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Hearings on what to expect from KU’s bench going forward

KU’s bench played just six second-half minutes in the win at Oklahoma on Saturday. Those six minutes came from just two players: Nick Timberlake and Parker Braun. The Jayhawks have even less meat on their bones than Johnny Furphy.

I’m Hearing what we saw in the Oklahoma game is likely the plan for KU going forward. If the Jayhawks can survive without their bench, that’s what will happen — especially in the second half.

Of course, that’s a big if. Foul trouble, injuries, and a pissed off Bill Self can all change KU’s plan. But for now, KU is gonna try to limit bench minutes in the second half.

There is, however, one bench player trending up right now for KU.

I’ve Heard Jamari McDowell has looked a lot better since he returned from being sick. It’s still probably not enough to significantly change his role or playing time (based on the Hearing above).

McDowell’s illness came at an unfortunate time for the freshman PG. The Jayhawks lost two of three, and he would’ve had a real opportunity for playing time. It’s just been bad luck for McDowell so far this year.

But if things don’t go as planned and KU turns to its bench, maybe McDowell gets his shot.

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3 bullet points for KU fans!

🏀 Bill Self went on the Jim Rome show to discuss the four letter word that got him ejected from the Texas Tech game. 

🏈 ESPN’s Mel Kiper raved about Austin Booker as part of an NFL Draft segment.

🏀 The Latest Could Be Wrong podcast asked if Johnny Furphy is Bill Self’s best freshman wing at KU and if winning the Big 12 really matters. Listen here via Spotify and Apple.

A Quick Shout Out To…

The KU Women’s Basketball team has won five games in a row, which is worthy of some love. The Jayhawks play at No. 24 Baylor tonight (Wednesday) as they look to sweep the Bears on ESPN+.

And shout out to Taiyanna Jackson for being named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

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