Tale of the Tait

Jayhawks willing to embrace No. 1 ranking – if it comes

Not surprisingly, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s first thought after learning of Texas Tech’s upset of No. 1 Louisville on Tuesday night was about the Red Raiders and the Big 12. “It’s a great win for Tech,” Self said. “Great for our league.” From there, the topic quickly ...

A Heisman Trophy vote 30 years in the making

I would’ve voted for Charles Woodson in 1997. I’ve always loved the idea of defensive players winning the Heisman. I would’ve put Todd Reesing in my Top 3 in 2007. He might not have deserved to win the award, but he was every bit the factor as those who made it to New York City for ...

Jayhawks remain No. 2 in latest AP Top 25

The top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll remained the same this week, but there was plenty of movement behind No. 1 Louisville and No. 2 Kansas. The Jayhawks, who knocked off No. 20 Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night to pick up their seventh ...

Year In Review: The optimist’s take on the 2019 Kansas football season

Before the 2019 Kansas football season began, I took a stab at a couple of different viewpoints on what was to come. The first belonged to the optimist and was a look ahead at KU’s first season under Les Miles from the perspective of those who believed there were plenty of reasons to be ...

How Dotson and Azubuike compare to other dynamic duos of the Bill Self era

In the moments following KU’s Maui Invitational title game victory over Dayton, Kansas coach Bill Self mentioned that the 1-2 punch of Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike may be the best the program has had in a while. Whether that’s true or not is largely a matter of opinion and also depends ...

Jayhawks jump two spots to No. 2 in latest AP poll

Three wins in three days in Maui was worth two spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, as the Kansas men’s basketball team jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25, released Monday morning. “I’m not sure the win will have a ton to do with what we do going forward,” ...

KU’s Devon Dotson named Big 12 Player of the Week

The Big 12 Conference on Monday broke the tie. Five days after earning co-MVP honors of the Maui Invitational with teammate Udoka Azubuike, sophomore point guard Devon Dotson was named the Big 12 player of the week. In KU’s three victories in Maui, Dotson averaged 21 points and 4.3 ...

KU’s Top 5 plays at the Maui Invitational

Over the course of 12 games in three days, there were at least a few dozen plays at the Maui Invitational that made fans jump out of their seats. And many of those plays, be they big-time blocks or dunks, deep 3-pointers or high-flying plays in transition, will be remembered for a while. ...

KU fan goes granny style in Maui free throw contest in hopes of helping Azubuike

Lahaina, Hawaii — Late in the first half of [Tuesday’s Maui Invitational semifinal victory][1] by fourth-ranked Kansas over BYU, Jayhawks fans were treated to something so many of them have been clamoring for for years. Sort of. During a timeout, with the Jayhawks leading the Cougars ...

BYU Cougars jacked for opportunity to take on No. 4 Kansas in Maui semis

**Lahaina, Hawaii —** At the time he spoke with the media following No. 4 Kansas’ 93-63 victory over Chaminade in Round 1 of the Maui Invitational, KU coach Bill Self was not sure who his semifinal opponent would be. That wasn’t an issue for BYU coach Mark Pope and Cougars Jake Toolson ...

Is KU coach Bill Self ready to scrap the two-big approach?

**Lahaina, Hawaii —** After playing two big men for the first 3:41 of [Monday’s 93-63 victory over Chaminade in Round 1 of the Maui Invitational,][1] Kansas coach Bill Self went away from the larger lineup and rarely went back. Now, things might be headed that way permanently. “I ...

Jayhawks jump one spot to No. 4 in latest AP Top 25

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/nov/15/330268/ Credit Sam Cunliffe for the Kansas men’s basketball team’s rise in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. At least partially. [Cunliffe, the former Jayhawk now playing at Evansville, helped the Purple Aces shock No. 1 Kentucky a ...

Devonte’ Graham showing no signs of slowing down

Unless you have been purposefully not paying attention, you surely know by now that former Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham has been among the best players in the NBA to open the 2019-20 season. Yes, we’ve done [one update on Graham’s red-hot start,][1] but he hasn’t cooled off a lick ...

Decision time has arrived for 5-star Tulsa guard, KU target Bryce Thompson

When it comes to recruiting in college basketball, big days come nearly as fast as they go. And the biggest day of the 2020 recruiting cycle has arrived for the Kansas men’s basketball program. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, during a ceremony at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, five-star guard ...

KU freshman Tristan Enaruna showing signs of high ceiling early on

He played 16 minutes in his college debut, followed it up with another strong showing in Game 2 and soon may be in line for even more playing time. Freshman wing Tristan Enaruna wasn’t perfect on Tuesday night in KU’s 68-66 loss to Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York City or during ...

Dotson’s big time bounce-back earns top spot in KUsports.com ratings

**1 – Devon Dotson –** Clearly driven by a sub-par performance against Duke, Dotson was lights out in this one, putting up numbers that threatened triple-double status and setting the tone early with his tenacity. **2 – Tristan Enaruna –** A second straight solid game included a ...