Jayhawks to Host Texans Tonight in Men’s Hoops


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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 3 Kansas opens its home portion of the 2021-22 season when it plays host to Tarleton State, Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. (Central). The contest will be televised on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.

Kansas is coming off an 87-74 win against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic Nov. 9. KU improved to 6-5 all-time in the Champions Classic and KU has won five of its last six games in the event.KU has won a mind-boggling 48-straight home openers beginning in 1973-74 under head coach Ted Owens. KU coaches Larry Brown (5-0) and Roy Williams (15-0) never lost a home opener and Bill Self is 18-0.

Senior Ochai Agbaji scored a career-high 29 points in the win against Michigan State. Agbaji was joined in double-figures by super-senior Remy Martin (15 points) and senior David McCormack (10 points). Junior Christian Braun led the Jayhawks with eight rebounds, while redshirt-sophomore Dajuan Harris led with four assists.

Tarleton State is 0-1 on the season after losing at Stanford, 62-50, in its season opener on Nov. 9. The Texans are in their second season of NCAA Division I competition and are coached by former Bill Self assistant coach Billy Gillispie, who is 10-11 at TSU and 158-119 in NCAA Division I with stops at Texas A&M, Kentucky and Texas Tech.

This will be the first meeting between Kansas at Tarleton State in men’s basketball.

Kansas will continue its two-game homestand when it hosts Stony Brook on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. (Central). The contest will be televised on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.

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Derek Nester
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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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