Kansas vs. Washburn
Sunday, November 14th
7:00 pm CST
The Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls have tabbed Kansas at the top ranked team in the nation entering the 2004-05 season. This is the second time KU has been ranked No. 1 in the first of each poll. In the AP poll, one has to go back to the Wilt Chamberlain era as KU was No. 1 in the first 1956-57 poll
In the coaches' poll, the Jayhawks were No. 1 in the 1996-97 preseason poll and did not relinquish that spot until the final poll of the season when KU finished fifth.
Kansas enters its second exhibition game of 2004 playing host to Washburn. The Jayhawks are coming off a 115-70 win against Emporia State in its first exhibition contest on Nov. 7.
The Jayhawks (5-0 in exhibition in 2004) are under the direction of second-year coach Bill Self who guided KU to a 24-9 record last season and a tie for second place in the Big 12 race at 12-4. His 24 wins tied Dick Harp for the most victories by a KU head coach in his debut season.
KU returns four starters from last year's team and is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. Seniors Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien and sophomore J.R. Giddens are KU's returning starters. Simien is a preseason AP All-America selection and Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year. Langford was named to the preseason all-conference team as voted on by the coaches and media as well.
Washburn opened exhibition play with 81-72 loss at Purdue last Monday. The Ichabods are defending MIAA champs, posting a 27-5 record last season and return eight letterwinners - including two starters - from the 2003-04 squad. WU is coached by Bob Chipman, who begins his 27th season with the Ichabods with a 586-197 record.