The No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks open up the home slate on Thursday evening, as they host the Washburn Ichabods in front of no fans at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas got off to a slow and ugly start against No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday before coming back in the second half to grab a 65-62 victory. KU now gets Division II-Washburn, a team who normally is scheduled as a preseason exhibition for the Jayhawks. The Ichabods are coached by former KU guard and coach, Brett Ballard. They have made the DII tournament two out of the last three seasons, and they’re off to a 3-0 start in 2020-21, including a road takedown of D-1 Fort Hays State on a buzzer-beater last month.
- Thursday, December 3, 2020, 8:30 pm CDT
- Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, Kan.
- Kansas opens its home portion of the 2020-21 season when it hosts Washburn on Thursday evening. The contest will air on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+ with Dave Armstrong and Chris Piper calling the action.
- The Jayhawks have won a mind-boggling 46-straight home openers beginning in 1973-74 under head coach Ted Owens.
- Washburn is coached by former KU guard and staff member Brett Ballard. Ballard played at KU in 2000-01 and 2001-02. He was on Bill Self’s staff for seven years from 2003-10.
- Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 222 Associated Press polls dating back to 2008-09. The 222-consecutive weeks in the AP poll is an all-time record surpassing UCLA’s 221 from 1966-80. KU holds the same streak in the coaches’ poll at 229.
- With its win against Saint Joseph’s (11/27), Kansas improved to 97-13 following a loss in the Bill Self era, which started in 2003-04, including 3-0 last season in 2019-20. Incredibly, KU has been even more efficient over the last six-plus seasons, amassing a record of 46-5 after losses.
- Through three games, Kansas has had three different players lead the team in scoring and steals.
Ichabod to Watch
Tyler Geiman – 6’7”, senior, forward
Geiman has been in double figures the first three games for the Ichabods, averaging 17.0 PPG. He also is pulling down 5.3 RPG and 7.6 APG. The senior can do a little bit of everything, and with leading scorer Drew Maschoff’s status up in the air, Washburn will rely on Geiman even more so.
Jayhawk Pick to Click
David McCormack- 6’10”, junior, forward
McCormack has been a big disappointment in the early going as he tries to fill the void left by Udoka Azubuike. He’s averaging a mere 7.7 PPG and 4.7 RPG in three games, and it feels like he’s played worse than those numbers would indicate. But this could be the matchup that gets McCormack on track. Washburn’s two biggest guys are 6’9” and nowhere near the talent level of McCormack. While KU’s best lineup may very well be a five-guard lineup, they will need McCormack to contribute this season. I like KU’s big man to get back on track, and I anticipate Bill Self giving McCormack plenty of run to get his confidence up.
There shouldn’t be much explanation for this one. Kansas is a Division-I power with top-10 talent, while Washburn is Division-II. This is a massive mismatch talent wise. This should be one of those games where everyone on the bench gets into the game. Give me Chris Teahan to get into the game and knock down a three. Jayhawks in a rout, covering whatever the TBD spread (probably somewhere around KU -30) is.
Kansas 106, Washburn 59
Season Record: 2-1 (2-1 ATS)