Rundown: Kansas men's basketball is No. 3 in preseason AP Top 25 poll; Remy Martin honored
LAWRENCE — Kansas men’s basketball earned a No. 3 ranking in the preseason AP Top 25 poll, leading all Big 12 Conference teams and falling behind No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA.
Texas and Baylor are in the top 10 as well, at No. 5 and No. 8, respectively. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are both among those that are receiving votes.
It was just last week that the Jayhawks were voted by Big 12 head coaches as the favorite to win the conference’s regular season title. And that was on top of Remy Martin, David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji all being named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, and Martin selected as the Big 12’s preseason player of the year.
Here’s more that’s happened recently in the world of Kansas athletics:
Kansas men’s basketball talent named to preseason watch list for Bob Cousy award
The preseason honors continue to roll in for the Jayhawks’ Remy Martin, as it’s been revealed that the Arizona State transfer is on the preseason watch list for the 2022 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Former Kansas star Frank Mason III earned it for his efforts during the 2016-17 season.
Kansas football kickoff information for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State games announced
The Big 12 has announced that the Jayhawks’ game Saturday against No. 2 Oklahoma will kick off at 11 a.m. on ESPN, and KU's Oct. 30 game against No. 9 Oklahoma State will kick off at 6 p.m. on FS1. Kansas (1-5, 0-3 in Big 12) has yet to win a conference game this season, while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both came out of the most recent college football weekend undefeated. The Sooners and Cowboys each lead in their respective all-time series against the Jayhawks.
Kansas men’s basketball veteran named to preseason watch list for Jerry West award
Ochai Agbaji is already viewed as one of the top talents in the Big 12 ahead of the start of the upcoming season, and now it's clear he’s viewed as one of the best in the nation. Agbaji, entering his fourth campaign with the Jayhawks, was selected as a member of the preseason watch list for the 2022 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
Kansas men’s basketball recruiting target set to announce decision Wednesday
The Jayhawks’ 2022 recruiting class could add another commit Wednesday, as that’s when 247Sports Composite four-star center Ernest Udeh Jr. has said he’ll announce his decision. Udeh is down to considering Kansas and UCLA. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Jayhawks’ class ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 8 nationally, and includes two four-star prospects and one five-star prospect.
Kansas tennis releases spring portion of its 2021-22 schedule
In January, the Jayhawks are scheduled to compete in the San Diego Invitational (Jan. 14-16), at Tulsa (Jan. 21) and in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Texas against Baylor (Jan. 28) and either USC or Miami (Jan. 29). In February, the Jayhawks are set to face Iowa (Feb. 4, home), Arkansas (Feb. 6, home), Nebraska (Feb. 11, away), North Carolina State (Feb. 18, home), Old Dominion (Feb. 20, home) and Arizona State (Feb. 27, away), in addition to being a part of the ITA National Indoors (Feb. 11-14) in Wisconsin.
In March, the Jayhawks’ schedule comprises of Illinois (March 4, home), Northwestern (March 6, home), Oklahoma (March 11, away), Oklahoma State (March 13, away), TCU (March 18, home) and Texas Tech (March 20, home). In April, what’s waiting are matchups for the Jayhawks with West Virginia (April 1, home), Iowa State (April 3, home), Texas (April 8, away), Baylor (April 10, away) and Kansas State (April 16, home).
Postseason competition follows.
“We feel like we have a spring schedule that is extremely challenging and one of the best in the country,” Jayhawks coach Todd Chapman said in a release. “The schedule we have in place will give us the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the country and give us the opportunity to position ourselves for a deep postseason run. We have a great home schedule and hope our fans come out and support us against some of the nation’s best.”
Kansas soccer athletes earn awards
Brie Severns and Raena Childers played a part in why the Jayhawks collected a pair of wins against ranked opponents earlier this month. For their efforts, Severns — a goal each against Baylor and West Virginia — was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the week and Childers — a goal and assist against West Virginia — the freshman of the week.
Severns was also named the United Soccer Coaches' national player of the week for Division I.
Kansas men’s golf competes in Big 12 Match Play and Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational
The Jayhawks finished sixth among Big 12 teams in the conference’s tournament, going 1-2-2 with a win against Kansas State, losses against Texas Tech and TCU and ties against Oklahoma and West Virginia.
“We won a tough match (Oct. 13), and then got beat (Oct. 13) by a solid TCU team,” Kansas coach Jamie Bermel said in a release. “We ended up finishing sixth, but saw some good play this week from several different guys. I thought Callum (Bruce) and Ben (Sigel) played well at times, and a great effort by the rest of the guys.”
The Jayhawks then won their third tournament of the fall, with a 35-under performance in a 16-team field at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational. They won by seven strokes, with Kent State the closest competitor. Both Bruce and Harry Hillier tied for second with 11-under performances.
“It was a total team effort this week,” Bermel said in another Kansas release. “We didn’t have our best stuff today, but it was good enough to still win by seven shots.”
Kansas volleyball suffers two defeats against Baylor
The Jayhawks (11-8, 3-5 in Big 12) lost a pair of four-set matches against Baylor, which is ranked No. 11 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association coaches poll. Kansas lost the first match 19-25, 26-28, 25-23, 15-25, and the second match 26-24, 17-25, 22-25, 19-25. Lacey Angello led the Jayhawks with 10 digs in the first match. Camryn Turner led the Jayhawks with 24 assists in the second match.
Kansas soccer loses against Oklahoma
The Jayhawks (7-9-1, 2-5 in Big 12) suffered a 3-2 defeat against the Sooners. Emilie Gavillet ended up with nine saves in goal for Kansas, which saw its goals come from Raena Childers and Brie Severns.
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.