LAWRENCE — It was, as Kansas coach Bill Self told the crowd inside the Holidome, perhaps the final time the entire 2011-2012 basketball team will be together.
On Monday night, before Danny Manning headed back to Tulsa, before Thomas Robinson turned p… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — It was a somber locker room with plenty of quivering lower lips and watery eyes, but it wasn’t anything like the locker rooms of Kansas’ recent tournament losses.
Those teams had come up short of their intended marks, so after losse… Continue reading →
By Blake Schuster New Orleans, La. — It was happening again. Down by nine, to John Calipari and against a seemingly unbeatable team, Kansas made its run. But in the Jayhawks 67-59 national championship loss to Kentucky, it wasn’t a miracle Jayhawk comeback as it was in 2008 — although it felt similar — this time was about Calipari, and the demons he finally exorcised. Four years ago with Calipari’s Memphis team up nine with 2:12 left to play, Bill Self pulled out one of the sweetest wins of his career, downing the Tigers in overtime. This time Calipari’s Kentucky team took the lead early in the first half and never gave it up despite… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Here, now, is the eulogy for the 2011-2012 Kansas basketball season, one that reached beyond most reasonable preseason expectations but died with a thud.
This season will not so much be remembered for Kansas’ 67-59 loss to powerhouse … Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — The picture of freedom is one Bill Self could hardly stand to watch in the moment.
A little more than four minutes remained in Kansas’ game against North Carolina. With a spot in the Final Four on the line, Kansas clung to a two-point… Continue reading →
By Blake Schuster New Orleans, La. — The first time Kevin Young saw his new team scrimmage last summer he stood in awe. The Loyal-Marymount transfer had been used to playing “rec ball”, but it was nothing like the structure the Jayhawks were using. There was flow, precision and success. It was during his gawking that one of the players came over and laid down the rules for the newcomer. “Tyshawn [Taylor] pulled me to the side and let me know how things were,” Young said. “He said we win here, this is what we do, and if you want to be a part of this you have to buy into the system and do… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Shortly after knocking off North Carolina last week, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff moved through the customary postgame handshake line.
Then, as soon as Kansas’ staff turned the corner, Self hugged director of basketball operat… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Bill Self has coached teams with more talent. He has coached teams with more McDonald’s All-Americans and teams that played a prettier style of basketball.
But Self has never coached a team at Kansas with so little depth, and so the a… Continue reading →
LAWRENCE — Watching Kevin Young play is usually a study in the subtle aspects of basketball.
Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson play in big, noticeable ways — big dunks, big turnovers, big shots. Young, on the other hand, contributes most in ways t… Continue reading →
LAWRENCE — When Kansas knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State in mid-December, it provided the Jayhawks with a resume-building win.
But perhaps the season’s turning point — that moment when teams start to figure it out — came just nine days later. T… Continue reading →