Kansas' No. 6-rated basketball team travels to Colorado this weekend.
The Jayhawks, in the midst of a schedule that puts them on the road for four of five games, won't compete at home again until a week from Saturday.
That's bad news for those who've grown accustomed to their weekly Allen Fieldhouse fixes. But it might be good news for some minor sports coaches, who are hoping spectators decide to check out their venues while the basketball team is away.
"I think it's a great opportunity for people to experience some high- caliber collegiate non-revenue sporting events," said KU men's tennis coach Scott Perelman.
His Jayhawks open the indoor season against South Florida at 5 p.m. Friday and Indiana at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches are at Alvamar.
KU'S TRACK team also opens its indoor season Saturday at Anschutz Pavilion. The Jayhawks will host the Kansas Invitational, featuring KU athletes plus assorted competitors from Nebraska, Texas and some smaller area schools.
Field events start at noon with running events to be held from 2 p.m. until about 6:30.
Meanwhile, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Allen, the KU women's basketball team, 11-3, will face Colorado. There are a lot of options, yet admittedly these are sports that spectators normally choose to ignore.
"Anybody willing to come out for a couple hours will thoroughly enjoy themselves," Perelman said.
You know about the KU women, well into their season. Here's a quick look at sports about to open their seasons at home. TRACK
The 1992 indoor season will culminate with the Big Eight meet the last weekend in February at Anschutz Pavilion.
"Normally the kids get psyched up competing in front of the home crowd. I told 'em if they are not excited about the Big Eight being here, then I'm worried about their neuro-systems," said coach Gary Schwartz.
As usual, KU boasts some strong pole vaulters, including Jayson Lavender, Brandon Blaine and John Bazzoni. A newcomer of note is jumper Howard Stanford, a transfer from Long Beach City College. He'll join Harun Hazim in the jump events.
Distance runner Jason Teal joins Blaine as a captain. Distance runner Cathy Palacios and high jumper Marybeth Labosky are the women's captains.
"We've had a couple days of practice with the team," said Schwartz. "They look in better shape than the last three years. We've got a lot of young kids. We can cover more events." MEN'S TENNIS
Perelman's top six singles players include three seniors in Rafael Rangel, Paul Garvin and Patrick Han, plus junior Carlos Fleming, sophomore Rhain Buth and freshman Manny Ortiz.
"We've got seven guys redshirting so we'll be in plenty good shape," Perelman said.
His team will use upcoming indoor meets to prepare for the USTA/ITCA national indoor in February in Louisville.
"The top 20 teams in the country are in it," said Perelman. "It's the major event of the indoor season."
"This has been my most enjoyable team to work with in the 10 years I've been here," Perelman said. "We've got guys who get after it."
KU's track teams compete in a fine facility in Anschutz. Before long, KU's netters won't have to drive out to Alvamar.
"Phase Two of the (Parrott) expansion is to put a building over the existing four courts," Perelman said. "There will be seating for 1,000, men's and women's locker rooms, offices and concession area. I can't tell you how important it is to the future of Kansas tennis. All the top programs have control over their own indoor facility."