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Jayhawks’ bench gets smaller in 2nd half of road win

In the heat of a Big 12 road battle Saturday in Austin, Texas, the Kansas basketball team’s typically ample nine-man rotation shrunk. It wasn’t injuries that had the Jayhawks shorthanded. Rather head coach Bill Self decided for the stretch run he liked his chances with six players in ...

Jayhawks will take scoring however they can get it

Replacing the 18 points per game leading scorer Devon Dotson typically brings to the floor wasn’t going to be a cinch for Kansas at Oklahoma. But upperclassmen Marcus Garrett (9.4 points per game), Udoka Azubuike (12.8 points) and Isaiah Moss (8.3 points) all provided more than their usual ...

Jayhawks don’t want Christian Braun passing up open 3-pointers

Further along than most freshmen in his position might be thanks to an ideal frame of mind, Christian Braun knows he doesn’t have to score to make an impact when he checks into a game off the Kansas bench. But when Devon Dotson’s hip injury kept the Jayhawks’ leading scorer out of the ...

Mobile Udoka Azubuike taking his defense to another level as senior

Norman, Okla. — Anyone who has watched Udoka Azubuike play knows he can score over the top of defenders when opponents allow him to catch the ball inside and don’t quickly and aggressively double team the big man. His 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the Jayhawks’ road win at ...

Jayhawks should learn from Baylor’s masterful defense of Udoka Azubuike

Baylor wasn’t the first team this season to scheme a game plan around taking away Kansas center Udoka Azubuike. And especially after the Bears’ win at Allen Fieldhouse, they won’t be the last. Sticking to a Baylor blueprint, though, will be more easily devised than executed for future ...

More active than ever, Udoka Azubuike finally defensive anchor KU needs

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/nov/19/330316/ This Kansas basketball team may not have a next-level human shot eraser manning the paint, but as the Jayhawks’ defense and toughness have emerged as their supreme traits this year, there’s no question Udoka Azubuike’s improvements as a ...

Devon Dotson gets back on track as finisher, distributor

Maybe it was because his points and assists — and his team’s road win — came so easily Wednesday night at Iowa State, but no one on the Kansas basketball team spent much time during postgame conversations discussing the performance of point guard Devon Dotson. That included Dotson, ...

Foul trouble plaguing Kansas guard Marcus Garrett of late

In order to truly feel comfortable with a given lineup, Bill Self likes to have at least two of his Kansas basketball team’s three best guards on the court. The Jayhawks’ collective effectiveness, after all, takes a hit without some combination of Devon Dotson, Marcus Garrett and Ochai ...

Even in limited minutes, David McCormack can be impactful for KU

David McCormack is in a tough spot, which is a strange thing to say about a big man who starts for the No. 3 college basketball team in the country. It’s just that the Kansas sophomore never knows from game to game how much playing time will be coming his way. The Jayhawks, of course, open ...

KU’s best lineup emerged out of the muck in win over WVU

One poor opening to one Big 12 game isn’t going to cost Kansas big man David McCormack his starting job. But even if head coach Bill Self keeps the sophomore forward in that first unit for the remainder of the season, the Jayhawks still need a definitive four-guard lineup their coach can ...

Jayhawks should be better on road this season — and now need to prove it

After suffering through repeated road issues a season ago, the Jayhawks would like to avoid in the months ahead the trend that dogged them so thoroughly during the 2018-19 campaign. With just one true road game out of the 11 on the schedule behind them, they have a long way to go to prove ...

Ben McLemore salvaging NBA career by fitting in with Rockets

Earlier this year, six seasons after leaving the University of Kansas early for the NBA, Ben McLemore’s future within the world’s preeminent basketball league was beginning to look iffy. McLemore never had taken off the way many — including the Sacramento Kings, who drafted him seventh ...

Chemistry off the court one factor in No. 1 Jayhawks’ early season success

So much goes into assembling a superior college basketball team. Sure, you’ve got to defend and rebound. Taking care of the basketball and seeking out high-percentage shot attempts to maximize offensive efficiency is a must, too. But sometimes less trackable intangibles are just as ...

Though inconsistent, Jayhawks currently Big 12’s best 3-point shooting team

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was in the middle of describing how his team, now ranked No. 1 in the country, needed to improve in “a lot” of areas when he raised eyebrows with a statistical tidbit. “We're leading the league in 3-point field goal percentage,” Self disclosed. Wait ...

Udoka Azubuike’s team-first contributions latest sign of his evolution as a player

Kansas City, Mo. — The out of nowhere David McCormack performance Saturday at Sprint Center diverted attention from another equally encouraging subplot for the No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball team. Udoka Azubuike, the Jayhawks’ starting center who plays with such gravity that KU’s other ...

Devon Dotson doing much more for KU’s offense than scoring

It may come as a surprise to many, including the head basketball coach at the University of Kansas, that the Jayhawks’ starting point guard currently is leading the Big 12 in scoring. Bill Self called that development “a shocker” for him nine games into Devon Dotson’s sophomore season. ...

Udoka Azubuike answers rebounding challenges

When a Kansas basketball player’s effort level is keeping him from living up to his potential, he knows he will hear about it. And he certainly knows whose voice will bring the problem to his attention. So after Udoka Azubuike went a two-game stretch — more than 58 minutes of action — ...

Jayhawks handle business during lull in schedule

In a college basketball season devoid of truly elite teams, there’s one surefire way for the best programs in the country to actually stand out. Don’t get complacent. Every massive underdog that shows up at Allen Fieldhouse envisions leaving this venue the way Stephen F. Austin left ...