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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 ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 74, Villanova 71

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/dec/15/328076/ Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 74-71 win over Villanova on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: C+ ---------- KU got off to a promising start and an 8-1 lead with a couple of early 3-pointers — one ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 63, New Mexico State 60

Kansas City, Mo. — Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 63-60 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night at Sprint Center. Offense: C ---------- The starting lineup didn’t miss Lagerald Vick in the opening minutes versus the Aggies. Charlie Moore came out ...

New KU football OC Chip Lindsey shares thoughts on Pooka Williams, QBs and more

After two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn, a historically successful SEC football program that routinely plays in the postseason, Chip Lindsey arrived Tuesday at Kansas, where the Jayhawks haven’t been to a bowl game since 2008 and have won three or fewer ...

Jayhawks in need of more 3-point shooting to support Lagerald Vick

Lagerald Vick’s borderline ludicrous 3-point shooting over the course of the Kansas basketball team’s previous five games had the Jayhawks ranked seventh in the country in long-distance accuracy (43.9 percent) entering the week. Those numbers notwithstanding, on the eve of KU’s seventh ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 90, Stanford 84 (OT)

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/dec/01/327964/ Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 90-84 overtime win over Stanford on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B- ---------- KU spent much of the first half failing to find a flow on offense. Twenty minutes ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 87, Tennessee 81 (OT)

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 87-81 overtime win over Tennessee Friday night at the NIT Season Tip-Off, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Offense: B- ---------- As is now tradition, Lagerald Vick (15 points) opened the game by knocking down a 3-pointer. But the Jayhawks ...

Les Miles left Louisiana, but his name remains influential in ‘The Boot’

The Les Miles brand grew to the height of its powers in Louisiana. It’s where Miles coached the football team at the state’s flagship university, LSU, from 2005 to 2016. And it’s a place that he continued to call home for the past two years, during his hiatus from the sidelines. His ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 77, Marquette 68

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 77-68 win over Marquette Wednesday night at the NIT Season Tip-Off, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Offense: B- ---------- KU trailed 47-38 at halftime and headed to the locker room on the heels of a choppy showing that featured five ...

KU players try not to tip their hands when asked about Les Miles buzz

Norman, Okla. — It’s rare to find Kansas safety Mike Lee in a bad mood. The junior from New Orleans loves to talk, and that makes him all the more affable in a postgame interview setting. Unless you’ve just asked Lee about a specific mistake he made on the field he’ll respond to most ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 89, Louisiana 76

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 89-76 win over Louisiana Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B ---------- You figured the Jayhawks were going to have a good night offensively when Dedric Lawson missed a shot, landed on his backside, caught the ...

And the winner is … KU football fans select Dave Doeren over Les Miles

The results are in, voting has closed and the Kansas football fan base has made its choice for the program’s next head coach. On the final day of voting in our KU Football Coaching Search Bracket, in what may be considered a mild upset by some who have been following along, North Carolina ...

Meet Jedd Fisch

A name likely recognizable by only the most die-hard brand of college football fans, Jedd Fisch has become a coach worth knowing as Jeff Long, athletic director at the University of Kansas, continues in his search for the football program’s next head coach. On Tuesday, Long flew from ...

Make your choice: Les Miles and Dave Doeren reach coaching search bracket finals

It all comes down to this. After dominating their competition in each of the first four rounds, former LSU and Oklahoma State coach Les Miles and North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren are the only two candidates remaining in our fan-driven KU Football Coaching Search Bracket. The athletic ...

Just 4 candidates remaining in KU football coaching search bracket

The search for the Kansas football program’s next head coach is nearly complete — at least as far as our online bracket is concerned. Each of the top four seeds in the 32-candidate field survived the first three rounds of fan voting at KUsports.com, leading to a chalk semifinal round. Les ...