Instead of opening the regular season at home against a mid-major opponent as has been the case the first 13 years of the Bill Self era, Kansas’ basketball team has embarked on something radically different in 2016-17.
The No. 3-ranked Jayhawks, who flew commercially out of KC International on Tuesday morning, will cover about 10,000 air miles in eight days — first taking on No. 11 Indiana approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus, then moving on to New York for Tuesday’s 8:30 p.m., Champions Classic contest against No. 1 Duke in Madison Square Garden.
ESPN networks tip-off the 2016-17 men's college basketball season with a solid schedule of non-conference match-ups during the opening weekend, beginning with the fifth annual State Farm Armed Forces Classic from Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 11.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, opens its college basketball event season in Hawaii with the State Farm Armed Forces Classic before traveling to New York City for the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and then continuing on to its remaining eight early-season men's events that the Charlotte, N.C.-based group owns and operates.
All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Content will also live throughout the season on SportsCenter, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN the Magazine and many more ESPN properties.
State Farm Armed Forces Classic - Nov. 11
The fifth annual State Farm Armed Forces Classic - to be played on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, just under a month from the 75thanniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor - will pit preseason-ranked No. 10 Arizona against No. 12 Michigan State at 7 p.m. and No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 11 Indiana at 9:30 p.m. The games will originate from the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu with surrounding events at the U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
College GameDay Covered by State Farm begins coverage at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio from the Stan Sheriff Center. Host Karl Ravech will be joined by college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg with reporter Andy Katz. Analysts Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will call the games with reporter Molly McGrath.
The games are part of eighth annual America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative, including SPORTSCENTER live from Honolulu.
Other teams like Duke and Kentucky will have the chance to augment their ceilings as the 2016-17 season progresses, but no team looks quite as sound as the Jayhawks heading into opening night.
Don’t be shocked if Kansas’ continuity, timing and selflessness are at a different level out of the gate, especially with this team opening up against Indiana on Friday in Hawaii following by a showdown with Duke next Tuesday in the Champions Classic.
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This March will be the eighth straight Big 12 Tournament in the Sprint Center, where the KU men’s basketball team has compiled a 25-4 record since the start of the 2009-10 season.
And it gets even better for the Jayhawks: They could play eight games in Kansas City this season, including one to clinch a spot in the Final Four.
It starts with the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 21 and 22. The Jayhawks will play Alabama-Birmingham at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the semifinals and either Georgia or George Washington the following night for third place or the championship.
On Dec. 17, KU plays another game in KC, against Davidson at 6 p.m.
Then there’s the Big 12 Tournament on March 8-11, and barring KU being seeded seventh or worse, the Jayhawks will open in the quarterfinals on March 9, followed by the semifinals and championship.
The Sprint Center is also home to the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament, with Sweet 16 games on March 23 and the Elite Eight on March 25, with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Glendale, Ariz.
BIG 12/COLLEGE NEWS
Former Framingham resident Danny Clinkscale, now a Kansas City sportscaster, has penned a memoir, "Leaving Cancer for the Circus," an American odyssey inspired by love and recovery.
A portion of the proceeds from every book purchased will be donated to Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Clinkscale tells the story of a year in his life that combines discovery, surgery, and treatment of cancer, covering two World Series, and embarking on a solo trip through the upper Midwest. He takes the reader through the struggles of his radiation treatment, its side effects, and the changes it made to his life.
Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes is among the Badgers student-athletes demanding change for racial inequalities on campus.
Following an incident during Wisconsin's home game against Nebraska on Oct. 29, when two fans wore costumes depicting President Barack Obama and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with nooses around their necks, Hayes and others spoke up about pervasive racism at the university.
"Many people believe that student-athletes of color are immune to the racial injustices that affect other students of color on campus," Hayes, who has also been critical of the NCAA exploiting student-athletes, wrote in a statement he tweeted Monday evening. "However, our experiences are not shielded by the 'W' we wear on our chest, our experiences are the same. We are loved during competition, but then subjected to racial discrimination in our everyday lives."
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“At the end of the day the thing that made them stand out over the other schools was the coaching staff," Brown told Rivals.com. "I had a lot of options but at the end of the day I was comfortable with the coaching staff and I was confident in them and how they would let me play and I really felt a lot of trust in Coach (Dana) Altman.”
Brown, the younger brother of KU women's player Jada Brown, was in Lawrence several times to see his sister and made his official visit to KU the weekend of Late Night in the Phog.
Several other prospects, from multiple classes, were in that same weekend and the heavy guest list may have cost Kansas and kept Brown from feeling a strong connection to Lawrence and the KU program like he did in Eugene, Oregon.
“The environment was great," Brown said of Oregon. "The key thing was that I was really comfortable and I could see myself there. The way they take care of their players felt like it would be good for me. Then the players, just talking to them, I felt like they were really honest and hearing their experiences really helped a lot.”
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