By Ben Ashworth

Ashworth: Kansas basketball shaped by difficult schedule

The eighth century brought us Homer’s The Iliad. The 17th century gave us Paradise Lost. And the 21st century brought us the 2013-14 Kansas men’s basketball schedule. Each is an epic in its own right. Kansas’ schedule has been grueling, onerous and any other word you can find by searching “difficult” in a thesaurus. Instead […]

Ashworth: KU fanbase may be upset with recruiting class

Ashworth: KU fanbase may be upset with recruiting class

Kansas fans, you asked for this. You were tired of Kentucky getting all the top recruits.  You overlooked the successes of the Morris twins, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor (all four-star recruits). Many of you asked yourself whether Bill Self had lost his recruiting touch. Then Self brought in his statement class. Six freshman, three […]

Ashworth: Three-pointers cause concern for basketball team

Ashworth: Three-pointers cause concern for basketball team

Down in the Bahamas, the sun blazed, the waves lapped against the glistening sands of Paradise Island and fans congregated to drink, gamble and watch college basketball. The scene sounds downright enchanting. However, within the grand ballroom of Atlantis Resorts, the Jayhawks found it difficult to enjoy their weekend trip to utopia.  Three grueling games […]

Ashworth: Big 12 basketball exceeds preseason expectations

Ashworth: Big 12 basketball exceeds preseason expectations

The Big 12 didn’t get the memo that it was supposed to be on the decline this year.  It must have gotten lost in the mail. Even after the news of Marcus Smart’s return and Andrew Wiggins’ commitment, pundits seemed skeptical about the Big 12’s prospects this year. The Big 12 underperformed in the NCAA […]

Ashworth: Sims should be remembered as Kansas great

Ashworth: Sims should be remembered as Kansas great

Failing to win a conference game this year wouldn’t have been fair to the Kansas fans who have maintained loyalty in the face of mockery from opposing fans.  It wouldn’t have been fair to coach Charlie Weis, who despite poor results has labored to get his team to improve. It especially wouldn’t have been fair […]

Ashworth: Foul play means no play

Ashworth: Foul play means no play

A duck steps onto the basketball court and the ref cries “fowl!”  The duck looks inquisitively at the ref and responds, “I didn’t even touch him!” Cringe-worthy jokes aside, at times it seems that, like this duck, players are being called for fouls simply for being on the court. In Kansas’ closer-than-expected victory over Louisiana-Monroe, […]

Ashworth: Tough early schedule hurts Kansas football

Ashworth: Tough early schedule hurts Kansas football

The scheduling committee did Kansas football no favors by saving its easiest games for the end of the season. At Kansas, a reasonable goal for the football team year in and year out is to have momentum going into basketball season. If Jayhawk fans are still interested in football at the time of Kansas’ first […]

Ashworth: Exhibition game important for bench players

Ashworth: Exhibition game important for bench players

Kansas basketball has a problem. It’s a problem any head coach would want to have, but a problem nonetheless. Coach Bill Self will have two or three top 100 recruits who will rarely see the court. The exhibition games will determine which players become key contributors and which players will need to wait their turns. […]

Ashworth: Weis unable to make halftime adjustments

Ashworth: Weis unable to make halftime adjustments

Many consider Charles Dickens’ magnum opus to be “A Tale of Two Cities.” Coach Charlie Weis is working on a book himself about the Big 12 conference season. It is titled “A Tale of Two Halves.” So far, it hasn’t been well-received. The second half of games have not been good for Weis. The Oklahoma […]

Ashworth: Homecoming weekend shows importance of basketball

Ashworth: Homecoming weekend shows importance of basketball

Lawrence is a basketball town.  History supports that conclusion. This weekend solidified it. Homecoming is scheduled in order to make football the centerpiece of the weekend.  At most schools around the country during their respective homecoming weekends, the stadiums fill to capacity, with people fighting for seats like hungry carp fighting for a piece of […]

Ashworth: Benching poses positives and negatives for football team

Ashworth: Benching poses positives and negatives for football team

Charlie Weis notably compared his 2012 squad to a “pile of crap,” asking the media, “If you can’t play here, where can you play?” Weis wasn’t outright promising playing time to prized recruits in that slightly off-color statement, but he was certainly suggesting that his best recruiting pitch is the opportunity to contribute immediately. However, […]

Ashworth: A little bit of luck went a long way in football victory

Ashworth: A little bit of luck went a long way in football victory

Kansas registered a victory on Saturday night because its kicker and quarterback decided to bounce back from early mistakes with clutch performances in pressure situations. Louisiana Tech lost on Saturday night because two of its players had the audacity to make the extra effort. Ultimately, fortune smiled upon the Jayhawks. Louisiana Tech had two opportunities […]

Ashworth: Weis' offense still needs work

Ashworth: Weis’ offense still needs work

Environmentalists have attempted to ban rice at outdoor weddings, citing the adverse effect it has on the pigeons that eat it. Maybe it’s time someone attempts to ban Rice from the Kansas football schedule. It’s not healthy for Kansas fans. For the second straight year, Kansas came up short against Rice. The Owls managed to […]

Ashworth: Weis should rely on team strengths

Ashworth: Weis should rely on team strengths

It’s a phrase your mother has told you ad nauseum.  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Grammatical errors aside, that old adage should dictate the manner in which Charlie Weis decides to coach the rest of the season. Here’s what ain’t broke: the running game and special teams. Weis would be wise to rely […]

Ashworth: Kansas football may not take bottom of Big 12

Ashworth: Kansas football may not take bottom of Big 12

The bottom of the Big 12 looked very vulnerable on Saturday. Not coincidentally, Kansas’ chances of escaping the basement increased dramatically. Kansas State, to the delight of Kansas fans around the country, laid an egg against the Bison of North Dakota State.  The Wildcats were hoping to start the season out with a bang, but […]