‘Twas the Night Before Tipoff



‘Twas the Night Before Tipoff – The University of Kansas Jayhawks celebrates the rich traditions of KU Basketball and puts you at center court of historic Allen Fieldhouse!

It’s the night before the basketball season starts for the Kansas Jayhawks at the famed Allen Fieldhouse. Like a child who tosses and turns while dreaming of the next day’s excitement, the Fieldhouse can’t remain silent or still. With a flutter of the championship banners hanging on the rafters, readers and the Jawhawk mascot watch legendary players and coaches come to life. Music and cheers fill the building as the memories of past triumphs return to be remembered again.

‘Twas The Night Before Tipoff – The University of Kansas Jayhawks celebrates the accomplishments of mighty Jayhawk teams and the University of Kansas legendary men and women players. The whole family will love reading the toe-tapping verses and seeing the bright, action-packed illustrations. ‘Twas The Night Before Tipoff – The University of Kansas Jayhawks is the perfect gift for Jayhawk fans of all ages. The story provides an opportunity for parents and children to bond over KU basketball and start a conversation about KU sports that can last a lifetime.

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“Every time you come into this building you get goosebumps.”–Coach Bill Self 2003 – present

“When I walked in there every night for 15 years, I got chills just walking in that tunnel.” –Coach Roy Williams 1988 – 2003

“I always think when they put in an encyclopedia what a fieldhouse is supposed to be like, it’d be Allen Fieldhouse.”–Coach Larry Brown 1983 – 1988

“The seats are filled with the greatest fans — fans who support their Jayhawks passionately and applaud the excellence of the opponent. A trip to Allen Fieldhouse is a must on the bucket list of any serious sports fan.” –Coach Ted Owens 1964 – 1983


About the Author

Chris Meggs became an Emmy-winning television news producer after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. A lifelong fan of KU sports, game day will find him at the stadium or fieldhouse or by a television or radio cheering for his beloved Jayhawks. Chris loves learning about Kansas and it’s history, often taking day trips to explore what the state has to offer. Chris and his wife Julie live in Gardner, Kansas.

Rob Peters has illustrated over 30 picture books of all shapes and sizes including Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s from Ascend Books. He has a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College. He lives with his wife and family in Topeka, Kansas.

Additional information

Weight 1.0 lbs











Ascend Books


8.5 x 11

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