Self on UMKC
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self doesn't expect an easy time tonight against UMKC, a squad that dropped its season opener to North Dakota, 61-56, Friday night on the Kangaroos' campus.
"They played us well here last year, and we had a pretty nice team," Self said. His eventual national champions led by 10 points with 8:41 left before storming to an 85-62 victory.
"I respect their style of play," Self added, referring to "a lot of back-cutting, a takeoff of the Princeton-style offense. You have to get to their three-point shooters and not give up layups, which is easier said than done."
UMKC's best shooter is 6-foot-4 senior Dane Brumagin, who hit 45.1 percent of his threes last season en route to a 17.1 scoring average. Brumagin - he scored 11 points versus KU last year - scored 11 points off 5-of-13 shooting versus UND.
Big night for Davises
Two members of the Davis family will broadcast tonight's 7:30 p.m. game. Bob Davis is in his 25th year as KU radio play-by-play announcer. His son, Steven, a former KU hoops student manager, is in his first season as voice of the Kangaroos.
Steven also is voice for the K.C. Royals Double-A affiliate, the Northwest Naturals of Springdale, Ark. Bob is one of the Royals' announcers.
This game is actually part of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, which does not have a usual tournament format. KU will play host to UMKC tonight and Florida Gulf Coast at 8 p.m., Tuesday. The Jayhawks also will play Washington at 9 p.m., Nov. 24 at Sprint Center, and either Florida or Syracuse at 6:45 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 25.