KU Men’s Basketball

KU coach Bill Self calls Jayhawks ‘the healthiest that we have been’

Omaha, Neb. — With the usual media horde surrounding him and staff members at the downtown Omaha hotel decked out in Kansas T-shirts and clapping along to the fight song as the team rolled in, KU coach Bill Self shared some news that Jayhawk fans everywhere have been waiting a couple of weeks ...

Tom Keegan: Clemson thriving in the shadows of giants

Omaha, Neb. — Clemson just might be the least talked about school in the Sweet 16 field for a variety of reasons, none of which have anything to do with the quality of the team that will face Kansas on Friday night.The Tigers play for football national championships, not basketball. They lack ...

Tigers enter Sweet 16 looking to extend their March Madness party

Some may consider Clemson, the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest region, as one of the handful of teams crashing this year’s Sweet 16 party. Eighth-year coach Brad Brownell said his Tigers would love nothing more than to keep outlasting other invitees to the postseason ...

The story behind the rap about KU basketball’s point guard

The night before KU's opener in the Big 12 tournament, Devonte’ Graham was in his hotel room with a towel draped over his neck. Svi Mykhailiuk, his roommate and fellow senior, was preoccupied with the television, but Graham was focused in on the words coming out of his phone. Specifically he ...

The rocky, yet rewarding, evolution of KU’s Malik Newman

For most of the world, the idea of Kansas sophomore Malik Newman turning into the kind of player KU coach Bill Self promised he would be eventually became a bit of an abstract concept. Although Newman started 25 games during the regular season and played big minutes because of the lack of depth ...

Clemson hopes stingy defense travels with Tigers to Omaha

In as thorough a beating as this March’s NCAA Tournament has seen to date, Clemson moved on to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest, in large part, by stymying Auburn’s offense at an alarming rate.The ACC’s Tigers advanced to a regional semifinal versus Kansas with a 31-point victory on Sunday in ...

Tom Keegan: Duke vs. Kansas best of potential Elite Eight matchups

Most believe that matchups and magic play big parts in surviving and advancing in the NCAA tournament, but few ever mention another key to staying alive: timing.History tells us too much of a good thing all at once can haunt a school during March Madness.If only a few of those made shots wasted ...

Top-seeded Kansas to face No. 5 seed Clemson Friday night in Omaha

It's Kansas vs. Clemson on Friday night in Omaha, Neb., with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. The top-seeded Jayhawks (29-7) will be playing for a third consecutive trip to the Elite Eight and the eighth in head coach Bill Self's 15 seasons at Kansas.The fifth-seeded Tigers (25-9), who ...

KU freshman Marcus Garrett guides KU to key bucket in relief of Devonte’ Graham

When you're a freshman playing in the first NCAA Tournament of your college career, just about every experience is new. So, you can imagine the crazy things that went through Marcus Garrett's head on Saturday night in Wichita when he saw KU's leader and top point guard laying on his back on the ...

Graham survives injury scare, breaks program record for minutes in a season

Wichita — It was the simplest of plays — one Kansas has run a thousand times this season. And it almost was responsible for the end of the Jayhawks' season.With less than a minute to play in the first half of Saturday's 83-79 victory over Seton Hall, Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham drove ...

Tom Keegan: Nudge in right direction awakens Malik Newman

Wichita — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self had finished talking to his team during a timeout midway through the first half of Saturday night’s second-round game against Seton Hall, but he had one more thing to say to sophomore Malik Newman.“I was leaving the huddle and he just pulled me ...

Dominant Dok: Azubuike plays big role to lift Jayhawks past Seton Hall

Wichita — The idea coming into KU's second-round NCAA Tournament game at Intrust Bank Arena was for the top-seeded Jayhawks to keep injured center Udoka Azubuike on some sort of minutes restriction, somewhere in the 15- to 20-minute range.But when all was said and done, Azubuike exceeded that ...

Angel Delgado’s historic performance not enough to beat Kansas

Wichita — When a single basketball player produces 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds in one NCAA Tournament game, it’s typically safe to assume said player’s team moved on to the postseason’s next round.Amazingly, not even 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting and a career-best 23 rebounds ...

KU’s supporting cast pushes Jayhawks past Seton Hall and into Sweet 16

Wichita — Even on a night when Kansas didn’t get its typical production out of star Devonte’ Graham, the senior’s teammates more than made up for it against Seton Hall at Intrust Bank Arena.KU’s other three backcourt starters all produced double-digit points and gigantic sixth man ...

‘It’s been hard’: How Silvio De Sousa keeps strong ties with family, Angola

WICHITA — When Silvio De Sousa attacks the rim he usually goes up with two hands, ferociously slamming the ball into the hoop with loads of force. He snatches the iron after releasing the ball, pulling down and creating reverberations that leave the backboard trembling — and crowd erupting ...

Game day Breakdown: No. 1 seed KU basketball vs. No. 8 seed Seton Hall

No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks (28-7) vs. No. 8 seed Seton Hall Pirates (22-11) Time: 6:10 p.m. Saturday | Location: Intrust Bank Arena, WichitaTV: 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 ...

Tom Keegan: Guard Khadeen Carrington the X factor for Seton Hall

Wichita — The basketball courts in the parks of Brooklyn, N.Y., are rich with tales of superhuman feats from the likes of Connie Hawkins and Pee Wee Kirkland, Fly Williams and Jumpin’ Jackie Jackson.Generations later, Seton Hall guard Khadeen Carrington toughened his game on the same courts ...

Notebook: Kansas expecting 15-20 minutes from Azubuike vs. Seton Hall

Wichita — The ever-improving health of Kansas center Udoka Azubuike appears to have taken its biggest step forward since the KU sophomore injured his left knee 10 days ago at a practice in Lawrence and played just three minutes in KU's next four games. Running through an hour-long practice in ...

Guarding Graham no easy task for Seton Hall or anyone else who has tried it

Wichita — Outside of their dynamic personalities and electric smiles, Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham bears just about zero resemblance to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.But what the two leaders do on their respective fields of battle is more similar than many might think. For ...