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Course on Big Eight Christmas Basketball Tournament

This is a basketball history course I will teach via Zoom for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas on October 29, November 5 & 12.

“Holiday College Basketball in Kansas City: History of the Big Eight Christmas Tournament”

Wilt Chamberlain

Bob Boozer

Before the Big 12 Conference, it was the Big Eight. Claiming Wilt Chamberlain as its greatest basketball alumnus, it was considered one of the most renown college basketball conferences in the country. From 1946 through 1978, the conference had its round robin holiday tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was one of the best college basketball tournaments in the country. In the beginning, when only six, then seven, teams were in the conference, other non-conference teams were invited. Former pro basketball players such as JoJo White, Bob Boozer, Clyde Lovellette, Cliff Meely and Garfield Heard played in the tournament. There were also many who were part of this tournament’s history that never played professional basketball. What made the tournament exciting is when a team not predicted to finish high in the conference would “catch lightning in a bottle” for that week and win the tournament. The course will explore the history of the tournament and discuss factors which would lead to the tournament’s demise in 1978.

 Session Detail: OC22163O

Schedule:Every week on Friday, starting on 10/29/21 and ending on 11/12/21
Times:01:00pm – 02:30pm
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Price:Single Osher Course : $50.00

Click on https://lpe.ku.edu/osher-home to enroll

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