The Kansas football team will leave for the 2003 Mazda Tangerine Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 17. The Jayhawks play North Carolina State in the Dec. 22 bowl game which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (CST). Tickets and travel packages to the contest can be viewed and purchased by visiting the KU athletics website at www.kuathletics.com.
Jeff Graves' suspension was lifted. Graves did not participate in Saturday's win over Oregon, but was reinstated after a meeting between Coach Self, Graves, and his parents.
"We had a good discussion with Jeff and his family members," said Self. "They all know there is no more margin for error."
The Jayhawks have won nine-straight games in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has now won 24 straight regular-season games in Kansas City. Junior guard Keith Langford has scored in double-figures in 20 straight games dating back to last season. Langford enters Kansas' next game just five points shy of becoming the 46th player in KU history to score 1,000 career points. Junior Aaron Miles has played in all 81 games since his arrival in Lawrence, and he's dished out at least one assist in all 81 games.
The Jayhawks will take a month off and then begin their winter training trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., January 2-12. During that time, Kansas will compete against Miami on Jan. 9.
Track and Field
The Kansas track and field squad opened the indoor portion of its season at the K-State All Comers Meet on Dec. 15. The Jayhawks took home seven individual titles, including two titles won by freshmen. KU's Tiffany Cherry (60m dash), Kim Clark (600 yard dash), Brooklyn Hann (60m hurdle), Leo Bookman (60m dash), Adrian Ludwig (800m run), Gavin Ball (Shot Put) and the women's 4 x 400 meter relay team (Hann, Stacy Keller, Janiece Gatson, Clark) all won titles. The Jayhawks will return to action after the winter break when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to participate in the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 16.
Kansas extended its winning streak to four games after defeating Ball State, 70-55, in Lawrence on Saturday. Junior Aquanita Burras had a car> eer night with 24 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore Tamara Ransburg added 11 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh career double-double, and her first of the season. Ransburg picked up her 80th career block and is now tied for 10th on the all-time KU list after playing just 35 games in her career. KU is shooting 47.0 percent from the floor, which would be the best percentage since 1984-85. The Jayhawks are now 4-2 overall and will next play in tournaments at Denver (Dec. 20-21) and Dartmouth (Dec. 29-30).