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KANSAS TO FACE BUSY NOVEMBER

July 16, 1993

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Kansas' 1993-94 basketball schedule has been slightly amended again.

Salivating over a possible Kansas-California matchup in the second round of the Preseason NIT, ESPN asked the Jayhawks to move their second-round game from Saturday, Nov. 20 to Friday, Nov. 19.

KU was receptive, especially considering the Kansas-Missouri football game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Memorial Stadium.

There is one drawback, however. KU now will open the season with two games in two days. The Jayhawks will meet Marathon AAU on Tuesday, Nov. 16, then will face Western Michigan in a first-round NIT game on Nov. 17.

Originally, KU was to open NIT play on Nov 18.

IF KU WINS its first-round game, it will open with three games in four days, all at home.

Other changes:

q KU will face K-State at 8 p.m., not 3 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Manhattan. That game will be shown on Raycom.

q The dates of two ESPN Big Monday games have been switched. KU will play Oklahoma on Jan. 10 at Allen, not on Jan. 3. And KU will face Iowa State March 3 here, not Feb. 28.

Kansas has eight dates on ESPN -- five at home (Temple Dec. 1, Oklahoma Jan. 10, Kansas State Jan. 17, and Iowa State March 3 and the NIT game and three on the road -- (DePaul Dec. 4, Georgia Dec. 18, Missouri Jan. 31.

ABC will televise the Nebraska game (Feb. 6) and Missouri contest (Feb. 19), both here, plus the OU game in Norman on March 6.

KU could have two more games on ESPN if it advances to the Preseason NIT semifinals and finals in New York.

"IN SPITE of the numerous changes in the past week concerning times and TV, we're pleased we have a schedule that seems to be firm well before school starts," KU assistant athletic director Richard Konzem said. "We're looking at potentially 10 or 11 games on ESPN which is really a positive thing."

Late Night With Roy Williams is tentatively set for Saturday, Nov. 6, after the Nebraska football game. It won't start at midnight this year. More likely, it will be between 7 and 9 p.m. Practice starts on Nov. 1

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@sc: Several Kansas recruits competed at last week's NIKE camp in Indianapolis.

Raef LaFrentz, 6-10, of Monona, Iowa, has emerged as the top big man in the country, according to recruiting expert Bob Gibbons. LaFrentz is considering KU, Iowa, Missouri and Notre Dame, possibly others. LaFrentz visited KU on his own last season.

Andrae Patterson, a 6-8 forward from Abilene, Texas, is considering KU, Indiana, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan. Gibbons believes Indiana is the leader for the country's No. 5-rated player.

Trajan Langdon, a 6-4 shooting guard from Anchorage, Alaska, who had success guarding No. 1-rated Allen Iverson of Hampton, Va., is considering KU, Duke, Stanford, Indiana and Kentucky. He recently made his second unofficial visit to Duke's campus and Gibbons thinks his No. 6-rated player may soon commit to the Blue Devils.

Iverson, who is in trouble with the law for his alleged role in a riot, has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Duke, Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest, USC, Florida State, George Washington and Old Dominion.

Samaki Walker, a 6-9 forward from Columbus, Ohio, is Ohio State's top recruit. Gibbons' No.7-rated player is also considering KU, Syracuse, Kentucky, UNLV, Michigan and Purdue.

Somewhat close to home, 6-10 Jahidi White of St. Louis Cardinal Ritter, was unstoppable in the low post at NIKE. He's considering KU, Missouri, Indiana, K-State, Kentucky and Illinois. Missouri may be the leader. White is Gibbons' No. 8 rated player.

Sam Jacobson, a 6-5 guard from Cottage Grove, Minn., vaulted from No. 49 to 13 in Gibbons' latest ratings He's considering Minnesota, KU, Iowa, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.

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