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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jayhawks aiming for 600th in Allen

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Walk-on scores 8 points in 5 minutes

A recovering Brandon Rush and a sidelined Sherron Collins means more minutes to go around in the Kansas backcourt. That includes a chance for invited walk-on Connor Teahan.

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Kansas' Brandon Rush heads to the basket against Washburn. Rush logged 12 minutes in Thursday's victory and expects to play "maybe 15 minutes" Wednesday against Northern Arizona.

Kansas University's men's basketball team will shoot for its 600th victory in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night against Northern Arizona.

It could be yet another festive evening in KU's tradition-rich building provided the Jayhawks, who have a 599-106 all-time mark in Allen, take care of business, and if the enthusiastic student section is filled for a game played on Thanksgiving Eve.

"It's Kansas ... you know the crowd will be hyped," junior Mario Chalmers said, confident his comrades on campus will stick around for the 7 p.m. tipoff between the Jayhawks (3-0) and Lumberjacks (3-1).

"I think we'll still have good attendance, and there will be a lot of people around," junior Brandon Rush said. "They (Lumberjacks) almost beat Arizona at home. It'll be a good game."

Northern Arizona, which won, 65-56, Monday night at Mississippi Valley State, also has defeated UMKC (77-62) and Adams State (78-65) at home. The Lumberjacks kept it close throughout, but fell to Arizona, 76-69, on Nov. 13 in Tucson.

KU officials say there are no special promotions going on with the game, which, as usual, is a sellout.

Folks in attendance Wednesday figure to see junior Brandon Rush play more than he did in last Thursday's return game from June 1 ACL surgery - one in which he had seven points in 12 minutes in a 92-60 rout of Washburn.

"I hope to come out and play a few more minutes to help the team," Rush said. "Maybe 15 minutes or something like that."

Rush said his knee "felt pretty good. It didn't feel sore at all," after the Washburn game.

KU coach Bill Self will go by what medical personnel tell him on the day of the game.

"He should play more than last week unless he has a setback. He's doing well now," said Self, who indicated Rush was not yet ready to return to the starting lineup. "Hopefully he can play enough minutes it would have to be split up (whereas Rush would play in both halves instead of just the first half as he did Thursday)."

Rush said he was touched by the standing ovation he received when entering the game in the first half versus the Ichabods.

"I got chills in my body. It was fun," Rush said. Of his performance, he added: "I felt good, but I was a step slow."

¢Tendinitis issue: Senior guard Russell Robinson wore a brace on his left knee at practice on Monday.

"My tendinitis is back a little bit (from) a lot of running, a lot of jumping. I have a brace on it to keep it stable during practice. It (knee) is not a problem. I won't wear it for the game, just practice for the sake of all the running, jumping," Robinson said.

¢Round numbers: KU's 100th win in the fieldhouse was 79-56 over Xavier on Dec. 9, 1968. 200th win: 88-54 over Farleigh Dickinson, Dec. 7; 1977. 300th win: 72-56 over SMU, Jan. 11, 1986. 400th win: 69-50 over Western Michigan, Nov. 17, 1993. 500th win: 92-69 over Tulsa, Dec. 16, 2000.

¢Turkey Day: The Jayhawks, who will play home games Wednesday and Sunday (Arizona), will remain in the area for Thanksgiving.

"They (players) are all going respectively with their teammates, or their families are coming to town," Self said. "All will have someplace to go. We'll literally break bread Thursday morning, bring 'em back that night (for practice)."

¢Recruiting: Self, who has signed five players in the early signing period, reiterated Monday on his Hawk Talk radio show he's not finished pursuing players for the Class of 2008. KU technically has filled its allotment of five scholarships, but Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur are considered locks to enter the NBA Draft with Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins possible early entrants as well.

"Our recruiting is incomplete. We need to sign at least one more. We think we could sign two more to be honest," Self said. "Even though we have five seniors, the percentage play would be to sign two more. Guys potentially could leave. If guys make the decision to leave hopefully we are not sitting ill-prepared."

Comments

Robert Brock 6 years, 5 months ago

We need to have at least two scholarships ready to go for '09 - one for X and the other for Daniel Orton his BIG MAN teammate on his AAU club, Athletes First. Maybe a third should there come a good opportunity to secure a top-quality point guard.

Brock

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KanKu 6 years, 5 months ago

If KU uses 2 more sholly's, how many will they have available next year for Henry and all those other recruits wer're in on? Only Chalmers could leave. That'd leave us 1 scholly for the 09 class? Scary.

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RckChalkJeff 6 years, 5 months ago

Forget Willie...he is a Gooner now. I Wonder how much $$ the 2008 recruiting class is costing the Gooner Alumni...

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jimmyspeachbaskets 6 years, 5 months ago

i'd rather have the injury bug hit us early than late. thats the difference between college basketball and football; you can afford to be down a few players early and it doesn't have an adverse effect. Self plays to get ramped up for the tournament. Let's get it out of the way now.

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Superheated 6 years, 5 months ago

KU doesnt need another guard. We probably will still have Collins and Chalmers and the freshmen from this year who look good. They shouldnt go pro, look at julian riding the pine or Simien who never got much playing time and is already out of the NBA. They should just enjoy college for a bit and being the big men on campus.

What Self should do is look for a mobile true center that is a defensive stopper and another power wing who is a baller. Its amazing what a good big man can do in shutting down a college team. Look at Osterag and Oden.

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jaybate 6 years, 5 months ago

KU is ripe for being beaten when they are missing Collins, have Rush for only 15 minutes with rusty timing, and RR contending with tendonitis. RR has to be in a bad way to be wearing a brace in practice. I wish Coach Self would give RR a week completely off. Who cares if we lose some games now? We need RR healthy for conference, not 3/4 speed the rest of the year.

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jhwkfan162515 6 years, 5 months ago

Russell has tendonitis? Boy, the injury bug is really biting early, ain't it?

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Lebowski 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree totally JayCeph. I could care less about Willie.

I'd rather have a less hyped overachiever than someone who's really good at tooting their own horn. I don't really care how good someone is, I prefer to root for people with just a little bit of modesty.

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JayCeph 6 years, 5 months ago

Willie Warning? OU can have him. KU doesn't need to suffer through another arrogant, me-first attitude like it did with JR Giddens. It was only a matter of time before that presence in the locker room would've ruined the chemistry of the team.

Let's focus on the players that will contribute to a shared effort. Go Hawks~

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bmkjayhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

I assume the primary two remaining targets are going to be Wesley Witherspoon (who Self is rumored to have been making major ground on) and Devoe Joseph. That sucks about Warren, though.

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