The Kansas basketball team has never lost to an Ivy League school, and they will look to keep that streak going when the Yale Bulldogs come into town for tomorrow night's tilt. KU has had an impeccable month of December with wins over No. 5 UConn, UMKC, Missouri, and most recently, Indiana, when they stole one on the road in Bloomington.
The No. 2 ranked Jayhawks have been relatively lucky with injuries during the 2023-24 season. Each scholarship player has appeared in all 11 games aside from Jamari McDowell, who suffered a setback in practice and was forced to miss the season opener. Besides that, the injury bug hasn't hit Bill Self's group (fingers crossed).
While the squad has remained healthy for the first dozen nonconference games, there will be one Jayhawk absent for tonight's contest. Here is the Kansas basketball injury report vs. Yale.
Kansas Basketball Injury Report 12/22 Vs. Yale
- Johnny Furphy - Out (Personal, Family Commitment)
Johnny Furphy won't play today, nor will he be with the team. Coach Self talked to the media earlier this week and told reporters that he had to head out to see family during the players' short holiday break. The coaches had known about this for months.
It likely isn't a coincidence that this 'family commitment' occurred ahead of the Christmas week. Furphy grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has been away from home for quite some time. This could be a time for him to reduce his homesickness before the team embarks on a lengthy conference schedule (and the Big 12/NCAA tournaments).
Johnny will only miss one game and is expected to return for the Wichita State game on Dec. 30. While he is out, fellow bench guards Jamari McDowell and Nick Timberlake should see extended playing time. There are no other players on the KU injury report.