Thursday, July 16, 2009

Four Big Monday games set for KU men’s basketball team; Taylor won’t wear headband


For the fourth straight season, Kansas University’s basketball team will be featured four times on ESPN’s Big Monday, the Big 12 Conference announced Thursday.

The Jayhawks like last year will play two games at home and two on the road.

KU, will play host to Missouri on Jan. 25 and Oklahoma on Feb. 22. The Jayhawks will travel to Texas and Texas A&M; on Feb. 8 and 15 respectively.

“Wow. That’ll be interesting,” KU coach Bill Self said Thursday night when informed of the Big Monday schedule which includes those back to back games in Texas and the third consecutive game on the slate versus OU.

“We’re always happy to get four Big Monday games. Obviously Texas and A&M; will be difficult road games, (but) it’s nice to be playing two (at home) instead of three (on road).”

KU has played three Big Monday games on the road twice in Self’s seven seasons at KU. The Jayhawks have played three at home one time. KU is 8-0 at home and 7-7 on the road in Big Monday games in the Self era.

• Recruiting: Self has a couple days off before hitting the road for the second half of the July recruiting evaluation period.

“We thought as a staff it was a productive period. We were able to evaluate guys we had been involved with and came up with a couple new guys through the evaluation process. It was a productive 10 days,” Self said of the first half. He cannot comment on specific recruits in accordance with NCAA rules.

Self before the start of the recruiting period said KU is looking for a big man, a point guard and a shooting guard/small forward. says KU is now pursuing Florida center Fabricio de Melo, a 7-foot, 270-pounder from Sagemont High in Weston, Fla. Other top players on KU’s list include Harrison Barnes, 6-6 from Ames, Iowa, Brandon Knight, 6-3 from Coral Springs, Fla., Ray McCallum, 6-1 from Detroit, and Cory Joseph, 6-3 from Henderson, Nev. The Jayhawks have received a commitment from Royce Woolridge, 6-3, from Phoenix.

KU will lose Sherron Collins and Mario Little to graduation with Cole Aldrich all but certain to leave after his junior season. Xavier Henry is expected to be a one-and-done at KU.

• No headband: Self said Tyshawn Taylor, who joked Wednesday that he’d be approaching Self about wearing a headband his sophomore season, won’t be wearing the headband in games. Self said the team now has a rule that only players who wore headbands in games all through high school could wear headbands on KU’s squad and “nobody on this team qualifies.”

The complete Big Monday schedule is below.

2010 ESPN Big Monday Schedule

January 11 — Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

January 18 — Texas at Kansas State

January 25 — Missouri at Kansas

February 1 — Texas at Oklahoma State

February 8 — Kansas at Texas

February 15 — Kansas at Texas A&M;

February 22 — Oklahoma at Kansas

March 1 — Oklahoma at Texas

All gametimes are 8 p.m. CST.


royalpain 10 years, 6 months ago

Ha! All games involve either Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas.

Joey Meyer 10 years, 6 months ago

Is this not awesome? The Big XII is owning ESPN coverage.

When was the last time that happened?

killabees 10 years, 6 months ago

Well at least we got two of them at home.

d_prowess 10 years, 6 months ago

rockchalkjd, the Big XII is in contract for the late big monday games, so they will always involve our teams. It has been that way for years...

kvskubball 10 years, 6 months ago


The Big XII gets one of the two Big Monday games each week, and has since the Big XII was formed. How is that owning ESPN coverage?

Now, if the Big XII was getting a second gauranteed day each week, that would be awesome.

As noted by royalpain above. We can see who the network thinks will be the top competitors in the Big XII...KU and Texas each get 4 dates, OU gets three, and OSU gets 2.

I like the matchups much better than in some previous years. No TTech or Colorado. I am a bit surprised that Iowa State and Brackins don't get at least one date.

Lindsey Buscher 10 years, 6 months ago

Tejass only has three dates...

KU is the only one with four dates, which is as it should be considering we are pretty much guaranteed to draw a larger national audience than any other team in the BXII.

Lindsey Buscher 10 years, 6 months ago

nm, i count four now. well, they don't deserve it...i hate seeing barnes' mug on tv.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 6 months ago

too bad for Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa State, Baylor, and Texas Tech

sdoyel 10 years, 6 months ago

We are on National TV so often it's pointless to buy ESPN Full Court.

waywardJay 10 years, 6 months ago

Only pointless if you life far away.... I got to see maybe 3 games last year.... and i was only 4 states away....

Chris Shaw 10 years, 6 months ago

I am really surprised that Missouri is not involved more often. Considering what they did last year, Texas at Missouri or vice versa will be a hell of a game. It's a shame they couldn't get that game on Big Monday.

K_Easthouse 10 years, 6 months ago

Am I seeing this correctly; three Big Monday games in a row? They must be counting on KU to be peaking right at that time.

KANSTUCKY 10 years, 6 months ago

ESPN360 carries a few games if you are out of area. I think I missed two games total last year.

Joe Baker 10 years, 6 months ago

Is it Big Monday yet?

Hey Vitale, you predicted it...the Jayhawks of Kansas will be cutting the nets in 2010!!

Care to make a little wager Mr Vitale, maybe clean the Phog with a toothbrush was it?


kvskubball 10 years, 6 months ago


Your comment was rather dynamitic, or explosive, or maybe incendiary would be a better adjective! It's nice that someone remembered to 'blast' through and deflate any Missfoo egos that might have puffed up from last year's Elite 8 run. Must be a real Debbie Downer to never have made the Final Four. While our Jayhawks have flown to quite a few.

Oh, please pass the word that we need to retrieve the Big XII tourney trophy from the tiggs. I hope they haven't lost it. You know when you aren't used to having something you can sometimes forget what you've done with it.

Thank God I'm a Jayhawk fan! Winning isn't everything, but I'm glad it is a KU habit rather than a MU 15 seconds of fame. What's new, just having fun at the expense of mizzery...........

Rockin the Chalk!

waywardJay 10 years, 6 months ago

living there is misery... plain and simple.... Anderson's a good coach and deserves more Airtime, however.... they rarely play anyone other than Kansas.... SO.... there it is....

I think they have a running feud with Illinois which should be an Outstanding game with Legion's legionnaire's taking on Anderson's wall of defenders.... that will probably be on the Network ( or the deuce )..... but other than that... poor Misery.... Can you believe some jokers think they will COMPETE ?

Trace Stark 10 years, 6 months ago

Try moving to New Zealand and hoping to see KU games! (Having a mac hurt as well) Big Monday was usually IT for the entire season in terms of ESPN International KU coverage... but it was quite a kick watching the games at 2:30 pm Tuesday afternoon!!! In the middle of summer no less!!! Our sympathies to T Taylor as well... the culinary shock coming to NZ can be difficult, even for the initiated. Kiwis do fish and chips very well... but trying to convert from a US fast food diet to a NZ fast food diet was certainly rough on this ole jhawk! Suspect the cheeseburger incident at "kiwimickyds" had more to do with accent confusion! We took our se sunflower state (okie state line) accents to Auckland and were still struggling to be understood by some...and understand others, after five years!!! Rock Chalk!

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

The thing I've loved the most since Bill Self arrived is that we don't have an off year recruiting. When Roy was here we seemed to only go after guys every other year. With Duke stepping forward on the odd years to land the top names. I just thought that's the way it had to go. But now we are in the running for #1 every year and it's just awesome.

Self is now at the point where "reloading" means we land a big-time guy, and a couple of real-goods every single year. If we get Fab-Melo I'll be stupid giggly. 7'-280 with a nice jump shot? (Stop watching this when he starts playing the Sagemont K-8 kids. It's only funny for a minute) We already got our really-good when Woolridge commited. If we landed Harrison Barnes as well, that would be perfect. A guard, a swing and a center. You might say a perfect recruiting class.

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta!

mandomax 10 years, 6 months ago

Wow Melo looks like a monster. He's got some good schools on his list, UK, UT, UConn, Syracuse, etc., but we'll compete as we'll be in great need for a serious big.

For those of you looking to watch games from afar, if you have a reasonable high speed internet connection check out and click on the sports link. You can watch live TV only, but as long as you access the site at the actual time of the game and you can watch live sports for free. I watch from New Mexico all the time!

yovoy 10 years, 6 months ago

fab has some skills, and i don't know if it's his bb maturity, his conditioning, or something else, but he's undermotivated on defense. he's VERY interested in offense though!

he also seems a bit pained going up and down. it might just be his stature, and it could also be is conditioning or his physical maturity. it might hint at some future phys problems. sure he's big, but he doesn't look to be very fast (def not quick, he's huge) but he DOES have a skillset. he's also 7' tall, so in the proper hands he's going to do nothing but get better. btw his jumper from the elbow/top looks a little like cole's.

you can't teach height so he's got that part down - well.

MemphisMachine 10 years, 6 months ago

Where's Memphis we want in on some of that???

Joe Baker 10 years, 6 months ago

Fab Melo is the real deal ! HCBS must get this guy and develop his talent. I'd like to see him in crimson and blue. Manning could work wonders with this guy. Go get him Coach!!

Who was the last 7' we've had Moody, Ostertag or who?


Swamphawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Was Moody 7'? I sure didn't think so. I'm pretty sure Chenowith was 7'. There have been a lot of 6'11" guys but I can't name too many 7-footers.

Joel Hood 10 years, 6 months ago

True 7 footers at KU - Wilt, Paul Mokeski; Greg Dreiling; Greg Ostertag; Eric Chenowith, David Padget, ... who am I missing?

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