Exhibition game on Tuesday

Kansas, coming off two straight conference championships and two consecutive Final Four appearances, opens the 2003-04 exhibition season against the EA Sports All-Stars on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Allen Fieldhouse (7:00 p.m./JTV).

The Jayhawks (0-0) are under the direction of first-year coach Bill Self, marking the first time in 16 years that Roy Williams isn't gracing the KU sidelines. In addition, KU lost two NBA lottery picks in Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich from a year ago.

KU, however, returns three starters from last year's team, which went 30-8 and lost in the NCAA title game to Syracuse. Jeff Graves, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles all return, in addition to Wayne Simien, who was a starter prior to suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

EA Sports (0-1) is coming off a 97-87 loss at the University of Wyoming on Saturday night. The All-Stars were led by Robert O'Kelly, with 27 points on the night. Two members of the team - Lucas Johnson and O'Kelly - played against KU collegiately at Illinios and Wake Forest, respectively.

Tuesday's meeting is the sixth all-time between KU and the EA Sports All-Stars, with the Jayhawks holding a 5-0 series lead. In addition, Kansas has won 18 straight home exhibition games.

The Jayhawks welcome five newcomers to the squad, including two McDonald's High School All-Americans in freshmen J.R. Giddens and David Padgett. opponent update

Two members of the EA Sports All-Stars are familiar with the Jayhawks -- forward Lucas Johnson played for KU coach Bill Self at the University of Illinois and played against the 'Hawks four straight years for the Illini. In addition, O'Kelly played against KU for Wake Forest in Winston-Salem in 2000. The All-Stars are coached by Price Johnson. KU and EA Sports share five common opponents in Texas Tech, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

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