Five Things You Need to Know: September 5, 2014

Five Things You Need To Know is a new weekly series from Rock Chalk Blog which highlights what we think are the most important news stories, videos, photos, etc. of the week. Our first installment was last week.

Here are this week’s five things you need to know:

1) Kansas opens up their football season on Saturday

The Jayhawks have their season-opener on Saturday against Southeast Missouri State. Kansas is a multi-touchdown favorite in this matchup but it is extremely crucial for KU to show that they’ve improved.

Charlie Weis said that Montell Cozart is “on fire” right now and if that translates to game day, the Jayhawks will have a lot of positive momentum heading into their second game, which is a road matchup with Duke.

KU fans can feel confident in their team with the following:

  • Improved quarterback play
  • A strong showing from the Jayhawk running backs
  • The secondary taking care of business

We’ll see how it plays out starting at 6 pm on Saturday.

2) Josh Pollard joins KU basketball

Josh Pollard, nephew of former KU basketball player and NBA champion Scot, joined the Jayhawks’ roster this week. Pollard hasn’t played competitive basketball in two years but he comes from an athletic family and as a 6-foot-4 guard known for his defense, he should definitely help in practice. The walk-on is listed as a freshman despite graduation from high school in 2012.

3) Ukraine gets eliminated from the FIBA World Cup

Unfortunately for Svi and his national team, Ukraine was eliminated by USA in the FIBA World Cup on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately for Bill Self, he gets Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk back on campus ASAP.

We expect Svi to be on campus sometime late next week and we’ll let you know when he does get to KU.

Mykhailiuk comes away with valuable experience against professional athletes. While he didn’t dominate, he did score in the majority of his games.

4) Big Jay is probable for Saturday’s game after suffering head injury

Last Sunday was KU Night at the K and Ben Heeney threw out the first pitch at the Royals game. However, Heeney missed his target and ended up beaning Big Jay in the head.

Big Jay is expected to be at Memorial Stadium on Saturday cheering on the Jayhawks.

Check out video of the incident below:

5) What do you think? Will KU win on Saturday?