12:08 AM EST, Thu November 26, 2015
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

Kevin Haskin: Finally, Cheick in at the scorer's table for Kansas

The lengthy delay initiated a chant, which began in Allen Fieldhouse but grew louder on the tranquil beaches of Hawaii. “Free Diallo’’ reverberated inside tiny Lahaina Civic Center, with its iconic murals outside tropical island terrain, to summon support for a freshman attempting to gain his basketball eligibility at Kansas. As if the case for Cheick Diallo had not already generated enough attention without it being trumpeted at the best of college basketball’s early-season tournaments, the Maui Invitational. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 8 hours ago

Cheick Diallo cleared to play for KU basketball on Dec. 1

By Jesse Newell jesse.newell@cjonline.com LAHAINA, Hawaii — Cheick Diallo has officially been freed. The Kansas freshman forward will be eligible to play Dec. 1, the NCAA announced Wednesday morning via statement. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 14 hours ago

Big 12 title implications in Top 25 Thanksgiving matchups

Things to watch during Week 13 in the Big 12 Conference, with two Top 25 matchups on Thanksgiving weekend: read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 20 hours ago

'Small ball' leading to an offensive resurgence for KU basketball

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Bill Self says this matter-of-factly, as it’s not meant as a putdown or a personal attack. The Kansas coach has watched his team lose a lot of talent to the NBA the last two seasons. But it might have also picked up some offensive chemistry in the aftermath. “I think we’re a much better passing team than we have been,” Self said. “I think we move the ball better, we drive it better than we have the last couple years. “Even though we look better physically playing big on the wings, it hasn’t been as good of an offensive basketball team.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 23 hours ago

KU advances to Maui Invitational final with 92-73 victory over UCLA

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Senior forward Perry Ellis scored 24 points, and No. 5 Kansas’ offense was efficient again in a 92-73 victory over UCLA on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. With the victory, KU (3-1) advances to Wednesday’s championship game against No. 19 Vanderbilt. The Jayhawks took control early. Following consecutive 3-pointers from junior guard Wayne Selden, Ellis hit a driving 2 to cap a 13-0 run that made it 26-9 with 11:48 left in the first half. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 24, 2015

Bill Self: Made 3-pointers are hurting team's defensive focus

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Bill Self’s complicated relationship with 3-point shots continues. Even after Kansas made 15 of 29 3s in Monday’s 123-72 victory against Chaminade, the 13th-year coach seemed more annoyed than pleased by his team’s accurate shooting. “When we make shots,” Self said, “we relax defensively.” Self believed his team was doing that too often in a 51-point rout over the Silverswords. When asked if scoring 123 points was gratifying — it was the most in his 423 games at KU — Self shrugged off the milestone. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 24, 2015

Bob Davis, voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, announces 2016 retirement

Bob Davis, the voice of the Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball teams for 32 seasons, announced Tuesday he will retire following the 2015-16 basketball season. The Topeka West and Washburn graduate will call his final football game Saturday when Kansas plays host to Kansas State at 3 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. “I’ve been really lucky to be the “Voice of the Jayhawks for 32 years,” Davis said. “It was a dream job for me when it happened.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 23, 2015

KU coach David Beaty wants to emulate toughness of Bill Snyder's K-State teams

Many have tried and most have failed in copying Kansas State coach Bill Snyder’s blueprint for building a college football program. Charlie Weis came to Kansas and tried to implement one facet, bringing in several junior college players. That didn’t work. Now, first-year KU coach David Beaty wants to emulate the grit displayed by K-State, which was on full display last Saturday when the Wildcats rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit — scoring 10 points in the final 42 seconds — to beat Iowa State 38-35. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 22, 2015

Dontari Poe touchdown, Justin Houston pick-six power Chiefs' rout of Chargers

SAN DIEGO — Justin Houston intercepted Philip Rivers’ pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown and 346-pound defensive tackle Dontari Poe leaped over the pile for a 1-yard touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the free-falling San Diego Chargers 33-3 Sunday. Alex Smith won again at Qualcomm Stadium as the Chiefs (5-5) won their fourth straight game following a five-game losing streak. The Chargers (2-8) lost their sixth straight. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 22, 2015

KU basketball notebook: Chaminade coach predicts Final Four for Jayhawks

LAHAINA, Hawaii — After completing an interview in the lobby of the Westin, Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird had one last message for Kansas reporters before heading to his room. “Tell Bill Self I said to take it easy on us,” he said with a chuckle. The fifth-year coach fully understands the challenge ahead of his team in its opener Monday. The Div. II school opened as a 29-point underdog against fourth-ranked KU. read more

Faulconer meets with Chiefs owner on stadium

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spent half an hour on Sunday morning describing local progress on building a new stadium to Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt during a private meeting at San Diego International Airport.
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 22, 2015

KU basketball guards critical of their own play

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Kansas’ starting guards feel like they have something to prove. “We had a talk amongst each other about us just playing better, because I feel like we all played not as good as we hoped to,” KU sophomore Devonte’ Graham said. “We’ve just got to learn from it.” KU’s three backcourt players — Graham, Frank Mason and Wayne Selden — certainly will be out to shoot better as they take on Div. II Chaminade in the opener of the Maui Invitational at 8 p.m. CDT Monday. read more

Defense must stay disciplined for Chargers to beat Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs run a slick offense of medium effectiveness.
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 21, 2015

Bill Self: KU has proof Cheick Diallo should be cleared to play

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Bill Self believes freshman Cheick Diallo should be eligible. And he says he has the documentation to prove it. The Kansas coach opened up Saturday about his team’s fight to get the freshman forward cleared by the NCAA, saying the school in early November hired two outside groups that specialize in academic core design to study whether Diallo’s coursework at Our Savior New American in Centereach, N.Y., should count as college preparatory work. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 21, 2015

West Virginia Mountaineers thrashes Jayhawks

LAWRENCE– With 1:46 to go in the third quarter, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard had compiled more rush yards (129) than Kansas had total yards (116). KU couldn’t do anything to stop West Virginia’s ground attack as it racked up 426 total yards, with three individual 100-yard plus performances. KU struggled with its tackling, and subsequently surrendered big chunks of yardage on the ground, as West Virginia compiled 13 plays of 10-plus rush yards. Howard broke off a game-high 42-yard run in the second quarter leading the Mountaineers to their fifth touchdown. read more

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