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Paul Pierce’s all-time KU starting 5 goes heavy in frontcourt

Without any NBA games or March Madness to discuss, the crew from ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” decided to take a nostalgic approach earlier this week and have former players, including 1997-98 Kansas All-American Paul Pierce, assemble their all-time teams. The task was an easy one for Pierce ...

Why didn’t KU have a 1st-team AP All-American? It’s complicated

Some years in college basketball, picking All-America teams can be uncomplicated, even obvious. This bizarre, postseason-less 2019-20 campaign was not one of those years. Sure, Dayton’s Obi Toppin fell into the clear-cut category, but as Friday’s release of the Associated Press All-America ...

16 teams that could have won it all

Even though there won’t be an NCAA Tournament in 2020, we thought it might be entertaining — and a decent distraction — to think about the would-be field and some of the teams that could have joined Kansas in the chase for this year’s national championship. Kansas Many people ...

Hiatuses in sports put life in perspective for Bill Self

Life has a way of reminding people about what’s actually important and what’s ultimately of far less consequence. On a Monday afternoon that many of us would’ve spent scrutinizing the still fresh NCAA Tournament bracket, and maybe even getting into occasionally heated debates about ...

KU football’s spring practices in limbo during these uncertain times

The most crucial portion of the Kansas football team’s offseason was just days away from starting up when the entire sports world came to a breakneck halt. The Jayhawks were scheduled to start their first spring practice of 2020 at 3:40 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. That was before the threat ...

March Sadness reigns supreme with cancellation of NCAA Tournament

You thought watching your favorite team get upset in the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament was tough. Welcome to the truest form of March Sadness. The idea of any basketball being played this weekend or in the weeks to come toppled, domino style, beginning Thursday morning. As ...

‘Dok’ and ‘Dot’ form most valuable duo of Self’s tenure at Kansas

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/nov/27/330427/ It’s normal for players on Bill Self’s Kansas basketball teams to wind up on All-Big 12 teams in March, but not once in his previous 16 seasons did Self coach a team with two stars so productive that either could easily have won ...

Marcus Garrett made the All-Big 12 what team?

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/feb/22/330946/ There are plenty of better scorers, shooters and rebounders in the Big 12 than Marcus Garrett. The numbers others have put up, though, don’t equal the impact Garrett makes for the league’s undisputed champ, No. 1-ranked Kansas. That’s ...

Silvio De Sousa’s return to KU lineup from suspension won’t involve large role

With No. 1-ranked Kansas playing so well and so many pages of documents to scour in KU’s response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, it’s easy to forget that the Jayhawks are about to add another big man to their lineup. With one game left in the regular season, Silvio De Sousa is ...

David McCormack’s minutes will be crucial for KU in March

No. 1-ranked Kansas could play as many as 11 games between now and when college basketball’s national champion is crowned on April 6, in Indianapolis. And during the most pivotal and scrutinized portion of the season, the Jayhawks will have to at times get by without starting center Udoka ...

Ochai Agbaji follows rare scoreless outing with ‘aggressive’ offensive approach

As a supporting starter for the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Ochai Agbaji often blends in more than he stands out. In the Jayhawks’ vital win at Baylor, he might have blended in a bit too much. Agbaji played 39 minutes, but he went scoreless for the first time this season and just the ...

Baylor hasn’t yet faced Kansas at its best

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/jan/11/330666/ With the momentous rematch between the Big 12’s two dominant teams drawing nearer by the hour, it’s important to remember that Kansas should be bringing a much different look into Round 2 with Baylor. It was during the two teams’ first ...

Finger-wagging Udoka Azubuike shows there’s even more to his evolving repertoire

Someone alert Dikembe Mutombo. Finger wagging isn’t just for blocked shots anymore. At least not in the inventive and adaptive mind of Kansas center Udoka Azubuike. The Jayhawks’ 7-footer went back Monday night, early in the second half versus Iowa State, to what has become his go-to ...

Jayhawks need to give Isaiah Moss some help outside the arc

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/feb/08/330865/ There’s no question that Kansas coach Bill Self is happy with the recent play of his team’s 3-point specialist, Isaiah Moss. “Why wouldn’t I be?” Self said Friday, when asked about the surging senior marksman, who helped No. 3 ...

Complementary play of Ochai Agbaji easy to overlook

His name isn’t the first, second or even third to come up in most conversations about the No. 3-ranked Kansas basketball team. Nevertheless, the underappreciated Ochai Agbaji has proven instrumental for the Jayhawks in their pursuit of No. 1 Baylor. So gifted athletically, the sophomore ...

Jayhawks’ 3-point defense improving as season progresses

After the Kansas basketball team yet again went on the road and held an opponent to a scoring total in the 50s, Marcus Garrett didn’t mind calling the Jayhawks’ defensive effort “great.” The Cowboys’ 50 points marked the fewest by an opponent in a KU road game since the Jayhawks held ...