Kansas center Udoka Azubuike to return for senior season
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas center Udoka Azubuike will return for his senior season, giving coach Bill Self the 7-foot center he hoped to build his offense around last season.
Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes declares for NBA draft
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas guard Quentin Grimes announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons after a rocky and inconsistent freshman year with the...
Kansas star Dedric Lawson declares for NBA draft
Kansas forward Dedric Lawson will skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft, the latest move in what should be a significant overhaul of the Jayhawks' roster for next season.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas forward K.J. Lawson says he plans to transfer for the second time, this time as a graduate transfer. That would leave him with two years of eligibility...
NCAA Latest: Auburn trounces Kansas to reach Sweet 16
The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
Auburn is going back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.
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.
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...
Kansas meets WVU in Big 12 semis
West Virginia (14-19, 6-14) vs. Kansas (24-8, 13-6)
Big 12 Conference Tourney Semifinals, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
Texas, Kansas meet in Big 12 quarters
No. 6 seed Texas (16-15, 8-10) vs. No. 3 seed Kansas (23-8, 12-6)
Big 12 Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
Texas Tech’s Culver AP Big 12 top player, Beard top coach
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year after helping lead his hometown Red Raiders to a share of the regular season...
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...
Baylor faces tough test vs No. 13 Kansas
Baylor (19-11, 10-7) vs. No. 13 Kansas (22-8, 11-6)
Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 13 Kansas presents a tough challenge for Baylor. Baylor...
OU faces tough test vs No. 13 Kansas
No. 13 Kansas (22-7, 11-5) vs. Oklahoma (18-11, 6-10)
Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 13 Kansas presents a tough challenge for Oklahoma....
Lawson helps send No. 15 Kansas past Oklahoma State 72-67
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — After nearly knocking off No. 11 Texas Tech, Oklahoma State was in position to take down No. 15 Kansas.
Oklahoma St. looks to knock off No. 15 Kansas
No. 15 Kansas (21-7, 10-5) vs. Oklahoma State (10-18, 3-12)
Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 15 Kansas looks to give Oklahoma State its...
No. 15 KU tops No. 16 K-State 64-49 to maintain Big 12 hopes
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas got exactly what it needed after a humiliating loss at Texas Tech when the schedule produced a high-profile showdown with Big 12-leading Kansas State inside raucous...
Ranked teams meet as No. 14 Texas Tech hosts No. 12 Kansas
No. 12 Kansas (20-6, 9-4) vs. No. 14 Texas Tech (21-5, 9-4)
United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 12 Kansas visits...
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.
Lawson, Agbaji lift No. 13 Kansas past Oklahoma State, 84-72
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas got the lift it needed against Oklahoma State on Saturday from a pair of guys that would have been just about the longest of long shots to provide it just a couple of months ago.
Ochai Agbaji was still redshirting back then. Mitch Lightfoot was buried deep on the bench.
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.
Osetkowski, defense lead Texas past No. 11 Kansas 73-63
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three days after he declared the Texas season at a crossroads, Longhorns senior forward Dylan Osetkowski let his wide body do the talking.
A 73-63 win over No. 11 Kansas, Texas' first against the Jayhawks since 2014, is certainly one step in the right direction.
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.
No. 7 Kansas holds on to beat Texas 80-78 at Phog
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Garrett has earned his spot in the Kansas starting lineup primarily with his defense.
His offense Monday night was merely a bonus.
The sophomore forward poured in a career-high 20 points, used his defensive instincts to produce a crucial tie-up in the closing seconds, and helped the seventh-ranked Jayhawks hold on for an 80-78 win over the Longhorns when Jase Febres' 3-pointer at the buzzer never came close.
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 holds off No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The mantra at Kansas is "faces change, expectations don't."
Something else that doesn't change? Oklahoma losing in Allen Fieldhouse.
Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Kansas' young backcourt made enough crucial plays when it mattered, and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks began pursuit of their 15th consecutive Big 12 title by holding off the No. 23 Sooners 70-63 on Wednesday night.
No. 18 Arizona State knocks off top-ranked Kansas 80-76
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Zylan Cheatham bounded down the hallway inside Wells Fargo Arena, half skipping, half jumping as he high-fived family, friends, anyone he could reach.
"Let's go! Let's go! Let's gooooo!" the Arizona State forward shouted.
Let it be heard: the Sun Devils have arrived.
Poised down the stretch after trailing most of the night, No. 18 Arizona State pulled off one of the biggest victories in school history by knocking off No. 1 Kansas 80-76 on Saturday.
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 ends skid to No. 17 Villanova with 74-71 win
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Lagerald Vick scored 29, and top-ranked Kansas made enough free throws down the stretch to beat No. 17 Villanova 74-71 Saturday in a rematch of last season's Final Four showdown won by the Wildcats.
Devon Dotson added 11 points for the Jayhawks (9-0), including four free throws in the final 1:10 to help Kansas end a three-game losing streak to Villanova — the last two in the NCAA Tournament.
No. 1 KU tops No. 17 Villanova 74-71 in Final Four rematch
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lagerald Vick had never watched last season's Final Four loss to Villanova before this week, when top-ranked Kansas had to endure every minute of it while prepping for Saturday's game against the Wildcats.
"We watched it for like, a week straight," Vick said. "It was definitely hard."
Villanova heads to Kansas for Final Four rematch in December
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson was turning his attention from a harder-than-expected win over New Mexico State to studying for finals when he looked at his cellphone and saw Devonte Graham's name pop up.
His old teammate, and now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, was calling with a pep talk.
"He saw we were struggling against New Mexico State," Lawson recalled, "and he said, 'Don't even worry about that. You just win on Saturday for me.'"
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.
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.
The Latest: No. 2 Kansas outlasts No. 5 Tennessee in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the NIT Season Tip-Off (all times local):
Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game early Saturday.
Lagerald Vick scored 15 points, with eight straight during a crucial stretch for the Jayhawks' comeback, and assisted on an alley-oop to Lawson that made it 78-73 with 2:39 left in overtime. Lawson was named the tournament MVP.
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.
The Latest: No. 2 Kansas rallies past Marquette 77-68
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on The NIT Season Tip-Off (all times local):
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.
Marquette (3-1) led by as many as 12 in the first half before taking a 47-38 lead into the break. Then came the Jayhawks 22-0 run.
Vick again leads No. 2 Kansas in 89-76 win over La-Lafayette
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lagerald Vick had declared for the NBA draft and Kansas had moved on without him, recruiting a trio of backcourt players to take his place and planning for the upcoming season.
Then Vick changed his mind and returned for his senior year.
No. 1 Kansas holds off No. 10 Michigan State 92-87 in opener
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kansas' Quentin Grimes and Dedric Lawson made quite an impression Tuesday night.
They produced basket after basket, big play after big play. If they keep playing this way, No. 1 Kansas might just stay on top of the college basketball world.
Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Lawson added 20 points in his first game with the Jayhawks, helping Kansas stymie No. 10 Michigan State's late charge for a 92-87 victory in the season-opening Champions Classic.
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.
Most top teams counting on big contributions from transfers
Acquiring a high-profile transfer isn't necessarily a prerequisite for every Final Four contender, but a look at the rosters of AP Top 25 teams sure makes it seem that way.
Four of the top five teams in the preseason poll are counting on contributions from at least one transfer. Reigning national champion Villanova also should get a boost from a transfer.
No. 1 Kansas to lean on team loaded with transfers, freshmen
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas was so short of depth last season that when Silvio De Sousa joined the program for the second semester, having graduated from high school early, he quickly began playing important minutes.
Some of them came during the Jayhawks' run to the Final Four.
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).
Purdue’s Edwards headlines preseason AP All-America team
Carsen Edwards went through the NBA draft combine and multiple workouts before deciding to return for his junior season at Purdue.
The Boilermakers are sure happy he did after losing four seniors and most of their scoring.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis has added Southwest Mississippi Community College center Mike Parks Jr. to its roster.
Tigers coach Tubby Smith announced the signing of Parks on Wednesday.
Parks, who is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds, averaged 8.9 points, 4 rebounds and 19.4 minutes for Southwest Mississippi this past season. He made 70.3 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Memphis adds junior-college forward Kyvon Davenport
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis has signed forward Kyvon Davenport out of Georgia Highlands College as the Tigers continue restocking their roster after losing their top three scorers from this season to transfers.
Davenport, who is 6-foot-8, averaged 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3 blocks for Georgia Highlands this season. His 101 total blocks ranked fourth among National Junior College Athletic Association players.
Memphis signs junior-college guard Kareem Brewton
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis has signed guard Kareem Brewton from Eastern Florida State College as the Tigers attempt to rebuild their roster after their top three scorers from this season decided to transfer.
Brewton, who is 6-foot-2, averaged 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season for Eastern Florida State.
Memphis coach Tubby Smith says Brewton "is an all-around athlete, is an outstanding team player, and a guy who can defend."
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen says he and coach Tubby Smith are "extremely optimistic about the future of our program" even though the Tigers' top three scorers this season are all transferring.
Bowen issued a statement Tuesday saying he had met with Smith "at length." Bowen said the rash of transfers "has been difficult to watch, (but) it has not surprised us."
Crawford says he’s leaving Memphis as graduate transfer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Guard Markel Crawford is the latest player to announce that he's transferring from Memphis.
Crawford told Memphis radio station WMFS-92.9 FM on Monday that he's leaving Memphis. Crawford said that he was on track to earn his degree in May and would be a graduate transfer, making him eligible to play for his new school this year.
Crawford, a 6-foot-5 guard from Memphis, averaged 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.
Lawson brothers Dedric, KJ leaving Memphis for Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — High-scoring swingman Dedric Lawson and his brother K.J. Lawson announced Monday they are heading to Kansas, giving coach Bill Self a pair of high-profile transfers beginning with the 2018-19 season.
The former Memphis standouts will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.