Jayhawks to Host Ichabods in Men's Basketball Exhibition Tuesday

Nov. 3, 2008

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Defending NCAA national champion Kansas opens the 2008-09 season when it plays host to Washburn in exhibition action, Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. on Jayhawk TV. The Jayhawks return eight letterwinners from last season’s 37-3 team, yet less than 20 percent of almost every statistical category. Like Kansas, Washburn is opening its season. The Ichabods were 18-11 last season and tied for sixth in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

About Kansas

Kansas is coming off one of its most historic seasons as it enters its 111th year of college basketball. KU won its 51st league title, most in NCAA Division I. The Jayhawks are led by junior guard Sherron Collins who averaged 9.3 points last season. Sophomore center Cole Aldrich is also back. He will anchor the inside after appearing in all 40 games last season and averaging 8.3 minutes per contest (2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Returners assisting Collins on the perimeter will be sophomores Tyrel Reed and Conner Teahan. Both saw limited action last season. Look for newcomers Tyshawn Taylor and Travis Releford to also assist at the guard spot. Junior transfers Mario Little and Tyrone Appleton have been battling injuries but could also see time in the rotation when fully back. Freshmen big men Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and Quintrell Thomas will assist Aldrich inside.

About Washburn

With three returning starters and 10 newcomers, the Ichabods will begin the 2008-09 season at Kansas. The exhibition is the first of three against DI schools for Washburn. Washburn will face Kansas State (Nov. 9) and UNLV (Nov. 11) before starting regular-season play hosting the Ichabod Classic Nov. 15-16. Washburn returns starters Paul Byers, Darnell Kimble and Mario Scott. The three combined to average 24.3 points a game and 11.9 rebounds last year. Four other letterwinners return and joining the team will be two NCAA Division I transfers, four junior college players and four freshmen out of high school.

The Series

Kansas is facing Washburn for the 37th time in men’s basketball. The Jayhawks have defeated the Ichabods in each of the last eight meetings dating back to 1944, including a 92-60 win on Nov. 15 last season. KU leads Washburn, 34-3, including a 3-0 record in exhibition play. The series dates back to 1906 with KU’s longest winning streak at 15 games from 1929 to 1944. The teams met twice in the 1990s and this will be the sixth meeting since 2000.


Per Big 12 guidelines, there has been a change in the timing sheet from in the past. The national anthem will now begin when the pregame timing clock is at 0:00. Therefore the KU Alma Mater and Rock Chalk chant will begin when the teams clear the floor with 12:00 on the clock. Previously, the national anthem started at 12:00. Here is a breakdown:

Time on Clock

60:00 – Start 60-minute countdown to introductions

12:00 – Horn sounds for teams to clear floor

11:30 – KU Alma Mater, Rock Chalk Chant

6:00 – Teams can return to floor

0:30 – Teams buzzed off floor for National Anthem

0:00 – National Anthem

Begin player introductions

Team to benches (60-second break)


Up Next

Kansas will continue exhibition play when it hosts Emporia State on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Jayhawk TV.