted by a media panel that covers the conference. It marks ...

Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson rising up to meet every steep challenge

Kansas went into Morgantown three weeks ago for the opener of a defining eight-game stretch that included five tests against schools that at that moment were ranked among the top seven in the nation. Duke was the only of KU’s first 19 opponents that remained in the top 25 when the toughest ...

KU’s Big Monday rematch with WVU more about revenge than league race

As most everyone knows, Kansas coach Bill Self throughout the years has made winning the Big 12 Conference a point of emphasis for his KU teams.But for one night, in the thick of this season’s chase for the title, Self would like to put the Big 12 race on the back burner and play a game for ...

Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball vs. West Virginia

Kansas Jayhawks (22-3 overall, 10-2 Big 12) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (20-5 overall, 8-4 Big 12) Time: 8 p.m. | Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: ESPN | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the KUsports.com staff ...

Tom Keegan: Growing with each game, Jackson doesn’t play like a freshman

Lubbock, Texas ? Josh Jackson arrived at Kansas with a sophisticated basketball mind and perpetually revved motor, but in the months of November and December he flashed teenager moments.He quickly gained a reputation as a hothead with referees, who slapped him with technical fouls to show ...

Freshman Phenom: Jackson’s career day lifts Jayhawks past Texas Tech

Lubbock, Texas ? If Saturday was any indication of how the upcoming year of his life is going to go, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson is in for a heck of a ride.One day after celebrating his 20th birthday, Jackson, who admitted he woke up “feeling a little bit old” on Friday, erupted for 31 ...

Josh Jackson carries KU to win at Texas Tech

Senior leader Frank Mason III can’t carry the offensive load every game for Kansas. So his freshman teammate Josh Jackson came through with his best Mason impersonation Saturday afternoon at Texas Tech, in an 80-79 KU road win.With 5.4 seconds left and the game tied at 79, KU coach Bill Self ...

Tom Keegan: Texas Tech experienced and tough at home

Lubbock, Texas — Lubbock’s Smith, first name Zach, doesn’t hit as hard as Lubbock Smith did during his days as a safety for the Kansas football team, but Zach Smith does hit shots for the Texas Tech basketball team that he didn’t even used to take. And Smith still keeps the video crew ...

Holy Guacamole! KU’s Graham thriving in supporting role

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self never has talked much about a love of comic books, but he dropped a doozy of a comic reference earlier this week when describing the play of junior Devonte’ Graham. Self called Graham’s season thus far, “rock solid,” and discussed him settling into a ...

Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball at Texas Tech

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (21-3 overall, 9-2 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-8 overall, 4-7 Big 12) Time: 1 p.m. | Location: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas TV: ESPN | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the ...

KU’s Josh Jackson still searching for fix to free throw woes

For all of the high-flying dunks, big time passes and huge point totals that have led to six double-doubles, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson still can’t get comfortable at the free throw line. After making 8-of-11 from the free throw line in back-to-back wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma in ...