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Thursday, November 22, 2007

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Hawks shoot over 60% from the floor

It was 2004 the last time the Kansas basketball team started the season 3-0. That year the Hawks shot out of the gate to a 14-0 record. Tonight, sans Sherron Collins, the Hawks went 4-0 against NAU.

Bring on the Lumberjacks

After a six-day layoff, the Kansas men return to action in the Jayhawk Invitational against Northern Arizona. DJ Whetter has more from the Fieldhouse.

Useless trivia with DJ

DJ Whetter and Andrew Baker play useless Fieldhouse trivia.

Audio clips

2007 KU-NAU Basketball

Morningstar injured: Kansas University sophomore Brady Morningstar, who is red-shirting this season, did not dress for the game. He sat on the bench with a boot on his left foot. He has a high-ankle sprain and likely will miss a week of practice.

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Rush hits two 3s: KU junior Brandon Rush scored six points off two 3-pointers with two rebounds in 16 minutes in his second game since his return from ACL surgery. Coach Bill Self said Rush would not return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Arizona. Rodrick Stewart (eight points, four assists, two steals) figures to get the call again.

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Robinson wears brace: Russell Robinson, who has tendinitis in his left knee, wore a black brace during the game. He had five points, three assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes. He had been wearing the brace at practice of late.

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TV is good enough: KU's basketball players will not attend the KU-Missouri football game on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.

Remember, the Jayhawks have a big game Sunday against Arizona.

"It's because of the time. If you go at 7 (p.m.), there's no way you get home before midnight. I don't want to have to worry about them getting home that late," Self said. "It would be after curfew. If the game was in the afternoon I would let them."

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600th win: Public-address announcer Eric Danielson, who was subbing for Hank Booth, at the final horn made mention of the fact the victory was KU's 600th in Allen Fieldhouse history. KU has lost 106 games in the 52-year-old palace. Danielson is public-address announcer at KU's women's games. Booth is recovering from injuries sustained in a fall at his house.

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Football fans in crowd: Folks in the sellout crowd of 16,300 included one fan wearing a Missouri T-shirt, a dad and his two children wearing LSU T-shirts and one elderly fan wearing a Tennessee T-shirt.

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Chatty coach: Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras, whose squad fell to 3-2, had words of encouragement for injured KU guard Sherron Collins in the handshake line and also chatted with Self for a couple of minutes before heading to the locker room.

He's regarded as one of the friendliest coaches in the business. "Last year I got a couple or a few calls (from reporters) in the days before coming here. This week, nothing," Adras said with a smile.

A member of KU's media-relations department informed him it likely had to do with KU's amazing football success and upcoming game against Missouri.

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This, that: Devoe Joseph, a 6-foot-2 high school senior from Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday signed with the University of Minnesota. For a time, he had KU on his list. ... Arizona, which plays KU at 7 p.m., Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse improved to 3-1 on Wednesday with an 88-64 win over Adams State in Tucson. ... Darrell Arthur put down a first-half dunk so forcefully it almost popped up through the goal. : Freshman Conner Teahan erupted for nine points off three 3s in seven minutes. : Northern Arizona's six free-throw attempts marked the fewest since UNC-Ashville had three attempts on January 2, 2003. : KU held NAU to just 16.7 percent (4-24) shooting in the first half. It is the lowest field-goal percentage by an opponent since Oklahoma hit for 16.1 percent in the first half on Feb. 20, 1999. : KU frosh Tyrel Reed had four assists in the first half to set a career high. He finished with five.

Comments

jaybate 6 years, 9 months ago

With Collins, Morningstar and RR injured, and Rush coming off knee surgery, its time for an interview of an independent weight/fitness trainer to ask what, if anything, that person might recommend doing differently next year. Not pointing a finger at KU's weight/fitness trainer. I just think its good journalism to ask an independent expert for what can be done to minimize this sort of thing. Its maybe significant that its the guys who've been here a few years that are suffering the injuries. Aldrich and Reed seem okay. Is it diet related? Is it the fitness regime? Or is it entirely coincidental. They'll probably say concidental, but it would be interesting either way.

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