Jayhawks to Travel to Illinois for Maui Strong Exhibition Game

Game To Be Broadcast Live On 95.5 KNDY-FM In Northeast Kansas & Southeast Nebraska

Via Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 1 Kansas men’s basketball will face No. 25 Illinois in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. at State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. The meeting was originally scheduled as a secret scrimmage, but KU head coach Bill Self and Illini coach Brad Underwood made the game a fundraiser to provide financial resources for rapid response and recovery for the devastating wildfires in Maui.


  • Kansas Athletics is partnering with the Maui Invitational Hoops for ‘Ohana online auction in conjunction with the Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, which is dedicated to providing financial resources for rapid response and recovery for the devastating wildfires on Maui. Fans will have the opportunity bid on the jerseys worn by the men’s basketball team Oct. 29 and additional experiences and merchandise donated by Kansas Athletics.  All proceeds will benefit the Maui Strong Fund.  You can visit mauiinvitational.com/hoopsforohana and the auction will remain open from Oct. 29 through Nov. 22, 2023.
  • This is actually Kansas’ third exhibition game this season. The Jayhawks went 2-1 in three exhibition contests in Pureto Rico, Aug. 3-7. KU senior Hunter Dickinson led the team with 19.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Redshirt-senior Dajuan Harris Jr. paced KU with 6.7 assists per contest and 3.6 steals per game.
  • Kansas coach Bill Self coached three seasons at Illinois from 2000-01 to 2002-03 before taking over at KU. Self was 78-24 at Illinois with two regular-season Big Ten titles (2001, 2002), one Big Ten tourney title (2003). This is Self’s first trip back to Champaign since his coaching stint.
  • The Kansas-Illinois series is tied at 3-3, with this contest being the first hosted in Champaign. The last meeting between the two schools was in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Tulsa. Kansas won 73-59 en route to an Elite Eight appearance.
  • Kansas is No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the fourth time in poll history with all four in the Bill Self era – 2004-05, 2009-10, 2018-19 and 2023-24.
  • Kansas Athletics will host the inaugural McLendon Classic over the weekend of Nov. 5-6 on the campus of the University of Kansas. On Sunday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. CT, KU will host the McLendon Classic Community Event at the Lied Center. The two-day recognition will conclude when Kansas basketball hosts North Carolina Central on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas will conclude exhibition play when it hosts Fort Hays State on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The contest will be televised on Big 12 NOW via ESPN+. Kansas leads the series with Fort Hays State, 12-0, including a 10-0 record in exhibition contests.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.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 2020 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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