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There’s still time for Tyon Grant-Foster to earn a spot in KU’s rotation

It doesn’t feel like all that long ago that Tyon Grant-Foster was finding ways to soar and shine off the bench for Kansas during the nonconference schedule. But as the stakes have risen and the opponents have become more daunting in Big 12 play, Grant-Foster’s minutes have ...

David McCormack’s struggles underlie Jayhawks’ problems in loss at Baylor

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2021/jan/18/331829/ As good as he was for a three-game stretch leading up to the Jayhawks’ marquee Big Monday showdown at Baylor, no one really expected Kansas big man David McCormack to keep putting up 20 points a game. But given the way he had been playing, ...

What slump? KU’s Christian Braun will keep on shooting, making winning plays

For shooters on Bill Self’s teams, there’s a five-letter word that’s just as bad as any four-letter swear word: “slump.” “I don’t like it if a guy were ever — a shooter — to ever admit that he’s in a slump,” Self said Friday. And to his credit, sophomore guard Christian ...

The David McCormack we heard about before the season has finally arrived

Raise your hand if you thought in December David McCormack would be playing at an All-Big 12 level in January. And be honest. When the Jayhawks’ starting big man was going 1-for-9 versus Kentucky or 5-for-12 against Creighton or 3-for-10 at Texas Tech, there wasn’t much evidence that ...

Cade Cunningham stars in Oklahoma State’s upset win over Kansas

The best basketball player in the Big 12 took down the best basketball program in the Big 12 Tuesday night at Oklahoma State. Months away from becoming a millionaire, Cade Cunningham showed Kansas and anyone willing to shell out a few extra bucks for ESPN+ why some lucky NBA team is likely to ...

With more consistent minutes, Mitch Lightfoot shining in KU’s bench lineups

David McCormack isn’t the only Kansas big man enjoying a January resurgence. Fifth-year senior Mitch Lightfoot is coming along in tow, just in fewer minutes, as McCormack’s backup. With the Jayhawks’ young sixth man guard, Bryce Thompson, out of the mix recently due to an injury, ...

Jalen Wilson redeems himself in crunch time after uncharacteristic 1st half

It seemed Saturday just wasn’t going to be Jalen Wilson’s day. Lackadaisical maneuvers on offense, lapses on defense and even a missed dunk. And that was before halftime. Good thing for Kansas that its leading scorer this season was mentally tough enough to find the Jalen Wilson fans and ...

David McCormack far more effective offensively when using ‘physicality’ inside

Look at where David McCormack’s shot attempts came from in his season-high scoring night at TCU earlier this week, and it’s not surprising that the Kansas veteran big man enjoyed his most productive offensive game to date. KU’s junior pivot scored a season-best 20 points — marking the ...

Jayhawks still struggling to finish around the rim

As this Kansas basketball team steadily proceeds toward March, the Jayhawks could make their path to Indianapolis and the NCAA Tournament a little easier by continuing to address an issue that has plagued them throughout their first 10 games. Even in victories, the Jayhawks consistently missed ...

Even KU’s missed 3-pointers helped the Jayhawks beat West Virginia

Kansas didn’t win its top 10 matchup with West Virginia Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse just by making 3-pointers. The No. 3 Jayhawks actually found a way to beat the No. 7 Mountaineers with missed 3-pointers, too. Sure, an assertive 16-for-37 display from beyond the arc set the stage for ...

Lack of continuity in KU football lineup one of Jayhawks’ many issues in 2020

Assembling a conclusive list of all the factors that led to the Kansas football team going winless in 2020 would be time consuming. But one component that surged to the forefront was the staggering lack of continuity with the roster. Back when this strange, pandemic shortened season began in ...

KU-WVU one of biggest games of season to date

There haven’t been many larger games this college basketball season than Tuesday night’s Big 12 matchup between No. 3 Kansas and No. 7 West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. Eager for the very first December meeting in a combative series with the Mountaineers and fiery coach Bob Huggins, ...

Jayhawks not far from maximizing their 3-point potential

Bill Self knows this year’s Kansas basketball roster probably won’t match the long range fire power of the best 3-point shooting teams he has coached. But in order for these Jayhawks to get the most out of their offense, Self would like to see them taking a few more shots from beyond the ...

Jayhawks ‘not very good’ at defending the rim so far

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/dec/08/331635/ The first three words of Bill Self’s assessment on how the Jayhawks have defended around the rim through six games said it all. “Not very good,” Self began, shaking his head. The Kansas basketball season got started with top-ranked ...

Jayhawks find another bench lineup for key 2nd half spark vs. Creighton

With the Jayhawks only six games into their schedule, head coach Bill Self admits it’s sometimes hard for him to know from one matchup to another how he will deploy the players on this Kansas basketball roster. No. 5 KU’s 73-72 home win over No. 8 Creighton on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse ...

High-scoring Jayhawks missed numerous good looks inside in 1-1 start to season

For a team that scored at least 90 points and shot 50% or better from the floor in each of its first two games of the season, Kansas, surprisingly enough, actually could have left the Fort Myers Tip-Off with even better numbers in both categories. The Jayhawks missed 10 layup attempts in their ...

Touted Gonzaga trio awaiting Jayhawks in season opener

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/nov/19/331474/ So much for easing into the season. Forget those friendly exhibitions in Allen Fieldhouse of years past, in which Kansas pulverizes in-state programs. This is 2020. There is no normal. And the Jayhawks’ first game in more than eight months ...