GAME PREVIEW: vs. Fort Hays State
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks are set to play the first of two preseason exhibitions when the Fort Hays State Tigers come to Lawrence on Thursday, Oct. 24. Tip-off from Allen Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.
|Date/Time:||Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.|
|Opponent||Fort Hays State|
|Watch||Big 12 Now on ESPN+|
|Listen||Jayhawk Radio Network|
- Kansas enters the season ranked No. 3 in the preseason Associated Press top-25 poll. The Jayhawks have been ranked fifth or higher in each of the last seven preseason polls.
- KU has been ranked in each of the last 201 polls dating back to the 2008-09 season. The 201-consecutive weeks in the polls is the longest active streak in the nation.
- Kansas is the preseason favorite by the conference coaches to win the 2019-20 Big 12 title. The Jayhawks have been the pick of the conference 19 times in the 24-year history of the league.
- Kansas has won 29-straight exhibition games dating back to the 2012-13 season. Overall, KU is 88-9 in exhibition play, including 61-4 in Allen Fieldhouse.
- Senior Udoka Azubuike was named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. He is the ninth
- Jayhawk to claim preseason Big 12 honors as the top player and the seventh in the Bill Self era at Kansas.
- Sophomore Devon Dotson joined Azubuike on the league’s preseason All-Big 12 team. Dotson was the league’s top-scoring freshman and was an All-Big 12 Third Team selection last season.
- Both Azubuike and Dotson received votes for the Associated Press preseason All-America team. Kansas was the only school with two players picked on the 21-man list.
- KU went 17-0 in home games last season, including a 16-0 record in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has gone undefeated in Allen Fieldhouse 20 times, including seven seasons since 2007-08.
- Kansas’ 21-game homecourt winning streak enters 2019-20 as the fourth-longest active in NCAA Division I.
- KU is 11-0 all-time against FHSU, including 8-0 in exhibition contests.
- EXHIBITION HISTORY
Kansas is 88-9 in exhibition history and has won 29-straight exhibition contests dating back to Oct. 30, 2012. Last season, KU posted a 2-0 exhibition record with victories versus Emporia State and Washburn. Kansas is 61-4 in exhibition contests played in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won the last 50 exhibition games in Allen Fieldhouse beginning in 1994. With the 100-54 win versus Pitt State (10/31/17), Kansas has scored 100-plus points in 29 exhibition games, including 13 under head coach Bill Self. The Jayhawks are 56-2 in exhibition play in Self’s 16 seasons at KU.
- KU NO. 3 in PRESEASON AP POLL
For the seventh-consecutive season, Kansas men’s basketball enters the preseason ranked fifth or higher as KU is No. 3 in the 2019-20 preseason Associated Press poll released Monday. Kansas has been ranked in the Associated Press polls for 201-consecutive weeks, which is the longest active streak in the nation. Kansas received three first-place votes among the 65-member voting panel and trails Michigan State and Kentucky, respectively, in the 2019-20 preseason AP poll. Duke is No. 4 and Louisville fifth to round out the AP’s top five.
- AZUBUIKE, DOTSON EARNING NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike and sophomore Devon Dotson have received numerous preseason honors heading into the 2019-20 season. On Oct. 22, the Associated Press listed the KU duo as receiving votes when it announced its preseason All-America men’s basketball team. A total of 21 players were recognized in the preseason announcement, voted on by a 65-member media panel. Kansas was the only school with two players listed.
Kansas will conclude exhibition action when it hosts Pittsburg State on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. (Central) in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
This will be KU’s 13th meeting all-time with Pittsburg State and the ninth in exhibition play. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 12-0, with the most recent meeting coming on Oct. 31, 2017. Kansas won that match-up, also in exhibition play, 100-54, in Lawrence.