KU-Tennessee State lineups, tipoff time, TV info, facts, figures
By Gary Bedore firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennessee State at KU
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence
Radio: WHB (810 AM)
About Kansas (0-0): The Jayhawks have won 43 consecutive regular-season home openers dating to the 1973-74 season. … Kansas is 1-0 all-time against Tennessee State. The Jayhawks defeated the Tigers 89-54 on Nov. 21, 2006, in Allen Fieldhouse. The contest was a campus game of the Las Vegas Invitational, an event KU won with victories over Ball State and then-No. 1 Florida. Sherron Collins led all scorers with 19 points, while Brandon Rush and Julian Wright had 14 points apiece and Darrell Arthur 10 in the game against Tennessee State. … Kansas has faced nine of the 12 Ohio Valley Conference teams and has a combined record of 20-0 against the league. … KU is 757-110 in Allen Fieldhouse with a 220-10 mark under Bill Self. Self has won 416 games at KU (against 88 losses), two shy of Roy Williams for the second-most wins in KU history. … Phog Allen is the Jayhawks’ all-time wins leader with 590 victories in his 39 seasons.
About Tennessee State (0-0): KU graduate John McLendon, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, coached at Tennessee State from 1954-59. … The school is located in Nashville and plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. … The Tigers are coached by Dana Ford, who is 42-50 beginning his fourth season at Tennessee State. … Last season, Tennessee State went 17-13 and finished tied for sixth in the Ohio Valley with an 8-8 league record. … The Tigers were picked seventh among the 12 teams in the 2017-18 Ohio Valley Conference preseason coaches poll and fourth in the preseason media poll. … The Tigers return two starters (Darreon Reddick and Christian Mekowulu) as well as three others players who started at least eight games a year ago for a 17-13 team. Since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season, Tennessee State is 1-34 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. The Tigers defeated No. 9 Murray State on Feb. 9, 2012. KU is currently ranked No. 4 by the AP.