KU @ UBC: Pregame Notes

The Jayhawks kick off their Canadian tour when they take on the University of British Columbia on Saturday.

Saturday, Sept. 4
University of British Columbia
UBC War Memorial Gym (2,900)
Noon (Pacific), 2 p.m. (Central)

Located in Vancouver with an enrollment of 40,000, the University of British Columbia is entering its 90th season of basketball. The Thunderbirds compete in the Pacific division of the Canada West Conference. Last year UBC went 23-16 and 12-8 in league play, good for second in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Canada West.

Guard Casey Archibald is the leading returning scorer for UBC with an 18.1 ppg average. He is one of four returning starters for the Thunderbirds and is joined by guard Karlo Villanueva, forward Ryder McKoewn, and guard Craig Rollins. Forward Peter Wauthy paced the Thunderbirds in rebounds with 7.2 rpg in 2003-04.

UBC is coached by Kevin Hanson who is entering his fifth season with an 81-60 (.574) record. Hanson elected not to bolster his roster with any "All Star" team members.

"On paper, we are probably supposed to lose this game by quite a bit. I am not concerned about the final score," said Hanson.

"I want my team to have a chance to play against an elite team like Kansas. Also, we have a season to prepare for. I am proud of my team and they are proud to be Thunderbirds. So, for a variety of reasons, I am electing to keep the roster unchanged."

KU football fans will have an exclusive opportunity to see the KU men's basketball team in action -- in bigger-than-life fashion. KU will show the UBC game against the live from Canada on the video board at KU's Memorial Stadium, hours before the football Jayhawks' season-opener vs. the University of Tulsa. The telecast will not air anywhere but the stadium.

The basketball game will tip off at 2 p.m. Central time. Memorial Stadium gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Anyone with a ticket to the football game will be admitted to the stadium. After the game, fans may leave the stadium, tailgate, and then return for the 6 p.m. kickoff of the football game.

All four games of the Canada exhibition games will air on the Jayhawk Radio Network. With Bob Davis and Max Falkenstein on football duties, Brian Hanni and Brett Ballard will broadcast the Canada exhibition games. Hanni will handle the play by play.

Phog.net and Jayhawk Illustrated readers are familiar with Hanni from his columns as well as his work on Rock Chalk Sports Talk. Hanni is a KU graduate and covers the Jayhawks on a daily basis as sports director of our Lawrence affiliate KLWN (1320 AM). He has appeared on KU Women's Basketball broadcasts for the Jayhawk Radio Network, and does KU baseball play-by-play.

Ballard is a KU graduate and former basketball player, and currently serves on the KU basketball staff as video coordinator. Ballard was co-host with Hanni on Rock Chalk Sports Talk for a year, and has worked with Hanni as color analyst on high school broadcasts. Please note some Jayhawk Radio Network affiliates have prior contractual commitments with the Kansas City Royals major league baseball broadcasts and may not carry the KU Canada exhibition games.


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