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Preview: KU set for final exhibition game vs. Ft. Hays St.

The No. 3/4 Kansas Jayhawks will play their final exhibition of 2017 on Tuesday, when they host the Fort Hays State Tigers. Following their 100-54 win against Pittsburg State on Halloween, the Jayhawks look to continue their exhibition win streak to 27.

The Jayhawks, lead by head Coach Bill Self in his 15th season with the school, started their preseason early, playing four games in Italy in the beginning of August, where no team came within 27 points.

In their game against Pittsburg State, all ten eligible players saw at least seven minutes, with five players scoring in double figures. Junior guard Lagerald Vick and sophomore center Udoka Azubuike both recorded double-doubles, Vick with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Azuibuike had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Fort Hays State, coached by 17-year-veteran Mark Johnson, come off an 18-11 record last season, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of their conference tournament. They return three starters, lead by forward Hadley Gillum, a local product from Plainville, Kansas, just north of Hays.

Last week, they visited Kansas State, where the Tigers lost 79-56 on October 29.

The Matchup

The Jayhawks are perfect in 10 games against the Tigers, all at home. In their previous meeting in 2015, the Jayhawks won 95-59, where Vick, Devonte’ Graham, and Sviatoslav Mykhailuk all had points.

Following this game, both teams’ regular seasons will begin on Friday.

The Jayhawks host Tennessee State to begin their 120th season of basketball, where their streak of 43 home opener wins will be on the line.

Fort Hays State will host Southwest Minnesota State in Emporia, Kansas, where the division two season will tip off on the same day as division one.

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