Two years ago, Kansas smashed Indiana, 83-65, in an NCAA Southeast Regional semifinal basketball game played in Charlotte, N.C.
"Some of the other guys told me that Kansas played really hard in the game two years ago. So that means we'll have to play hard on Saturday," IU sophomore forward Alan Henderson said earlier this week.
The two teams meet in a rematch of sorts at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
During the 1990-91 season, Henderson played center for Brebeuf High School in Indianapolis.
"I wasn't here, but they (Hoosiers) got beat by 18 points, so they obviously played harder than us," he said.
Several of IU's current players participated in that game. Calbert Cheaney scored 23 points, Damon Bailey 20 and Chris Reynolds 11.
CURRENT JAYHAWKS who played include Adonis Jordan, who had 11 points, and Richard Scott, who tallied eight. Steve Woodberry and Patrick Richey played but did not score.
"That game in Charlotte, we were fantastic, especially early. We made all of our shots," KU coach Roy Williams said. The Jayhawks raced to a 26-6 lead and put the game away early.
"We'll have to play that well again to be able to play with them, especially in Indianapolis. We're not thinking about that game. And I don't think it'll be a big deal with them. They have to please coach (Bob) Knight now."
Henderson, the all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball history, averaged 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a year ago, helping the Hoosiers reach the Final Four.
This year, he has averaged 16.0 points and 9.3 boards through four games, all IU wins.
He scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds in an 81-78 preseason NIT semifinal win over Florida State and followed that with an 11-point, seven-rebound effort in a 78-74 win over Seton Hall in the finals.
"I THINK playing teams like Florida State and Seton Hall gave us a good jump on the season. Those games were good tests for us," Henderson said. "I don't think we'll have a letdown after winning the NIT. Our mental approach is we will be ready to play every game."
Henderson figures to have a lot of family and friends in the Hoosier Dome, site of the state high school finals his senior year. Brebeuf finished runner-up that year.
"Even though I'm from Indianapolis, it really doesn't matter where we play," Henderson said. "I always get fired up for a big game no matter who we are playing."