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Jayhawks still struggling to finish around the rim

As this Kansas basketball team steadily proceeds toward March, the Jayhawks could make their path to Indianapolis and the NCAA Tournament a little easier by continuing to address an issue that has plagued them throughout their first 10 games. Even in victories, the Jayhawks consistently missed ...

Even KU’s missed 3-pointers helped the Jayhawks beat West Virginia

Kansas didn’t win its top 10 matchup with West Virginia Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse just by making 3-pointers. The No. 3 Jayhawks actually found a way to beat the No. 7 Mountaineers with missed 3-pointers, too. Sure, an assertive 16-for-37 display from beyond the arc set the stage for ...

Lack of continuity in KU football lineup one of Jayhawks’ many issues in 2020

Assembling a conclusive list of all the factors that led to the Kansas football team going winless in 2020 would be time consuming. But one component that surged to the forefront was the staggering lack of continuity with the roster. Back when this strange, pandemic shortened season began in ...

KU-WVU one of biggest games of season to date

There haven’t been many larger games this college basketball season than Tuesday night’s Big 12 matchup between No. 3 Kansas and No. 7 West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. Eager for the very first December meeting in a combative series with the Mountaineers and fiery coach Bob Huggins, ...

Jayhawks not far from maximizing their 3-point potential

Bill Self knows this year’s Kansas basketball roster probably won’t match the long range fire power of the best 3-point shooting teams he has coached. But in order for these Jayhawks to get the most out of their offense, Self would like to see them taking a few more shots from beyond the ...

Jayhawks ‘not very good’ at defending the rim so far

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/dec/08/331635/ The first three words of Bill Self’s assessment on how the Jayhawks have defended around the rim through six games said it all. “Not very good,” Self began, shaking his head. The Kansas basketball season got started with top-ranked ...

Jayhawks find another bench lineup for key 2nd half spark vs. Creighton

With the Jayhawks only six games into their schedule, head coach Bill Self admits it’s sometimes hard for him to know from one matchup to another how he will deploy the players on this Kansas basketball roster. No. 5 KU’s 73-72 home win over No. 8 Creighton on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse ...

High-scoring Jayhawks missed numerous good looks inside in 1-1 start to season

For a team that scored at least 90 points and shot 50% or better from the floor in each of its first two games of the season, Kansas, surprisingly enough, actually could have left the Fort Myers Tip-Off with even better numbers in both categories. The Jayhawks missed 10 layup attempts in their ...

Touted Gonzaga trio awaiting Jayhawks in season opener

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/nov/19/331474/ So much for easing into the season. Forget those friendly exhibitions in Allen Fieldhouse of years past, in which Kansas pulverizes in-state programs. This is 2020. There is no normal. And the Jayhawks’ first game in more than eight months ...

Who needs a go-to scorer? Jayhawks touting balance this season

As the Kansas basketball team strives in the months ahead to replicate the kind of success it had in the pandemic shortened 2019-20 season, the path to victories — and the math to get there — will look different. More likely than not, the Jayhawks will take an egalitarian approach to ...

It’s time for Christian Braun to fire away from 3-point range

Only time will tell for certain which member of the 2020-21 Kansas basketball team will become the Jayhawks’ go-to 3-point shooter. But we don’t need to see one minute of Late Night or actual games to know who it should be. One could argue pretty easily that Christian Braun even took on ...

Early signs indicate KU might need to embrace its ground game

No one expected the Kansas offense to feature an elite passing attack when college football returned. But the first weekend of Big 12 games also magnified how far behind the rest of the league the Jayhawks might be in that category in 2020. While Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech posted the top ...

Andrew Parchment bluntly gives himself an F after frustrating performance

Andrew Parchment made it unmistakably clear that the Kansas football team’s second home loss to Coastal Carolina in as many years was unacceptable. And the senior receiver did so by pointing the finger at himself. After the Jayhawks’ offense turned the ball over three times in the first ...

Some predictable (and other more intriguing) KU football odds and props

Kansas football fans, you may want to sit down for this. Oddsmakers don’t like the Jayhawks chances of winning the Big 12 title this year. Obviously that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But if you follow the Jayhawks closely, the types of odds and props that SportsBettingDime.com ...