Lagerald Vick: Kansas Jayhawks hoops lose guard to leave of absence

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas guard Lagerald Vick is taking a leave of absence from the basketball program, leaving the No. 14 Jayhawks even more short-handed as they face an uphill climb to a 15th straight Big 12 title. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement Thursday night that Vick has "some personal matters that require his immediate attention." Self said there is no timetable for his return.

The Jayhawks are 17-6 and 6-4 in the Big 12, leaving them 1 1/2 games behind Kansas State.

"He has some things going on that (aren't) public things," Self said during his weekly radio show Thursday night, "so I think that he hasn't been his best because of those things."