Kansas, looking to bounce back from its second loss of the season, returns home to face the Binghamton Bearcats on Monday, Dec. 29, in Allen Fieldhouse (7:00 p.m./JTV).
The Jayhawks (6-2) are playing their first game in Allen Fieldhouse since Dec. 10 versus Fort Hays State -- a span of 19 days. Since that win over the Tigers, the Jayhawks looked impressive in a win over Oregon in Kansas City, then used a big second half to beat UC Santa Barbara in the Dodge Holiday Classic in Reno before bowing to the hometown Nevada Wolf Pack, 75-61, on Dec. 21. Kansas hasn't lost two straight games since falling at Colorado on Jan. 22 and at home to No. 1 Arizona on Jan. 25 of last season.
KU, which has won nine straight games in Allen Fieldhouse, had four days off for the holidays before returning to practice the night of Dec. 26.
The Bearcats (4-5) have 12 days between games, as their last action came on Dec. 17 -- a 61-53 road win at St. Francis. That victory snapped a two-game losing streak, including a 75-54 loss on the road to defending national champion Syracuse.
Monday's game marks the first-ever on the hardwood between Kansas and Binghamton.
Kansas has already had its share of ups and downs this season, beating No. 3 Michigan State at home on Nov. 25 and spending a week ranked No. 1 in the country. However KU also faced losing Michael Lee for 6-8 weeks due to a broken collarbone, losing a disappointing game to Stanford in the Wooden Classic and a loss to unranked Nevada. The Jayhawks, however, have persevered with tough defense and strong contributions from three juniors (Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien) and two freshmen (J.R. Giddens and David Padgett). While Langford, Miles, Simien, Giddens and Padgett have anchored the starting lineup, KU is still shuffling minutes off the bench, looking for the right mix of time for guards Jeff Hawkins, Omar Wilkes and Jeremy Case, and big men Jeff Graves, Bryant Nash, Moulaye Niang and Christian Moody.
Binghamton is 4-5 heading into Monday's game with the Jayhawks. BU has had 12 days between games. Binghamton scores 59.9 points per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the floor. The Bearcats are led by Nick Billings, who scores 12.4 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting from the field. Billings also paces the club with 6.4 boards and an impressive 3.3 blocks per contest. Binghamton is coached by Al Walker, who is 41-51 in his fourth year with the Bearcats, 183-222 in his 16th season as a head coach overall.