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Archive for Monday, January 13, 1992

MEDIA STRUGGLE, BUT TEAM ARRIVES RIGHT ON SCHEDULE

January 13, 1992

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Notes compiled while wondering why the Lawrence-Kansas City area has become the Antarctica of the Midwest. . .

Kansas' basketball team made it home on schedule at about 3 a.m., Tuesday morning after KU's 96-85 win over Oklahoma on Monday night in Norman, Okla.

There was ice in the Topeka area, but the Jayhawks' charter landed without incident. Seven Jayhawks had early classes on Tuesday and all made it on time, KU coach Roy Williams reported.

Several members of the media weren't as fortunate as the Jayhawks. Many writers and radio types, plus Jeff Bollig of the Big Eight Conference office, were forced to drive home from Norman when icy runways at KCI caused their flight to be cancelled. . .

NOW SOME reflections on KU's impressive win over the Sooners:

Obviously the game MVP was Williams who gave the Jayhawks a much-deserved tongue-lashing at halftime.

En route to committing 12 turnovers the first half, the Jayhawks resembled the KU teams that had lost five straight games at Noble (1986-87 season to 90-91), not the KU team that snared a 96-95 victory last year.

Stinging from Williams' lip, point guard Adonis Jordan, held scoreless the first half, looked like an All-America candidate the second. He cashed all six floor shots and scored 17 points.

OTHER HEROES:

Patrick Richey, who when he wasn't diving for loose balls and forcing turnovers, showed he has perfected his short flip shot from one- or two-feet from the goal.

Richard Scott, who had nine rebounds the second half and made OU center Bryan Sallier disappear.

Rex Walters, whose slump has ended. Period. . .

Was that an optical illusion or did Sean Pearson really drive the lane, through the middle of the Sooner defense, and cash a layup during the second half? That play showed some of the potential the 6-4 sophomore forward has flashed on occasion. . .

DOES ANYBODY else think KU junior Darrin Hancock resembles (facially) ex-Jayhawk Rick Calloway? Obviously, Hancock is a much better athlete than Calloway. . .

Does anybody else think KU played well with both 6-10 Eric Pauley and 7-2 Greg Ostertag in the lineup at the same time? They're not ready to be called the `Twin Towers,' but they were effective together. . .

Sweet shots: Which is prettier? Rex Walters' slicing layups through the lane or the feathery jumpers Pauley's been hitting straight-on from 15- to 17-feet out lately? The vote here goes to Walters' layups, in a close call. . .

Looking ahead: Kansas has won nine straight games in Manhattan heading into next Monday's game at Bramlage Coliseum. Larry Brown was 5-0 there. Roy Williams is 4-0. . .

Talk about a big gaffe: The Kansas roster in Oklahoma's game program listed Ben Davis, Julian Winfield and Chris Davis as members of the Jayhawks' team.

WINFIELD, WHO would have worn jersey No. 11 here, reneged on an oral commitment last summer, and is now attending Missouri. He's sitting out the season and will be eligible next year. Ben Davis quit KU's team in the preseason. Chris Davis (No. 3 on the roster) attends Pensacola (Fla.) Juco. A former Oak Hill Academy (Va.) player, he didn't qualify for an NCAA scholarship. . .

Wonder if any league coaches would concede the Big Eight title to KU if the Jayhawks beat K-State and Colorado in road games next week, and like last year, opened the league schedule 4-0 with three wins in enemy gyms. . .

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