Emporia State men’s basketball is starting off their season with an exhibition game against the Kansas University Jayhawks at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.
“I feel good about the upcoming game against KU,” said Aaron McGee, junior forward. “I think it’s a little different for some of us Kansas kids who get the opportunity to play in a gym we all grew up watching and dreamed to be a part of. But it will be a great learning experience for our whole team playing in an environment like Allen Fieldhouse.”
The Hornets have a new coaching staff this year, including a new head coach, Craig Dorty. Dorty is the former head coach of Graceland University, who went to the NAIA Division I championship two years ago. There are also three new assistant coaches this year, including Evan Lavery, Tyler Bredehoeft and Chase Dippel. Additionally, the Hornets have added six new student assistants.
Danny Hodge, redshirt junior guard, said he was excited for the new members of the team, both the coaching staff and players. “I am excited about this upcoming season with a new coaching staff and a lot of new faces on our team,” Hodge said.
The exhibition is the 25th meeting between the teams and the ninth game in exhibition play. KU has the winning record for these games, with a 13-3 record for the regular season games and 8-0 in exhibition play.
“I think it will be a good year,” said Duncan Fort, redshirt freshman forward. “A lot of new faces on the team and we’re all hungry to go out and prove that we belong with any team put out in front of us.”
The Hornets will play 16 away games this season, including the KU exhibition. There are 13 home games on the schedule as well. The first home game is against the University of Saint Mary at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in White Auditorium.