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HOOPS STARTING LINE-UP

November 23, 1994

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Roy Williams used the same starting lineup in Kansas' two exhibition basketball games.

But that doesn't mean Sean Pearson, Raef LaFrentz, Greg Ostertag, Jacque Vaughn and Jerod Haase will be the five introduced before Saturday's season-opener against the University of San Diego. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

"I didn't realize until last night (Sunday) I started the same lineup both games. I'm telling you the truth," Williams, Kansas' coach, said.

He said that, although Saturday's starting five "isn't set in stone," there is a chance those players could open the game again.

"In the past, we have gotten one lineup and pretty much stuck with it with the exception of '92," Williams said. "That year, with Eric Pauley, Richard Scott and Ben (Davis), I changed the lineup seven or eight times early before we decided on Eric as the starter. Ben started four or five games. Other than that year, we've picked the lineup and gone with it."

Of course, it doesn't much matter who starts in the Williams system. Scot Pollard entered for LaFrentz just 3:08 into last Thursday's rout of Marathon AAU. Nine Jayhawks played 15 or more minutes.

Against Australia, Pollard and B.J. Williams entered for Ostertag and LaFrentz 3:12 into the contest. Nine players logged 13 or more minutes.

"I never put a great deal of stock into who starts the game. I never get excited about that," Williams said. "I know we'll go eight, nine or 10 deep."

Williams believes some players fare better as starters than key reserves. That's one reason he went with Pauley in the first five several seasons ago.

"I feel my job is to get the most number of guys doing the job on the basketball court. If (for) one guy it makes a difference and one guy it doesn't, you're better off starting the one," Williams said.

Rayford update: A caller to Roy Williams' Hawk Talk radio show said he saw Calvin Rayford practicing with the Jayhawks, despite the fact Rayford had serious knee surgery last summer and an additional procedure in October.

"If you saw him, the only thing you saw him doing is dribbling up and down and passing the ball," Williams told the caller. "He's having no contact, no one-on-one (drills). He can help on the dummy offense."

As he's said many times before, Williams indicated Rayford is ticketed for a red-shirt season.

"I don't see any way he could be ready, as hard as we go, until late January, and that's really too late to make a contribution," Williams said.

Tickets available: A limited number of general admission tickets to KU's season opener with San Diego remain available.

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