KU Basketball http://kcur.org en Jayhawk Makes Top NBA Draft Pick http://kcur.org/post/jayhawk-makes-top-nba-draft-pick <p>For the first time since 1988, a member of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team was the overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.&nbsp;</p><p>The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Andrew Wiggins Thursday night with that top pick.&nbsp; Teammate Joel Embiid went third overall to the Philadelphia 76ers.&nbsp;</p><p>Though some feel Wiggins disappeared in KU’s last game of the season against Stanford in the NCAA tournament, he was clearly visible when NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced him as the top pick.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:42:26 +0000 Greg Echlin 58030 at http://kcur.org KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro http://kcur.org/post/kus-andrew-wiggins-goes-pro <p>University of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins announced&nbsp;Monday he’s declaring for the NBA draft.</p><p>The 6' 8'' player was the top high school recruit in 2013 - and this season Wiggins scored 597 points, more than any freshman in KU's history, including a high of 29 points in one game.</p><p>The draft takes place in June – and Wiggins is expected to be a first-round draft selection, if not the first. He says that’s where he wants to be.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:32:22 +0000 Laura Spencer 53467 at http://kcur.org KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro It Was A Sad, Sad Day For Kansas Basketball http://kcur.org/post/it-was-sad-sad-day-kansas-basketball <p>In Scottrade Arena in St. Louis, Mo., the two teams from Kansas got a case of the blues.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both teams lost Sunday in the third round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:47:27 +0000 Greg Echlin 53099 at http://kcur.org Wilt Chamberlain Featured In Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers' http://kcur.org/post/wilt-chamberlain-featured-kevin-willmotts-jayhawkers <p>At the outset and in the spirit of full disclosure, let me just say that I am a graduate of the University of Kansas and a huge fan of Wilt Chamberlain, aka “Wilt the Stilt," and “The Big Dipper.” He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Wilt Chamberlain also happened to play at KU.&nbsp; He was a Jayhawk.</p><p>A new movie about Chamberlain’s brief time at KU is the subject of a film by Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott, premiering this weekend. It’s called <em>Jayhawkers</em>.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ron Jones 51262 at http://kcur.org Wilt Chamberlain Featured In Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers' KU Basketball Signs Top High School Recruit http://kcur.org/post/ku-basketball-signs-top-high-school-recruit <p>The prospects for next season's Kansas Jayhawks' basketball season got a huge boost Tuesday.</p><p>Andrew Wiggins, the consensus pick as the nation's top-ranked high school basketball player signed a letter-of-intent to play for KU.</p><p>Wiggins is a 6-foot-7 forward who can score. He grew up in Canada, but spent last season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.</p><p>Wiggins chose KU over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.</p><p>He announced his decision in a private gathering in West Virginia, one day before the deadline to sign a letter-of-intent this spring.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:16:48 +0000 Greg Echlin 36759 at http://kcur.org KU Basketball Signs Top High School Recruit KU Advances To Sweet 16 http://kcur.org/post/ku-advances-sweet-16 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days after upsetting Kansas State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, LaSalle closed out its weekend in Kansas City with another surprise.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:26:36 +0000 Greg Echlin 34006 at http://kcur.org KU Advances To Sweet 16 KU Gets Number One Seed http://kcur.org/post/ku-gets-number-one-seed <p>The NCAA men's basketball tournament in Kansas City this week will include Kansas as a number-one seed, but the Jayhawks might want to forget their last trip to Kansas City as a top seed.</p><p>This year marks KU's first trip to Kansas City as a number-one seed since '95 when the Jayhawks lost to Virginia in Kansas City.</p><p>Only once during Roy Williams’ time as coach at the University of Kansas did the Jayhawks play the NCAA tournament in Kansas City.&nbsp; It was the 1995 appearance.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:50:08 +0000 Greg Echlin 33636 at http://kcur.org KU Gets Number One Seed Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-april-3-2012 <p>Kansas falls to Kentucky in NCAA Championship, ballot lists few candidates for the board of Kansas City Public Schools, deadly bat disease found in Missouri, and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:22:19 +0000 Maria Carter 15335 at http://kcur.org Wildcats Roll To 8th NCAA Title, Coach Calipari's 1st http://kcur.org/post/wildcats-roll-8th-ncaa-title-coach-caliparis-1st The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 Monday night in New Orleans, claiming their eighth NCAA men's basketball title and head coach John Calipari's first.<p>The Jayhawks trailed by 14 at halftime, and just 5 points separated the teams with about a minute left in the game. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 15334 at http://kcur.org Wildcats Roll To 8th NCAA Title, Coach Calipari's 1st Clang! Three Reasons Why Many Shots May Miss Tonight http://kcur.org/post/clang-three-reasons-why-many-shots-may-miss-tonight Two "powerhouse" programs — Kansas and Kentucky.<p>Rosters full of potential NBA stars.<p>All the hype you would expect from an NCAA men's basketball championship.<p>But, alas, don't be surprised if there aren't as many "silky smooth jumpers" and other great shots as you might expect during tonight's big game, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/02/149829305/mens-march-madness-ends-with-kentucky-playing-kansas" target="_blank">NPR's Mike Pesca reports</a>.<p>Three things are working against the teams:<p>-- The game's being played in a dome; in this case, the New Orleans Superdome.<p>-- There w Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15271 at http://kcur.org Clang! Three Reasons Why Many Shots May Miss Tonight What's Next In The Border War? http://kcur.org/post/whats-next-border-war <p>Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, the University of Kansas basketball team plays again Monday night at Oklahoma State. But after Saturday's epic battle between the Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers, the prevailing question is "What's next?"</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:31:23 +0000 Greg Echlin 13231 at http://kcur.org What's Next In The Border War? Naismith's Basketball Rules Bought for $4.3 Million by KU Grad http://kcur.org/post/naismiths-basketball-rules-bought-43-million-ku-grad <p>Kansas City, MO – Looks like the University of Kansas may become home to the original typewritten rules of basketball. The game was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts in 1892, six years before he became a KU professor and basketball coach.</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 23:32:19 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 7356 at http://kcur.org Naismith's Basketball Rules Bought for $4.3 Million by KU Grad