Sports Opinion

Elite Eight roadblock an issue

Acknowledging a problem brings a person halfway to solving it. Sometimes, it’s the more difficult half. Bill Self isn’t in denial and volunteered that he has an issue. He can clean a pool table with the best of them, but has trouble putting the 8-ball in the corner pocket. During his ...

KU basketball tip: schedule Shockers

The Kansas University basketball team doesn’t play regular-season games against Colonial Athletic Association schools and other institutions from so-called “mid-major” leagues unless they take place in either Allen Fieldhouse or the Sprint Center.Heavyweights tend to avoid scheduling ...

A toast to each team in Final Four

You know who you are. You are not me. You are one of those people who put Connecticut, Kentucky, VCU and Butler in the Final Four of your NCAA men’s basketball bracket.I don’t know any of you, but I do know you, based your choices of Final Four teams. I can make certain assumptions. Call it ...

On this day, VCU just better

KU vs. VCUBox ScoreA real tearjerker: Rams put end to Jayhawks’ runLoss hits Morningstar, Reed particularly hardJosh Selby’s 20th birthday no party after loss to VCUHoops notebookVCU fired up by KU's pregame chatterKeegan ratingsSan Antonio ? For the Kansas University basketball team, ...

Kansas reflects coach’s in-your-face personality

Late, great Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire was the king of basketball one-liners packed with street-wise wit.One of Al’s best: “A team should be an extension of a coach’s personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.”Most of the players on this Kansas University basketball ...

Kansas defense reinvents itself

KU vs. RichmondBox ScoreLast one standing: Top-seeded?KU scraps past SpidersFor Josh Selby, spit happensBarking Spiders not intimidated by KUKU notebookKeegan ratingsSan Antonio ? The edict from Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to his players in preparation for Friday night’s ...

Richmond’s web spins in defeat

San Antonio ? Richmond coach Chris Mooney called three timeouts during the first 15 minutes Friday. None curbed the bleeding.Indeed, no tourniquet was going to work during this NCAA Southwest Regional.Kansas’ talent, size and depth were all that Mooney foreshadowed, and the Jayhawks cruised ...

Recent slump not worst thing KU’s Josh Selby has experienced

San Antonio ? When Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby is asked about the Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up, he shakes his head, says very little and comes across a bit like a veteran of a foreign war who just doesn’t want to go there.What, I wondered, was the most difficult ...

Golfer Gary Woodland a confident, grounded athlete

San Antonio ? Now that there isn’t a hotter golfer on the planet, the demands on Gary Woodland’s time have increased exponentially.Certainly, I wouldn’t have been offended had he not found the time to call me back Wednesday. After all, he has a tee time with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson ...

Path to Final Four not easy for KU

Call me stupid — it wouldn’t be the first time — but I never have understood the cliché that goes something like this: “The bracket really has opened up.” It becomes a fashionable phrase whenever multiple low seeds advance to the same regional site.It was uttered in 2008, when the ...

Marcus Morris deserves place in pantheon

Tulsa, Okla. ? Achieving Kansas University basketball royalty status requires March, and now April, greatness, so it’s premature to elevate junior forward Marcus Morris to that stratosphere.But if this Kansas team can hang the ultimate banner for the second time in four years, nobody could ...

KSU’s Pullen didn’t deserve this ending

Tucson, Ariz. ? Jacob Pullen untucked his jersey, knelt down and sobbed. And Kansas State basketball fans everywhere sobbed with him.The senior guard became Kansas State’s career scoring leader Saturday night, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that the Wildcats lost, 70-65, to ...

Jitters obvious, but Tyrel Reed immune

KU vs. BostonUBox ScoreAt loose ends: ‘Tight’ early, KU rolls past TerriersTerriers prove doggedMarkieff's three key: Deep bomb helps KU ‘wrap-up’Gary Bedore’s KU?hoops notebookJayhawks get familiar foe in next round:?IllinoisKeegan ratingsTulsa, Okla. ? Afterward, theories abounded ...

KU basketball’s Thomas Robinson wears frustration on his sleeve

Tulsa, Okla. ? The first of the many tattoos to decorate Thomas Robinson’s right arm was drawn when he was about 16. It reads: “R.I.P. Ali 1991-2007.”“He was one of my closest cousins,” Robinson said from his chair in the Kansas University locker room inside the BOK Center. “He got ...

Louisville poses threat in NCAA Tournament’s Southwest bracket

First impressions tend to last. Still, it’s always wise to put them under a microscope to see if they stand up to scrutiny.Example: When the NCAA Tournament brackets were unveiled on Selection Sunday, the Southwest bracket looked like a favorable one for Kansas University. Upon closer ...

NCAA Tournament selection process flawed

Too tall to fit into anybody’s pocket, too smart to trust anyone else’s views over his own and too funny to deliver his opinions in drab fashion, Jay Bilas cemented his reputation as the E.F. Hutton of college basketball on Selection Sunday.When Bilas talks college hoops, it pays to shut up ...

Bill Self’s handling of Tyshawn Taylor genius

KU vs. TexasBox ScoreReed's first dunk earns high marks from teammatesRevenge is sweet: KU avenges loss, wins Big 12 againKansas basketball notebookKeegan ratingsKansas City, Mo. ? Kansas University basketball coach/psychologist for young male adults Bill Self has had one of the quickest ...

Kansas can count on Tyrel Reed

KU vs. ColoradoBox ScoreTaylor helps KU subdue CU, reach title gameKU gets rematch it wanted: UTThomas Robinson: Markieff Morris ‘best big man in the country’Colorado guards Higgins,?Burks hounded by KUKU notebookKeegan ratingsKansas City, Mo. ? On a night Kansas University, the nation’s ...

Marcus Morris plays like Player of Year

KU vs. Oklahoma StateBox ScoreKeegan ratingsKansas freshman Josh Selby focused on team goals during recent strugglesOklahoma State’s Marshall Moses: Fifth foul a ‘terrible call’Stop and go: Defensive stand puts KU in semisKU wanted ’Cats, but CU will doKansas City, Mo. ? Shortly before ...