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KU head basketball coach Bill Self and the new-look Jayhawks prepare for three exhibition games in Canada.

August 30, 2008

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Morris twins don't make trip to Canada

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches were greeted by about 50 Jayhawk fans upon entering the lobby of the downtown Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel at 8:30 p.m., Friday, in Ottawa, Ontario.

Missing were freshmen twins Marcus and Markieff Morris who did not make the trip.

"No change. We didn't hear anything today," KU coach Bill Self said of word from the NCAA Clearinghouse. "Hopefully it'll be next week."

Collins could see minutes this weekend

Self said he still hadn't decided whether guard Sherron Collins would play in the three exhibition games.

"I wouldn't mind him getting some minutes tomorrow night," Self said of KU's 6 p.m. game against Canadian power Carleton University.

Collins had left knee surgery last April 22 and has practiced sparingly in scrimmage situations the past eight days.

Self expects sizable crowd for exhibition

Self told an Ottawa TV station he's happy to be in Canada.

"I heard we'll have a great crowd for the Carleton game. I heard there's an excellent chance there could be 8,000 to 10,000 people there," he said of the game at Scotiabank Place, home of the NHL's Ottawa Senators.

KU to meet Gulf Coast, UMKC in CBE Classic

Pairings haven't been officially announced yet, but look for KU to play Florida Gulf Coast University on Nov. 16 and UMKC on Nov. 18 in first- and second-round games at the CBE Classic in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Fort Myers News Press uncovered the KU-Gulf Coast matchup through a public records request.

The Jayhawks also will play Washington on Nov. 24 and the winner of Florida-Syracuse on Nov. 25 at Sprint Center.

Wall to visit KU

Point guard John Wall, the country's No. 1 rated player out of Raleigh, N.C., will make an official visit to KU the weekend of Sept. 19-20 according to Rivals.com. He will visit Memphis on Sept. 12 and Oregon on Oct. 3. He also will visit Kentucky and Baylor.

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