The KU basketball program is preparing to move its exhibition opener against Pittsburg State to avoid a potential conflict with Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City.
KU officials announced Friday that the first basketball exhibition game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse, will be pushed back to 7 p.m. Thursday should the World Series return to Kansas City for Game 6 on Tuesday.
If the series were to end on Tuesday, the exhibition game would still be played on Thursday, to allow Pittsburg State advance notice.
“We love the roll the Royals are on,” said KU coach Bill Self, who attended Game 1 at Kauffman Stadium.
“And we know that interest in this Series is sky-high in this area. Many of our Jayhawk fans will want to attend or watch Game 7 next Wednesday, if it goes that far, and we don’t want them to have to make a choice. We hope the Royals wrap it up in New York, but if they don’t we’ll be ready to move our game.”
The Jayhawks are set to play two exhibition games this season. They will also face Fort Hays State on Nov. 10 before opening the regular season against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13.
“We want to be fair to Pittsburg State, and we want to keep any confusion to a minimum,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said of the potential scheduling change.
“If we move the game once, we won’t move it back if the series ends in six games. The sure thing is that if the series returns to Kansas City, we will move the exhibition game to Thursday night.”