Kansas to Host Towson Sunday at 7 p.m. in Men's Hoops
Nov. 17, 2006
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No. 3 Kansas (1-1) hosts Towson Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in its first of four games this week to kick off the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational. The Jayhawks will host Towson and Tennessee State in the first two rounds of the event before playing Ball State and Florida in Las Vegas Nov. 24-25.
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational Schedule
(all times are local)
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Florida, 7 p.m.
Prairie View A&M at Ball State, Noon
Tennessee State at Western Kentucky, 2 p.m.
TOWSON AT KANSAS, (JTV) 7 p.m.
TENNESSEE STATE AT KANSAS, (JTV) 7 p.m.
Prairie View A&M at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee-Chattanoog at Ball State, 7 p.m.
Towson at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Third Round — at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Tennessee State vs. Prairie View A&M, 11:30 a.m. (PST)
Tennessee Chattanooga vs. Towson, 2 p.m. (PST)
BALL STATE VS. KANSAS, 5 p.m. (PST)
Western Kentucky vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m. (PST)
Championship Round – at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
loser Tennessee State/Prairie View A&M vs. loser Tennessee Chattanooga/Towson, 11:30 a.m. (PST)
winner Tennessee State/Prairie View A&M vs. winner Tennessee Chattanooga/Towson, 2 p.m. (PST)
Western Kentucky vs. Ball State, 4:30 p.m. (PST)
KANSAS VS. FLORIDA, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) (PST)
The Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational champion will be determined by the overall record in the event. Tiebreakers are: 1. head-to-head of tied teams; 2. Determined under the discretion of the tournament directors.
Kansas enters the Las Vegas Invitational 1-1 after its 78-71 loss to Oral Roberts on Nov. 15. The Jayhawks feature four players who are averaging double figures led by preseason All-America sophomore Brandon Rush at 17.5 points per game. Freshman forward Darrell Arthur is just behind Rush at 17 points per contest followed by junior forward Darnell Jackson and sophomore forward Julian Wright at 11 points each. Wright leads the team with 10 rebounds per contest, while Jackson is pulling down nine boards per outing. Junior Russell Robinson has 10 assists in two games to lead KU and he is tied for the team high in steals with sophomore Mario Chalmers. Both have four swipes in KU’s first two contests.
The Tigers, picked to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association this year, are playing their 28th season of Division I basketball. Towson opened its season with a 78-64 win over visiting Hartford on Nov. 13 and defeated Samford 69-62 at home Thursday night. Senior guard Gary Neal, the first Tiger ever to be named Preseason All-CAA First Team, has scored 61 points in his first two outings. He led Towson with 20 points in the season opener against Hartford and posted a career-high 41 versus Samford. Neal and sophomore guards Tim Crossin and Rocky Coleman rank third nationally in top scoring among returning three-man backcourts in 2006-07. Crossin is averaging 11.5 points in his first two outings. Senior forward Winstonn Tubbs posted a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds against Hartford and is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game. Towson returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from a team that finished 12-16 in 2005-06.
Kansas and Towson are meeting for the first time in men’s basketball. In fact, this will be the first meeting between Kansas and a current member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Last year, the CAA’s George Mason advanced to the Final Four.
Kansas hosts Tennessee State Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse in second round action of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will air live on Jayhawk T.V. The Jayhawks will depart later in the week for Las Vegas, Nev., where KU will face Ball State Friday and top-ranked Florida Saturday at Orleans Arena.