Jayhawk fans erupted into cheers at every chance they got Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Applause, yelps and the sounds of noisemakers greeted everything from a Simon Says contest to Bill Self's speech about the upcoming season. Somewhere between the women's basketball players dancing to "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer and comedian Rob Riggle being carried onto the court on a white throne, the 16,000 fans experienced more than a bit of ridiculousness at the 29th annual Late Night in the Phog, a variety show and scrimmage that serves as the opening to the 2013-2014 Kansas University basketball season. By Nikki Wentling
Everybody loves lists, so without further ado, here are the top five moments in Late Night history as compiled by Gary Bedore, who has been in Allen Fieldhouse for all 28 season-opening extravaganzas.
Since Late Night in the Phog is all about having fun, here’s a suggestion on how to make the night even more entertaining this year: Put the six freshmen and three of walk-ons on the red team and let the veterans play on the other. Column by Tom Keegan
Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self expects tonight's Late Night in the Phog festivities to be "one of the most anticipated Late Nights we’ve had,” thanks to star freshman Andrew Wiggins and seven other Jayhawk newcomers. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University’s basketball players don’t compete in a formal dunk contest during Late Night in the Phog festivities in Allen Fieldhouse. Sometimes they do, however, rattle the rims in the layup lines prior to a short scrimmage that concludes the three-hour proceedings. By Gary Bedore
Freshman Wayne Selden was sold on Kansas University after watching the 2012 Late Night in the Phog. This year, he’ll be meeting a batch of prospects with KU on their lists. By Gary Bedore
KU — which has had six first-round picks in the past four NBA Drafts, including one-and-dones Ben McLemore and Xavier Henry — will have three stellar senior prospects in town for Friday’s Late Night in the Phog (6:30 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse). By Gary Bedore
There’s one sure-fire way to avoid standing in line for first-come, first-served seating at Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog basketball extravaganza, set for a week from today in Allen Fieldhouse. It’s by donating a minimum of $10,000 to KU’s Williams Fund. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich on Tuesday signed a contract with the NBA’s New York Knicks. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University senior leader Elijah Johnson was pleased to see freshman Rio Adams score three points and dish two assists in the scrimmage portion of Friday’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.
It was not an actor or a rapper but a banner that stole the show at the 28th annual Late Night in the Phog on Friday night in jam-packed Allen Fieldhouse.
The Kansas University women’s basketball team went dancing, as in playing in the NCAA Tournament, last March for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
There’s a lot of sweat — and little payoff at the time — for Kansas University’s basketball players, who work on their bodies and their individual skill-sets during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and early October.
A whopping nine Kansas University basketball newcomers will be playing before a crowd in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time tonight.
Three of the top uncommitted high school senior basketball prospects in the country will attend tonight’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.