Monday, November 3, 2014

First-game jitters likely await KU men tonight

Kansas guard Wayne Selden defends against a pass from Pittsburg State guard Jake Bullard during the second half of an exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden defends against a pass from Pittsburg State guard Jake Bullard during the second half of an exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Wayne Selden Jr. had severe stage fright on opening night of the 2013-14 basketball season.

“It was unbearable,” Selden said of the jitters he incurred before his debut in a Kansas University jersey — a 97-57 rout of Pittsburg State on Oct. 29, 2013, in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I was real nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. The first couple times in the fieldhouse ... it was too loud for me. Even though they were cheering for me, it was too loud for me. I’m excited to get back into it,” added the 6-foot-5 sophomore from Roxbury, Massachusetts, who wound up with five points and four turnovers in his collegiate opener.

Selden would expect KU’s current freshman scholarship class of Cliff Alexander, Devonté Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Kelly Oubre Jr. to have just as many butterflies as past rookies in tonight’s exhibition opener versus Washburn (7 p.m., Allen).

“Definitely. You’re not normal if you don’t feel that nervous,” Selden said.

KU coach Bill Self said it’s common for all newcomers — walk-ons to one-and-dones — to have trepidation during their KU debuts.

“Oh, yes, Andrew was really nervous,” Self recalled of Andrew Wiggins, No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He had 16 points and six boards against Pitt State last season. “Of course, Andrew was nervous at Late Night. He said that was the most nervous he’s ever been until probably opening night two nights ago (in NBA). All the guys will be nervous, and hopefully it’ll be a great crowd. I’m sure there will be, and I think it’ll be great to see how the guys react.

“Some guys are gamers,” Self noted. “Some guys we don’t know how they’re going to react. Some guys are great practice players, get in the games, maybe they get tight. Some guys don’t practice that well, they get in the games, and (I’ll say) ‘Wow, I haven’t seen that the whole time in practice.’ You want everybody to play like you practice, but every coach knows that’s a perfect world. That doesn’t always play out that way. I’m excited to see how these guys react.”

KU junior Perry Ellis hopes the Late Night in the Phog experience will help soothe the newcomers’ nerves.

“That helped with a lot of that stuff, those jitters,” Ellis said, “but I remember the first game my freshman year, I was pretty nervous. I’ll tell them to get out there and play hard and play like we’ve been doing in practice and everything will be fine.”

Probable starters: Self said he expected to open with a lineup of freshman Graham, sophomores Selden and Frank Mason, junior Ellis and junior Jamari Traylor.

Is there any significance to the opening fivesome?

“None whatsoever,” Self said. “Everybody’s going to play.”

Sophomore forward Landen Lucas is questionable. The stress fracture in his lower leg that kept him out a couple of weeks has been bothering him again.

The foe: Located in Topeka with an enrollment of 7,002, Washburn was picked third in the 2014-15 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association preseason poll behind Central Missouri and Fort Hays State. ... Washburn returns three starters and seven letter-winners off a 17-10 team that tied for sixth in the MIAA (9-9). Alex North averaged 16.1 ppg and 10.1 rpg last season, while Kyle Wiggins averaged 15.0 ppg. ... KU leads the series 36-3. Washburn’s last victory over KU was a 40-35 decision on Dec. 4, 1944, in Topeka. ... Self is 6-0 vs. Washburn; Bob Chipman is 0-9 vs. KU.

Veteran coach: Chipman is 757-314 in 35 seasons at Washburn.

“I worked with him a lot this summer (at Chipman camps),” Selden said. “He’s a great guy. He took us in as one of his own players when we went to work his camps. We never really talked much about the season.”

“Chip is great,” Self added. “We have a very good relationship. He’s been very good to our players over time and always represents the school in a first-class way and is very thankful that — as the other schools are, too — that have a relationship with Kansas so that we do this every other year with every school in the state. Certainly I hope this helps his team, too. He had a very good team last year.

“I anticipate this being a competitive game and one in which I’d like to see how our guys react to the lights, to be real candid.”

Young guards: “Mason is a scorer. Devonté is real smooth, gets open shots for other players. They are both doing real well now. I love playing with both those guys,” Ellis said.

Noted Self: “Devonté is probably the purest point. Frank is kind of a scoring point. Neither Frank nor Conner (Frankamp, who has decided to transfer) are true points. They’re one-and-a-halves or whatever. Devonté is probably the truest point, and I’d say we’re going to play two little guards the majority of the time. Well, it may not be the majority of the time now (following Frankamp leaving team). It’ll be some of the time they’ll play together, but obviously you can’t play them together all of the time because we only have two little guards. I think Wayne Selden can become our third point guard, though.”

Kenney dies: Bob Kenney, a starter on KU’s 1952 NCAA champion basketball team and 1952 Olympic gold medalist, died on Oct. 27 at the age of 83.

Kenney grew up in Douglas and Winfield, most recently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona.

After college, Kenney worked at Honeywell, A. B. May and Hardin Stockton/Coldwell Banker real estate, where he retired as President of the Kansas City area offices. Bob retired early to spend time at his home in Hawaii. He moved to Scottsdale in 1995 where worked part time at the Paradise Valley Tennis Club.

Bob is survived by his daughters Kirsten Kenney, and her husband Bob Dillon, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Karen Kenney, and her husband Mike Rakes, of Overland Park. Per his wishes, there will be no formal memorial services. Bob’s ashes will be spread in Lawrence and Hawaii. To help endow an athletic scholarship in Bob Kenney’s name, contact KU Endowment Association, Bob Kenney Memorial Fund, PO Box 928, Lawrence, 66044 or in the Make a Gift section.


Jeff Johnson 4 years, 6 months ago

Sucks if you have Dish or Direct TV, cant watch the game again this year!!!!!!

Paul James 4 years, 6 months ago

Anyone know where to stream it online?

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

Dish Network has now partnered with ESPN, so now you can watch the game on You just have to log in with your Dish Network online login. There's also a WatchESPN app for your phone and Smart TV if you have one. I can't speak for Direct TV because I don't have them.

Joe Joseph 4 years, 6 months ago

This may not be accurate. It has nothing to do with ESPN, and everything to do with the new Jayhawk TV network, which has only partnered with cable companies throughout Kansas, such as Cox. I have AT&T U-VERSE, which has partnered with ESPN, but I won't be able to get the games that are exclusive to the Jayhawk Network. Super, super lame!!

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

Well crap, I forgot about the blackout, so maybe we're screwed (well I probably am, anyway).

Jordan Ricke 4 years, 6 months ago

If you use Google Chrome you can download an extension add-on called "ZenMate" It changes your location to avoid blackout restrictions


Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 6 months ago

It's on WIBW, channel 13 in Topeka. I used to be able to get 13 when I had Direct.

Jeff Darby 4 years, 6 months ago

You can watch it online at the ESPN3 website. I have a cord I got from Radio Shack that allows me to plug my laptop to my flat screen TV. This allows me and my family to watch the game together on the big screen.

Aaron Payne 4 years, 6 months ago

ESPN3 had local blackout restrictions all of last season for me (AT&T U-verse customer).

John Strayer 4 years, 6 months ago can only watch ESPN3 if either your cable company or ISP have a deal with yes most Dish and DirecTV customers are screwed out of the games. ESPN Full Court doesn't usually start until game 1 of the regular season.

Tyson Combs 4 years, 6 months ago

If you're streaming the game and need to bypass the blackout all you need to do is reroute your IP address to trick the website into thinking you're watching from another state. Its real easy to do you can download apps that will do it for you.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

If you go to the KU Athletics website, you can access the Jayhawk Digital Passport under "Fan Central" under the Audio tab and at least hear the game on radio broadcast. That's what I will do here in Tucson, unless a friend of mine invites me over to watch on ESPN Full Court. I didn't have the heart to tell him that all of the conference games and most of the non-conference games will be televised on one of the ESPN channels, i.e. ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. Therefore, he is basically paying for just the games on the Jayhawk Network.

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

If you live in Tucson, can you watch it on ESPN3, assuming your satellite/cable provider offered that?

Zach Mitts 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes. If you live outside of the state of Kansas, including the KC Metro area, and you have access to ESPN3, then you will have no problems streaming the game.

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 6 months ago

What about Uverse? any ideas on what channel?

Aaron Payne 4 years, 6 months ago

Ryan - you can't get it on U-verse. You can however get as a U-verse subscriber but have to do the blackout bypass stuff that Tyson alludes to above. It's all highly annoying. My experience using bypass proxies last year was mixed to poor at best due to the limited bandwidth you typically get when using these services.

Ron Sterling 4 years, 6 months ago

Download Open VPN and find a vpn file inside the country, but outside the blackout area. I use one in Chicago. That way ESPN thinks you're logging in from somewhere else and doesn't black you out. They only check when you first connect to the feed so if you don't want to stay on the VPN once the feed is up, you don't have to.

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 6 months ago

Ooops! Self just made the Shockers "angrier", when he said we'll play "every" school in the state...(lol).

Rodney Crain 4 years, 6 months ago

no no, we play "every" school in the state, WSU is in the state of Wichita.

Walter Bridges 4 years, 6 months ago

Chipman is 757-314 in 35 seasons at Washburn...very impressive. I bet he's had offers to move up but stayed where his heart and loyalties lay.

I have zero problems w/the ambitious coaches who have that constant drive (as our coach has) to build and improve but I also have a soft spot for the Bob Chipmans in college basketball..

Mick Allen 4 years, 6 months ago

Huh? Self has been here 11 years. Do you know something we don't Walter?Don't all coaches want to build and improve? Has Chipman, after 35 years, lost the drive to want to build and improve? I don't think this is what you meant, but I was confused by the post.Do you think HCBS is just positioning himself for a "better job", if there is a better coaching job in America?

Walter Bridges 4 years, 6 months ago

Is there a better coaching job? I don't think so but ask Roy or Larry Brown. Were you really that confused..hard to write using only one and two syllable words.

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Walter was simply appreciating Chipman's solid work at the small school...

Mick Allen 4 years, 6 months ago

You're probably right. The reference to HCBS was what was confusing.

Walter Bridges 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the save reference to HCBS was only that he strives to be the best at the top level while other coaches dedicate themselves to serving smaller schools their entire career.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 6 months ago

Comcast in Chicago is showing KU games back to back to back today from 2012 and 2013.

Blake Brown 4 years, 6 months ago

We get the game tonight on Directv`s ESPN Full Court package- Channel 720 at 5 pm PST

Jocelyn Kennedy 4 years, 6 months ago

May have been a coincidence, but when I tried to download from the above link to be able to watch the game - I got a Trojan notice from my anti-virus software. Beware!

Jerry Lipkins III 4 years, 6 months ago

Kansas fan based in South Korea here......looking for an alternative online link to watch the game.....ESPN3 is not allowed around these parts....Thanks for the help.....Rock Chalk!!

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