The Kansas Jayhawks have are looking to win their 38th consecutive home opener dating back to the 1973-74 season. They're facing Longwood and are heavily favored to win. The Jayhawks went 2-0 in the exhibition series with wins over Washburn and Emporia State but this is a game that finally counts.
The game is Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan., at Allen Fieldhouse.
Here's what the Jayhawks are saying about Longwood.
Head coach Bill Self on Longwood:
"Well the first game to me is always tough because they (the opponent) may do something they haven’t done in years past. We have no tape on them except from last year. They’re well coached and return some good players from last year. And, like us, they’re likely waiting to see if some of their newcomers come through."
Marcus Morris on starting fast:
"It is very important to get off to a good start. It’s important to get a good atmosphere in the gym and get the fans into the game."
Tyrel Reed on Longwood:
"Defensively we’ve got to get better. I’ve definitely got to be better on defense. I’ve got to slide my feet and keep my man in front of me. I think if we can just lock in defensively it will take care of any other problems. If we lock in for 40 minutes defensively I don’t think there’s a team out there that can beat us. Defense is Coach’s forte and he always instills that in us. So if we just keep getting better defensively we’ll be fine."
Mario Little on Longwood:
"We just want to get better every day. We can’t take any team lightly. We just need get better and work on our stuff. This is a good team to execute that against. We need to stay aggressive. We can’t get lazy. We need to come out and play hard."