WICHITA, Kan. The first two of three Kansas teams competing in a tournament featuring former NCAA Division I basketball players took the court Thursday night at Wichita State University's Charles Koch Arena. It was all part of opening-night action for the TBT (The Basketball Tournament).
Former stars for KU and Wichita State stepped onto the court Thursday, recapturing some of the energy they experienced competing on college basketball's highest level. Several left lasting legacies featuring conference championships and deep NCAA Tournament runs.
Kansas State's alumni team, Purple and Black takes the court at Koch Arena at 8 p.m. Friday.
After Thursday night, the quest to recapture some college hoops magic and win the $2 million championship prize continues for the team of Wichita State alumni, "The Aftershocks."
The team consisting of former KU players, "Self Made," lost its opening game, exiting the 64-team tournament. For many KU fans cheering on the Jayhawk alumni Thursday, the bigger concern is for Wichita native Perry Ellis who went down early in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Looking at the bigger picture, the concern is to what degree the injury could impact Ellis' availability to play professionally next season. The former KU star is slated to play pro ball in Japan.
The Jayhawk alumni squad lost Thursday night's game 87-63 to the team, "Sideline Cancer," a collective group of alumni from colleges across the U.S.
In Thursday's nightcap, "The Aftershocks" turned it on late to beat Iowa United, 85-76. Former Shocker Conner Frankamp scored a team-best 23 points in the win.
You can follow teams, schedules and the bracket for the TBT on the tournament's website.