Thursday, July 6, 2017

All 4 of KU’s exhibition games in Italy to be streamed live online

Jayhawks set to face a mixture of young, professional Italian talent

The Jayhawks come together during a timeout in the second half, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sprint Center.

The Jayhawks come together during a timeout in the second half, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sprint Center.


The four Kansas men’s basketball games played on Italian soil in August will be streamed live online for fans back home to watch and will carry with them a familiar sound.

All four of KU’s exhibition games in Italy — Aug. 2 and 3 in Rome and Aug. 5 and 6 in Milan — will be shown live via a streaming service at and will be paired with the radio broadcast of KU’s Brian Hanni and Greg Gurley.

In order to access the games, KU fans will have to subscribe to FloHoops for a $29.99 monthly fee.

The Jayhawks this week also learned game times and the identity of their Italian opponents.

KU’s games in Rome will tip off at 6:30 p.m. in Rome (11:30 a.m. in Lawrence) and the two contests in Milan will tip off at 7 p.m. local time, Noon in Lawrence.

Game 1 in Rome, on Aug. 2, will be against a team of 18- and 19-year-olds from various Rome basketball clubs at Honey Sport City. The next day, KU will face a team called the Players Group, which is being organized by Vittorio Gallinari, father of NBA star Danilo Gallinari. That game also will be played at Honey Sport City.

In Milan, on Aug. 5, KU will play the Players Group for the second time at PalaSport Enrico Somaschini (PalaPorada) and, a day later, will take on Italy All Star A2 in the same location.

The Italian All Star team will consist of players from the Lega Basket Serie (LBA) professional league from the A2 level.

For those traveling to Italy with the Jayhawks, tickets can be purchased the day of the competitions for 5 euros.

There will, of course, be more to the trip than just basketball. KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World earlier this week that the exhibition tour was as much about experiencing another culture and team bonding as it was stats and sets on the court and added that he was looking forward to getting this new team together for the first time in a competitive setting.

In Rome, KU's sightseeing tours will include the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. In Milan, the contingent will tour the Milan Cathedral and take a boat tour of Lake Como.

“This is not win-at-all-costs this summer, obviously,” Self told the Journal-World. “So we’ll divide up the minutes and I would think there’ll be some games where our veterans will play a lot of minutes and there’ll be some games where they play very little if any, just depending on competition and how it’s going. I think it’ll be good.”

Every player on KU’s current roster will be eligible to play, including all of the new transfers and senior-to-be Svi Mykhailiuk, who has spent most of the summer in Ukraine playing with his national team.

“I’ll probably start the guys that’ll obviously be playing and eligible and they’ll play the majority of the minutes, don’t get me wrong,” Self told the Journal-World. “But there’s nothing that says those other guys (transfers and newcomers) can’t have basically their own team, you know, maybe their own sub-team or whatever, and/or be thrown in with some of the other guys.”

Regardless of how the minutes shake out, Self said getting an opportunity to build team chemistry in a laid-back environment while also finding a way to move forward with replacing last year’s leading scorers, Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson, provided a great advantage for this Kansas team heading into the 2017-18 season.

“I think that’s part of it,” Self said of his team bonding overseas. “But I think it’s about experimenting, too. With practices, we’re gonna experiment, doing some things we’ve never done before and that kind of stuff.”

KU will kick off its first of 10 pre-Italy practices allowed by the NCAA on Friday and will squeeze three more into the next four or five days. After that, Self said the Jayhawks would practice twice a week for the three weeks leading up to their July 31 departure.


William Leoni 2 years, 7 months ago

FloHoops site says $29.99 per month. Is it $20.00 as refenced above or $29.99? Anybody know?

Matt Tait 2 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, William. Just got a text from KU that said their original press release had the wrong amount. It is $29.99 and it is now correct in the story. Sorry for the confusion!

Michael Sillman 2 years, 7 months ago

I would expect that the FloHoops website is the best source of truth.

Bryce Landon 2 years, 7 months ago

No thanks, I'll save my money for when the real season begins.

Joe Ross 2 years, 7 months ago

...if it weren't in the middle of the day. Interferes with work. Would be nice to be able to record a streamed video (maybe you can, but Im not technologically savvy).

Shannon Gustafson 2 years, 7 months ago

This is great news, though I have a hard time paying for it without knowing whether the quality of the feed will be good, or if it will be like watching a video from 2006. Time to start digging into that site...

Eliott Reeder 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey LJW, if you guys are all busy that week, feel free to send me on over there and I'll pull quotes and do some quick write-ups on each session as well as some nice feel-good pieces on team bonding and the value of experiencing new cultures, no problem... sign me up!

Matt Tait 2 years, 7 months ago

Appreciate the offer, Eliott... And we were THIS CLOSE to taking you up on it. But they've decided to send me instead. Something about earning my paycheck. smh

Definitely looking forward to the experience and delivering all of what you mentioned and more. Should be some good stuff!

Joe Ross 2 years, 7 months ago

Matt, somehow I managed to flag your last comment for removal. Accidental. Ignore.

Suzi Marshall 2 years, 7 months ago

Good to hear the LJW will be sending someone over to cover. I doubt we will make it to Rome but will for sure see everyone in Milan.

Joe Ross 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey. Lets all take a few days off. You guys can meet at my place for the game(s), and Ill show them on my 65" smart tv. Im charging a dollar at the door. And I need 30 of you. LOL

Shannon Gustafson 2 years, 7 months ago

FYI, I contacted FloHoops and they said the game replay will be available to watch via the video archive 24-48 hours after it is shown live. So for those of you who can't watch it live, you can still watch it later if you subscribe to their service.

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