Eventually, the real season will begin for the Kansas basketball team, ranked No. 3 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. For now, Devonte’ Graham and his teammates will spend Halloween night playing yet another exhibition. The Jayhawks played four warm-ups in Italy in August and another just more than a week ago versus old rival Missouri, winning each step along the way. Now KU makes its unofficial Allen Fieldhouse debut for the 2017-18 season, as Bill Self’s team plays host to Pittsburg State.
Feels a little weird that this is the second exhibition game -- and to watch on Halloween. But students are in full force tonight, including some in costume.
So which player will everybody be watching tonight? Bill Self mentioned rebounding and defense as areas the team needs to improve. I'm interested to see if Svi Mykhailiuk looks better than he did against Missouri. It just wasn't his night during that game, but he has too much talent to fade into the background.
About five minutes until game time.
Pregame hype video is underway...
It was loud during the entire pregame, but Allen Fieldhouse erupted for Devonte Graham in starting lineup intros...
Tipoff time. Pitt State starters: Grant Lozoya, Donovan Franklin, Deitrich Cole, Xavier Adams, Jaxon Holden.
Udoka wins the tip. Graham grabs the ball and we are underway...
One possession, one foul drawn by Udoka.
Graham making it a point to feed Udoka. But Malik Newman with the first points. Udoka had offensive board.
KU pounding the offensive glass. 3 offensive boards in 2 possessions.
Self to Malik Newman: What are you doing?!? Newman had just missed a long jumper.
Billy Preston drills a jumper on his first possession.
Malik Newman with an and-one bucket. Nice drive to the rim.
KU can fly on defensive rebounds with this small lineup: Graham, Garrett, Newman, Vick and Preston.