If all goes well for Kansas' basketball team, the Jayhawks will reach a milestone on national TV on Saturday night in Louisville.
KU has 1,498 all-time wins entering tonight's 7 p.m. home game against Oral Roberts.
A win tonight and Saturday at Freedom Hall would vault KU into the elite 1,500-club. Just North Carolina (1,549 wins) and Kentucky (1,541) have more wins than Kansas.
"Luckily, I was also here when we won (No.) 1,400. I still have the ball from that game in the office," said coach Roy Williams, whose KU teams have a record of 115-31. "I am a history fan. That's one of the reasons I like Westerns.
"I believe in the history and tradition at the University of Kansas. To say of all the country's basketball programs we're third on the all-time win list is important to me. I'm not saying we're gonna throw in a `Win one for No. 1,500 (speech), but it'll be something we'll talk about in recruiting.''
Four of KU's next six games will be non-conference contests. KU, 2-0 in the Big Eight, travels to Kansas State next Monday and Colorado Saturday and plays Long Beach State Jan. 25 and Rollins College Jan. 30, both at Allen.
"I don't mind playing nonconference games during the course of the conference season," Williams said. "If I had my wish, I'd play five or six conference games, then a nonconference game, then five or six more conference games and another nonconference game. The conference race is a grind. You have to keep after it and keep after it."
Originally, Saturday's Louisville game was set for 11:30 a.m. It was switched to 6:36 p.m. when ESPN became involved.
"I said I'd do it as long as Kansas State also played Saturday. They're playing at home," Williams said. "I said I'd do it as long as we get back Saturday night. At 11:30, that would be no problem. Now it'll be tough. We're still trying to get out of there Saturday night on a charter."
Monday's Kansas-Kansas State game in Manhattan will tip off at 8:38 p.m.
Oral Roberts, 3-9, is an independent team. The Titans left the NCAA for the NAIA for a couple of years, but were reinstated into the NCAA on Tuesday.
ORU notes: Now in his 10th year at Oral Roberts, coach Ken Trickey has a record of 209-94. . .Kansas leads the all-time series, 6-3. The Jayhawks won the last meeting, 65-64, in 1983. . . ORU has surrendered over 100 points in six of its defeats. The Titans lost to Texas, 136-96, in their opener. . . ORU's three wins were over Texas Southern (82-76), Middle Tennessee State (78-75) and San Diego U. (92-88).
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