Ice fishermen and snowmobile enthusiasts cherish wintertime visits to Milwaukee. College basketball coaches, however, normally prefer warm climates to frigid Wisconsin.
"I better like it. I'm the one who scheduled it," Kansas coach Roy Williams shrugged, insisting he's looking forward to Tuesday's trip to Milwaukee for a nonconference game against 11-6 Marquette.
Tipoff is 7:38 p.m. at the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. The game will be televised live on channels 13 and 62.
"I've been on the record saying I think it's good to have a break from the Big Eight schedule," Williams said. "I wouldn't mind playing more games like this and, say, play some Big Eight games earlier in the year."
Kansas is 3-0 in the league and 14-1 overall after Saturday's 103-78 home pasting of Nebraska.
MARQUETTE, drilled by Kansas, 108-71, last year in Allen Fieldhouse, is on the schedule this year and the future for a specific reason. Calvin Rayford, KU's freshman guard who is ineligible this season, hails from Milwaukee.
"Calvin will start when we play there in the future. You can count on that," Williams said recently, explaining his policy of scheduling teams so his out-of-staters can play in their hometowns.
Coach Kevin O'Neill's Warriors were 11-4 and receiving serious consideration for the Top 25 before stumbling twice last week.
The Warriors, who start three sophomores and two freshmen, shot a chilly 39.3 percent in a 69-63 home loss to Notre Dame and 40.4 percent in a 59-55 loss at Memphis State. For the year, the Warriors are hitting 49.6 percent.
"We've just gotta let our defense take over," said KU guard Adonis Jordan, hoping KU can keep the Warriors' shooting off mark for another game.
THREE WARRIORS average in double figures. Damon Key, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Milwaukee, averages 15.3 tallies with a game-high 28 versus Mississippi Valley State.
Robb Logterman, a 6-3 sophomore guard, who had 20 last year versus KU, averages 12.1. He's also a Milwaukee native. Another soph, 7-1, 240-pound center Jim McIlvaine of Racine, Wis., averages 10.9 points and 5.2 boards.
The other two starters are William Gates, a 6-0 freshman from Westchester, Ill., and 6-0 guard Tony Miller, a 6-0 frosh.
Marquette is 2-1 in Great Midwest play. MU fell at Memphis State, but beat UAB at home, 66-54, and St. Louis on the road, 70-67.
"It's a big step for our program, to win a Great Midwest game on the road," said third-year coach O'Neill, a good friend of Williams. "Winning against a Top 30 team (UAB) was a major step and the Oklahoma State game, to play a top five team tough on the road was a step forward for us."
Marquette played well in falling, 64-52, two weeks ago in Stillwater.
"We have played well down the stretch and found ways to win," O'Neill said. "We keep after it."