Wichita When will Adonis Jordan cool off?
"Hopefully in May sometime," Jordan, Kansas' junior guard, quipped after still after another torrid shooting performance Wednesday night.
Jordan made eight of 10 shots in the Jayhawks' 81-51 cakewalk over Wichita and boosted his shooting percentage to 62.3. In the last five games, he's made two-thirds of his shots (28 of 42).
"He's one of the most consistent shooters we have. . .if not the most consistent," senior forward Alonzo Jamison said.
"He's in mid-season form," added backcourt mate Rex Walters.
Included in Jordan's numbers Wednesday was three-for-four accuracy from three-point range that made him a 56.7 percent shooter (17 of 30) from long range in KU's 11 games.
"I THINK the hard work he did over the summer is paying off," teammate Patrick Richey said.
That hard work back home in suburban Los Angeles featured 100 shots a day from three-point range. How many of those 100 a day did he make?
"Oh, about 65. . .I don't know," he replied. "I started getting tired. Of the last 20, I'd miss 18."
As hot as he's been lately, though, it doesn't seem possible he'd miss 35 if he shot 100 three-pointers in a game.
Not that he ever would, of course.
"Coach gave me the green light, but not that green," Jordan said, smiling.
Meanwhile, Walters improved his shooting percentage, too, with a four-for-five outing. Walters is now hitting at a scorching 60.8 percent clip, meaning both of KU's starting guards are over the 60 percent plateau.
Yet neither Jordan nor Walters is the Jayhawks' best shooter. That distinction belongs to forward Richard Scott, who also padded his stats Wednesday night.
SCOTT, WHO went in as the Big Eight's best percentage shooter at 69.9, made seven of eight shots and jumped to 71.9 percent.
"I don't really think about it," Scott said about his shooting. "I just try to come out every night and get a victory."
Kansas came out Wednesday night looking for a more impressive victory than its last two over SMU and Pepperdine.
"The last two games we hadn't played well at all," Walters said. "We had to pick it up with the conference coming up."
KU's unbeaten record and No. 4 ranking has made the Jayhawks sitting ducks. Even Wichita State, sagging under a load of six straight losses, was pumped.
"We knew they weren't a good team," Richey said. "But coming in we knew they'd be fired up. It seems like every time out somebody's trying to knock us off. We were just trying to get back on track, and I think we did."
IT HELPED, Walters said, that coach Roy Williams pointed out how Kansas had gone into Levitt Arena in 1987 and emerged a 52-48 loser.
"They played real hard in the first half," Walters said of the Shockers. "But I think we showed the people in the Wichita area what Kansas basketball is all about."
Kansas basketball forced 25 WSU turnovers and held the Shockers to a 35.8 percent field goal percentage. On the offensive end, of course, it featured the continued combustible shooting of Jordan.
"I'm playing well," Jordan said. "I have confidence right now. I'm just taking 'em one game at a time."