KU Men’s Basketball

Notebook: Bigs come through for Kansas at ISU

Ames, Iowa ? Monday night was one of those games that Kansas coach Bill Self likes to refer to as “big-boy games.”And thanks to some of the biggest boys on the Kansas roster, the Jayhawks came away victorious, 76-72 over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum.Senior forward Landen Lucas led the ...

Road Warrior: Mason fights through knee injury to lift Jayhawks past Iowa State

Ames, Iowa ? Monday night, in a match-up pitting the Big 12 preseason player of the year against arguably the best player in all of college basketball so far this season, Kansas senior Frank Mason III helped his team out-duel Iowa State’s Monte Morris at Hilton Coliseum in a 76-72, ...

Balanced offense helps Jayhawks survive at Iowa State, 76-72

Ames, Iowa ? No one on the Kansas basketball team expected it to be easy to stay unbeaten in Big 12 play — not with the Jayhawks playing a solid Iowa State team in front of a malicious Hilton Coliseum crowd Monday night.Still, KU, as it has done every game since its season-opening loss to ...

Josh Jackson named Big 12’s top newcomer for fourth time

For the second week in a row and the fourth time this season, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson played his way to Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday morning.As the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks maintained their winning streak, with a victory at Oklahoma and a home win over ...

Tom Keegan: The bigger the free throws the better Josh Jackson shoots them

For Josh Jackson, free-throw shooting and 3-point shooting continue to lag behind the rest of a game that otherwise belies his youth.Still, he’s averaging 15.6 points and will become an even better scorer once he improves, especially from the line. “I shoot them every day,” Jackson said ...

Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball at Iowa State

Kansas Jayhawks (16-1 overall, 5-0 Big 12) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (11-5 overall, 3-2 Big 12) Time: 8 p.m. | Location: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa TV: ESPN | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the KUsports.com staff on Twitter: ...

Veteran Cyclones have helped create intense KU-ISU rivalry

Forget the lofty ranking, the 5-0 start in Big 12 play or the 16-game winning streak the team currently is riding. For Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham, the focus was on something that, at least for the moment, is much more important than any of those things — winning in ...

Notebook: Jackson wants to keep emotions in check; Jayhawks could rise to No. 1

With his team in a dogfight and crunch time quickly approaching, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson was whistled for a charging foul on a bucket that, had it stood, would have given the Jayhawks their first lead of the game.After hearing the whistle and confirming the call, Jackson, who three times ...

Brad Underwood: Jayhawks have a ‘refuse-to-lose mentality’

In preparation for his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse as a head coach, Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood got right to the essence of what makes Kansas such a tough team when he wrote one word next to Josh Jackson’s name on the scouting report: “Dog.”After the final buzzer sounded on the ...

Past the Pokes: Jayhawks survive Oklahoma State’s upset bid

Fans, critics and analysts alike, have been saying all season that the time would come when the Kansas men’s basketball team would not shoot the ball well from the outside and would not be able to rely on the 3-point shot to bury an opponent.That game arrived on Saturday afternoon at Allen ...

Jayhawks hold off Oklahoma State, 87-80

With a balanced effort from its starting five, No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball scraped together just enough offense to defeat underdog Oklahoma State, 87-80, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.The visiting Cowboys, desperate for a marquee victory, out-played the Jayhawks throughout the first ...

Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe officially joins Jayhawks

When it comes to recruiting, there are few things as valuable as making it official. And on Friday evening, that's exactly what the Kansas men's basketball team did with Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe. Cunliffe, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound Seattle native who transferred from ASU after the first ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas waiting for it all to click for Lagerald Vick

For many, statistics are the first things studied to see where basketball players are either falling short or standing out. For coaches, it tends to be the last place, but they do get around to it.Even for coaches, some numbers leap right off the page. Kansas coach Bill Self mentioned a pair of ...

Oklahoma State offers greater challenge than record indicates

Despite their 0-4 conference record and current position at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, the Oklahoma State Cowboys still rank in the top half in 10 of the 21 team statistics the conference tracks.For a first-year head coach still in the middle of installing his offensive, defensive, ...

Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Oklahoma State

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (15-1 overall, 4-0 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-6 overall, 0-4 Big 12) Time: 1 p.m. | Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas TV: ESPN2 | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the KUsports.com ...

Lucas blueprint the perfect plan for Bragg

When KU senior Landen Lucas was going through a bit of a funk earlier this season, he climbed his way out of it by narrowing his focus, emphasizing defense and rebounding, and then watched all other aspects of his game slowly come around.The result? Lucas has recorded double-doubles in three of ...

Tom Keegan: Frank Mason best player in college basketball so far

Seldom does a college basketball player dominate a quarter of a game the way Kansas senior guard Frank Mason did Tuesday night to rally the Jayhawks to an 81-70 victory at Oklahoma.He scored 18 of his 28 points in the first 10:04 of the second half, which once men’s college basketball follows ...

KU’s Bill Self says Jayhawks ‘don’t deserve’ top spot in national rankings

A couple of hours before the Kansas men’s basketball team put the finishing touches on an impressive comeback victory over Oklahoma Tuesday night in Norman, the top-ranked Baylor Bears were whipped by No. 10 West Virginia, clearing the way for Kansas to climb into the No. 1 spot in next ...

Notebook: Mason had a different look in the second half; Self wins 400th game at KU

Norman, Okla. ? Coming from a man who has coached three consensus first-team All-Americans, five others who earned All-American honors of some type and nine NBA lottery picks during his 14 seasons at Kansas, the words KU coach Bill Self heaped upon Kansas guard Frank Mason following Tuesday’s ...

Tom Keegan: Self hits the perfect notes in halftime message

Norman, Okla. ? By the time Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sits in front of the microphones to discuss the game his team just played, he’s in board-room mode, smoothly reviewing the key points with a calm demeanor, sprinkling in humor, clearly communicating his message.That works for him ...