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KU-ISU pregame

February 13, 2010

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Jesse Newell

80-54 KU.

And though I don't think he'll make it on to the All-Big 12 first team, I think Cole Aldrich most deserves to be on there because of his contributions on defense.

Jesse Newell

Just got an update: Thomas Robinson sustained a concussion in practice on Thursday, and that's why he's being held out of this game.

MrPilot

Does it look like Marcus is having any trouble shooting with the padding on his finger? (If shoot-arounds have started yet).

Jesse Newell

MrPilot — I'll take a closer look when they come back out. Honestly, I was trying to hunt down a reason for why Robinson was in street clothes, so I wasn't watching much of the shoot-around.

MrPilot

Sure, I understand. You guys do a great job there. :-)

Jesse Newell

He should be back out in about 10 minutes, so I'll be sure to watch him then.

Jesse Newell

OK, they're out shooting layups. The splint doesn't look to be affecting Marcus too much on layups or dribbling. Actually, it looks more like a heavy tape job than a splint. When I think splint, I think of something bigger and bulkier than what he has on his finger right now. Whatever is on his finger hasn't stopped him from banging into teammates to get them pumped for the game.

riverdrifter

I keep thinking Xavier Henry will have a breakout game and go off on somebody in league play for 30-40 points. Time is running out! What do you think?

Jesse Newell

Time is running out for Xavier for a performance like that. I did think, though, that his game against Texas was his best of the Big 12 season. Even more than the scoring, I thought he looked tougher out there, banging around for loose balls and offensive rebounds. He was schooled by Damion James early, so I'd say he probably still isn't the defender that Self might want him to be at this point.

fearsadness14

Any more info on Brackins' illness?

HawkMuseum09

I think I have to agree with riverdrifter...well atleast I am hoping he is correct.

waterboy7

I think Bob knight was right when he said Xavier needs to come back for three more years what do you think?

Jesse Newell

fears — I think he's OK. It sounds like the flu is being passed around the Cyclones.

http://www.gocyclones.com/news.php?ID=2486

MrPilot

Awesome, thanks Jesse.

HawkMuseum09

We really need to get Withey more experience tonight so he can become somewhat valuable during the Tourney. He played good against Iowa St. last time if I am correct?

Jesse Newell

waterboy — Let me start by saying there is no chance that Xavier is here four years. I think there's very little chance he's here two years. This year's draft class is relatively weak, and despite his struggles this year, I haven't heard any experts indicate that Xavier would drop out of the first round.

KRichards

Xavier is 2 and done

Jesse Newell

Tons of football recruits behind me — at least five rows of them with their parents. Doesn't look like Turner Gill is wasting any time getting folks on campus.

kusayzone

What about SC's beard?

Jesse Newell

You like it?

Jesse Newell

Bill Self with a red tie. Valentine's Day, anyone?

Jesse Newell

"We want Selby" chant starts from the North-side students.

Jesse Newell

All right, guys. I'm closing up shop. Head over to the live-game blog for analysis, photos, polls and more.

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