University of Kansas

Video: KU basketball players prepare for Friday’s ‘Late Night in the Phog‘

Updated: 2013-10-10T14:48:56Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— Somewhere along the line, it became tradition. The basketball season starts. Kansas fans pack Allen Fieldhouse. And KU’s players jam out to the latest pop music crazes.

Well, it’s here again — KU’s 29th annual Late Night in the Phog is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday — and Kansas’ players have apparently been spending the week cramming for their moment under the lights.

It was all a minor surprise for senior transfer Tarik Black, who arrived this summer after three years at Memphis. They did a little dancing at Memphis’ season-opening party, Black says, but the blue bloods, it seems, even take dancing to the next level.

“Man, our choreographers, they think we’re Chris Brown backup dancers,” Black said. “They think we’re professionals.”

One other spoiler alert: Kansas coach Bill Self says that KU broadcasting legend Max Falkenstien will be participating in Friday’s festivities, taking on the role of Blue from the movie “Old School.”

“It’s almost like a 67th-year senior,” Self joked on Thursday afternoon.

Here’s Black discussing the Jayhawks’ Late Night preparations:

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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