Jayhawks Basketball Adds Washburn To 2020-21 Schedule


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball will host Washburn on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The additional game brings KU to 27 scheduled contests for the 2020-21 season.

Kansas Jayhawk Basketball can be heard on Z-96.3 The Lake in North Central Kansas & Today’s Country 95.5 KNDY in Northeast Kansas & Southeast Nebraska.

Washburn is coached by former KU guard and staff member Brett Ballard, who begins his fourth season at the helm of the Ichabods and has compiled a 62-31 record at WU. Last season Washburn went 16-13 and finished tied for fifth with Northeastern State in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) with an 11-8 league record.

Ballard played at KU in 2000-01 and 2001-02. The 2001-02 team is the only team in Big 12 history to go undefeated in conference play at 16-0.

Ballard was on Bill Self’s staff at KU for seven years (2003-10) and was Director of Basketball Operations for the final two seasons of that stint with the Jayhawks.

Kansas leads the overall series with Washburn, 38-3, which includes an 8-0 record in exhibition play dating back to 2004. The last time the two teams met in a non-exhibition contest was Nov. 15, 2007, a KU 92-60 win in Allen Fieldhouse.

The series dates back to 1906 and Kansas won the first six meetings. Washburn’s three wins came in 1913, 1928 and 1944 with all three victories in Topeka. Since 1944, Kansas has won 13 straight against Washburn, which includes eight exhibition battles.

No. 6 Kansas opens the 2020-21 season against No. 1 Gonzaga on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off in Fort Myers, Florida. KU will conclude the event by playing Saint Joseph’s the following day.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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