By Geoffrey Calvert

Dooley new mayor of 'Dunk City'

Dooley new mayor of ‘Dunk City’

After spending 10 seasons at Kansas as one of coach Bill Self’s assistants, Joe Dooley is leaving to become the Florida Gulf Coast head coach. Florida Gulf Coast’s Director of Athletics, Ken Kavanagh, announced the move Wednesday and a press conference to introduce Dooley is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. “It’s been a great […]

Withey, Releford receive Danny Manning Award at banquet

Withey, Releford receive Danny Manning Award at banquet

One year after taking a team with only one returning starter to the national title game, coach Bill Self made a bold statement about this year’s squad that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen during the team’s annual banquet Monday evening. After his team finished 2-2 during its summer trip to Europe last August, Self couldn’t […]

McLemore declares for the NBA Draft

McLemore declares for the NBA Draft

Sitting inside Allen Fieldhouse on a dark, overcast Lawrence afternoon, coach Bill Self couldn’t contain his smile as he quipped about how he expected freshman guard Ben McLemore to announce he would return for his sophomore year. That remark drew quite a few laughs as the Jayhawks’ all-time leading freshman scorer had already revealed his […]

Guard Rio Adams announces he's leaving Kansas

Guard Rio Adams announces he’s leaving Kansas

Freshman guard Rio Adams is no longer part of the Kansas basketball team. “Anrio and I met today and discussed his feelings and how they have apparently changed,” Coach Bill Self said in a statement. “We discussed everything and talked openly. Together we’ve come to the conclusion that it is in his best interest to […]

Rio Adams announces decision to transfer

Freshman guard Rio Adams announced on his Twitter account, @WarLordRio, Tuesday night he is transferring to another school, which coach Bill Self later confirmed to the Lawrence Journal-World. According to his Twitter account, Adams expects the University to grant him a release from his scholarship sometime Wednesday. The Seattle native scored a career-high 11 points […]

Michigan freshman gets best of Withey

Michigan freshman gets best of Withey

ARLINGTON, Texas – Senior Jeff Withey sat at his locker, trying to explain what happened, how a team that starts four seniors and won 31 games and a ninth Big 12 title could let a 14-point lead evaporate in the final seven minutes of regulation and let a 10-point lead go in the final three […]

Final: Michigan 87, Kansas 85 in overtime

Final: Michigan 87, Kansas 85 in overtime

Trey Burke scored two deep 3-pointers late in regulation, and Michigan overcame a five-point deficit with 1:15 left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 76. In overtime, Michigan had an 87-82 lead with 52 seconds left, but senior point guard Elijah johnson hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 87-85. […]

Halftime: Kansas 40, Michigan 34

Halftime: Kansas 40, Michigan 34

The Jayhawks seem to have left their slow starts back in Kansas City. They hit 10 of their first 14 shots and went 19-28 from the field to take a 40-34 halftime lead. After Michigan started 5-15 from the field, the Wolverines finished 9-17 and shot 44 percent in the half. Freshman Ben McLemore hit […]

Fans, experts split on Kansas-Michigan Sweet Sixteen game

Fans, experts split on Kansas-Michigan Sweet Sixteen game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Of ESPN.com’s 13 featured college basketball writers, only three of them picked Kansas to represent the South region in the Final Four. Five writers selected teams from the South region that didn’t survive the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend. As of Thursday evening, the nation was split 50-50 on NCAA.com’s poll about whether […]

Florida schools embrace underdog persona entering Sweet Sixteen

Florida schools embrace underdog persona entering Sweet Sixteen

ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s only natural that a team becomes a national darling when it’s the first No. 15 seed in a 75-year-old tournament to reach the Sweet 16. Florida’s junior center Patric Young understands why Florida Gulf Coast, the upstart program the Gators will face at 10:07 Friday night, is receiving perhaps the most […]

Florida Gulf Coast point guard had brief career at Kansas high school

ARLINGTON, Texas – If it weren’t for Ed Fritz and Blue Valley Northwest, Florida Gulf Coast’s “Dunk City” persona might not exist. The Eagles, who are now the NCAA Tournament’s latest Cinderella story after becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen, have flushed 144 dunks this season, and sophomore point guard […]

Jayhawks find long-range distance again

Jayhawks find long-range distance again

For the first 60 minutes during Kansas’ NCAA Tournament run this season, 3-pointers were hard to come by. They were impossible to come by, in fact. Against Western Kentucky, four players attempted six total 3-pointers, and all six of those shots missed. Kansas actually attempted only one 3-pointer in the second half against the Hilltoppers, […]

Jayhawks advance in tournament despite McLemore's shooting slump

Jayhawks advance in tournament despite McLemore’s shooting slump

The shine returned to the Kansas offense during the second half of Sunday’s game against North Carolina. Transition dunks, 3-pointers on the secondary break and dominant post-play from their big men helped the Jayhawks outscore the Tar Heels 49-28 in the deciding half, including a 33-10 run during the half’s first 11 minutes. Senior guard […]

Kansas' stunning second half play tops North Carolina in 70-58 victory

Kansas’ stunning second half play tops North Carolina in 70-58 victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There were no rousing halftime speeches. No venom spewed from his mouth, nor did he express disbelief at his team’s miserable 25 percent shooting in the first half. Instead, Bill Self told his team to talk among themselves at halftime and walked out of the locker room. When he was gone, […]

Final: Kansas 70, North Carolina 58

Final: Kansas 70, North Carolina 58

In last season’s Elite Eight, Kansas turned a track meet into a slow-down game and pulled away from the Tar Heels to advance to the Final Four. This time, with a trip to Dallas and the Sweet 16 on the line, the Jayhawks turned an ugly first half into a virtuous second half performance and […]