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Once Marcus Garrett is ready, transition should be smooth for Jayhawks

Losing a starter for five games in February isn’t exactly ideal for a college basketball team. It’s this time of year when a season has the potential to turn, for better or worse, and fine-tuning lineups and roles can set a team up for a March Madness run. Considering recent personnel ...

Jayhawks experience new indoor practice facility for first time

https://twitter.com/KU_Football/status/1097835231032369154 After nine months of construction time, the Kansas football program’s new indoor practice facility was finally ready to be put to use on Tuesday. Returning players and spring enrollees were up bright and early for a 6 a.m. ...

Rejuvenated Dedric Lawson will be crucial in KU’s push for another Big 12 title

After spending much of the season’s first three months doing his best to carry the Kansas basketball team, things are finally beginning to settle down for Dedric Lawson. Not only has the emergence of freshmen guards Devon Dotson and Ochai Agbaji meant the Jayhawks can actually win games ...

Even without Lagerald Vick, Jayhawks capable of producing from 3-point range

At no point in the past couple of weeks did Bill Self give his team a directive to shoot more 3-pointers. But since the calendar flipped to February, the Jayhawks have definitely been more ready and likely to fire away from beyond the arc. On the season, KU is averaging 20.7 3-point attempts ...

Jayhawks showed some vital mental toughness by winning on road

As currently comprised, the Kansas roster is too flawed overall for the Jayhawks to play the type of aesthetically pleasing basketball that has characterized so many of their predecessors coached by Bill Self. But they have now proven, most importantly to themselves, that they can offset some ...

Trials and tribulations piling up for Jayhawks this season

Perhaps because he’s spent so much of this season in college basketball’s version of crisis management mode, Bill Self on Friday afternoon turned one question about the at times tedious nature of a season into a nearly 3-minute long public service announcement about the state of the Kansas ...

Jayhawks will have to seek out paint to get out of K-State with rare road win

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/feb/02/328612/ Recent history says this Kansas basketball team won’t fare too well Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum, likely the most hostile venue into which the Jayhawks will venture all season. Though coming off arguably their most impressive victory ...

Offensive tweak creates space, freedom for Dedric Lawson and Jayhawks

Something out of the ordinary happened to the best player on the Kansas basketball team. And it was so surprising that it didn’t even register for junior Dedric Lawson until after the fact. “I really didn’t get double-teamed today, did I?” Lawson interjected during one point of his ...

Lagerald Vick could be ‘the factor’ in KU-Texas Tech showdown

A starter in 18 of the season’s first 20 games, the most experienced player on the Kansas basketball roster was met with a demotion earlier this week. Senior guard Lagerald Vick lost his starting job ahead of the Jayhawks’ trip to Texas. It wasn’t the first time his head coach removed ...

Dedric Lawson willing, able to take on even more

Amid the Kansas basketball team’s ongoing search for consistency, particularly on the road, as sure a fix as exists lies within the capable mind and body of KU’s best player. It’s been rare this season for the Jayhawks’ offense to establish any constant approximation of a flow, and the ...

Quentin Grimes’ flashes of potential raise familiar question

As the Kansas basketball team keeps trying to leap up and reach its seemingly elusive ceiling, a recurring question persists: When will freshman Quentin Grimes become the assertive, effective perimeter player the Jayhawks need him to be? Every time Grimes puts up double-digit points, one ...

Postgame Report Card: Kentucky 71, Kansas 63

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 71-63 loss to Kentucky on Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Offense: C- ---------- KU wisely came out playing through big man Dedric Lawson, and even though he got off to a slow start, the junior had a double-double before ...

Deep Kentucky frontcourt awaits Kansas big Dedric Lawson

Lexington, Ky. — At no point Saturday night at Rupp Arena will Kansas forward Dedric Lawson have to take on all four members of Kentucky’s frontcourt at once. By the end of the blue blood clash, though, Lawson very well may feel like he just did. The lone big in KU’s four-guard lineup ...

Neither Self nor Calipari a fan of timing of marquee KU-UK matchup

Even though a top-10 caliber basketball team should be better prepared to face an opponent of its ilk in late January than it would be nearly three months earlier, during the season’s opening week, it’s safe to say two of college basketball’s most recognizable and successful head coaches ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 80, Iowa State 76

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 80-76 win over Iowa State on Big Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B ---------- Kansas had one of its most lopsided games of the season in terms of scoring inside. Thanks in large part to a dominant night by junior big ...

KU 3-point marksman Lagerald Vick trending upward once again

Whether it proves to be a two-game solar flare or the type of burst that can keep his right shooting hand comfortable and confident the remainder of the season, there is no denying that Lagerald Vick is on an upswing. After opening Big 12 play by connecting on 6 of his 20 3-point attempts as ...

Jayhawks should learn from late-game missteps in win over Texas

What was once a 10-point Kansas basketball lead shrunk to a single point Monday night when Texas guard Courtney Ramey drained an open transition 3-pointer with just nine seconds to go in the second half. The Jayhawks knew what would come next — a Longhorns foul to stop the clock and send KU ...