Kansas has a whole week to savor its back-to-back road victories in Big Eight basketball, and to rehabilitate Patrick Richey's ailing right ankle.
Richey, a 6-8 sophomore reserve, played only about two minutes in Saturday night's 81-80 squeaker over Colorado, and was scheduled for a bone scan today.
Richey, who has been logging more than 14 minutes a game as starter Alonzo Jamison's caddy, was X-rayed on Sunday.
"I didn't see anything totally obvious," KU trainer Mark Cairns said this morning, "but we'll have a radiologist check them and do the bone scan today."
Cairns wants to make sure Richey doesn't have a stress fracture.
"He injured the ankle mildly in December," Cairns explained. "It didn't keep him from playing and it got better. Then all of a sudden it came back (last week). It makes you wonder if it's something more serious."
KANSAS' NEXT game is against Nebraska on Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is 3:10 p.m. for the Jayhawks' conference home opener.
Of all the road weary KU players, perhaps none will be happier to see Allen Fieldhouse again than guard Adonis Jordan who has been mired in a mini-shooting slump.
Ever since Jordan made eight of 10 shots against Wichita State and hiked his shooting percentage over 60, he's been struggling. In the last three games against Louisville, Missouri and Colorado, the 5-10 junior has made only 11 of 32 attempts and his FG percentage has dipped to 52.1.
In Boulder on Saturday night, Jordan missed eight of 11 shots. Five of his misfires were either layups or from point-blank range. A couple were blocked, however.
"I can't get it down," Jordan lamented after the CU game. "I'm glad it's not the home gym. I'm glad we'll be at home against Nebraska. I'll make those shots at home."
WITH JORDAN slumping, soph Steve Woodberry has picked up the slack. Woodberry's career-high 19 points were crucial in the 92-80 overtime win over Missouri, and his two free throws with eight seconds left were decisive on Saturday night.
Woodberry barely rippled the net in nailing those decisive charities.
"He's Mr. Slick, that's what I call him," Jamison said about the 6-4 guard. "Those were money in the bank."
Kansas also has two priceless road victories in the bank as it seeks to defend the regular-season conference championship it shared with Oklahoma State last year.
Woodberry (nine points) and Greg Ostertag (four) were the only KU subs who scored against Colorado, yet the Kansas bench outscored Colorado's, 13-12.
In the last two games, KU foes have made only five of 30 three-point attempts. Missouri was one for 15; Colorado four for 15.
Richard Scott continues to lead the Big Eight in field goal percentage by a bunch. He's shooting 68.0 percent. Runnerup Jeff Warren of Missouri is at 59.3 percent.
Jamison is second in the Big Eight in steals (3.1 per game) and Rex Walters is third in free throw percentage at 82.8.