KU Basketball

Casual Defense

Kansas had turned the energy dial to full blast and taken the lead with an 18-3 second-half run against Baylor on Friday night, and Tyshawn Taylor looked up at the clock. “Damn,” Taylor thought. “We’ve still got 10 minutes to play.” Taylor, who spent less than a minute on...

Johnson’s shooting takes KU offense to another level

Elijah Johnson made a 3-pointer that didn’t count after the whistle early in the first half Thursday afternoon against Texas A&M. It was the second 3-pointer Johnson had watched go through the net, and he went over to tell Tyshawn Taylor he was feeling it. Thomas Robinson saw him...

What could make these Jayhawks different in March

As Virginia Commonwealth took the court in the Elite Eight last year, a Morris twin delivered this message to the Rams: “You guys had a nice run, but it’s time for y’all to go home.” That attitude, Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson say, has been a part of who...

Self’s six-year run the best of the modern era

Bill Self is about to put himself in a class by himself, and this has nothing to do with his eight straight Big 12 championships. With a win on Saturday against Texas, Kansas will have the second-most wins in a six-year stretch of any team in the history of...

Please, doubt Tyshawn Taylor

Go ahead and tell Tyshawn Taylor what he cannot do. Tell him he loses focus too often on defense. Tell him he makes too many stupid passes. Tell him he takes stupid shots. Bill Self would love anyone, at this point, to tell Taylor any of that. It’s hard...

Sweet Redemption

Bill Self sat at the podium on Feb. 4 in Columbia, and the room was silent. “Come on, guys,” Self said. “I’m not that pissed. Ask a question.” Only he was. I followed Self out of the press conference that night and back to the locker room. He started...

The Final Border War Breakdown: The importance of Withey, how to stop Denmon and T-Rob bouncing back

Missouri already has its one shining moment this season. Those Marcus Denmon shots have been replaying in the minds of the Jayhawks since that night. Thomas Robinson could barely speak. Tyshawn Taylor took nearly an hour to leave the locker room. That loss hurt, and if the Jayhawks win...

Robinson’s frustration, laziness not befitting of a Player of the Year

Thomas Robinson said before the season that when something goes wrong, everyone points to the star player, and he wanted that responsibility. A lot went wrong in the final seven minutes of KU’s 66-58 win in College Station on Wednesday night, and a lot of it falls at the...

The incredible defense of Jeff Withey

The Jeff Withey scoring outburst ended in Saturday’s 83-50 win against Texas Tech. Withey made just one shot and he did finish with a solid line — nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks — but nothing compared to his three-game run that had the entire country buzzing. But...

Thoughts from Big Monday: A Bill Self Masterpiece, Spectacular first-shot defense, Withey Nation and Taylor Deserves your Respect

What transpired Monday night in Manhattan was 94 feet of torture. For those that love Roy Williams ball, it was must-miss theater. For Bill Self, Monday night’s 59-53 win was his idea of poetry in (disjointed) motion. Sure, Self loves the flow of his high-low offense. But he prefers,...