The Jayhawks (0-0) recently completed exhibition play with a 2-0 record, marking the 10th straight season that KU has gone unbeaten in home exhibition play. Kansas is under the direction of first-year coach Bill Self, who takes over a program which is coming off back-to-back conference championships and two straight Final Fours.
The Mocs (0-0) also went 2-0 in exhibition play, routing Vasda USA, 131-67, on Nov. 11, then defeating Team Georgia, 107-74, on Nov. 15. UT Chattanooga returns three starters and seven lettermen from a team which went 21-9 last season and finished second in the Southern Conference. UTC is led by coach Jeff Lebo, who was a standout player at the University of North Carolina and played for the Tar Heels while former KU coach Roy Williams served as an assistant at UNC.
Friday's game between Kansas and UT Chattanooga is just the second all-time between the two schools, with the Jayhawks holding a 1-0 series lead.