Sunday, December 26, 2021

Wednesday’s Kansas-Harvard men’s basketball game canceled because of injuries, COVID issues within Harvard program

Jayhawks looking for a replacement for Dec. 29 home slot

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) looks for a rebound with Stephen F. Austin forward Gavin Kensmil (14) during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) looks for a rebound with Stephen F. Austin forward Gavin Kensmil (14) during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.


The Kansas men’s basketball program announced Sunday night that its upcoming home game with Ivy League school Harvard has been canceled.

A statement released by Kansas Athletics indicated that the Dec. 29 game with Harvard had been called off “because of a combination of injuries and positive COVID-19 tests within the Harvard program.”

The statement also said the game will not be rescheduled this season.

Per a statement on Harvard's website, "The Ivy League continues to keep the safety of its student-athletes, staff and greater campus communities at the forefront of its decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Shortly after the announcement of Wednesday's cancellation, Kansas coach Bill Self told the Journal-World that all of his players made it back to campus from winter break on Sunday and that the team was practicing Sunday night.

The cancelation is the second in a row for seventh-ranked KU, which also had last week’s road game at Colorado canceled because of COVID issues within the CU program.

While announcing the Harvard cancellation, KU officials said the program was looking for an opponent to take Harvard’s spot and come to Lawrence on Wednesday for a game at Allen Fieldhouse.

The statement notes that all tickets issued for the Harvard game will automatically be transferred over to the new game. Details will be released as soon as a new opponent is finalized.

Although he said he did not immediately feel the need to makeup the Colorado game, Self said Tuesday that he believed more games, across college basketball, would be canceled moving forward and that he would be more likely to add games to KU’s 2021-22 schedule if the Jayhawks suffered future cancellations.

Filling in for Self on his “Hawk Talk” radio show on Wednesday night, KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend predicted that KU likely would look for a replacement for Harvard if something were to happen to that game. The idea, Townsend said, would be to find a team that was already scheduled to play on Dec. 29, therein easily filling the slot for both programs.

If KU cannot find someone to take the game, the Jayhawks will be forced to go two full weeks between games — if not longer — with the last game coming at home on Dec. 18 and the next slated for Jan. 1 at home against TCU in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Prior to either cancellation, Self was asked whether he was concerned about COVID impacting the 2021-22 schedule. At the time, he said he was bracing for issues and indicated that keeping a clear head was the key to getting through it.

“I think it’s one of those things that you’ve got to deal with it, roll with it and don’t try to manage the unmanageable — and don’t get too frustrated when things happen,” he said.

Self said then that KU's entire roster had been vaccinated and that all but "a couple" of Jayhawks also had received their booster shots.

Cancellations and last-minute additions have become commonplace in college basketball throughout the past two seasons. Last season, entire schedules were scrapped in the weeks and days leading up to the start of the season, which, itself, was in jeopardy because of the pandemic.

KU added a game to its 2020-21 schedule — UTEP at home — during the final week of the regular season, which was left open to create opportunities for Big 12 programs to schedule makeup games. KU did not suffer any Big 12 cancellations last season and therefore had the opportunity to add a nonconference opponent to remain sharp heading into the postseason.


Where might Kansas look for a replacement for Harvard? In his latest "Tale of the Tait" blog, Matt Tait offers up his initial thoughts on who the Jayhawks might call first.


Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Call the Globetrotters. Or the Generals….they both have the same off nights.

Bob Zielinski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Just play the games. Quit testing, quit vaccinating, play ball, get COVID, gain your immunity and keep moving forward in life and sports. Quit hanging out on the yo-yo string and let the college athletes participate in games.

Chris Bailey 7 months, 2 weeks ago

While I'd normally say play on, with this virus you truly don't know who will get sick and who will die. My wife has worked in a Covid ICU for a large hospital in Tulsa and has seen so much death this past 2 years that it has become the norm rather than the exception. She has watched new mothers die from covid and having never held their child (this has happened more times than I can recall). They have lost many people in their 20's and even some in their teens. The university cannot take the risk that a player will get sick and especially die. Most of those who end up ventilated don't have any quality of life going forward as they have been so deprived of oxygen for so long that they have brain damage. Until you have watched someone suffer with this terrible virus you just won't understand the detriment is has on a person and a family. The best defense against it is to vaccinate and get boosted as directed. I was of the first 30 doses given in Reno County and have had my booster. I am a healthcare worker as well and a big advocate for vaccines. I don't know why this has become so politically charged. President Trump rolled the vaccine out on his watch and Biden continued it so no matter which side of the isle you fall both support it even if they have slung $ho& on the other for lack of support. The yo-yo is Fauci so stop listening to him speak. He clearly is an egomaniac. Just do with the CDC recommends. Get vaccinated!

Doug Roberts 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Chris, how many college athletes have died from Covid? Exactly now many? THAT is the evidence that needs to be the deciding factor for the NCAA, not obese, multiple co-morbidity patients in the ICU that fit the MSM's panic narrative.

Fear is not a virtue.

Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Neither is stupidity, false bravado or a cruel character.

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

LOL. Well Scorates would have liked to talk you about virtues.

He was talking about are you a good person or a bad one (vices). Amazingly being obese or multiple co-morbidity was not mentioned.

I think he might say your posts are that of a bad person.

Kay Jensen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah because college athletes are the only participants in college athletics, and are only ever around super healthy college athletes with no co-morbidities..

Doug Roberts 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Then maybe everyone's goal should be to be healthier and in better shape so our bodies and immune systems can withstand these viruses instead of living crippling fear.

Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe you should set a goal of doubling your emotional maturity in 2022. You'll then be at the fourth-grade level.

Kay Jensen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah because healthy people and people in good shape never get cancer or type 1 diabetes or other immune compromising diseases

Steven Haag 7 months, 2 weeks ago

  1. Yep. This 99% survival rate is so SCARY.
  2. Flu causes death and can be spread, even with a vaccination. Let’s MANDATE that everyone must get the vaccine and cancel all games when flu is detected.
  3. If we are about saving lives, smoking and alcohol are proven killers. Let’s make that illegal and ban them both.
  4. The American people are not smart enough to make their own decisions anymore. The Government must be in control and run our lives for us.

Robert Brock 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope that you twerps didn’t go to KU. You are an embarrassment.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Adequate levels of vitamin D have an efficacy as high or higher than the vaccines with no side effects. (Watch for cancer rates to skyrocket though no one will ever admit to the connection with the emperor’s new clothes.)

Sunshine is by far the best source of vitamin D and the best medicine. The natural inoculation.

Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

No proof of this whatsoever. Just gibberish.

You also now know how to predict cancer rates? But you couldn't predict David Beaty would be a complete and total failure.

You had little credibility before. You have less-than-zero now.

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Dirk you are way off base here.

We all needed more Vitamin D before this pandemic. There is no science to back up this wild claim that it better than vaccines.

Matt Dirks statement is unproven.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

CV is the flu, regardless of any name given. Like all the varieties before it, it will morph even during the flu season, regardless of any name given. CV is also more contagious, so precautions need to be taken. There is research regarding the flu indicating that getting the annual precautionary vaccine also makes you more susceptible to the flu in the future.

Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, except the death rates, the fact that it has persisted worldwide through "flu" months and margarita months, and that it isn't the flu.

Go talk to some ICU nurses before you comment again nimrod.

Gary McCullough 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Wait! There's a time of the year that isn't appropriate for Margaritas? I remember serving $1 margaritas at Duffy's all year long.

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Matt this is misleading and not backed up by science. Flagged.

Normal Flu vaccines are based off the previous years version, they are always behind a season. The Vaccine for Covid-19 is not the same type of vaccine like we have for the normal flu.

The Novavax (covid) vaccine takes a different approach. It contains the spike protein of the coronavirus itself, but formulated as a nanoparticle, which cannot cause disease.

Also the normal flu is typically transmitted differently than Covid.

Dirk - Stop spreading misinformation. It is dangerous.

James Miller 7 months, 2 weeks ago

i would say that your trying to flag someone is more dangerous than what he said.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

There is no such thing as a perfect test. There are always false positives and false negatives. I’ve not heard of any statistics on CV false +/-. We can see the steps to account for it especially in the sports world. If a player tests positive, but has 3 successive negatives, they are cleared. This would indicate 75% confidence is good enough.

Interestingly, in the nfl, vaccinated players can have false positives (have 3 successive negatives and be cleared), but false positives don’t happen to unvaccinated players. It’s not dem/rep but it is power politics. Most people are merely pawns.

Brett McCabe 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, there is a worldwide conspiracy.........for stupid people.

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Matt this is false and misleading. Flagged.

Having an antibody test too early can lead to false negative results. That's because it takes a week or two after infection for your immune system to produce antibodies. The reported rate of false negatives is 20%. It is an issue with using the test correctly not the test itself.

Dirk please do not spread false information it is dangerous.

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Who to believe, who to believe...

Doug and Bob, DIrk


  • Scientists

  • Doctors

  • Every Country on the planet

  • Every Sports league

  • WHO, the CDC

  • Presidents, Leaders around the world, friend and foe

  • Masks, Vaccines, Social Distancing

  • Industry and Manufacturing

  • Education

  • History

  • Common Sense

  • The Pope

  • Healthcare workers

  • People I trust

Hmm seems kind of obvious.

Bob Zielinski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I gotcha. Totally understandable. To be fair though there are plenty of doctors and scientists and even religious leaders outside of being the pope who disagree with you.

For what it is worth you left off one other widely recognized figure who is on your side…….Big Bird. How did you not devote a bullet point Big Bird?

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Bob, hate to be a kill joy, not really, the list of the doctors, and scientist that disagree, not on Fox, is very small. Try getting you news from a different place. It is amazing when your news is not in a Echo Chamber. Did you see Trump and Sean H in Dallas recently? You might not like it, they both praised the vaccines, and have already had their booster shot. They got booed. Hmm how quickly they turn.

Religious leaders who do not agree, well lets leave that one alone. No need to get into a side discussion of where to place your faith. Mine on my health, is in my Doctor.

Any time you can be on the same side as Big Bird is a win! So thank you for lumping me into that bucket.

Here is your Bullet Big Bird, say high to Bert and Ernie for me!

  • Big Bird believes in vaccines.

Bob Zielinski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I am looking for other news sources outside of Fox (even though I don’t watch Fox and don’t really care for Trump). Beyond your straw man response I think we both would agree that the vaccines are quite effective (just disregard all of the players in the NFL, NBA and NHL with the corresponding 95%, 97% and 99% vaccination rates) who are missing games and causing cancellations because, once again, the vaccines are totally safe and effective and the way we will all get back to a normal life again.

Kay Jensen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Just heard we’re replacing Harvard with Nevada

Ryan Shelton 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I would like to flag Kay Jensen's post for having nothing to do with one's personal political opinions.

Rodney Crain 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I would be more than happy to just talk basketball on here.

Seriously. Please.

I was not going to engage on this article until the political mis-information started.

Joe Baker 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Nevada would be a good replacement. Have a healthy and happy new year!

Rock Chalk

Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry to burst your bubbles (not) but there are studies out of the University of Chicago as well as overseas regarding the efficacy of vitamin D.

As Al would say, an inconvenient truth.

This is the first place I’ve seen any claim regarding the rate of false positives and 20% is ridiculously high for any test. An inconvenient truth.

Increased cancer isn’t predicting cancer, it’s an oncologist recognizing the increase. An inconvenient truth.

Masks though are hilarious. The best of the emperor’s clothes. They are so loosey goosey with what is a mask that there’s no possible scientific evidence to their effectiveness. There obviously have been studies to document that some masks have varying degrees of effectiveness, but that is completely disconnected from the reality of our situation.

An inconvenient truth.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting to get: “Dirks statement is unproven.” & “We all needed more Vitamin D before this pandemic.” (Even though the research showed that more than 99% of the people that got CV and had adequate levels of vitamin D had virtually no effects. That means that a large enough population to make a statistically significant statement did have adequate levels of vitamin D, or completely opposite of “We all need more.”)

“There is no science to back up this wild claim”

Translated, this means I’ve not heard of this claim that is contrary to my belief system, therefore it must be wrong, because I am all-knowing.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 2 weeks ago

In a previous comment, I said CV was “the” flu, which some people translated to “the common” flu. A more accurate word choice, and what I meant, was CV is “a” flu. So was h1n1, the Spanish flu, and so many others. Lots to be learned from these other flu, such as the Spanish flu. Though a hundred years ago, and without some of the scientific advancements we benefit from today, they did document the statistically significant significant benefit of being outside in the sunshine. We now know, if you want to know, the benefit is because of the increased production of vitamin D by the human body. Unless of course you already know everything.

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