LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 11: Naadir Tharpe #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks defends as Kris Walden #3 of the Towson Tigers controls the ball during the game on November 11, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
INTO THE PHOG
For the sixth time since 2000 Emporia State will take on Kansas in exhibition action from Allen Fieldhouse. This is the second of three exhibition games against Division I teams for the Hornets.
PLAYIN’ WITH THE BIG BOYS
This will be the 23rd match-up between Emporia State and a D-I team since 2000. Nineteen of then have come in exhibition action. This will be the seventh match-up against a team ranked in Top 25 Coaches Poll in the last nine games.
LAST TIME OUT
Emporia State fell to Division I Tulsa 60-49 in the first exhibition action of the season for both teams. Freshman Terrence Moore led the Hornets with 12 points. All nine Hornets that played scored at least three points, led by Moore with 12 and Kaleb Wright with nine points. Daniel Shaw had a game high nine rebounds and Gavin Brown had eight boards as Emporia State out-rebounded Tulsa 44-36.
Shaun Vandiver is 9-18 in his second season at Emporia State. A first round draft pick by the Golden State Warriors in 1991 spent ten years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level. As a player he was a key component in Hutchinson CC’s tournament run to the 1988 NJCAA National Championship before earning first-team All-Big 8 honors at Colorado. He scored 15 points with 12 rebounds in a 79-71 CU win over then #8 KU on Feb. 20, 1991.
Bill Self is 269-53 in his tenth year at Kansas and is 476-158 in his 20th year overall.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Emporia State advanced to the MIAA Tournament for the tenth straight year and are one of only three teams to reach Kansas City each year it has been in Municipal Auditorium. The Hornets return starting senior guards Taylor Euler and Chris Sights. Freshmen guards Terrence Moore and Micah Swank were both first-team All-Kansas players last year.
The Jayhawks were 32-7 last year and advanced to the national championship game for the second time in five years. They went 16-2 in the Big 12 to win their eighth straight conference title. Elijah Johnson is the leading returning scorer at 10.2 points per game
This will be the 22nd meeting between the two teams and the sixth in exhibition play. KU holds a 13-3 overall regular season advantage and is 5-0 in exhibition play. The two teams first met in 1903 when ESU defeated Kansas 25-13.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE JAYHAWKS
The #7 Jayhawks went 35 of 40 from the free throw line and shot .500 from the field in a 90-59 victory over Emporia State in Allen Fieldhouse. It is the fewest points for KU in an exhibition game in Allen Fieldhouse since Nov. 7, 2006. Christian Jackson led all scorers with 18 points for ESU with four rebounds.
The Hornets take on Kansas State on Sunday, November 4 in Bramlage Coliseum to end exhibition play. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.