Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has scheduled a home-and-home nonconference series against a familiar foe.
Former KU guard Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes, who have been dominated by the Jayhawks, 122-39, in games played in the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences, will visit Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 8.
The Jayhawks will return the trip to Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo., in December 2013.
“One of the big things (in agreeing to a series) is we’ve got so many people in western Kansas and Colorado who support our team,” said schedule-maker Larry Keating, KU’s special assistant to the athletic director.
“It’s a good game for us. It takes us to a loyal group of alumni and supporters. We’ve always had good crowds when we play there. They’re a good, quality team and Tad is an alum. As soon as they left (Big 12 for Pac-12 this past season) we talked about how it would be good for us to play them again.”
KU coach Bill Self is 17-0 versus the Buffs, including an 8-0 mark at Coors Center, where the Jayhawks are 25-7 all-time. Half of the building is routinely filled with KU fans when the Jayhawks play in Boulder. CU coach Boyle is 0-3 versus KU.
His Buffs — who have gone 32-4 at home the past two seasons — return two starters from last year’s 24-12 NCAA Tournament team. Red-shirt sophomore Shannon Sharpe recently announced plans to transfer a yet-to-be determined school in Southern California for family reasons.
KU in 2012-13 will play Temple and Colorado at home, travel to Ohio State and play Michigan State in the Champions Classic in Atlanta. KU will play two games in the CBE Tournament in Kansas City’s Sprint Center with Washington State, Saint Louis and Texas A&M; the possible foes. The complete nonconference schedule should be released within the next two weeks.
Kaun to remain in Russia: Former KU center Sasha Kaun has decided to re-sign with CSKA Moscow through the 2014-15 season.
“In his four years with CSKA, Kaun has become the key player on the court,” CSKA president Andrey Vatutin told euroleague.net. “He showed the desire to improve and he polished his skills even when he was not playing much. Sasha is a well-educated, intelligent, friendly person. It is always a pleasure to work with him.”
Kaun averaged 4.3 points and 2 rebounds in 21 Euroleague games while making 71.2 percent of his shots last season.
“I am glad that we agreed to continue our cooperation. It will be a pleasure to play three more years in a CSKA uniform,” Kaun, a 6-10 native of Tomsk, Russia, said. “I am sure we will win a lot. But especially I’d like to get another chance to win the Euroleague title, because I still don’t have one. And, surely, we should continue our winning series in Russia. Hopefully, the fans will be glad to see me on the court again.”
Sherron to visit: Former KU guard Sherron Collins, who played pro ball in Turkey last season, is planning on working out in Lawrence this summer, he reported on Twitter.