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Kansas tipoff changed

KU-Pepperdine game to start at 6 p.m.

December 15, 2005

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The game time for Monday's Kansas University-Pepperdine men's basketball game has been changed by ESPN.

Tipoff is 6 p.m., not 6:30 p.m. as printed on pocket schedules and the cover of the basketball media guide.

"Any time you do a schedule, you can't reconfirm too much. I'm just glad we caught it, that's all," KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Wednesday.

He was informed by media-relations director Chris Theisen that ESPN production crew members had told him the game would start at 6 p.m., while KU officials for months had believed the start time was 6:30.

ESPN, which as late as Tuesday had the game listed as 6:30 on its Web site, changed the time to 6 on Wednesday.

"A half hour is not a big deal. If you had a date change or a two- or three-hour time change, it'd be different," Keating added.

Oddly enough, the time on the tickets distributed to fans reads 6 p.m.

"Ironically, the ticket is right," Keating said, noting, "the game originally was scheduled for 6. They asked us to go 6:30 and didn't notify us when it went back to 6."

The game will be shown on ESPN2, Sunflower Broadband channel 34.

Typically, ESPN2 games start on the half hour. The second game of an ESPN2 twinbill Monday will pit Indiana against Charlotte at 8 p.m. CST.

  • KU, Kentucky to live on: Keating, who is in charge of KU's hoops schedule, said KU and Kentucky planned to continue the series between the schools. The current home-and-home agreement expires this season.

"We've discussed renewing it. The question is when ... next year or the following year. I think coach (Bill) Self and (Tubby) Smith talked about it in the summer and both said they'd like to continue," Keating said.

  • Tickets available: About 200 tickets are on sale for KU's next two games -- Monday against Pepperdine and Thursday versus Northern Colorado. Tickets are $40 each and available at kuathletics.com or by calling 1-800-34-HAWKS.
  • Clinic approaches: The 2005 KU men's basketball holiday clinic will run from 9 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., Dec. 31, at Allen Fieldhouse. The clinic, which includes fundamental instruction from current KU players and coaches, is for boys and girls in third through eighth grades. More information is available at kuathletics.com in the camps section.
  • Recruiting: Davon Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 forward at Patterson (Prep) School in Lenoir, N.C., is considering KU, Georgetown, Oklahoma State and Southern Cal, Jefferson's summer coach, Rick Isaacs, told cbssportsline.com.

Jefferson long has considered entering the 2006 NBA Draft. However, cbssportsline.com reports the player's stock is falling.

"One NBA scout said Jefferson hasn't been consistent at Patterson, showing the athletic ability of Gerald Green but nowhere near the jump shot," writes CBS' Gregg Doyel. "Another scout said Jefferson hurt himself by not making Patterson's recent trip to the New Jersey area, where almost a dozen scouts were waiting to watch him play."

Jefferson is eligible for the draft because he meets the NBA's criteria for prep-school players: He's 19, and the 2006 draft would be one year removed from his original high school graduation date.

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