Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Notebook: KU band doesn’t travel to Champions Classic


Chicago — Kansas University’s band did not make the trip to Tuesday’s Champions Classic, where the Jayhawks lost 79-73 to Michigan State.

MSU’s band was on hand. It was explained that the Jayhawk band has attended just two of the five Champions Classics.

Game organizers indicate the game will be run like an NBA game during timeouts. The Jayhawk administration deduced it was not worth missing class and taking the bus to Chicago for the game with limited playing time available.

Scouts galore

More than 60 NBA scouts were on hand for the Champions Classic to watch the likes of Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere, Duke’s Brandon Ingram and Kentucky’s Jamal Murray, projected by to go Nos. 1, 3 and 6 in the 2016 NBA Draft. KU’s Cheick Diallo is projected at No. 11 and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at 17.

This, that

KU coach Bill Self said Hunter Mickelson’s lack of playing time (three minutes) was because Landen Lucas (seven boards, two points) was more suited to style of play in the game.

“Michigan State three-quartered on the post,” Self said. “If they do that it’s Landen’s best game. He plays to getting angles. I thought that was the percentage play for us to play that way.” ... Don Jackson, the agent for Cheick Diallo’s guardian, texted the Journal-World a message that indicated Diallo was watching the game alone in his dorm apartment. He cannot travel while ineligible unless he receives an NCAA waiver. “He deserves to be on the court in Chicago tonight and not in a dorm room in Lawrence. So much for the idea that this organization (NCAA) values the student-athlete,” Jackson said to the J-W.

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More news and notes from Kansas vs. Michigan State

By the Numbers: Michigan State 79, Kansas 73

By the Numbers: Michigan State 79, Kansas 73


Chris Shaw 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry, but the decision to not take the band to the Championship Classic is just inexcusable. Who are our education leaders who said "No" to this decision? Chicago is a market that is crucial to the success of KU's out of state tuition. Many kids come from Chicago to KU. Chicago is a hotbed for KU. To my understanding...the yellow brick road has led it's way to Chicago many times.

The brand of "KU" needs to be marketed at all times, especially in a city like Chicago that has proven to be a pipeline for kids attending the University of Kansas.

I can understand if you don't want to take the band to Indianapolis or Atlanta for the Championship classic, but not taking the band to Chicago to play in the United Center on National TV or up to New York in Madison Square Garden is a lack of leadership and responsibility to the brand of "KU" IMO.

Free The Band (One of the best bands in the country)

Free Diallo

John Strayer 4 years, 6 months ago

So....Lucas was more suited to play...yet can't make a lay-up? I have to say that is the most frustrating thing to see from KU in the last couple of years. The complete inability to make a lay-up or other short distance shot.

I know its still early in the season...but its early in the season for all the teams in the Champions Classic...but a 1 and 4 record in this event is pitiful. If its too early...why do it in the first place. The other three teams..our peers...all have at least three wins.

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

“Michigan State three-quartered on the post,” Self said. “If they do that it’s Landen’s best game..."

If this is Landen's best game, then we're in big trouble.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

How the hell is Lucas more suited to play a physical team? Hunter and Traylor are the two that should've played.

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

The band didn't travel to Chicago? So that's why we lost!!!

Jay Beakum 4 years, 6 months ago

Chris Shaw I definitely agree the KU band should've been there. No way do you turn down an opportunity to show your colors on a national stage.

My kid is in that band and I was surprised to hear they weren't going. Not only to support the team, but because they have a blast on their trips. Believe it or not they don't make too many.

Also while I love the support, and while the Marching Jayhawks have had some memorable seasons, (back when I was at KU actually. Early 90's) this is not one of them. My kid will tell you this. In fact I think the band is shrinking a little.

Maybe it's because they don't let them go to cool places like Chicago!

Armen Kurdian 4 years, 6 months ago

In the 1992 Aloha Bowl, KU chartered an aircraft to fly to Oahu, it was in a standard configuration w/first & business class seats. The load was about 350 passengers. Instead of 60 band members and 14 spirit squad members, we took half that complement. In their place were families and kids of executives, coaches, etc. It left a really bad taste in our mouths (I was on the spirit squad). Fortunately, my father owned a travel agency and was able to put together some relatively inexpensive flights for other members who wanted to come, we spent money out of the SS budget's rainy day fund to help them get there.

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