Friday, November 3, 2006

KU basketball notebook


Kansas University junior guard Jeremy Case did not dress for the game. He suffered a groin pull in practice this week and will be out at least seven to 10 days.

"Hopefully, we'll get him back possibly for Northern Arizona (regular-season opener, Nov. 11). Realistically, it'll be Oral Roberts (Nov. 15). We need to get him back as soon as possible," coach Bill Self said. "He's probably at least a week away as of today. We need to get him back. It's unfortunate because he's had a real good camp."

How'd it happen? "A noncontact deal. He turned to run and felt a pop," Self said.

Case also had a groin pull two seasons ago.

¢ Giles meeting set: Self said he would meet with C.J. Giles today and hoped to come to a decision about the player's future at KU. Giles has been suspended since missing a morning practice Oct. 16. He has had some academic and behavioral issues, as well as a pending court date in a child-support case.

¢ Kaun doing OK: Self said injured big man Sasha Kaun, who suffered a slightly torn patellar tendon in his right knee at practice Sunday, was doing well thus far in rehab.

Kaun is walking with just a slight limp.

"What we know is he is on a quicker-than-average pace for rehab, which is positive. That doesn't mean he'll be back in three weeks. It doesn't mean he'll be back in six. He'd have very little chance of getting back closer to three if he wasn't feeling the way he felt right now. That's a positive sign," Self said.

¢ Highlights: Julian Wright had ESPN's No. 7 play of the night on SportsCenter on Thursday. It was his fast-break, one-handed dunk off a dish from Sherron Collins.

Other notable plays of the game: Wright went coast to coast for a layup; Collins fed Mario Chalmers with an underhanded pass for a slam; Collins hit a pair of second-half threes; Wright had a follow dunk off a Chalmers miss; Wright had a tip pass to Chalmers for a three; Darrell Arthur had a steal and ensuing bank shot for a bucket; Brandon Rush drove for a one-handed slam; Arthur had a steal near midcourt and was able to stay in bounds and stormed to the other end, where he had a bucket and was fouled.

¢ This, that: KU has won 25 straight exhibition games. ... KU forced 25 turnovers while committing 14. The 25 Washburn turnovers were turned into 35 KU points. KU's turnovers led to 12 Ichabod points. : Wright had nine rebounds. Had it been a real game, it would have tied a career high. : Arthur's six blocks would have tied a freshman record for blocks in a game set by Nick Collison against Nebraska in 2000. : Darnell Jackson had seven offensive rebounds.

¢ KSU next: The Ichabods travel to Manhattan on Saturday to play Bob Huggins' Wildcats. It's a special game for WU coach Bob Chipman, who is a KSU graduate.

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"With coach Huggins' hiring, they have made a commitment to winning there," Chipman said of the former Cincinnati coach. "He knows how to do that (win). To be part of that start again and play them will be a great learning experience and fun. They have it going there.

"With coach Huggins there, it's going to be fun for Kansas and Kansas State basketball fans. I think there will be a true rivalry again. K-State will challenge them, bring back the rivalry."

¢ We're No. 4: Washburn on Wednesday was tapped fourth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. coaches poll. Emporia State, KU's opponent Tuesday, was picked ninth in the 10-team league.

"They usually stick us first. The year we had last year they couldn't pick us first," said Chipman, whose Ichabods went 4-12 in the league.

¢ Chipman on KU's freshmen: "They are very athletic, very mature, just more of the same at KU. Great talents : what a treat it is for KU fans to have those kids in the program with others. It's so much fun with that kind of talent."


JayCeph 13 years, 2 months ago

Washburn is a class act. Some of the best basketball (outside of Lawrence) in the area. If you ever get a chance, a trip to Topeka to see the 'Bods is worth the trip.

b_asinbeer 13 years, 2 months ago

I agree, Washburn is a class act because of its coach, Bob Chipman.

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