Kansas basketball notebook

Monday, November 26, 2007

Hawks survive OT scare, 76-72

Amidst all the Border Showdown hype, the Kansas basketball team was at home tonight with the always dangerous Arizona Wildcats.

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2007-08 Nov. 25 KU-Arizona Basketball

Reed hurts ankle: Kansas University freshman guard Tyrel Reed had one assist and no points in seven minutes. He didn't play the second half after spraining his ankle on the last play of the first half.

"I think when he went to challenge the shot (of Jerryd Bayless on baseline) at the end, Darnell (Jackson) landed on his ankle. He just rolled his ankle, rolled the inside of his ankle," coach Bill Self said.

Self said he figured Reed's status would be day-to-day. The Jayhawks have off today, then will practice Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday's 7 p.m. home game against Florida Atlantic.

KU freshman center Cole Aldrich played just a minute the first half and none the second. His reduced minutes were Self's decision with no injury involved.

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Praise for Rush: Arizona's players were impressed with Brandon Rush, who had 17 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes.

"Knowing him, he did kind of favor that knee a little bit," Chase Budinger said. "But he looks good. He was attacking the basket very hard. I really saw that he wasn't concentrating on his knee at all, so that's a very good sign, and he's a great player."

Said Kirk Walters: "It's really amazing these days what doctors can do. I know my sister has torn her ACL twice, and it was pretty much a year where she was just done for. He's already out there running around, looks like he's jumping good and moving good. It's amazing that doctors can get that kind of stuff done."

Arizona interim coach Kevin O'Neill said, "I wasn't paying attention to Brandon that much. I wasn't sitting there saying, 'Boy, that guy looks like he's recovering pretty well.' I didn't even know he had an ACL, to be honest with you."

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Stubborn play: Self said the Jayhawks played "stubborn" on Sunday.

"It's very frustrating," Self said.

"We know what we should do, but there's inside of us, 'Well, yeah, but I can do this myself,''' Self said. "It doesn't work. It didn't work tonight."

Also disappointing: "Our big guys don't rebound," Self said.

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Thousand-point club: Rush scored 17 points, which gives him 1,000 for his career. He's the 49th player to score 1,000 or more in his career.

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Faces in crowd: Ex-Jayhawks Greg Ostertag (retired NBA player) and Milt Newton (director of player personnel, Washington Wizards) attended. : Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, brother of KU associate AD Chris Howard, attended.

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Students fail to show: The northwest corner of the fieldhouse was empty until fans from more crowded sections of the arena ventured over to the section. Many KU students who had tickets elected to not attend, despite the strong opponent.

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Stats, facts: KU is 7-3 all-time against Arizona including a 2-1 mark at Allen. : KU has won four straight OT games and is 24-14 in OT at Allen. : Sophomore Darrell Arthur's 20 points were a season-high. It marked Arthur's first game with 20-plus points since he scored a career-high 26 against Towson on Nov. 19, 2006. : Sasha Kaun matched a career high with three steals. : Mario Chalmers' seven assists set a season-high and were one away from his career high of eight, which he has matched four times. : Rodrick Stewart had a season-high 13 points, best mark as a Jayhawk. He had 14 twice at USC. : Russell Robinson had three steals and passed Jerod Haase to move into a tie for ninth place on KU's all-time list (with Alonzo Jamison).