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Always one to pick the perfect times to issue his challenges, Self clearly is calling on Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham to be better defensively against the Wildcats than they have been maybe at any point this season.
The Wildcats, off to their best start since 2009-10, feature a balanced offense with six players averaging at least 9.5 points and a defense that’s tough to score against.
After years of trying to beat the Jayhawks and their gigantic frontcourts with small, quick lineups, the Wildcats will look to reverse course and create mismatches with their own big men at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas predominantly uses a four-guard lineup with center Landen Lucas in the paint. Weber wants K-State forwards D.J. Johnson and Dean Wade to take advantage.
“I think seven’s not enough,” Self said. “I think eight’s our number with this team. Getting behind early and playing one man down, with Josh in foul trouble (against TCU), I just thought it was best in that situation to try to keep the guys that had been there before to get the majority of the minutes.”
Recruiting never stops in the fast-moving world of college basketball. And during the same week that the Kansas men’s basketball team learned it was losing a player, when former transfer Evan Maxwell announced he was leaving the program, the Jayhawks also surfaced as potential landing spots for a couple of transfers.
“If you don't get all your needs addressed, then sometimes you have to look at May if you really think you need a junior college guy,” the coach added, hinting at the possibility of more juco players joining ahead of preseason camp. “But, yeah, for us, the No. 1 priority is always to get them here in January if you can.”
Kansas women's basketball returns to Allen Fieldhouse to host No. 16 Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 4, for its third-straight contest against a nationally-ranked opponent. Tipoff against the Longhorns is slated for 7 p.m., on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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Leave it to Lane Kiffin to get fired from a job he already quit.
There's nothing more dangerous for an Associated Press Top 25 college basketball voter than a ranked team taking a surprising loss right in the middle of the final Sunday of the NFL's regular season. The latest AP poll is a reminder of that, which is perfect for this weekly Poll Attacks column.
On Monday, Fox's Jay Glazer said on "Speak for Yourself" that when he talked to Kelly on Sunday night, Kelly told him that he's willing to be an offensive coordinator.
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“We’re both Jayhawks ... and we’re the best in the world,” Robinson said. “We both play with high energy, and so I think that was effective, especially in the first half when we first did it.”
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Louisville tricked Duke into defending the wrong basket. Hello, easy layup!