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Kansas Basketball Notebook: Jayhawks’ 2002-03 schedule not set yet

July 31, 2002


It looks as if Kansas University's men's basketball schedule will have an August release date this year.

"This is the latest it's ever been because TV waited. They took the maximum time deciding which games were going to be on," KU senior associate athletic director Richard Konzem said of various networks.

The Big 12 recently released the televised portion of the conference schedule. After receiving that, Konzem learned Kansas had to make adjustments for three games ones that won't appear on the Big 12 TV package, but will be shown on the Jayhawk Network.

"We must move either the date or time of three conference games so we are not going head-to-head with the Big 12/ESPN television game," Konzem said.

"This means we've either got to change our start time or move to a different day. In two of our situations there's a real complication on moving to a different day because of the sequencing of our games."

To avoid conflicts with a Wednesday game that starts at 8 p.m., Kansas might be asked to play at 6:30 p.m. KU would prefer sticking with its 7 p.m. weeknight start times. Switching games to Tuesday instead of Wednesday in some instances might not be a good idea, with KU playing some games on the preceding Sundays.

"Kansas has a lot of different start times because of television," Konzem said.

KU will play four ESPN Big Monday games, two at home and two on the road. One of those games will be at Texas Tech.

Konzem still is looking to fill one nonconference home date.

"Believe it or not," Konzem said, "there's a bunch of teams that don't want to play us. Coming off a Final Four, they don't want to schedule you. We might be playing Alvamar Tech, but we will fill the open date."

Janisse turns pro: Former KU guard Jelani Janisse has landed a job playing in a professional basketball league.

More accurately, it's a pro "Slamball" league.

Janisse, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who played at KU from 1997-99, is a starter for "Rumble" one of six teams in the Slamball League that debuts at 7 p.m. Saturday on TNN (cable channel 56).

According to the official Web site, Slamball is billed as a "human video game. It combines the fastcourt action of basketball with elements of football, hockey, lacrosse and gymnastics."

Eight trampolines are placed on a basketball court, with players allowed full body contact in bringing the ball up court. Trampolines are located at the top of each arc, with two on the perimeter. One is under each basket for goalies who contest players' dunk attempts.

Dunks are awarded three points "to punish the defense for not guarding the goal," league rules report.

Players wear protective headgear and elbow and knee pads in the Los Angeles-based league, which is a venture of Tollin/Robbins productions in association with Warner Brothers.

Former Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce is a partner.

Gooden excels in summer: Memphis rookie Drew Gooden played more power forward than small forward during summer league games.

"He's a forward. He's like a (James) Worthy," Grizzlies' assistant Scott Roth said. "You just put him out there on the floor and you call him what you want to call him. He'll be fine. There's some learning for him to do at the three spot. But he kind of shocked us a little bit with how he moved the ball and found open people. He's a competitive kid."

Nash on Big 12 team: KU's Bryant Nash is in Dallas practicing as a member of the Big 12 Select Team.

The squad, coached by Baylor's Dave Bliss, will play six games in Scandinavia from Aug. 7-15. Other members of the team are: Texas Tech's Will Chavis, Iowa State's Jake Sullivan, Oklahoma's Quannas White, Colorado's Blair Wilson, Nebraska's Jake Muhleisen, Oklahoma State's Ivan McFarlin, Missouri's Travon Bryant, Texas' Jason Klotz, Baylor's Lawrence Roberts, Texas A&M;'s Nick Anderson and Kansas State's Pervis Pasco.

Langford scores nine: KU guard Keith Langford scored nine points in the NIT All-Stars' most recent game, a 92-75 win over Canada's Developmental team on Sunday in Canada. Langford hit four of seven shots, including one of three three-pointers in 17 minutes.

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