University of Kansas

KU notes: Coach Bill Self hopes President Obama will meet with team

President Barack Obama is set to visit KU’s campus on Thursday morning, speaking at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse, and Kansas coach Bill Self said he was hoping to set up a meeting between the KU team and Obama, a dedicated basketball fan.

“We’re trying to get that worked out,” Self said. “I’ve been in contact with somebody out of his office. We’d like to get that worked out, because that would mean a lot to everybody in our program, but certainly to our players. And I hope that that’s the case. But there’s no guarantee that is the case. From what we understand, he’s on a very, very tight schedule and we’ll see how it plays out.”

Traylor has hip injury

Self said that junior forward Jamari Traylor was bothered by a hip flexor issue during Monday’s victory.

“He hurt his hip about a week ago,” Self said. “It’s been bothering him, but we had no idea it was bothering him tonight until the end of the game. He kind of hid it from us, and I think that was the reason why he wasn’t near as effective.”

Floyd and Shelby honored

In 1957, Homer Floyd and Ernie Shelby stepped into a meeting with then Kansas chancellor Franklin Murphy and made a case for change. Floyd, the first black captain in Kansas football history, and Shelby, a captain on the track team, joined fellow Kansas athletes Wilt Chamberlain and Charlie Tidwell, among others, at the meeting. They came with a simple demand: If the university wouldn’t do more to address the discrimination in a heavily-segregated Lawrence community, they were leaving school.

Fifty-eight years later, Floyd and Shelby returned to Kansas’ campus Monday for a series of events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and their role in the desegregation of Lawrence.

Floyd and Shelby took part in a candlelight vigil and walk on campus. They were also honored during the first half of Kansas’ game against Oklahoma, receiving a large ovation during a timeout.

One three short of a record

Kansas began Monday’s game by making eight straight from three-point range, which was one off the school record. The Jayhawks made nine three-pointers in a row against North Carolina State in 1994.

First half

Key play: When Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham drilled a three-pointer with more than 8 minutes left, the Jayhawks had made eight straight from three-point range and led 39-19.

Key stat: KU shot nine of 13 on threes.

Second half

Key play: Kansas’ Cliff Alexander snatched an offensive rebound off a missed free throw, and Brannen Greene drilled a three-pointer that gave the Jayhawks a 73-71 lead in the final minutes.

Key stat: KU was 10 of 19 on threes.

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