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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kansas basketball notebook

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KU squeaks past Siena

The Jayhawks barely beat Siena, 91-84.

Little scores three points

Kansas University junior Mario Little hit three of four free throws and had two assists and a turnover in his five-minute stint. It was his second game since returning from a stress fracture in his left leg as well as a broken bone in his left hand.

“I think physically he’s doing fine,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I didn’t think he was as big a factor tonight (as he was Saturday versus Tennessee with five rebounds). Physically, I don’t see a problem. He may be a bit sore.

“How could he play great?” Self added. “He’s practiced four or five days now and been off six months. He wants to (play great). He has to understand how he can help the team until he gets his rhythm back. I don’t think he did anything tonight remotely negative. He made one pass I think the lady in the sixth row could have caught. Other than that, he did fine.”

King Cole

Self gave high praise to Cole Aldrich, who had 13 rebounds to go with his career-high 24 points.

“He’s doing a fabulous job,” Self said. “His effort on the offensive glass is stellar. If we can get the others to give effort like that we could be a great offensive rebounding team because he’s about as good as I’ve seen at that.”

Moment of silence

A moment of silence was held for former Jayhawk players Claude Houchin and Norm Cook. Houchin, who lived in Wichita, died Dec. 3 at the age of 83. Cook of Lincoln, Ill., died Dec. 22 at the age of 53.

Faces in crowd

Ex-KU player Christian Moody attended and sat behind the KU bench. Moody said he’d attend KU Med School in July ... Jim Hinrich, dad of former KU player Kirk Hinrich sat next to Moody.

This, that

KU has won 33 straight games in Allen Fieldhouse ... Self coached his 500th game as a head coach. He’s 153-35 at KU and 360-140 overall. ... Freshman Travis Releford hit his third three-point basket of the season as part of KU’s 25-1 run in the first half. Releford is now 3-of-4 from behind the arc. ... Tyrel Reed recorded a new career-high with 14 points. Reed’s previous high was 12, which he scored three times this season, the last being on Dec. 30, against Albany. Reed also set a career high in free-throw attempts and free throws made going 6-for-6 from the line. ... Markieff Morris tied a career high with three blocks. ... Siena set Kansas opponent highs this season for field goals (32), field-goal attempts (67) and assists (19) ... Siena’s Ronald Moore recorded seven assists in the second half. His seven assists marks the most assists in a half by a Kansas opponent since D.J. Augustin dished eight in the first half on March 3, 2007.

Comments

John Brown 11 years ago

DrgnslyrYou have too much time on your hands. Nobody will read these novels. They are longer than the article itself.

JayhawkPhil64 11 years ago

There is one thing we may be taking KU fans for granted on and that is the fact that they always show up. This is a rebuilding year, we have had only big team on our home court and Perkins keeps trying to screw the ticket holders and yet they all keep showing up. Not only are there still fans waiting in line to buy season tickets but every seat is full almost every game and never are there more than 1,000 empty seats. KU BB games have been sold out since Larry Brown's second year in the early 80's.Have you ever watched any of the KSU and Missouri BB games on TV? Most of the time this year their arena's have been no more than half full. The attendance at Missouri's game against Coppin St was down right pathetic.I get mad at the KU fans that show up late and leave early but they represent a small minority of the attendance. The rest make me proud. Way to go fans and keep it up..

Lance Hobson 11 years ago

Congrats to Moody for attending Med School. I hope he's better as a doctor than he is at shooting free throws.

Lance Hobson 11 years ago

We do need to win a road game. MSU is going to be impossible because they are coming off a bad performance against Ohio State. They will come out fired up and ready and will likely play much better against us.

jaybate 11 years ago

Drgnslyr,Write what you want, when you want, as long as you want, as often as you want. The bandwidth is free. Text puts no burden on even the cheapest computer these days. There are persons who can only stay focused for 1-3 sentences. There is nothing wrong with a short attention span, but it is not the only path to communication. Unfortunately, persons with short attentions spans tend think it is the only way to communicate, because they cannot stay focused any longer to find out. :-) There is plenty of content for them, regardless. Other persons can stay focused for novels or anything less. I can do it and I found your take thought provoking, which is why I come here.Rock Chalk.

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