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THE BASKETBALL PREVIEW 2012
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Kansas Basketball.
Tese two words all mean some-
thing diferent to every person as-
sociated with the University.
Many see it as the apex of the
year, when for two hours twice a
week, we stop studying or worry-
ing about classes and just enjoy
basketball.
Anywhere you go on campus,
you can fnd stories about their re-
lationship with this program that
defnes this institution.
For me, it’s always been a major
part of what I look forward to each
year.
Growing up in Lenexa, a mere 30
miles, from Lawrence I was never
far away from Allen Fieldhouse.
Much of my childhood, like
many kids who grew up in Kansas,
revolved around how the Jayhawks
season would fare.
For many games I would gather
with my family to watch on televi-
sion or tune into the radio and lis-
ten to Bob Davis and Max Falken-
stien on the radio.
It became the routine on week-
day nights or Saturday afernoons.
Listen to the Jayhawks and see an-
other impressive victory.
As I moved into becoming a
journalist, my outlook changed on
the Jayhawks. I don’t get swept up in
the pregame rituals or the mystique
of the Fieldhouse while I’m typing
away on my computer courtside.
It’s still hard to ignore the his-
tory. Tere are trophies bursting
out of the Booth Hall of Athletics,
banners covering rafers and pic-
tures plastered on the tunnels of
the Fieldhouse.
Although the basketball season
has started, the basketball preview
is set up to give information for
our readers to use throughout the
season.
An important part of our sec-
tion is to not only highlight the
men’s basketball season, but also
the women’s basketball prospects
for the season.
Te section has schedules, Big 12
previews and some posters of some
of your favorite Jayhawks.
So enjoy fipping through this
section and getting acquainted with
the Jayhawks that will be followed
throughout the next few months.
Tis is Kansas basketball season
folks. Let the crazy ride begin.
Table of Contents
3 Phog Wars
3 Camping changes
4 Men’s what to watch for
4 Men’s Big 12 Preview
6 Men’s Big 12 Preview
7 Women’s Big 12 Preview
7 Women’s what to watch for
10 Women’s team preview
Best part
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FALL 2011 KANSAN StAFF
WHAt do yoU tHinK?
Who is your favorite Kansas basKetball player?
Jessie Halliwell
Overland Park, freshman
“Jef Withey. He’s a big senior
man”
MaTTHew BOResOw
Overland Park, freshman
“Jeff Withey. i loved watching him block shots
last season plus his fake twitter page.”
JaReTT TaylOR
Parsons, freshman
“Jef Withey. He’s a beast.”
Kelsey FOllMeR
lincoln, Neb., freshman
“Jef Withey, probably because
he’s really tall.”
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Student camping rules for bas-
ketball games could change afer
the frst regular season home game
at a meeting on Nov. 10.
Te tradition of camping adds to
the one-of-a-kind basketball expe-
rience of the Jayhawk community.
However, the rules of camping can
be confusing and frustrating, es-
pecially for freshmen. Students,
including Trey Johnson, a senior
from Leesburg, Va., run camping.
Johnson helps organize camping
and supervise the lottery.
Lotteries take place at 6 a.m. the
day afer a home game. Groups
must have at least fve students to
qualify for the main lottery, but the
groups cannot be larger than thirty
members. Having larger groups
gives students an advantage be-
cause students are granted one draw
for the lottery for every fve group
members. According to Johnson,
“Te lottery sets up camping, and
the order of the camping list.” Te
camping list determines the order
that the groups will get to choose
their seats on gameday.
Te process is full of rules and
requirements to make it to game-
day.
“We’re going to all fle into the
gym and sit down in the bleachers
behind the basket, and then you’ll
have your groups signed up and I’ll
start calling roll. And everyone will
draw a number,” Johnson said.
Students draw numbers that rep-
resent their place in line for seating
at the next home game. However,
following the lottery, students must
maintain their position by camping.
According to Johnson, the number
of days and time spent camping
will be determined by how many
groups are camping and when the
next home game is. Te larger
games, for which seats are more in
demand, camping may last from
one home game until the next. For
smaller games, it may be cut short.
Students can also choose to stop
camping if there is an unanimous
vote to cancel the rest of the camp-
ing process for that game.
However, while camping is go-
ing on, students must have a group
member present at all times. Dur-
ing the week, there must be a mem-
ber of the group at the camping
post from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. On the
weekends, someone must be pres-
ent between the hours of 8 a.m. and
10 p.m. Roll can be called for the
camping groups at any given time
throughout the process. If a group
member is not present or if they do
not announce their presence, the
group will be eliminated from the
overall camping list.
On gameday, students can bring
15 group members at one time and
save seats for the remaining mem-
bers. “If the game is at 7, KU Ath-
letics people will pass out laminated
numbers at 4,” Johnson said. Stu-
dent camping groups must arrive at
Allen Fieldhouse three hours prior
to game time.
According to Johnson, on Nov.
10, “Afer the frst regular season
home game, which is Nov. 9, are
going to have a rule meeting and
a vote and an ofcial rule set put
together.” Students who wish to
learn more about camping or take
part in the vote should attend this
meeting.
— Edited by Laken Rapier
ANNA FALtERmEIER/KANSAN
Irina Yakhnis, a sophomore from Overland Park, talks on the phone while camping out for her group in Allen Fieldhouse Monday
evening.
ALLISoN KItE
kallison@kansan.com
PhoG wARS
“I’m excited, I like our guys,” Self said.
“We have great experience with our senior
class, they’ve been through a lot of battles
and then we have a lot of puppies, seven
freshmen. I think it will be a good team in
time.”
Te biggest challenge facing the most
recent installment of the Jayhawk franchise
will be replacing the leadership and scoring
lost with the departures of national player
of the year candidate Tomas Robinson
and four-year starter Tyshawn Taylor.
Last season the Taylor-Robinson duo led
the Jayhawk star feet, accounting for 46.3
percent of the Jayhawks scoring.
“(Tomas) gave us an air of toughness
that made other players think that they
were tough and ferce because he led by ex-
ample,” Self said. “Tat’s something we’ve
got to get our guys to buy into.”
Te backcourt returns two of its starters
from last season’s run to the title game in
ffh year senior and jack-of-all-trades Tra-
vis Releford and a former fve-star recruit
Elijah Johnson, who patiently waited be-
hind others for his chance to lead.
“Yeah, I think (the tournament success)
helps, and me being an upper classman is
one of the reasons they look up and listen
to me,” Releford said. “And I’ve been here
fve years, so I kind of know a bunch about
how coach wants things to go about around
here.”
Te front court will also rely on a pair
of seniors for leadership. Kevin Young is a
high-energy player, who spent most of last
year as a spark of the bench.
Te other, center Jef Withey made great
strides last season, emerging as one of the
top defenders in the nation down low, but
his ofense was inconsistent despite beneft-
ing greatly from the presence of Robinson.
“I’m defnitely going into this season
with a diferent mindset than I did last year
where I was just focused on not being the
weak link in the team,” Withey said. “Tis
year I just want to be more aggressive both
ofensively and defensively.”
Despite the heavy toll the losses of Rob-
inson and Taylor will have on the team, the
other Big 12 coaches unanimously picked
the Jayhawks to repeat and win the league
for a ninth consecutive season.
And nationally, the sentiment is the
same, with Kansas starting the season
ranked seventh in the nation in both the
AP and the Coaches poll.
“I feel like even when we didn’t get
picked, we still had a target on our back,”
Releford said. “A lot of teams want to come
out and beat us. But this year, same goals
we have every year since I’ve been here to
win the Big 12 and try to get a good seed to
make a good run in the tournament.”
Whether this team fulflls the premoni-
tions of the Big 12 coaches and the polls
rests in how the group of seniors handles
their time as the leaders of the Jayhawks,
and how they help the younger players de-
velop as they make the transition to college
basketball.
“I don’t think there’s a jubilation that
goes with winning the league that you
would anticipate with our guys, because
I think they take the approach that this is
their job,” Self said.
— Edited by Ryan McCarthey
Camping rules to change in early November
bAsketbAll
RetuRn OF the jAYhAwks
Ten years ago,
in a Fieldhouse not so far away, a shockwave
ripped through the mortar that holds the
foundation of Kansas basketball together
as longtime leader Roy Williams lef the program
for his alma mater after guiding the Jayhawks
to consecutive Final Four appearances in his fnal
two seasons coaching in the eclipse of Mount Oread.
Te Jayhawk leadership handed the controls of the intergalactic
empire to Bill Self, and under his tutelage they experienced a winning
streak never before seen in the Jayhawk base that orbits Naismith drive.
Kansas won eight consecutive Big 12 titles and Self vanquished his predecessor
on the only two occasions they’ve met, and both became the deepest tournament runs
Self has ever made.
Now, less than sixth months afer leading Kansas to the national championship
game in what was billed as a ‘rebuilding year,’ Self faces a new challenge of taking a team
with a core group of four seniors and a talented freshmen class as the Jayhawks
attempt to win their ninth straight Big 12 title.
Episode X
EthAN PADwAY
epadway@kansan.com
Self Strikes Back
PAGE 4 thE UNIVERSItY DAILY KANSAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
New Leadership

After averaging 16 points and
hitting several clutch shots in last
year’s NCAA tournament, senior
guard Elijah Johnson is stepping
into a new role as the vocal leader
of this year’s squad. Johnson aver-
aged 32 minutes per game last year
with Tyshawn Taylor at the helm.
This year, it’s up to Elijah to run
the show.

repLaciNg T-rob

Replacing the fifth pick in the
NBA draft isn’t easy. For this year’s
squad, senior center Jeff Withey
will be expected to fill the void in
the paint. Withey, who averaged 9
points and 3.6 blocks per game last
season, worked this offseason to
improve his game on the offensive
end of the floor. The Jayhawks
need him to provide a physical
presence under the basket.

McLeMore aNd TrayLor
debuT

Freshman guard Ben McLemore
and freshman forward Jamari Traylor
join the lineup this year after sitting
last season due to NCAA eligibility
rules. Look for McLemore to play
solid minutes, giving the Jayhawks a
scoring threat at the shooting guard
position. Traylor should get minutes
as well.

The youNg guNs

This year’s class of freshmen,
featuring two ESPN 100 recruits in
freshman forward Perry Ellis and
freshman guard Andrew White III,
is talented to say the least. Look
for Ellis to crack the starting five
and White to provide a spark off of
the bench.

The roTaTioN

This year’s roster features three
seniors and seven freshmen.
Although inexperienced, this line-
up is definitely deeper than last
year’s. For coach Bill Self, the ques-
tion now becomes how to best use
this depth. Look for Self to start
the year with an eight- and possibly
nine-man rotation.

gaMes To waTch

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Michigan State

Michigan State is adding depth
this season after the departure of
Draymond Green. This early sea-
son matchup in Atlanta will test the
cohesiveness of the Kansas squad
early in the year.

Saturday, Dec. 22 @ 22 Ohio
State

Junior forward Deshaun Thomas
and junior guard Aaron Craft
return, but the Buckeyes will need
a serious boost from their incom-
ing class. That said, this roster is
still very tough and the matchup
in Value City Arena makes it even
tougher.

Monday, Jan. 19 @ 24 Texas

Young talent abounds on this
year’s Longhorns roster. This
season’s class adds four top-100
recruits to the mix. After a tough
home matchup with Baylor, the
first road game in the Frank Erwin
Center will be difficult.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 @ Kansas State
The rivalry is reignited in
Manhattan. The tough environ-
ment of the Bramlage Coliseum
in Manhattan, the returning cast
of players, and new coach Bruce
Weber make the Sunflower
Showdown interesting. Look for
the Jayhawks to win a tough one in
Manhattan.

Saturday, March 9 @ Baylor

The regular season finale in
Waco could be the toughest Big
12 game of the year for Kansas.
Baylor is the popular choice for
those picking against Kansas in the
conference this season. With more
young talent coming in, coach
Scott Drew’s Bears could be play-
ing this game for a share of the Big
12 title.
— edited by brian sisk
WhAt tO WAtCh FOR IN MEN’S BASKEtBALL
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tgraff@kansan.com
PREVIEW
*all games in bold are at home
Date Opponent time
Oct. 30 EMPORIA StAtE (ExhIBItION) 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 WAShBURN (ExhIBItION) 2 p.m.
Nov. 9 SE MISSOURI StAtE 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 6 p.m.
Nov. 15 ChAttANOOGA (CBE) 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 WAShINGtON StAtE (CBE) 9 p.m.
Nov. 20 CBE CLASSIC 6/8:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 SAN JOSE StAtE 8 p.m.
Nov. 30 OREGON StAtE 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 COLORADO 1 p.m.
Dec. 15 BELMONt 6 p.m.
Dec. 18 RIChMOND 6 p.m.
Dec. 22 OHIO STATE 3 p.m.
Dec. 29 AMERICAN UNIVERSItY 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 tEMPLE 12:30/3:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 IOWA StAtE 6 p.m.
Jan. 12 TEXAS TECH 3 p.m.
Jan. 14 BAYLOR 8 p.m.
Jan. 19 TEXAS 1 p.m.
Jan. 22 KANSAS STATE 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 OKLAhOMA 3 p.m.
Jan. 28 WEST VIRGINIA 8 p.m.
Feb. 2 OKLAhOMA StAtE 3 p.m.
Feb. 6 TCU 8 p.m.
Feb. 9 OKLAHOMA 3 p.m.
Feb. 11 KANSAS StAtE 8 p.m.
Feb. 16 tExAS 8 p.m.
Feb. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 3 p.m.
Feb. 23 tCU 3 p.m.
Feb. 25 IOWA STATE 8 p.m.
Feb. 29 OKLAhOMA StAtE 7 p.m.
March 2 WEST VIRGINIA 1 p.m.
March 4 tExAS tECh 6 p.m.
March 9 BAYLOR 5 p.m.
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Any analysis of the Baylor Bears this season begins with preseason Big 12
Player of the Year Pierre Jackson.
The point guard from Las Vegas, Nev. was selected as the Big 12 Newcomer of
the Year and as an All-Big 12 team member at the end of last season. Jackson led
the Bears in assists for 30 of the team’s 38 games last season, including all three
games of the Big 12 tournament and for three NCAA tournament games.
This year Jackson will need to score as well. He averaged 13.8 points per game
last season, but with the Bears missing Perry Jones, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller,
teams will focus their defensive game plans around stopping Jackson this season.
Jackson said last season nobody knew who he was, this season it will be a com-
pletely different feeling.
Baylor coach Scott Drew has one of the best freshmen in the nation this sea-
son: McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Austin. Austin’s game will probably surprise
people the frst time they see him play. Both Drew and Austin insist that he is a
good shooter and will be relied upon for 3-point shooting as a freshman, but the
surprising part is that Austin is listed in the Baylor media guide at 7-foot-1.
Baylor was 30-8 last season (12-6 in the Big 12) and ended its season in the Elite Eight with a loss to eventual national cham-
pion Kentucky. This season, Baylor is among the most talented teams in the Big 12. They were selected second, behind Kansas, in
the preseason Big 12 coaches’ poll and if there is one team that thinks they are better than Kansas this year it is Baylor.
— Max Goodwin
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KEY DEPARtURES:
Quincy Acy
Perry Jones III
Quincy Miller
KEY NEwcomERS:
Isaiah Austin
Rico Gathers
L.J. Rose
The Texas Longhorns are a very young but promising group. They have few promi-
nent upperclassmen and the starting lineup will likely feature three sophomores and
two freshmen. The sophomores, however, have a lot of experience having played big
minutes last season as Texas fnished 6th in the Big 12 with a 20-14 overall record
and made it to the NCAA Tournament.
With J’covan Brown gone for the NBA, the Longhorns will need to fll a big scoring
void. Look for sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan to lead the way for Texas as he was
the second leading scorer behind Brown last season. The shooting guard averaged
11.3 points per game and those numbers should rise as he becomes the primary
scorer for Texas.
While there will likely be growing pains in Austin, look for Texas to fnish near the
top of the Big 12 and to challenge the unanimous coaches poll that picked them to
fnish ninth.
— Drew Harms
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KEY DEPARtURES:
J’Covan Brown
Sterling Gibbs
Alexis Wangneme
Clint Chapman

KEY PLAYER AcqUISItIoNS:
Cameron Ridley
Prince Ibeh
The 2012 offseason was a tumultuous one for the Red Raiders. The team lost
fve players to transfer (including Lewandowski, Willis and Petteway) and head coach
Billy Gillispie resigned from the program amid accusations of mistreatment of his
players.
Interim head coach Chris Walker has the diffcult task of getting the Red Raiders
out of the Big 12 cellar, where the team fnished last season. Despite the transfers,
there is some returning talent at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders return with their top
three scorers in Jordan Tolbert, Ty Nurse and Jaye Crockett.
Texas Tech also adds six newcomers this season, three freshmen and three junior
college transfers. One of the freshmen to watch this season is Josh Gray, a 6-1 guard
who was rated by ESPN as the 18th-best point guard prospect in the country.
Although the Red Raiders return their top three scorers and add six newcomers
to the team, the ceiling for this team isn’t very high. Texas Tech only won one Big 12
game last season and it will be challenge for Chris Walker and the Red Raiders to improve on that number for the 2012-2013 season.
— Christopher Schaeder
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KEY DEPARtURES:
Robert Lewandowski
Javarez Willis
Terran Petteway

KEY NEwcomERS:
Josh Gray
Aaron Ross
Wannah Bail
The Oklahoma Sooners fnished last year with a 5-13 Big 12 record.
That’s about the end of the bad news. Sooners guard Steven Pledger is
the highest scoring returner in the Big 12. Romero Osby is the Big 12’s
top returning rebounder. Transfer Amath M’Baye is the Big 12 Preseason
Newcomer of the Year.
Osby and Pledger were the only Sooners to earn any mentions or ac-
colades in the previous year; both sliding in for a Big 12 honorable mention
bid. Oklahoma’s returning point guard Sam Grooms had the best assist-to-
turnover ratio in the Big 12 at 2.8; fnishing in 2nd place in the Big 12 with
185 assists.
To go with that, the seniors Oklahoma graduated accounted for a grand
total of 3.1 points per game last year. All returning players accounted for 96.2 percent of last year’s scoring. Vast improve-
ment is very much a reality for this team.
Widely respected coach Lon Kruger returns for his second year leading the Sooners, and is already in good position to
have his team dancing in March. Kruger is still trying to piece together a puzzle shattered by recruiting violations under the
Jeff Capel tenure, but with high-profle talent returning to the foor for the Sooners, Kruger and the Oklahoma program are
sure to be on the rise.
— Chris Hybl
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KEY DEPARtURES:
None

KEY NEwcomERS:
Amath M’Baye
Buddy Hield
D.J. Bennett
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For Kansas State this basketball season brings with it a new head coach. Bruce Weber will begin his tenure in Manhattan
with help from senior shooting guard Rodney McGruder who averaged 15 points and fve rebounds a game.
The Wildcats also return Will Spradling, Angel Rodrigues and Jordan Henriquez, meaning K-State will have four of last
season’s top fve scorers on the court. Jamar Samuels was second in that category but graduated. Other departures from the
2011-2012 season are Victor Ojeleye, James Watson and Jeremy Jones
Only two freshmen will suit up for K-State this season: D. J. Johnson,
who averaged 16 points 11.9 rebounds and fve blocks a game last year at
Park way North High School in St. Louis, and Michael Orris, who averaged
11 points and 4 assists a game for Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill.
Ryan Schultz transferred from Hutchison Community College and looks to
see some time on the foor.
Last year ended for the Wildcats when Syracuse took their ticket to the
Sweet Sixteen, but with most of last season’s starting lineup returning K-
State is poised to make a run to its ffth Final Four.
— Tyler Conover
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KEY DEPARtURES:
Jamar Samuels

KEY NEwcomERS:
D.J. Johnson
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Ranked
The Jayhawks enter the 2012
season ranked 25th in the USA
Today Coaches Poll. They were
also picked to finish fourth in the
Big 12 in a vote among conference
head coaches. Kansas appears to be
in a four-team group that will com-
pete for conference honors.

RetuRn tRip to the
touRnament
Kansas hopes to build on the
momentum of the Sweet Sixteen
run of last year by returning to
the NCAA tournament this season.
A return trip to the tournament
would mark the first back-to-back
appearances in coach Henrickson’s
Kansas career.

Big 12 confeRence
competition
Kansas appears to be part of
a four-team group that will com-
pete for conference honors. In the
Big 12 Coaches Poll, Baylor col-
lected 81 votes, behind nine first-
place votes. Oklahoma and West
Virginia each received 65 tallies,
while KU earned 58.

playeRs to watch
Carolyn Davis: The Jayhawks are
depending on the return of Carolyn
Davis, who suffered a kneed injury
during the Kansas State game last
season. Davis averaged 16.9 points
per game in 23 games last year,
leading the Jayhawks in scoring
average.
Angel Goodrich: Kansas will
also depend on Angel Goodrich’s
work at guard this year. Last year
Goodrich earned WBCA All-
America Honorable Mention hon-
ors. She racked up 250 assists to
accompany her 14-point per game
scoring average.

games to watch
Dec. 6 at Arkansas
Arkansas finished last season
23-8 overall and 10-6 in SEC play.
The Razorbacks are receiving votes
in the coaches poll.
Dec. 21 at California
The Golden Bears are also
receiving votes in the coaches poll.
They finished last year 24-9 with
the help of Layshia Clarendon, the
leading scorer from last year’s team,
who averaged 12.8 per game.
Jan. 5 at West Virginia
The Jayhawks’ first trip to
Morgantown could be difficult as
the Mountaineers are receiving
votes. This game marks the start of
the toughest stretch of the season
for the Jayhawks.
Jan. 13 vs. Baylor
Allen Fieldhouse could provide
the best opportunity for Kansas to
unseat a top-ranked Baylor squad.
Senior center Brittney Griner will
provide a challenge as always.
March 2 at Oklahoma
The second-to-last regular sea-
son game of the year could have
major ramifications for Kansas’ Big
12 run. Oklahoma is on the bubble
of the Top 25. A late season match
up on the Sooners’ home court will
prove entertaining.

— edited by allison kohn
tREVoR GRAff
tgraff@kansan.com
women’s basketball
overview
of no. 25
Jayhawks
Coach bob Huggins returns to the big 12 after leaving his head coaching position at kansas
state for west Virginia after the 2007 season. west Virginia, who fnished last season with
a 19-14 record, will try to replace the team’s two leading scorers, Jones and bryant, with
transfers murray and staten.
while fnding scorers may prove elusive in the backcourt, the mountaineers have a solid
frontcourt. Defense and rebounding have always been the forte of a Huggins-led team and this
season is no different. murray, a 6-foot-10 center, and returning big man Deniz kilicli will help
control the paint and make west Virginia tough to beat.
the mountaineer backcourt is full of young players, with sophomore Jabarie Hinds, who
averaged 7.4 points and 3.3 assists per game last season, and the sophomore transfer staten
projected as the starters. both are able to handle the ball but could fnd it diffcult to score
against the tough defenses in the big 12.
west Virginia was picked to fnish 6th by coaches in the preseason poll. the long trips to the big 12’s midwestern schools
could be tiring for the mountaineers, but a trip to morgantown is always diffcult for opposing teams. this team will have a
chance to make the tournament. expect west Virginia to get better as the season progresses.
— andrew morris
KEY DEPARtURES:
kevin Jones
Darryl bryant

KEY NEwcomERS:
aaric murray
terry Henderson
Juwan staten
vs
West virginia
kansas
homE: 1 P.m.
SAtURDAY, mAR. 2
AwAY: 8 P.m. moNDAY,
jAN. 28
although the Cowboys fnished 15-18 last season, coach travis Ford returns all
but one major contributor, guard keiton Page, from last year’s team. six players with
starting experience remain on the roster. Recognizing this, the big 12 coaches picked
oklahoma state third in its preseason poll.
while oklahoma state will miss Page, who led the Cowboys with 17.1 points per
game last season, the team still has sophomore guard le’bryan nash, who averaged
13.3 points per game for the Cowboys last season. nash was a unanimous selection
to the Preseason all-big 12 team.
the coaches also selected freshman guard marcus smart as the conference’s Pre-
season Freshman of the Year. He is the ffth mcDonald’s all-american in the program’s
history. smart arrives in stillwater with freshman three-point specialist Phil Forte, one of smart’s high school teammates.
Ford led the team to the nCaa tournament in his frst two seasons with the program, but the Cowboys haven’t been back since
2010. If nash can fll Page’s role as the team’s go-to scorer and share leadership duties with junior guard markel brown, and if
smart overcomes a freshman learning curve, oklahoma state should have no trouble making it back to the tournament.
— geoffrey calvert
vs
OklahOma State kansas
KEY DEPARtURES:
keiton Page

KEY NEwcomERS:
marcus smart
Phil Forte
kamari murphy
homE: 3 P.m. SAtURDAY, fEb. 2 AwAY: 8 P.m. wEDNESDAY, fEb. 20
trent Johnson is entering his frst season as coach of the tCU Horned Frogs, the fourth
team in his 21-year coaching career. Johnson holds a winning record at all three of his
previous jobs — louisiana state, stanford and nevada. He has also been awarded Coach
of the Year honors in each of the conferences he’s coached in.
tCU is selected to fnish last in the big 12 this season after fnishing last season
with a 7-7 conference record in the mountain west. tCU will start the season after losing
Hank thorns and J.R. Cadot, the team’s top two scorers from last season.
that being said, tCU does have three returning key players and the addition of De-
vonta abron, a transfer from arkansas He averaged 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per
game as a true freshman at arkansas, but played his best game against Connecticut
with an eight-point, 16-rebound game.
tCU’s three key returning players are Garlon Green, kyan anderson and amric Fields.
Green is the team’s top returning scorer and the Horned Frogs’ all-time leading scorer.
Green is also blessed with good bloodlines— his older brother Gerald was a frst-round pick of the boston Celtics in 2005.
anderson was named Freshman of the Year in the mountain west conference last season and is expected to take over the
point guard duties this season. Fields enters the season after being chosen as the mountain west conference’s sixth man
of the Year. Fields led tCU in blocked shots and feld goal percentage last season while ranked third in scoring, fourth in
3-pointers and seventh in rebounding.
If nothing else, tCU should have the size to match up with most teams in the big 12, with six players on the Horned Frog
roster over 6-foot-7.
— Joseph daugherty
vs
Tcu
kansas
KEY DEPARtURES:
Hank thorns
J.R. Cadot

KEY NEwcomERS:
Devonta abron
Charles Hill Jr.
aaron Durley
Clyde smith
homE: 3 P.m. SAtURDAY, fEb. 23 AwAY: 8 P.m. wEDNESDAY, fEb. 6
last season marked the frst time the Iowa
state Cyclones made the nCaa tournament
since 2005. led by “the mayor of ames”, coach
Fred Hoiberg, the Cyclones have resurrected
their basketball program, going 39-27 in the
past two seasons, 23-11 last year, beating
Connecticut in the frst round of the last year’s
nCaas before falling to the eventual champion,
the kentucky wildcats, 87-71.
Iowa state will look to make consecutive
nCaa tournament appearances for the frst
time since larry eustachy in the 1999 and
2000 seasons.
but it won’t come easy. Iowa state loses frst team all-big 12 forward Royce white
and third team all-big 12 guard scott Christopherson. white gave the Cyclones an
imposing presence inside the lane, and Christopherson added a dimension with his
three-point shooting. those are big shoes to fll in ames, Iowa.
the team returns Chris baab, who made 64 three-pointers last year, junior all-big
12 honorable mention melvin ejim and senior tyrus mcGee, from a team that won 12
conference games. Iowa state will have some veterans, but it will likely be the new
faces that need to carry the team.
Iowa state is an diverse collection of players from about every corner of the United
states. It will be interesting to see how they learn to gel with one another.
the Cyclones are predicted to fnish eighth in the big 12, and while they may not
match their third place fnish from last year, they should be playing their best bas-
ketball in march, and it is always tough to win in ames. kansas fell victim to “Hilton
magic” last year, losing 72-64 in late January. It was one of just two losses kansas
had in conference play.
— daniel harmsen
vs
homE: 6 P.m. wEDNESDAY, jAN. 9
AwAY: 8 P.m. moNDAY, fEb. 25
iowa state kansas
KEY DEPARtURES:
Royce white
scott Christopherson

KEY NEwcomERS:
korie lucious
will Clyburn
Georges niang
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Kansas women’s basketball
will enter the season ranked
number four in the Big 12 pre-
season poll behind defend-
ing national champion Baylor,
Oklahoma and newcomer West
Virginia.
But just because the Jayhawks
are picked to finish fourth
doesn’t mean senior point guard
Angel Goodrich will concede
anything to the higher-ranked
teams.
“All I know is any team can
be beaten. We are a great team,”
Goodrich said earlier this
month. “I feel
like any team
can be beaten
any night, it’s
just a matter of
who comes to
play.”
C o a c h
B o n n i e
He n r i c k s o n
said there were
three or four teams in the Big 12
that would fight for the ranking
below Baylor.
There are a lot of expectations
for the Jayhawks after coming
off of a Sweet 16 appearance.
Henrickson said building on
that success would be great, but
that the team’s league play needs
to improve.
“We have to win more games
in our league,” Henrickson said.
“We played with more confi-
dence on the road, with a do-
or-die attitude trying to get in.
We have to transfer that into
league play.
“There are no nights off in
this league. You can’t just show
up and not think it’s going to be
a dog fight.”
Before the Jayhawks can see
whether or not they improve on
their 8-10 record in the Big 12
from a year ago, they will have a
tough non-conference schedule
to get through.
“We have to bring our
A game and find a way to
win,” Henrickson said.
Matchups against Idaho State,
Creighton, Minnesota, Arkansas
and California — all of whom
went to some form of postsea-
son play last year — will give the
Jayhawks a chance to compete
at a high level before conference
play begins.
“Minnesota is big and physi-
cal, which we will be able to turn
them into how WVU plays,”
Henrickson said. “Arkansas had
a big year and made the tour-
nament. We’re at their place so
that’s a good opportunity to get
a big win on the road. It’ll show
us how hard you have to work
to win on the
road. And Cal
will be a great
challenge for
us, possibly a
top-15 team
when we play
them.”
One of the
big things the
Jayhawks will
have to do is play better inside
Allen Fieldhouse.
“We have to be better at
home. There was times at home
that I just shook my head. We
didn’t have the bounce and
pop that we’ve always had and
I still haven’t figured it out,”
Henrickson said. “We have to
get that right and that speaks to
the consistency.”
Goodrich said she doesn’t
know why they didn’t play well
at Allen Fieldhouse and that it
needs to change.
“Home court is supposed
to be your home court and no
one is suppose to be beat you,”
Goodrich said.
— Edited by Brian Sisk
NAthAN foRDYcE
nfordyce@kansan.com
Jayhawks expect better play on home court
Women’s basketball
*all games in bold are at home
Date opponent time
oct. 28 WAShbURN (ExhIbItIoN) 2 p.m.
Nov. 4 foRt hAYS StAtE (ExhIbItIoN) 2 p.m.
Nov. 11 IDAho StAtE 2 p.m.
Nov. 14 SE mISSoURI StAtE 8 p.m.
Nov. 18 WAKE foRESt 2 p.m.
Nov. 23 ALAbAmA A&m 7 p.m.
nov. 25 Creighton 2 p.m.
Nov. 28 GRAmbLING StAtE 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 mINNESotA 2 p.m.
Dec. 6 alabama 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 NEWmAN 2 p.m.
Dec. 16 PRAIRIE VIEW A&m 2 p.m.
Dec. 21 California 7 p.m.
Jan. 2 KANSAS StAtE 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 West Virginia 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 oklahoma state 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 bAYLoR 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 teXas teCh 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 tExAS 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 oKLAhomA StAtE 8 p.m.
Jan. 30 IoWA StAtE 7 p.m.
feb. 2 kansas state 2 p.m.
feb. 6 baYlor 7 p.m.
feb. 9 WESt VIRGINIA 2 p.m.
feb. 13 tCU 7 p.m.
feb. 17 oKLAhomA 1:30 p.m.
feb. 20 teXas 7 p.m.
feb. 24 teXas teCh noon
feb. 27 IoWA StAtE 7 p.m.
march 2 oklahoma 7 p.m.
march 5 tcU 7 p.m.
2012-13 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SchEduLE
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sophomore guard asia boyd makes it count in the paint during kansas’ game against
Washburn at allen fieldhouse on oct. 28. the Jayhawks dominated Washburn in the
paint, outscoring them 40-18.

“there are no nights off in
this league. You can’t show
up and not think it’s going to
be a dog fght.”
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