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Archive for Saturday, January 25, 1992

KU LOOKS TO IMPROVE AT HOME

January 25, 1992

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There's no doubt Kansas University's last two home basketball games have been exciting.

At the same time, an 85-78 loss to Louisville and 79-73 overtime win over Pepperdine have proven somewhat alarming to those used to seeing KU dominate opponents in Allen Fieldhouse.

"They haven't exactly been masterpieces, have they?" KU coach Roy Williams said this week.

Kansas has played four of its last six games on the road, winning the four road battles while going 1-1 at home. Louisville snapped KU's 24-game homecourt win streak on Jan. 11.

The Jayhawks returned to Allen Fieldhouse today for a 3:10 p.m. meeting with Nebraska.

"I do enjoy being home," Williams said. "I think this is the best place to play in the entire country. We haven't played well the last two times. I think if we play well, I'll enjoy it as much as always. The Louisville game was unusual. Early in the game I felt the crowd was sitting back waiting to be entertained.

"In the second half, the crowd got into it. A lot of times there are problems at home because expectations are so high. Everybody does want it to be behind the back, between the legs, slam dunk and high five. Basketball is sometimes like that, but we're not playing DeVry Institute."

KU point guard Adonis Jordan entered today's game in a shooting slump. He has hit only eight of his last 32 shots. For the season, he's hitting 52 percent. After 11 games, he was at 60 percent.

"I think he's hit a stretch where they're not going in," Williams said. "In golf, a lot of times I make a bunch of putts, then there are a lot of stretches they're not going in. Even though he has not shot well, he has had a positive grade on defense, good assist-to-error ratio. The Colorado game, he was in foul trouble. He had two in the first three minutes.

"My guess is like most players who are good shooters, he'll bounce back and make 'em. It's hard to do what he was doing, shooting 60 percent in his first 11 games. It's awfully difficult for a 5-10 guard to maintain that pace."

Williams is not doing handstands over KU's 2-0 mark in the Big Eight. "I told our kids it's not time to get ring sizes and banners because we're 2-0. We didn't exactly blow those people out. One was overtime and one by one point." KU beat Missouri, 92-80, in overtime and Colorado, 81-80, both on the road.

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