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Saturday, November 11, 2006

KU opens season up smoothly, 91-57

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Sophomore guard Mario Chalmers, who missed the Jayhawks' exhibition finale against Emporia State with a sprained big toe, is back in uniform tonight for the Jayhawks, as they open the regular season with a 7 p.m. tip-off at home against Northern Arizona.

The Anchorage, Alaska, native scored 12 points and dished out four assists in the Jayhawks' exhibition opener, a 99-69 win over Washburn on Nov. 2. With Chalmers dressing out, the only two KU hoopsters still modeling street clothes are junior guard Jeremy Case (groin) and junior forward Sasha Kaun (knee).

Northern Arizona enjoyed just a one-game exhibition season, but it was successful nonetheless. The Lumberjacks took down Ft. Lewis in their lone tune-up, 86-74.

FIRST HALF

After drawing a foul away from the ball just seconds into the game, Darnell Jackson, then scored the game's first points on a tough inside move between a pair of defenders. He did the deed again on the Jayhawks' next possession, this time in the form of a two-handed slam on a fastbreak feed from Brandon Rush.

After Josh Wilson got Northern Arizona on the scoreboard with a 12-foot jumper, Rush scored the game's next five points. he hit a long tow, followed by a three from just a few feet away from the same spot on a give-and-go with Jackson.

Jackson inadvertently helped the Lumberjacks out by tipping in a Tyrone Brazy miss on the other end, but a long Julian Wright jumper and a three-ball from Sherron Collins - his first official KU points - have KU up 14-7 with 15:50 to go in the first half.

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Collins hit another three right out of the game's first timeout, and it was followed by freshman Darrell Arthur checking in for the first time, as well as sophomore Mario Chalmers, who missed KU's exhibition finale against Emporia State last Thursday with a sprained big toe.

The Lumberjacks finally found an offensive rhythm, though, as Bazy hit a jumper on the baseline, followed by a soft baby hook from Kyle Landry pulled NAU to within six at 17-11.

Chalmers hit one of two free throws after nearly making a miraculous hoop with harm, and then made a defensive highlight of his own, forcing a five-second call on the other end. Julian Wright responded wtih his second field goal of the night. Rush did him one better by making his third bucket on a pull-up jumper on the right wing to make it a 22-11 contest.

A Northern Arizona bucket pulled them within nine points, 22-13, headed into a television timeout with 11:51 to go in the first half.

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Arthur had his turn after the timeout to get in the books officially. Following a pair of free throws, he hit a short baseline jumper, and then tipped in a Darnell Jackson miss from close range. Following that hoop, Russell Robinson forced NAU to call a quick timeout, as he stole the inbounds pass, ducked a defender and dropped in the easy deuce to give KU a commanding 30-13 lead.

Sir ended NAU's offensive drought out of the timeout with his second three of the game, but KU answered quickly with Robinson hitting a slashing Rush for his easiest two points of the game. He leads all scorers with nine.

Robinson again applied the defensive grips, this time wtih another steal past midcourt. He was fouled and hit both sides of the one-and-one. His third straight steal netted an easy dunk in transition for Wright, who got a little nervous with having so much open court around him that he nearly dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds. He instead recovered and made it look simple with no one still around.

The stuff pushed KU's lead to 20 points at 36-16 with just under eight minutes to go until intermission.

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Robinson continued KU's knack for the dramatic out of timeouts by hitting a wide open three in the corner to give him seven points so far in the game. Collins then on the next possession worked his 5-foot-11, 200-pound stocky frame down the baseline for a tough layin against NAU's height while avoiding a charging call.

A Deveric Taylor three-pointer with a hand in his face continued a quick 7-0 NAU spurt, but Jackson answered on the other end for KU with a tough inside basket while draped by a defender. The bucket gave KU a 43-25 lead heading into the half's final television timeout with 3:38 to go.

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Jackson hit the free throw out of the timeout, and then made one of two on the next possession to push KU's lead back to 20 at 45-25. The free throws gave him eight points. Russell Robinson added two free throws of his own after that, taking advantage of the double bonus.

A Brandon Rush two made him the first player in double figures with 11 points, and after forcing yet another NAU turnover, Mario Chalmers squeezed past a Julian Wright screen for a layup, putting KU up 51-25.

Brandon Rush missed a three-pointer right before the half, but KU finished the first 20 minutes of gameplay on a 20-0 run.

HALFTIME

KU shot an impressive 19-of-31 from the floor in the first half, compared to NAU's 10-of-30 performance. The Jayhawks also outrebounded the Lumberjacks 20-13, and even more importantly, KU has forced 11 NAU turnovers.

SECOND HALF

pointer atop the key from Julian Wright.

NAU's Stephen Sir, the nation's leading returning three-point shooter from a year ago, responded with his third trey of the game, but just as he did in the first half, Jackson was able to show some polished post moves for a pair of inside baskets. He now leads all scorers with 12 points, followed by 11 from Brandon Rush.

Rush took that lead back though wtih a pull-up jumper after grabbing an impressive rebound he tipped to himself - his fourth of the night. Wright got himself into double figures on the next possession with a a tip-in, and after another Jackson defensive board, Wright scored again in transition on a feed from Rush.

Chalmers then registered a steal, swiping it to Robinson who attempted an alley-oop feed to Chalmers. The flush rung out, but Rush was there for a simple follow. The run has made KU's lead practically out of hand at 66-32 with 14:52 to go in the game.

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Any rumor of Free State product Brady Morningstar redshirting this season was put to rest when he checked into the game right out of the timeout.

Collins became the fourth Jayhawk in the game to move into double figures by hitting two-of-three free throws following an obstructed attempt beyond the arc. The third missed, but was followed by Julian Wright, giving him 15 points on the night.

After a few dull minutes, Brady Morningstar got things picked up by throwing a beautiful lob for Darrell Arthur, who caught the ball two feet above the rim and sent it home one-handed. It was followed by a Mario Chalmers steal in which he was able to walk in and throw down a one-handed dunk of his own. It pushed KU's lead to an insurmountable 40 points at 74-34 with 11:10 to go.

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Arthur's pair of free throws on another opportunity set up by Morningstar made him the fifth Jayhawk to get in the double figures grouping.

KU has started to empty the bench, as Rodrick Stewart and Matt Kleinmann are seeing extended minutes, and have made the most of them. Both have been integral on the defensive end as KU is coasting to the finish, holding a 78-44 lead with 6:48 to go.

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After Darrell Arthur swatted away a Ryan McCurdy face-up attempt, he was rewarded on the other end with an easy jam underneath on a nifty dish from Rush.

That was followed by Julian Wright pinning a Bernard Burrell breakaway layup against the glass, and on the other end, Rush bumped his point total to 19 with yet another three-pointer. Rush moved to 21 on the night on the ensuing trip, giving KU one last burst of offense for the night, and getting the lead to 38 points at 87-49.

A Nathan Geiser three-pointer right before the night's final T.V. timeout made it 87-52.

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Morningstar scored his first official KU hoop with less than a minute to go, and walk-ons Brad Witherspoon and Brennan Bechard became the final Jayhawks to enter the game, as well.

KU opens its season with a 91-57 win, as Brandon Rush led five KU players in double figures with 21 points.

Comments

beebe1 13 years, 2 months ago

Hey, being more than 600 miles to the East, the only thing I can find is the progressive rundown. Nice, but I sure would like to hear Bob Davis. Are there any KS (or KCMo) radio stations putting the radio on the computer?

Miles Garrett 13 years, 2 months ago

kjhk has it, but unfortunately it isn't bob davis. www.kjhk.ku.edu

Dan Harris 13 years, 2 months ago

ditto beebe1 I would love to be able to be up to date with the game!

rockchalk42 13 years, 2 months ago

I don't know where to listen to Bob; however, don't forget that KJHK was the first radio station ever to continously broadcast live on the internet! I'm in South Korea and I'm listening to the game on KJHK.

jwel2nd 13 years, 2 months ago

Hello, rockchalk42. I am a Jayhawker in Jakarta, Indonesia. Could you email me off list at jwel2nd@yahoo.com and let me know how I can listen to KJHK over the internet? I'd really appreciate it. Rock Chalk!

beebe1 13 years, 2 months ago

there is an organization on the internet JHJK.org Seems like they are selling music -- something I could do without. Don't see how to get on for live (BB) programmking.

nevadahawk 13 years, 2 months ago

Attn: rockchalk42, There is a very simple process for you to listen to Bob Davis and Chris Piper broadcast all of KU's games. Log-in to the following address: http://www.kuathletics.com and open up an account with at&t Jayhawk all access. There is a link on the front page there to do just that. For $6.95 monthly you can pick up the internet broadcast of all the games. I hope this helps.

Regards nevadahawk Nov 11th 2006 6:45 PM PST

thabergman 13 years, 2 months ago

http://www.kjhk.ku.edu/

Is the address for the student radio station at KU. In the upper left corner is a circle with the words "Tune in now." Beneath these words are two links, one for a high bandwidth stream, and one with a low bandwidth stream. Click on one of these links, and the streaming audio file will open in your MP3 player (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc)

During the games, this stream includes the live broadcast. When there's not a game, the station is typically playing music.

beebe1 13 years, 2 months ago

there is an organization on the internet KHJK.org Seems like they are selling music -- something I could do without. Don't see how to get on for live (BB) programming. Also KHJK.KU.edu not helpful either!

kutravis 13 years, 2 months ago

hi everyone. i too also have been looking avidly for a network online so i could listen to the game.

Go to http://www.kkle.com/

there is a link there that says KKWE and that will allow you to listen to the Jayhawk Radio Network with Bob Davis and company.

Hope this helps all of you. also, kusports.com lists what radio stations broadcast the Jayhawk radio network. I've tried every single station and only found the site i listed above to have an online broadcast that worked. Some of the other stations broadcast online but i was unsuccessful getting them to buffer and play. Good Luck and Rock Chalk JAYHAWK!

kutravis 13 years, 2 months ago

also, the site i mentioned above is FREE

beebe1 13 years, 2 months ago

there is an organization on the internet KJHK.org Seems like they are selling music -- something I could do without. Don't see how to get on for live (BB) programmking. Also on KJHK.KU.edu no gyuidance there either!

kutravis 13 years, 2 months ago

I provided everyone with the wrong link. Go To:

http://www.kkle.com/

once there, click the link that says: KWME LIVE AUDIO

Miles Garrett 13 years, 2 months ago

kutravis: you rock. the link works great.

nevadahawk 13 years, 2 months ago

From nevadahawk, I just did my own research regarding http://www.hjhk.ku.e and they only broadcast home games. So when the Hawks are on the road you won't be able to pick up the games. So your best bet is the at&t jayhawk all access package. For $6.95 monthly you can listen to all KU games both home and away. The link comes through the cstv.com service. The link to sign up for the package is on the upper right corner on the front page of http://kuathletics.com in the square with the AD's picture. Good luck guys.

Regards nevadahawk Nov 11th 2006

jayhawkstacey 13 years, 2 months ago

kutravis- you're the shiznit. you just saved my season!! i was bummed when i realized that 1320 didn't do an internet broadcast. as for kjhk, it's the student radio station, where all of us budding journalists got our start. enjoy....

rockchalk42 13 years, 2 months ago

Thank you kutravis and nevadahawk, thanks also but as a recent college graduate, I'm cheap

mcoan 13 years, 2 months ago

I went to the link, but there was no box score there for KU.

jwel2nd 13 years, 2 months ago

Thanks a lot to everyone above. I have checked out the sites above and everything seems to work OK. Someone mentioned the www.kjhk.org site only broadcasts the home games. Does anyone know if the www.kwme.com site also broadcasts "away" games? I'd call and ask myself but I'm in SE Asia. Thanks a lot for all the help. An '81 grad.

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