Nov 26, 2019 5:59 PM

Kansas and BYU to clash in Maui semifinals

Posted Nov 26, 2019 5:59 PM

KU defeated Chaminade to advance in the Maui Invitational. Photo courtesy

LAHAINA, Hawaii – No. 4/5 Kansas (4-1) will look to punch its ticket to the championship game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational when the Jayhawks meet BYU in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday.

The Jayhawks and Cougars are slated to tip-off inside the Lahaina Civic Center at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst) will call the action.


Kansas is participating in its seventh Maui Jim Maui Invitational and has a combined record of 16-6 in the event. The Jayhawks are 3-0 mark in campus round games and a 13-6 record in Maui.

With its 93-63 win against Chaminade (11/25), Kansas has won its opening-round game of the Maui Invitational in six of the seven Maui invites it has participated.

Kansas has won two Maui Invitationals in 1996 and 2015, its last appearance in the event. Kansas has won four straight Maui Invitational games and six of its last seven games at Lahaina Civic Center.

Kansas and BYU are meeting for the fifth time in men’s basketball and the first time since the 1993 NCAA Tournament, a KU 90-76 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. KU leads the series 3-1.

Kansas has won its last five in-season tournaments with the 2015 Maui Invitational included in the run. The streak started with the 2014 Orlando Classic, then the 2015 Maui Invitational, the 2016 CBE Classic, the 2017 HoopHall Miami Invitational and the 2018 NIT Season Tip Off.

Kansas is 3-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season and has a 24-game homecourt winning streak, which is third-longest nationally behind Tennessee (28) and Gonzaga (26).

Kansas is ranked No. 4 in the Nov. 25 Associated Press national poll. KU has been ranked in the top-five 340 times overall and 134 times in the Bill Self era.

KU has been ranked in each of the last 204 AP polls dating back to 2008-09. The 204-consecutive weeks in the polls is the longest active streak in the nation. KU holds the same streak in the coaches’ poll at 212.

Kansas head coach Bill Self is 684-212 in his 27th season overall as a head coach. He is four games from being the 30th active coach in the NCAA to have coached in 900 games.


Kansas holds a 3-1 series advantage against BYU. The four-game series started in 1959 with KU defeating BYU, 96-64, on Dec. 19 in Manhattan, Kansas. BYU won the following year, 80-70, in Provo, Utah, on Dec. 20, 1960. The Jayhawks won game three, 83-67, on Dec. 17, 1971, in Allen Fieldhouse and KU won the last meeting, 90-76, in the 1993 NCAA Midwest Regional in Chicago. 



Kansas will play either Dayton or Virginia Tech in the championship or third-place game of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Jayhawks are 1-1 all-time against Dayton and have never met Virginia Tech on the basketball court.

The Jayhawks have a combined 16-6 record in the Maui Invitational, including 13-6 in games played in Maui. KU has won two of the titles in 1996 and 2015.

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Sherman, co-investors finalize purchase of Royals

John Sherman. Photo courtesy Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sale of the Kansas City Royals was finalized on Monday afternoon with the financial closing of the sale from David Glass to an investment group led by John Sherman.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced last Thursday that the owners of the Major League Clubs unanimously approved the new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals.

Sherman and the co-investors are the third owner of the Royals since their inception in 1969 when Ewing Kauffman brought Major League Baseball back to Kansas City after a one-year absence.

“On behalf of our distinguished group of Kansas City-centric investors, I am humbled by the opportunity to carry forward and build on the important legacy of the Kansas City Royals,” said Sherman.   “This is an ownership group that brings an impressive collection of skills and strengths across multiple sectors. They bring both business and sports acumen, entrepreneurial curiosity, a willingness to embrace risk, and a deep commitment to civic and community engagement in Kansas City. What is perhaps most valuable is that each of them also brings the passion and the heart of a fan. Collectively, they will bring great value to the journey.”

“As I’ve said before,” Sherman continued, “our goal will be threefold: to compete for a championship on behalf of our fans; to honor their passion, their experience and their unwavering commitment; and to carry their hopes and dreams forward through sustained success in this great Kansas City region for decades to come.”

Sherman is an entrepreneur who has started and developed two successful businesses based in Kansas City, Mo. His first startup, LPG Services Group, grew rapidly and merged with Dynegy in 1996. Sherman later founded Inergy L.P., which became a public company in 2001. He led Inergy through a period of tremendous growth, merging it with Crestwood Holdings in 2013. Sherman continues to serve on the board of the merged company - Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP).

Sherman has served and supported the Kansas City community extensively in both a civic capacity and through his philanthropic efforts. He serves as a trustee of both the Kauffman Foundation and the National World War I Museum, is past board chair of the Truman Presidential Library Institute, and was a founding board member of Teach for America-Kansas City. He has been recognized with numerous honors for his entrepreneurial successes including as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition, in 2014, he was inducted into the inaugural class of The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry Bloch School of Management with a group that included Ewing Kauffman, the original owner of the Kansas City Royals and Lamar Hunt, a founder of the American Football League (AFL) and late owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Inner Circle Sports LLC and Bowood Capital Advisors, LLC served as financial advisors to the Sherman Group, and Covington & Burling LLP served as legal counsel.