Friday, March 16, 2007

Kansas basketball notebook


Banged-up Kansas University big men Darrell Arthur and Sasha Kaun practiced two hours (with physical contact) Thursday at Moody Bible College and took part in a shootaround in the United Center. They proclaimed themselves fit for tonight's game.

"I'm 100 percent now. I had a good practice yesterday, and today I didn't feel any pain. I went through everything," said Arthur, who suffered a bruised pelvic bone in Saturday's Big 12 title victory over Texas.

"It definitely feels better," Kaun said of the back he bruised after falling hard against Texas. "I can sleep and everything. As long as I do not put too much pressure on it, it's fine."

He explained his week.

"It was never ridiculously terrible," Kaun said of his back pain. "When I woke up Monday, it was really sore. Other than that, the pain hasn't been bad at all."

¢ Home of da Bulls: Sherron Collins says he's pumped to be playing basketball in the United Center, home of his favorite NBA team, his hometown Chicago Bulls.

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"They are my Bulls," KU's freshman guard out of Crane Tech High said.

He went 3-0 in the United Center during his high school career.

"When I hit a shot," Collins said, "I think, 'That's the same spot Mike hit a shot.'"

Of course, he's referring to Bulls legend Michael Jordan, who helped Chicago claim six world championships.

Collins, by the way, said he left a message on his cell phone this week telling buddies to contact his uncle if they need tickets.

"There's a lot of messages on there," he said.

¢ Wright likes Chicago, too: KU's other Chicago native, sophomore Julian Wright of Homewood-Flossmoor High, went 1-1 in high school in the United Center.

"I like it," he said. "I like being home, but we came here to take care of business. It doesn't really matter where we are playing because we're so focused on what we want to accomplish this postseason.

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"That first trip here taught me and Sherron a lot," he added of a Dec. 2 trip home which resulted in a loss to DePaul in All-State Arena in Rosemont.

¢ Stopping Brown: Brandon Rush was asked who would guard 6-foot-7 Clif Brown, who scored 32 points in Niagara's victory over Florida A&M; in Tuesday's tournament play-in game in Dayton, Ohio.

"I think I or Julian will take him," Rush said. "He's a great shooter. I was kind of surprised at their whole team. Their whole starting five can shoot threes."

Of Brown, Kaun said: "They're always on the three-point line. You always have to close out on them and stuff, knowing they can shoot the ball. It's always a matter of thinking about finding him on the three-point line as well as under the basket."

¢ Pierce likes KU still: Former Kansas University forward Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics is rooting for one team in the NCAA Tournament.

Obviously, that's his alma mater.

"Kansas Jayhawks," Pierce exclaimed to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, identifying his pick to win it all. "You expect my answer to change every year or something?"

Pierce hasn't shifted his loyalty to North Carolina. UNC coach Roy Williams, of course, coached Pierce at KU.

"I like Roy," Pierce told the paper, "and I hope a lot of success for him, but my heart is with Kansas."

¢ Recruiting: Murphy Holloway, a 6-7, 210-pound junior forward from Irmo, S.C., told he had been offered a scholarship by KU. The No. 68 player in the Class of 2008 also is considering Arizona, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, DePaul, Florida, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and others.

"Kansas is probably my leader now," Holloway told

¢ Former teammates to clash: Niagara's Charron Fisher was a teammate of KU's Russell Robinson at Nike camp during their high school days.

"I might say something to him if I see him before the game. But it's all business," Robinson said.


Jason413 11 years, 2 months ago

"My heart is with Kansas" What a great thing to hear from a former hawk who was here with that "other guy"

Joe Ross 11 years, 2 months ago

that hand-gesture thing looks kind of retarded

JayCeph 11 years, 2 months ago

The hand-gesture thing is a nice thought but...

Why would we want to emulate what those Texas schools do? Let them have their spastic hand signals (for what they're worth). I'd just as soon hear the Rock-Chalk chant at the end of every game.

The entire college BBall landscape knows that chant is the death-knell of the opposing team. When you hear it, you know the basketball gods have smiled on the Jayhawks once again and the foe is writhing in the smell of their own defeat.

Rock...... Chalk......

JNgohawks 11 years, 2 months ago

I agree whole heartedly JayCeph, that chant gives me goosebumps when I am fortunate enough to hear it in the fieldhouse, let's forget the hand gesture and stick with our proud tradition. I always wonder what other players think about it (the teams like Boston College and Kentucky etc.) who are not in our conferance and might not know about it until they hear it.

sevenyearhawk 11 years, 2 months ago

ok, ok ...

if it doesn't catch on, that's fine ...

i was driving in Austin when the KU football team was there a couple years ago, and this guy gave me a Hook 'em

instead of doing the lame upside down horn thing like OU and A&M, i decided to make a beak with my hand.

then i thought, why the hell not?

as for the rock chalk chant freaking out non-conference people, or conference newcomers, i SWEAR i've seen that written about somewhere, that they ARE INDEED freaked out about it!

finally, the BEST & LOUDEST Rock Chalk Chant I've EVER HEARD was that wonderful November day when our 'Hawks took the Fuskers to the woodshed: 40-15!

JayCeph 11 years, 2 months ago

Hey 7year,

I love your idea. When it comes to hand gestures and other teams, I can only think of one or two that really seem to fit the bill... One of them has the index finger pointed to the sky, the other, well, its not as nice. :)

However, the 'hand-beak' thing shouldn't be shelved just because some of us are too attached to tradition and are a little resistant to trying something new. Hell, if it catches on, more power to you and the rest of Jayhawk nation. I don't think we can ever have enough of a groundswell in favor of the Hawks.

Keep up the zeal! Nice work...

sevenyearhawk 11 years, 2 months ago

JayCeph ... thank you!

I'll try not to post too much more on here about the beakem site, I did something tonight that should really make it take off:

I had people handing out business cards with the slogan and Web address at all the Johnny's Taverns in KC!

Five Johnny's in one hour, that HAS to be some kind of record! :D

jayhawktownie 11 years, 2 months ago

is it his alma mater if he didn't graduate?

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