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Jayhawks are about to find out if they can beat a quality team again

The Jayhawks have looked far from flawless, but the least complicated part of their February calendar is complete. Welcome to the make or break portion of the Kansas basketball schedule. Now that KU has another aesthetically challenged win over one of the Big 12’s lower-tier teams out of the ...

Path to a top 4 seed in NCAA Tournament still in play for Jayhawks

This year’s Kansas basketball team might do something that hasn’t happened since Bill Self took over the program in 2003. Not that it would be advisable. The Jayhawks certainly aren’t chasing the distinction of becoming the first KU team coached by Self to fail to achieve an NCAA ...

KU’s ugly road win had entertainment value — if you were watching Jalen Wilson

In a game filled with ugly basketball, one man in a Kansas uniform helped keep the Jayhawks’ Saturday road win at Iowa State at least relatively watchable. If you happened to zero in on Jalen Wilson and all that he did in a 64-50 victory at Hilton Coliseum it distracted from the other ...

Jayhawks will go as far as David McCormack can carry them this postseason

Twenty games into a strange, at times hard to watch, Kansas basketball season, a Big Monday victory over Oklahoma State shined a spotlight on David McCormack, as well as the entire KU team’s trajectory. As the regular season winds down and February soon turns into March, these Jayhawks will ...

Jayhawks going around in circles and running out of time

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2021/feb/06/332002/ A top-five team a little more than a month ago, the Jayhawks now are going around in circles and about to lose their ranking altogether. Throughout a tumultuous start to 2021 for the Kansas basketball team, an early February trip to West ...

Playing through David McCormack isn’t so bad now that he’s improved as passer

When Bill Self said ahead of his Kansas basketball team’s rivalry game against Kansas State that the struggling Jayhawks may need to put an extra emphasis on throwing the ball inside and run the offense through David McCormack more often, some may have shuddered at the thought. That wasn’t ...

After rocky January, Jayhawks need Jalen Wilson to rediscover his ‘swagger’

Earlier in the season, Kansas redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson emerged as a welcome surprise for the Jayhawks. The type of player who produced so much more than was expected out of him that it looked like KU just might spend the whole year ranked in or just outside of the top five. Now coming ...

Jayhawks still searching for turning point after ugly win vs. TCU

Sure, Kansas put an end to its un-blue blood like three-game losing streak Thursday night against TCU. But what transpired at Allen Fieldhouse didn’t come close to resembling the type of turning point in the season the Jayhawks needed. Senior Marcus Garrett spoke earlier in the week of ...

With No. 15 KU looking for a spark, PG Dajuan Harris is an obvious answer

With his Kansas basketball team coming off an unusual stretch of three losses in a row, head coach Bill Self openly suggested it might be time to “stir it up and try something different.” The Jayhawks’ starting five is so solidified 15 games into the season that Self isn’t going to ...

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 ...