During pre-game introductions Wednesday night, Chad Elstun was the only Wichita State player heartily cheered by the predominantly Kansas crowd.
Unfortunately for Elstun, during the game the Jayhawks gave the fans a lot more to applaud than he did.
Elstun, a freshman from Shawnee Mission West, is the son of former KU standout Gene Elstun and younger brother of former Jayhawk Doug Elstun.
Elstun lead the Shockers with 14 points, but he shot only 5-for-13 (including 4 of 11 three-pointers), and his team was trounced, 103-54, at Allen Fieldhouse.
"It was terrible," Elstun said of his shooting. "I was just off. . .no way to explain it really."
Playing in the same building that his father once frequented was not a major concern.
"IT WAS exciting, but it really didn't make that much difference," he said. "He played his game, and I have to play my game and two completely different teams. I just can't worry about what goes on in the past, because I don't want to put pressure on myself."
WSU coach Scott Thompson said: "I think it's special for (Elstun) coming home. I know he wanted to win this game awful bad, and he wanted to play well. I know he's disappointed, but he's a freshman, and everybody could've done things better. I was disappointed that we got beat like that."
Thompson had a simple explaination for why his team did get beat like that.
"They (KU) shot extremely well, they're a very, very good basketball team, and we aren't a very good basketball team," he said. "They showed they're a prime time type of team, and we're not very good right now."
KU led the Shockers, 48-29, at halftime. In the second half, the Jayhawks shot 68 percent and handed WSU its worst loss against an NCAA Div. I team.
JIMMY BOLDEN, the only other Shocker in double figures with 10, credited Kansas' defense.
"They applied a lot of pressure on us," he said. "Their traps. . .They trapped like every other pass. The post entry, which we rely on a lot, they trapped. They gave us a different look than any other team we'd played before, and we didn't adjust properly to their trapping defense."
Thompson said the Jayhawks' "sixth man" didn't bother his team, just the five on the court.
"I thought they'd be intimidated more by the crowd," he said of his players. "I think they were intimidated just because Kansas came at us in waves defensively, and we didn't respond very well. I don't think the crowd got into it as much as they could've, because it wasn't a very close game."