It wasn’t quite Allen Fieldhouse, but KU coach Bill Self still felt the support of a pro-KU crowd at United Center on Tuesday night.
“There would be a lot of people in the state of Illinois that would not want me to think (this was home) at all, even though it’s been 15 years” Self joked. “But our fanbase is unbelievable.”
In front of a vocal KU contingent, the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks defeated No. 7 Kentucky, 65-61, to improve to 2-0 on the year. Self spoke about several topics after the matchup, including the crowd support, performance of Udoka Azubuike and event as a whole.
Despite being "very" surprised that he was getting his first career start on Friday, KU's Marcus Garrett looked like anything but a freshman in the 92-56 win over Tennessee State.
Garrett posted 10 points and 10 rebounds in his debut, though he wasn't sure those numbers would guarantee his spot in the lineup for the team's game against Kentucky on Tuesday.
"Whatever coach Self decides," Garrett said with a smile.
Before KU took on Tennessee State on Friday, we ventured out into the student section to talk to a pair of KU fans about the game.
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.
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.