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Tom Keegan: Efficient Ellis draws little attention to himself

His expression seldom changes, so Perry Ellis rarely is the one photographed for either jubilation or dejection shots. His jumper doesn’t have that textbook release that makes for pretty pictures. His body moves so efficiently without limbs going in million different directions the way Julian ...

Tom Keegan: Landen Lucas and Jamari Traylor closing the lane on defense

Des Moines, Iowa ? Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s search for quality post play alongside Perry Ellis kept coming up empty early in the season. It ended long ago and was stuffed deeper into the past Saturday night at a block party at the expense of Connecticut.Reserve Jamari ...

Tom Keegan: By all accounts, UConn coach Ollie a great guy

Des Moines, Iowa ? Phil Martelli, Jay Wright, Fred Hoiberg, Tom Izzo, Billy Donovon, John Calipari, Tad Boyle. Today, Bill Self will attempt to do what those seven big names failed to accomplish: defeat UConn coach Kevin Ollie in an NCAA Tournament game.UConn, which won three national titles ...

Tom Keegan: Jayhawks have no need to stress

Des Moines, Iowa ? Stressed out over the poor timing of Joel Embiid’s back injury two years ago and last March by the NCAA’s docking of Cliff Alexander, Kansas University’s basketball coach is back to his smooth self.Bill Self’s not mad in March. He’s not uptight, and if he can stay ...

Tom Keegan: KU’s Selden not dwelling on past

Des Moines, Iowa ? Nobody on Kansas University’s roster needed this basketball season to start in July instead of the customary November more than junior guard Wayne Selden Jr., even if it meant flying all the way to South Korea to cleanse the stench of another premature March exit.“It was ...

Tom Keegan: Blood will be blue in Iowa

College basketball blue bloods. It’s an unofficial designation with a difference of opinion on which schools deserve the label. The general consensus zeros in on six schools.Five of the schools count a shade of blue as their primary, one red. One of the schools has blue as its primary, a ...