After competing against his own teammates in dozens of pick-up games and practices since arriving on Kansas’ campus in June, Josh Jackson is ready to guard — and be guarded by — players not wearing Crimson and Blue.
“I’m excited for the first game, for us to finally all be on the same team,” said Jackson, KU’s 6-foot-8 freshman guard from Detroit. Like his Jayhawks teammates, he’s eagerly awaiting Tuesday’s 7 p.m. exhibition opener against Washburn in Allen Fieldhouse.
“In practice we are always going at each other playing as hard as we can,” Jackson said. “When we are going up and down scrimmaging against each other, we get real competitive. It gets kind of hard to remember we are all on the same team. I’m really excited to see what it’s going to be like for us all finally to get a chance to play together.”
KUAD: KU vs Washburn Pregame Notes
Seven programs have advanced to the Final Four on double-digit occasions in the history of the tournament.
They are: Duke (16 times), Kansas (14), Kentucky (17), Louisville (10), North Carolina (19), Ohio State (11) and UCLA (18).
Five of those teams are in our Top 10 this preseason.
Another, Louisville, is No.11.
Of the seven, only Ohio State is excluded from our poll vote.
That may not sound like very courageous picking, and it's not.
But it is usually correct, and odds are it will be again this time around.
And isn't getting it right the idea, after all?
Here is our Associated Press preseason Top 25.
Enjoy the next six months.