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Sunday, February 19, 2006

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An alumni basketball game could have been contested after Kansas University's 33-point rout of Missouri on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Current NBA Jayhawks Wayne Simien and Kirk Hinrich were joined in the stands by Mike Maddox, Terry Nooner, Patrick Richey, Steve Woodberry and Chris Zerbe.

At one point, senior guard Jeff Hawkins had a conversation with former KU guard Woodberry, who was seated behind the KU bench.

"He said, 'I see you talking on the court (to opposing players),''' Hawkins said with a laugh. "I said, 'Yeah, I talk sometimes.'''

Other faces in the crowd: Chiefs' general manager Carl Peterson, who heard some cheers, plus many boos when he was introduced; Chiefs lineman Casey Wiegmann; "Survivor" winner Danni Boatwright; and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

One high school prospect, Steve Moore, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Truman High in Independence, Mo., also was on hand.

¢ Milestone for Mr. Bill: KU coach Bill Self worked his 400th game as a head coach. He is 273-127.

"I don't know if that is some unbelievable milestone. For some guys it is their 2,000th game," Self said. "I've had a lot of fun. I've had a lot of good players. This team has its fair share of those."

¢ Braids on tap?: Brandon Rush, who spent time with his teammates Friday night at the barbershop, didn't get his hair clipped. He was a spectator.

"I'm letting my hair grow out," he said. "I think I'll get braids."

¢ Stewart plays: Seldom-used sophomore guard Rodrick Stewart played a season-high seven minutes. He missed four shots with no makes. He had one assist.

"I think he's been fine at practice," Self said of the USC transfer. "He did pretty well. I think the wind blew that one off a little to the right," the coach quipped of an air-balled three-pointer.

¢ Gardner held in check: Thomas Gardner, who had 40 points versus KU in MU's overtime victory in Columbia, scored 15 points off 5-of-17 shooting. He made three of 10 threes.

"We did a good job as far as limiting him. We held him down," sophomore Russell Robinson said. "The key defensively is, don't let him get comfortable. He is streaky. He did hit two in a row."

¢ Gridders applauded: Members of the KU football team were honored at halftime to loud cheers. KU also held junior day, an event for high school juniors to visit campus unofficially. Among those visiting were Free State High's Ryan and Brian Murphy.

Graduating senior linebacker Nick Reid indicated he'd put on 10 pounds since the end of the season. He's 6-foot-3, 240 pounds.

"All I need is someone to let me put my foot in the door," Reid said of an NFL career.

¢ KU's crowd: The fans brought banners mocking the Tigers.

Fans held newspapers with a picture of former MU coach Quin Snyder and the caption, "Will Coach For Food."

Others: "I love hair gel."

"It's not a showdown, it's a war."

With about five minutes to play, the students in the south end zone began chanting, "Just like Baylor, just like Baylor," mocking the Tigers, who fell to Baylor, 90-64, in Snyder's last game.

¢ D'oh!: The video board played a clip from "The Simpsons" that had the crowd roaring. Grandpa Simpson looked at a flag with 49 states and said: "I'll be deep in the ground before I recognize 'Missourah' as a state."

¢ Stats, facts: The Jayhawks have won 10 or more conference games 12 straight seasons. : KU has won seven straight versus MU at Allen. : Russell Robinson had a career-best six steals. He had five the first half, most by a Jayhawk since Aaron Miles had five against Michigan State in 2003. : Sasha Kaun had a career-best four blocks. : Chalmers tied a career high with four threes. : MU's six second-half field goals were fewest by a foe since Saint Joseph's had five in 2004. MU's six first-half rebounds were fewest since Princeton had five in 1999.

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