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KU Sports Extra: Jayhawks show improvement on offense, defense in loss to Kansas State

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KUsports.com’s 2017-18 KU basketball season tip-off party

If you couldn’t make it out for KUsports.com’s 2017-18 Kansas basketball season tip-off party Thursday night at Abe & Jake’s Landing, here’s some of what you missed.

Members of the 2008 KU national championship team, Sherron Collins, Tyrel Reed, Brennan Bechard, Jeremy Case and Matt Kleinmann sat down with Matt Tait and Tom Keegan to watch the final minutes of the Jayhawks’ memorable overtime victory over Memphis from nearly a decade ago.

Afterward, the former KU players fielded questions from fans.

Collins, Reed and Bechard gave their thoughts on what makes Bill Self a great coach.

Case discussed how Self and then-assistant Danny Manning worked together.

And Collins explained how important it was to have Brandon Rush back on the team that season when he could have left early for the NBA, had Rush not suffered an injury.

Kansas' Jeremy Case and Sherron Collins embrace after defeating Memphis on Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Kansas' Jeremy Case and Sherron Collins embrace after defeating Memphis on Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. by thad-allender

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Sherron Collins describes what it will mean to have his jersey in Allen Fieldhouse rafters

Kansas University head coach Bill Self gets a hug from former player Sherron Collins as the two head to the Jayhawks' locker room following the win against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University head coach Bill Self gets a hug from former player Sherron Collins as the two head to the Jayhawks' locker room following the win against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Speaking at KUsports.com’s KU basketball season tip-off party Thursday night at Abe & Jake’s Landing, former Kansas basketball star Sherron Collins described what it means to him to have his jersey go up in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters this coming season.

“I was speechless,” Collins said of the moment he heard from Jayhawks coach Bill Self his No. 4 jersey would be on display with other program greats. “I wanted to cry. I wanted to run and shout outside.”

Collins earned All-American honors in 2010 and was the recipient of the Lute Olson Player of the Year, via collegeinsider.com, that same season.

The Chicago guard was the 2010 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player and a two-time All-Big 12 First-Team selection. He was named to the all-conference squad in each of his four seasons at KU, including the 2007-08 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award. Collins also ranks ninth all-time at KU in assists, with 552, and fourth on the KU career 3-point field goals made list with 232.

Collins’ jersey will be retired on Feb. 19, 2018, the date of KU’s Big Monday home game against Oklahoma.

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Guess the KU basketball player

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches off camera while his players are positioned for a players-only team portrait during Media Day on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. Members of the men's basketball team were available for photographs and interviews with various media outlets.

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches off camera while his players are positioned for a players-only team portrait during Media Day on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. Members of the men's basketball team were available for photographs and interviews with various media outlets. by Nick Krug

Think you know the 2017-18 KU men's basketball team?

Test your knowledge with a pair of videos from Big 12 Media Day. Here's how it works.

The videos will start with some generic quotes about the player, eventually getting more and more specific leading up to the reveal. The goal is to see how fast you can figure out who the players and coaches are talking about. By the end, you should have a pretty good idea.

Feel free to comment how long it took you to solve each video below. But don't give away the answers, since they're revealed at the end of each video anyway. Best of luck!

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