Lawson carries Kansas over Northeastern 87-53 in Midwest
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas, with all its ups and downs this season, was a popular pick to be one of the NCAA Tournament's first big upsets.
Given the track record that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Kansas counterpart Bill Self have put together over the years, it is hardly surprising nobody felt much sympathy for them this...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self has taken three teams to the Final Four and won a national title, he has more Big 12 championship rings than fingers and a national coach of the year award sits in...
Kansas beats West Virginia 88-74 to reach Big 12 finals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson transferred to Kansas in part to win championships.
He'll have that chance Saturday night.
The former Memphis standout scored 24 points and the...
No. 17 Kansas beats Texas 65-57 in Big 12 quarterfinals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas took the first step toward redemption against Texas on Thursday night.
After the No. 17 Jayhawks failed to win a piece of the Big 12 regular-season title,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just about the only good thing that comes with failing to win at least a share of the Big 12 title for the first time in 15 years is Kansas knows its first-round opponent...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Cutting through Baylor's long zone defense, Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji came down with the ball in the low post double-teamed by a pair of Baylor defenders. The freshman...
Devonte Graham called up his former teammates at Kansas a couple weeks ago, offering them encouragement in the midst of a rough season and gently reminding them about "the streak."
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It took more than half an hour for Kansas coach Bill Self to address the media after the Jayhawks' loss to Oklahoma.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — After nearly knocking off No. 11 Texas Tech, Oklahoma State was in position to take down No. 15 Kansas.
Big 12 hits March without 14-time defending champ KU on top
Eddie Sutton led Oklahoma State to the NCAA Final Four, Bill Self and Scott Drew were Big 12 newcomers and George W. Bush was finishing his first four-year term in the White House the last time...
Kansas still in Big 12 title hunt with 3 games left to play
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self seemed to be searching the air inside Allen Fieldhouse for an answer, trying in vain to think back nearly 15 years to a time Kansas did not control its own destiny...
Kansas, Texas Tech meet in crucial Big 12 title tilt
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has spent the better part of the past 15 years presiding over the Big 12.
Whether that streak continues could come down to 48 hours.
Dotson, Lawson brothers lead No. 14 Kansas’ rout of WVU
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Devon Dotson drove through a crowd of West Virginia players, stopped in his tracks and passed the ball across the key, finding K.J. Lawson alone in the corner. Without hesitation, Lawson sunk his third 3-pointer of the game before running down the court celebrating with his brother, Dedric.
Kansas, W Virginia out 8 key players for Saturday showdown
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Take the eight players combined that West Virginia and Kansas currently have sitting on the bench — or at home — and you'd have a team capable of winning the Big 12 title this season.
Might even have a team capable of winning the NCAA title.
Dotson scores 25 as No. 14 Kansas wins 82-77 in OT at TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Even when Kansas won games earlier this season against three Top 25 teams, the Jayhawks hadn't celebrated in the locker room like they did after an overtime victory at TCU.
They are a much different team now than when they beat Tennessee, Michigan State and Villanova. Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks are now starting four freshmen.
Jayhawks’ Lagerald Vick takes personal leave of absence
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas guard Lagerald Vick is taking a leave of absence from the basketball program, leaving the No. 13 Jayhawks even more short-handed as they face an uphill climb to a 15th straight Big 12 title.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement Thursday night that Vick has "some personal matters that require his immediate attention." Self said there is no timetable for his return.
The Jayhawks are 17-6 and 6-4 in the Big 12, leaving them 1 1/2 games behind Kansas State.
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TOP 25 REWIND: Big 12 race heats up heading into final month
Kansas made a late-season push to clinch its record 14th straight Big 12 title a year ago. The Jayhawks may need a similar run to make it 15 in a row.
The Big 12 race has tightened up heading into the final month of the regular season, with five teams within a game of the lead. The 11th-ranked Jayhawks are looking up in the standings after splitting their two games last week.
Kansas exploring appeal of NCAA punishment for De Sousa
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self was forceful but measured in his response to the NCAA's punishment of sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa, who was declared ineligible for this season and next because his guardian had received impermissible benefits.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was much more succinct.
"The NCAA does what they do," Beard said after his No. 16 Red Raiders were routed by the 11th-ranked Jayhawks on Saturday, "stuff that makes no sense."
Lawson leads No. 11 Kansas past No. 16 Texas Tech, 79-63
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self had been waiting most of this season for a moment to galvanize his team.
He may have gotten it during practice on Friday.
First, the Jayhawks lost starting guard Marcus Garrett to a sprained ankle, robbing them of their defensive stopper. Then, they learned that sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa would be ineligible for this season and next after the NCAA determined his guardian had accepted impermissible benefits.
Lawson’s double-double lifts No. 9 KU past No. 24 Cyclones
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas spent most of the first half Monday night chasing Iowa State all over the court, unable to keep up with the Cyclones' crisp ball movement and their resulting open shots.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self made a subtle tweak that changed everything.
Haley’s layup lifts West Virginia over No. 7 Kansas 65-64
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self left his postgame news conference, saw West Virginia's Bob Huggins down a hallway and stopped for a handshake.
"Go win the rest of them," Self said.
Wishful thinking, perhaps. But Huggins will gladly take this one over his friend in what has become a forgettable season.
Jermaine Haley hurried up the court and hit a layup with 8.5 seconds left, completing a late rally that lifted West Virginia over No. 7 Kansas 65-64 on Saturday.
Vick 6 3s on birthday for No. 7 Kansas to beat Baylor 73-68
WACO, Texas (AP) — Lagerald Vick did on his 22nd birthday for No. 7 Kansas what he also does in so many other games. He made some big 3-pointers, even if the ending was a bit shaky.
Vick scored 18 points with six 3-pointers before a couple of late turnovers as the Jayhawks held on for a 73-68 win at Baylor on Saturday.
Lawson leads No. 7 Kansas past No. 25 TCU 77-68
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Checking into a game for the first time for Kansas, freshman guard Ochai Agbaji prepared for a play that he'd only ever defended during practice.
Agbaji darted through TCU's defense, took a lob from Quentin Grimes and recorded his first collegiate basket.
"I told myself the best way to get rid of his nerves was give him an easy basket, and maybe something to energize the crowd a little bit," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Because we've been so boring playing above the rim."
No. 5 Kansas loses Azubuike for season to torn hand tendon
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Kansas will be without center Udoka Azubuike for the remainder of the season after an MRI exam Sunday revealed the 7-footer tore ligaments in his right hand during practice.
Kansas once more favored to win 15th straight Big 12 title
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There have been plenty of times over the past 14 years that Kansas was supposed to have a tough test in the Big 12, only for the Jayhawks to emerge on top when March rolled around.
The year Texas had Kevin Durant, or Oklahoma boasted Buddy Hield. The years that Jayhawks coach Bill Self had to replace all five of his starters, or that some other up-and-coming program was stocked with the kind of talent that Kansas seems to get every season.
TOP 25 REWIND: New No. 1 expected following Kansas’ loss
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas arrived in the desert one of seven undefeated teams left in college basketball.
The Jayhawks left smarting after being stuck in the center of a midcourt Sun Devil mosh pit.
Lawson, Moore carry No. 1 KU to 89-53 rout of South Dakota
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self hoped from the moment Charlie Moore arrived as a transfer from Cal that the talented shooting guard would provide the Jayhawks a lift off the bench.
He finally did Tuesday night.
Moore knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, Dedric Lawson added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and the top-ranked Jayhawks pulled away over the final 15 minutes for an 89-53 win over plucky but overmatched South Dakota on Tuesday night.
No. 1 Kansas gets big test against No. 17 Villanova
Kansas started the season No. 1, dropped to No. 2 despite not losing and moved back to the top spot after playing its worst game of the season.
Now, the Jayhawks get a massive test.
On Saturday, newly-No. 1 Kansas hosts No. 17 Villanova at Allen Fieldhouse in a rematch of the 2018 national semifinals.
Lawson leads No. 2 Kansas past New Mexico State 63-60
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson's second-half performance was invaluable for No. 2 Kansas.
Lawson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and scored Kansas' final 14 points as the undefeated Jayhawks got past New Mexico State 63-60 in the Jayhawk Shootout on Saturday night.
Kansas hopeful Azubuike returns by start of Big 12 play
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self is hopeful injured center Udoka Azubuike will be back on the floor by the time the second-ranked Jayhawks open Big 12 play against Oklahoma on Jan. 2.
The 7-footer sustained a severe high ankle sprain when he landed awkwardly on a Wofford player early in the Jayhawks' 72-47 rout on Tuesday night. Azubuike was still not putting much weight on the ankle Thursday, Self said, but he could be moving in a walking boot by the weekend.
No. 2 Kansas surges in 2nd half vs. Wofford, loses Azubuike
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas endured yet another slow start — plus the loss of a player with NBA aspirations — before finally pulling away from a small-conference opponent.
Dedric Lawson had 20 points and eight rebounds, and the No. 2 Jayhawks ran off 27 consecutive points during the second half beat Wofford 72-47 on Tuesday night after center Udoka Azubuike left with a right ankle injury.
Vick leads No. 2 Kansas past 90-84 win over Stanford in OT
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After struggling to score in the first half, Lagerald Vick came through in a big way to rally No. 2 Kansas to a big win over Stanford.
Vick hit the tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation and had eight of his 27 points to start overtime and lead the Jayhawks to a 90-84 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.
"He was nonexistent for a while . but he was great down the stretch," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We needed every one of (his points)."
No. 2 Kansas rallies, outlasts No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Self wanted to see his young team play in and win a tough, grind it out game. They did just that against a team he thinks can compete for a National Championship in March.
Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime early Saturday morning in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game.
No. 2 Kansas and No. 5 Tennessee to meet for NIT title
NEW YORK (AP) — Top five teams Kansas and Tennessee were tested in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Both passed and will face off in the championship game Friday night.
Dedric Lawson had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 77-68 win over Marquette in the second semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night. Earlier in the evening, No. 5 Tennessee topped Louisville 92-81.
TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Marquee matchups await holiday tournaments
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self still remembers the time he met Al McGuire, the colorful Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster who led Marquette to a national championship more than four decades ago.
Self was an assistant at Oklahoma State. McGuire had moved from the sideline to the microphone. They were together in the locker room before a game when McGuire came out and firmly set his hands on Self's shoulders, and the impressionable young coach waited for some words of wisdom.
Miles energizes Kansas but now must start building winner
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It has been more than a decade since anybody paid much attention to the Kansas football program this time of year, the interest in the Jayhawks having long since shifted to basketball.
Vick hits 8 3-pointers as No. 2 Kansas beats Vermont 84-68
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas guard Lagerald Vick followed his underwhelming season-opening performance against Michigan State with what Bill Self called the best offensive performance of anybody he's ever coached.
Vick went 8 for 8 from outside the 3-point arc. He hit two more deep 2s with his foot on the line. And the only shots he missed were a short hook and what Self called "a dipsy-do layup," giving the senior a career-high 32 points in an 84-68 victory over Vermont on Monday night.
A guide to the 2018-19 college basketball season
The 2017-18 college basketball season had everything a fan could want. Standout performances, a No. 1 seed finally falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Villanova cutting down the nets for the second time in three seasons.
Oh, and Sister Jean and Chicago-Loyola giving hope to underdogs everywhere by reaching the Final Four.
A new season starts Tuesday, and it's been a long seven months to wait for a sport that seems to top itself every year.
Kansas eager for focus to shift from the courts to the court
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Coach Bill Self isn't sure what to be expect when top-ranked Kansas steps on the floor for its first regular-season game of the season against No. 10 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.
Kansas coach Self moving forward after corruption verdict
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self and his coaching staff have been recruiting for more than a year while the specter of a widespread investigation into college basketball has loomed over the storied Kansas program.
They've sat in gyms for AAU tournaments and watched the next generation of stars as they showcase their talent for coaches just like them. The hours they've spent on the road have been eclipsed only by those spent on the telephone as they try to land the next five-star stud.
Kansas Preview Capsule
Last season: 31-8, lost to Villanova in Final Four
Coach: Bill Self
Conference: Big 12
Who's gone: PG Devonte Graham (NBA), PG Malik Newman (NBA), SG Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (NBA), SG Clay Young, SF Sam Cunliffe (transfer to Evansville).
Correction: College Corruption story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 18 about a trial alleging corruption in college basketball recruiting, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of one of the defendants. It is Christian Dawkins, not Christopher Dawkins.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts
Jayhawks coach Self denies ever offering improper benefits
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self emphatically denied Wednesday night that members of his staff ever offered impermissible benefits to prospective players, hours after Jayhawks forward Silvio De Sousa was indefinitely benched amid questions about his relationship with an apparel company.
3 college basketball recruiting insiders convicted in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — An Adidas executive and two other insiders from the high-stakes world of college basketball recruiting were convicted Wednesday in a corruption case that prosecutors said exposed the underbelly of the sport.
A federal jury in Manhattan found former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code guilty of fraud charges.
Restocked Kansas nabs No. 1 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self sees big holes when he looks at his roster after losing three starters, including Associated Press All-American Devonte' Graham.
The voters in the AP Top 25 poll see something different: a roster restocked so well that Jayhawks will start the season as the nation's top team.
Jayhawks begin as questions swirl around sophomore De Sousa
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Silvio De Sousa mugged for a couple cameras, then did a couple dance moves for video, before finally settling into a chair on the floor of Allen Fieldhouse.
He looked relaxed. Completely at ease. Chill, even.
He certainly didn't seem concerned that, at almost the exact same time Wednesday, his name was being brought up in a court room in New York in a criminal trial about corruption in big-time basketball.
Coach Bill Self won’t go ‘over the edge’ for charity
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas basketball fans hoping to see coach Bill Self rappel over a seven-story building this weekend will be disappointed.
Self announced in May that he would go "Over the Edge" of a downtown Lawrence building to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.
Instead, staff members Kurtis Townsend and Jeremy Case will participate in Saturday's event in Self's place.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lagerald Vick has decided to return to Kansas for his senior season, nearly three months after he declared his intentions to play professionally and the Jayhawks had seemingly moved on.
Vick and Kansas coach Bill Self announced the decision in a statement Friday night.