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Kansas Basketball at St. John’s Moved to Dec. 3

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Big EAST-Big 12 Battle of Kansas at St. John’s has moved to Friday, Dec. 3 at newly built USB Arena in Elmont, New York, the conferences announced Friday.

The time of the contest and television information will be announced at a later date. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 2.

The KU-St. John’s contest will be the first college basketball game held at USB Arena. The $1.1 billion multi-purpose venue will open this fall and is located adjacent to the historic Belmont Park racetrack. USB Arena will be the new home to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

This will be the third Big EAST-Big 12 Battle with Kansas defeating No. 8 Creighton in the last meeting, 73-72, inside Allen Fieldhouse on December 8, 2021. The Jayhawks are 1-1 all-time in the Big EAST-Big 12 Battle, with Kansas’ loss coming at then-No. 18 Villanova, 55-56, on December 21, 2020.

The Kansas matchup with St. John’s will be the 14th in the series history, which dates back to 1950. Kansas has won the last two meetings and four of the last five matchups, with the most recent game resulting in an 82-74, KU victory on November 10, 2000, in New York City.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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