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Jayhawks will open against Bulls

May 4, 2002

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The Preseason NIT has yet to release all the matchups for its 2002-03 season-opening men's basketball tournament.

However, Kansas will meet South Florida of Conference USA in a first-round clash next November at a date to be determined in Allen Fieldhouse.

If KU wins, the Jayhawks also would play their second-round game in the fieldhouse, with two victories guaranteeing a trip to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.

South Florida is coached by Seth Greenberg, whose Long Beach State team shocked the Jayhawks, 64-49, on Jan. 25, 1993, at Allen Fieldhouse. KU went 29-7 that season and reached the Final Four.

Greenberg's Bulls went 19-13 last year and advanced to the Postseason NIT for the second time in three years.

The Bulls return three starters, but lose senior Altron Jackson  the second player in South Florida history to top 2,000 career points.

Some other teams in the NIT field are Florida, North Carolina, Stanford and Xavier.

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Vitale tabs two Jayhawks: ESPN's Dick Vitale has put two Jayhawks on his "Rolls Royce" team for the 2002-03 season.

KU's Kirk Hinrich is on the first team and is joined by Jason Gardner, Arizona; David West, Xavier; Mike Dunleavy, Duke and Mike Sweetney, Georgetown. Nick Collison is a member of the second team with Troy Bell, Boston College; Hollis Price, Oklahoma; Erwin Dudley, Alabama and Jarvis Hayes, Georgia.

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Recruiting updates: Ekene Ibekwe, 6-foot-9 from Carson, Calif., tells analyst Mike Sullivan of rivalshoops.com he will soon visit Arizona. He is considering visits to North Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville and Oregon.

 Mohamed Abukar, 6-9 from Rancho Bernardo, Calif., tells analyst Russ Blake he will visit Georgia this weekend then possibly Kansas in the fall.

 Kris Humphries, 6-8 from Minnetonka, Minn., who has visited KU, will visit Duke on May 17. It's possible he will wait until the fall and pick either KU, Duke, Minnesota, Louisville, Florida, Texas or Michigan State.

 David Padgett, 6-11 from Reno, Nev., who has visited KU, Arizona and Stanford,, told rivalshoops.com he will likely visit North Carolina in the fall. A fifth visit could be to Cal, Louisville or Maryland.

 Washington freshman Erroll Knight, who will transfer, told the Seattle Times he's received an offer from Gonzaga. He also is looking at Iowa and Missouri. He said he'd be interested in hearing from KU.

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