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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 ...

Baylor’s zone may force KU to play 2 bigs

If Bill Self has to ditch the Kansas basketball team’s four-guard lineup, and the head coach puts two bigs on the floor versus Baylor on Saturday afternoon, Self will do so somewhat begrudgingly and not because he’s enthusiastic about a return to a traditional look. Asked following the ...

Dedric Lawson beginning to grasp how to deal with defenses designed to stop him

In the first couple games of his Big 12 career, University of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson quickly discovered that his name and game were no secret to opponents. Lawson may have spent his first two college seasons at Memphis and last year as a redshirt, but even before his debut season began ...

KU will have to adapt quickly to playing without Udoka Azbuike

When the Kansas Jayhawks left Ames, Iowa, on Saturday it seemed more likely center Udoka Azubuike would play Wednesday versus TCU than miss a second game in a row. Bill Self described holding the 7-footer out at Iowa State as “precautionary,” until Azubuike had an MRI on his injured right ...

Udoka Azubuike’s teammates haven’t given up on him as free-throw shooter

Udoka Azubuike, considered a notorious misser of free throws by some, has not lost the trust of his Kansas basketball teammates when he steps to the foul line. How could that be, with the burly center connecting on a lowly 34.4 percent of his freebies so far this season? The man who starts ...

KU bigs Lawson and Azubuike more than capable of playing together

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/jan/02/328216/ Thirteen games into the season the Kansas basketball team still hasn’t come close to reaching its ceiling, particularly on offense. The latest evidence of how much better the No. 5 Jayhawks (12-1) could become over the course of the next ...