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Getting to know: Omaha basketball

Ranked sixth in the preseason Summit League poll, Omaha opened the season with seven games away from home. Playing one of the tougher schedules in the nation, the Mavericks (3-10) are winless when they aren’t playing in their home arena. Fresh off a win against Cornell College on ...

Getting to know: Nebraska basketball

After facing ranked opponents Michigan State and Minnesota, then traveling to play in-state foe Creighton, Nebraska will host No. 13 Kansas at 7 p.m. Saturday (TV: FS1) at sold out Pinnacle Bank Arena. It’s the first time the Jayhawks will play in the downtown Lincoln arena. The ...

Getting to know: Arizona State basketball

Off to the program’s first 8-0 start since 1974, Arizona State has been one of the top surprises throughout college basketball. Ranked No. 16, it’s the first time ASU has entered the Associated Press poll since the 2008-09 season. Highlighted by a high-powered offense, the Sun ...

What’s it like to beat Kansas? Opposing players treasure upset wins

The price of 13 consecutive Big 12 titles and a lofty national ranking is that Kansas will almost always be circled on the calendar by opponents. Look no further than Wednesday’s 74-65 loss against Washington in Kansas City, Mo., where the Huskies tried to make a statement with their ...

Getting to know: Washington basketball

Only a few days after facing Jim Boeheim and Syracuse’s zone defense, the Kansas basketball team will see plenty of similarities against Mike Hopkins, a longtime Syracuse assistant, and Washington’s new zone defense. The Huskies (6-2) have won their last four games, all of them at ...

Getting to know: Syracuse basketball

In the preseason ACC media poll, Syracuse was picked to finish 10th because it had to replace six of its top seven scorers from last season. So far, no problem. The Orange (6-0) have frustrated opponents with their 2-3 zone, which features [7-foot-2 center Paschal Chukwu in the middle ...

Blue bloods with Bobby: Nov. 28

Feast week certainly lived up to the hype with some excellent non-conference games across the country through midseason tournaments. The PK80 tournament in Portland was a nice touch for Nike schools, giving college basketball a chance to shine during college football season. Welcome to ...

Getting to know: Toledo basketball

Toledo will enter Tuesday night’s game against second-ranked Kansas with back-to-back losses to Syracuse and Cornell. In both games, the Rockets (3-2) gave up big runs with poor shooting stretches. But usually shooting is their strength with three players averaging more than 15 points ...

Getting to know: Oakland basketball

After back-to-back losses to Toledo and Syracuse, the Oakland men’s basketball team will try to keep up with third-ranked Kansas in the Jayhawks’ second game as a part of the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Friday (7 p.m. Jayhawk TV/ESPN3). The Grizzlies were picked to win the ...

Getting to know: Texas Southern basketball

Picked to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Texas Southern is off to an 0-4 start against three Power Five opponents and last year's national runner-up. Playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country heading into Tuesday night’s game against Kansas (7 ...

Getting to know: South Dakota State basketball

South Dakota State earned its way into the NCAA Tournament during the past two seasons, losing in the first round to Gonzaga last year by 20 points. Four starters are back from that squad when the Jackrabbits travel to Lawrence for their first road game of the season. Kansas coach Bill ...

Getting to know: Kentucky basketball

At the beginning of every college basketball season, Kentucky reloads with a talented crop of star freshmen. Check. Then there’s usually at least a couple of holdovers from the previous season, hoping to improve their NBA draft stock. Not this year. Calling this team young would be an ...

Getting to know: Tennessee State basketball

At long last, the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season has finally arrived. The Kansas men’s basketball team played seven exhibition games, counting the four games in Italy in August. Unlike the Jayhawks, Tennessee State didn’t play in any actual preseason games leading ...

Breaking down KU basketball’s non-conference schedule

At the end of nearly every season, the Kansas men’s basketball team ranks among the nation’s leaders in strength of schedule because of a strong slate of non-conference games. Once the Jayhawks kick off their 2017-18 season against Tennessee State in eight days, they should have a ...

KU football draws record-low primetime ratings

If anyone found it hard to watch the Kansas football team play in a 43-0 road loss to TCU last weekend, you weren’t alone. Playing in primetime for the first time since 2009 on a network television station, the Jayhawks produced only 21 yards of offense and trailed by 24 points at ...

Earning stops on 3rd-and-long critical for KU’s defense

When a football team enters its bye week with a 1-3 record, there’s obviously plenty of areas that coaches will try to address with extra time in practice. For the Kansas football team, one area of concern is third down defense, which really hurt the Jayhawks in a 56-34 loss to West ...

Getting to know: West Virginia football

After back-to-back losses to MAC teams, the Kansas football team is tasked with trying to slow down West Virginia’s offense in its Big 12 opener Saturday morning. What was the first thing KU coach David Beaty noticed when he watched film of the Mountaineers? “Speed, speed, ...

Getting to know: Ohio football

After losing by multiple touchdowns last week, along with problems protecting the ball, the Kansas football team is hoping it can turn around its season Saturday in Athens, Ohio. On the other sideline, the Ohio Bobcats have the same thoughts. “Ironically, I have a feeling both teams ...