8 fantastic rivalries that were ruined by league realignment

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4 days ago  |  Discuss

What if NCAA hoops players could be traded, part 2

Previously in the confines of my mind. Before I dive into listing the next 15 players on this list, let’s just look at how naive I am. Tyrus Jones? Gone. Justin Anderson? Gone. Buddy Hield? Rumored to be leaving. In all fairness to myself, that’s only three of the first fifteen listed. But it works perfectly as a transition into a rant on the current system imposed on players...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas’ 2015-16 BB Team Will Play The Canadian National Team Featuring Andrew Wiggins This Summer

How much better has Andrew Wiggins got since he left Kansas?  Bill Self will get a first-hand look at his former player’s improvement this summer.  The Jayhawks’ 2015-16 team has scheduled two games against the Canadian national team, which will feature Wiggins, the likely NBA Rookie of the Year. The contests will be played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on June 23 and...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Bill Self is the Best Coach in the Big 12

The Big 12 is considered to be one of the best conferences in college basketball. Loaded from top to bottom with teams that contend annually for the NCAA tournament, the coaches who lead the squads also boast impressive resumes. This list ranks the coaches based on one question of criteria: If I was choosing a Big 12 coach to hire for my team today, combining all factors such...
Via Rock Chalk Blog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ellis’ Announcement Caps KU 2015 Basketball Banquet

The end-of-season basketball awards banquet has always been a fun tradition at the University of Kansas. It’s a way for the players to gather as a complete team one final time and spend time with the fans who have watched them play all year. Limited ticket availability gives priority to season ticket holders and Williams Fund donors, and I was fortunate enough to be in attendance...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Parting Shotmakers: NBA Departures Will Affect Several Programs More Than Most

We have reached a pivotal point in the college basketball season. It is the time of the year when some underclassmen forgo a few years of eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft. Because of that many of the teams we saw in the NCAA Tournament will look vastly different next season. It does make sense. The best teams have the best players. A slew of the best players are underclassmen...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

ITP: Alexander Declares, UK 38-1, Duke Wins Title, Final Four, and Recruiting News

What’s the only downside to the Kentucky Wildcats not completing a 40-0 perfect season? We don’t get to throw water balloons at Daniel Cunningham anymore. That makes us sad. Cliff Alexander is the latest Jayhawk to declare for the NBA Draft. His 7.1 points and 17.6 minutes per game marks are the lowest of the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Worst Ten Moments from the Jayhawks’ 2014-15 Season

In 2015, Kansas secured its 11th consecutive Big 12 championship, and the team had many moments that should be appreciated. However, there were also many moments during the year that left Jayhawks fans shaking their heads. We’ve already recapped the top 10 best moments from this past year, so now it’s time to focus on the negatives. Here are the 10 worst moments from the Jayhawks...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Halves: What Sunk the 2014-15 Jayhawks?

Under head coach Bill Self, the Kansas Jayhawks have been a model of consistency, winning the Big 12 conference the past eleven seasons and never being seeded lower than fourth in the NCAA tournament. However, the 2014-2015 campaign was a glaring exception. Though the Jayhawks won the Big 12 for the eleventh consecutive season, there was a glaring element of inconsistency to the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Big man are back as Final Four focus centers on centers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Only days after Kansas was ousted from the NCAA Tournament, Bill Self hopped on a plane to see Charlotte center Mick Throne Jr. The 7-footer is transferring for his senior season, and Self can just picture him patrolling the paint in Allen Fieldhouse. He isn't alone: Pittsburgh and Illinois are trying to land him, too. The frenzy of big-name programs trying to...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Recruiting Predictions for Kansas Basketball (Part 2)

Bill Self recently learned that he’ll be without one of his backcourt starters from last year’s team, but the Jayhawks have a plethora of potential young talent that could fill the roster’s new holes. On Wednesday, Kansas wing Kelly Oubre Jr. announced that he will enter  the NBA Draft. Oubre came on strong in the second half of his freshman campaign, and his high upside...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

ITP: Oubre Declares, Recruiting, and Final Four Preview

Kelly Oubre has declared for the NBA Draft. He’s the sixth one-and-done in the Bill Self era. With more decisions on the way and major players returning for other Big 12 schools, how good can Kansas be next year? The answer lies in the hands of a bunch of McDonald’s All Americans that squared off last night.
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas Freshman Kelly Oubre enters NBA Draft

Kansas Jayhawks guard Kelly Oubre Jr. informed head coach Bill Self that he full intends on entering the 2015 NBA Draft.  Oubre Jr., who averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, entered college as one of premier recruits in all of basketball and lived up to those expectations being named All-Big 12 honorable mention. “It’s always been a dream to play in the NBA. This is...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Stays and Who Goes? 2015-16 Big 12 Season Lookahead (Part 4 – Kansas Jayhawks)

Fans of the Kansas Jayhawks love Big 12 championships, and fresh after winning an 11th straight crown, people are already looking ahead to the 2015-16 season. The Big 12 was one of the best conferences in college basketball this year. Loaded from top to bottom, the league was rewarded with an astounding 70% NCAA tournament rate, and it figures to be very competitive again next season...
Via Rock Chalk Blog
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: Personnel Changes Coming for Self and Jayhawks

This is an opinion column sent to Rock Chalk Blog by Brad Hope. If you would like to share your opinion with the RCB community, tweet @RockChalkBlog with your idea! By Brad Hope There are some hard decisions coming in the next month for Bill Self. While the loss to Wichita State is still very fresh in everyone’s mind, Self now has to focus on what has to been done for the good...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Kansas’ Bill Self Meeting With Charlotte Graduate Transfer Mike Thorne Today

Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round.  Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad.  According to’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Recruiting Predictions for Kansas Basketball

After another disappointing end to a season and with an obvious lack of inside presence, the Jayhawks are primed to bring in young big men to bolster the roster. Another year, another early exit for Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks. KU’s season ended at the hands of an unlikely in-state rival, and two things were to blame: Wichita State shut down Kansas’ perimeter offense and Kansas...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

100 Random Facts about the 2014-15 Kansas Jayhawks

The 2014-15 Kansas Jayhawks season was one that ultimately featured ups, downs, and everything in between. The Jayhawks won their 11th straight Big 12 title, but the season ended too soon when KU was bounced in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. As we turn the page on the 2015 squad, we look back on 100 random facts about the team, from player stats to record-breaking performances...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas heads into another offseason frustrated, disappointed

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The way Kansas coach Bill Self rates a season is simple: Winning the conference title makes it good, advancing to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament makes it great. The Jayhawks haven't had a great season in a while. Despite rolling to its 11th consecutive Big 12 championship, the Jayhawks will be spending another summer trying to figure out what went...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas Falls to Wichita State in Round of 32

“Perspective-wise, there’s no way I’ll say it was a great year.” – Bill Self. This was the matchup Wichita State fans were dying for. KU-WSU was the matchup everyone wanted from the moment the selection committee made it possible. Both teams knocked out their opponents in the round of 64, setting up a matchup of the two best teams in Kansas with a Sweet 16 berth on the...
Via Rock Chalk Blog
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Twitter reacts to Wichita State’s win against Kansas

While many would consider Wichita State’s win over Kansas on Sunday as an upset due to the seeding, this was no upset. The scoreboard doesn’t indicted how dominate the Shockers were against the big brother of their state. While Kansas fans are still trying to figure out what happened, Shockers fans are having the time of their lives. But Shocker fans aren’t the only one that...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament Roundup: Virginia, Kansas Handed Upsets In Round Of 36

If your bracket wasn’t already completely busted by Saturday, then Sunday might have pushed you over the edge. Just one day after No. 1 seed Villanova was downed by No. 8 North Carolina State, two second-seeded schools in Kansas and Virginia were knocked out of the Big Dance by lesser foes. In fact, neither the Jayhawks nor the Cavaliers could even keep...
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Do Bill Self’s Kansas Teams Underachieve in the NCAA Tournament?

“Bill Self is a few 2008 Memphis free throws away from having a lot of explaining to do.” – College Basketball Journalist Rick Bozich on Twitter It’s no secret that Kansas has been known for some early-round upsets in recent years. Sunday’s loss to Wichita State was the sixth time that the Jayhawks were bounced from the tournament on the first weekend as a top two seed...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita KO’s Kansas: The Shockers Show The Importance of March Experience

On Sunday in Omaha, the small school beat the big school. However, it was also the experienced and battle-tested team that beat the young and talented team. The experience of the Wichita State Shockers showed nearly the entire game against the Kansas Jayhawks on both sides of the ball. It carried them to a memorable win in the first staging of this in-state game since 1993. It also...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita KO’s Kansas: The Shockers Show The Importance of March Experience

On Sunday in Omaha, the small school beat the big school. However, it was also the experienced and battle-tested team that beat the young and talented team. The experience of the Wichita State Shockers showed nearly the entire game against the Kansas Jayhawks on both sides of the ball. It carried them to a memorable win in the first staging of this in-state game since 1993. It also...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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