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RESPECT

December 4, 1992

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Like most everybody else who's interested in college basketball, Roy Williams has seen the tape of Bob Knight flinging a chair across the court.

He's also watched Indiana's controversial coach turn as red as his trademark sweater during maniacal postgame press conferences.

Those occasional outbursts haven't changed Williams' overall impression of Knight, a man who has led Indiana to three national titles in his 22 years as coach of the Big Ten powerhouse.

"You don't want to put it in those terms, but he really is a hero of mine," Williams, KU's basketball coach, said.

Kansas, ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, will face No. 2 Indiana at 2:45 p.m., Lawrence time, Saturday at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. The game will be televised live on channels 5 and 13. The Dome seats 36,000 for basketball. A crowd of about 30,000 is expected.

"THE BOTTOM line is, `Do your kids get an education? Do your kids improve as players and do the majority of kids feel good about being there? I think a huge, huge majority of his kids feel good about being there, and have gained something playing for him," Williams said of Knight.

"What he does about throwing chairs across the court to me is small compared to his impact on kids' lives. Whether he's gonna lose his temper, he'd turn around and say is `Roy gonna lose HIS temper?' It's the same on both ends."

Knight, who was gracious before and after KU's 83-65 win over IU two years ago in an NCAA Regional semifinal game in Charlotte, N.C., was also a perfect gentlemen last week in New York.

INDIANA BEAT Florida State, 81-78 in overtime, in the preseason NIT semifinals and Seton Hall, 78-74, in the finals.

Indiana, led by 6-7 Calbert Cheaney, who is averaging 26 points a game, appears as good or better than last year's 27-7 Final Four club.

"I am not saying this tongue-in-cheek. If we don't play better than the other night (76-65 win over Georgia), they could not only embarrass us, but it could hurt our confidence and take a long time to bring it back up," Williams said.

Cheaney is hitting 53.3 percent of his shots. He's the type of player KU's Alonzo Jamison would have guarded last year.

"We haven't had anybody yet step up as our defensive stopper," Williams said, adding he didn't know who would guard Cheaney.

"He's a great kid, a nice, nice kid, the kind you'd like to have," Williams added. Both Cheaney and KU's Adonis Jordan played for the U.S. National team at the World University Games two years ago in Sheffield, England.

At 6-foot-9, 214, Alan Henderson is IU's true power forward. He averages 16 points and 9.3 boards. Matt Nover, a 6-8 senior, plays center and averages 6.3 points and five boards.

TWO SENIORS 6-4 Greg Graham and 6-1 Chris Reynolds start at guard, with junior Damon Bailey the first guard off the bench. Graham averages 15.5 points, Reynolds 5.5 points with 4.8 assists, and Bailey 5.8 points.

Bailey scored just three points, but had nine assists and eight rebounds in the two games in New York.

"I think both teams are probably more perimeter oriented," Williams said. "It wouldn't surprise me if the game is decided there, but we'll try to get Eric (Pauley, Richard (Scott) and Greg (Ostertag) involved, too.

KU will meet Emporia State at 7 p.m. on Monday night.

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