Kansas Men's Basketball Notes Entering Emporia State Exhibition

Nov. 6, 2004

Tonight’s Game Kansas, coming off three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances, continues its 2004-05 exhibition season against Emporia State on Sunday, Nov. 7, in Allen Fieldhouse (7 p.m./JTV). The Jayhawks (0-0) are under the direction of second-year coach Bill Self who guided KU to a 24-9 record last season and a tie for second place in the Big 12 race at 12-4. His 24 wins tied Dick Harp for the most victories by a KU head coach in his debut season.

KU returns four starters from last year’s team and is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the second time in the poll’s history (1996-97). Seniors Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien and sophomore J.R. Giddens are KU’s returning starters. Simien is the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and is joined by Langford on the league’s all-conference team as voted on by the coaches.

Emporia State (0-1) opened exhibition play with at 114-86 at Gonzaga on Friday. The Hornets finished 22-7 and second in the MIAA last season under head coach David Moe, a former Colorado assistant. ESU returns six letterwinners and no starters from last year’s team.

About Emporia State

Kansas will be Emporia State’s second exhibition game against an NCAA Division I foe as the Hornets lost at Gonzaga 114-83 Friday. Head coach David Moe has a three-year record of 45-38 at Emporia State. The Hornets were 22-7 last year and finished second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 14-4 mark. ESU returns no starters and six letterwinners from last year’s team, which ended the season ranked 22nd in NCAA Division II. At Gonzaga senior forward Jay Miller paced ESU with 17 points while freshman guard Wes Book had 15 points in a non-starting role.

The Series

Sunday will mark the second time Kansas and Emporia State will meet in exhibition play. KU defeated ESU 120-51 on Nov. 4, 2000 in Allen Fieldhouse. The two teams have met 16 times in regular-season action with Kansas holding a 13-3 advantage. Counting exhibition contests, KU leads 14-3. The series dates back to 1904 when ESU handed KU a 25-13 loss. Kansas then won 10 of the next 11 meetings from 1905 until 1946. The series went unplayed for 45 years from 1947 until 1992.

The Coaches

Kansas coach Bill Self (Oklahoma State, 1985) is in his second season at Kansas where he posted a 24-9 record in 2003-04 and finished tied for second in the Big 12 race at 12-4. KU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year falling to Georgia Tech in overtime 79-71 last season. Self’s 24 wins tied Dick Harp for the most wins by a KU coach in his debut season with the Jayhawks. Self is in his 12th season overall where he is 231-114. He is meeting Emporia State for the first time. Prior to KU Self led Illinois to two Big Ten titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2000-01 until 2002-03. Before Illinois, he guided Tulsa to two WAC championships in 1999 and 2000 and was the Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000. A four-time Naismith Coach of the Year Award finalist, Self began his coaching career at KU in 1985-86 and was an assistant at his alma mater – Oklahoma State – from 1986 until 1993. His first head coaching stint was at Oral Roberts where he guided the Golden Eagles to the NIT in 1996-97, their first postseason appearance since 1983-84.

Emporia State is coached by David Moe (Texas Lutheran, 1986) who owns a career record of 45-38 and is in his fourth season as a head coach with the Hornets. Moe is no stranger to Kansas as he was an assistant coach at Colorado from 1993 until he took the Emporia State job in 2001.

Kansas Preseason No. 1

For the second time since the inception of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Kansas men’s basketball team will enter the season ranked No. 1. Kansas entered the 1996-97 campaign ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. That year, the Jayhawks held the No. 1 ranking for the entire season. After falling to eventual champion Arizona in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, KU finished fifth in the coaches’ poll at the season’s end. This season marks the third straight year Kansas has entered the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll ranked in the top five – No. 2 in 2002-03 and No. 5 in 2003-04. The Jayhawks have appeared in the Top 10 of the poll in nine of the last 10 years, including 2004-05’s No. 1 rating. The last time KU was No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll was Dec. 1, 2003. Kansas fell from the ranking the following week and ended the season No. 9 in the coaches’ poll.

Preseason Wooden Award List

For the second straight year, Jayhawk seniors Keith Langford and Wayne Simien are among 50 preseason candidates for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player. KU boasts the NABC National Player of the Year two of the last three seasons in Drew Gooden (co-player with Duke’s Jason Williams) and Nick Collison. Gooden and Collison were also finalists for the 2002 and 2003 Wooden Award, respectively.

Kansas and Oklahoma State Preseason Big 12 Choices of League Coaches

Kansas and Oklahoma State are the preseason favorites to win the 2004-05 Big 12 Conference title in a vote of the league’s head coaches, the league announced on Oct. 27. Both squads received six of 12 possible first-place votes, marking the first time in conference history two teams have shared the top spot in the coaches’ preseason poll. This marks the sixth time in the nine-year history of the Big 12 that Kansas has been selected preseason favorite. In three of the Jayhawks’ four conference titles – 1997, 1998, 2002 – KU was the coaches’ preseason pick.

Kansas Highlights Preseason Coaches All-Big 12 Team

Kansas senior forward Wayne Simien has been named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year in a vote by the conference coaches, the league office announced last week. Simien and teammate Keith Langford were also members of the Preseason All-Big 12 Coaches Team. Additionally, KU senior guard Aaron Miles and sophomore guard J.R. Giddens were among the honorable mentioned named by the league coaches. Simien was an All-Big 12 First Team choice last season en route to earning Associated Press All-America Third-Team accolades. He is the top returning scorer in the Big 12, averaging 17.8 ppg in 2003-04. The Leavenworth, Kan., senior has 22 career double-doubles, including 11 last season. He has been named to the Preseason Wooden Award Top 50 for 2004-05. Langford was an All-Big 12 Second Team member last season as he led KU in scoring 12 times. The Fort Worth, Texas, guard averaged 15.5 points per game for the Jayhawks. Joining Simien and Langford on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team were Iowa State sophomore guard Curtis Stinson and the Oklahoma State senior guard duo of John Lucas and Joey Graham. Simien was the only unanimous selection of the league coaches.

Jayhawks get Early Start to 2004-05 Season Going 4-0 in Canada

This past Labor Day weekend, the Kansas men’s basketball team won four exhibitions contests in the Vancouver, British Columbia area. KU defeated the University of British Columbia 82-51 on Sept. 4, then swept two games Sept. 5, defeating Langara College 101-46 and University College of Fraser Valley 106-71. The Jayhawks concluded their tour with a 98-76 win against the Burnaby All-Stars. Kansas won its four games by an average of 35.8 points and had a rebound margin of +17.8 per game. Of the 13 players who saw time on the court in Canada, 12 averaged 11 or more minutes per contest.

2003-04 Notes to Digest

The 2003-04 Kansas Jayhawks overcame the loss of two NBA lottery picks and a coaching change to rack up 24 wins, finish in a tie for second place in the Big 12 and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third straight season. Following are some highlights from the 2003-04 season:

–KU claimed at least 20 wins for the 15th straight season and at least 24 wins for the fifth straight year.

–The Jayhawks appeared in a school-record 15th straight NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive year.

–Kansas collected at least 10 wins in league play for the 10th straight season.

–First-year coach Bill Self tied Dick Harp for the most wins by a KU coach in his debut season with the Jayhawks (24).

–KU won its 31st straight home-opener and its 13th consecutive conference-opener.

–The ‘Hawks went 8-0 in Big 12 home games, and the team enters this season with a 27-game win streak in home conference games.

–Kansas won its 21st straight Senior Day game.

–KU sold out all 14 of its home games to tie the school single-season average attendance record of 16,300. KU ranked eighth in the NCAA in attendance.

–The team won its 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament first-round game.

–Juniors Keith Langford and Wayne Simien each scored their 1,000th career points.

–Simien was named First-Team All-Big 12, marking the third straight year KU placed a player on that squad.

–Simien’s 569 points rank 23rd on KU’s single-season scoring list.

–Simien’s 167 free throws rank seventh on KU’s single-season free throws chart.

–J.R. Giddens’ 74 three-pointers rank second on Kansas’ single-season freshman three-point list and tie for ninth on the Jayhawks’ overall single-season treys list.

–Aaron Miles’ 242 assists rank fifth on Kansas’ single-season assists chart.

–Miles’ 7.3 assists per game rank second on KU’s single-season assists per game list.