Kansas didn't dominate the backboards against a much-smaller San Diego team in last Saturday's season opener at Allen Fieldhouse.
In fact, the Jayhawks, who won, 83-65, were outboarded, 41-36, by the unheralded West Coast Conference basketball team.
"They boxed us out. They were real physical. We were thinking all we had to do was reach for the ball," said KU sophomore Scot Pollard, who had three boards. "We didn't use our bodies. We need to put our bodies on people as well."
Rebounding has been a subject of discussion at KU practices this week. The Jayhawks' next foe -- No. 1-ranked Massachusetts -- outrebounded defending national champion Arkansas, 54-34, last Thursday at the Tip Off Classic in Springfield, Mass.
The Minutemen won, 104-80, and will meet the Jayhawks at 12:10 p.m., Lawrence time, Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.
"It could be a good thing we got outrebounded (by San Diego)," said Pollard, "because it'll be emphasized against Massachusetts. We know UMass is a great rebounding team, offensively and defensively. We'll come out fired up to do a better job on the boards."
Forward Lou Roe and center Marcus Camby combined for 25 boards versus Arkansas.
"If we don't rebound better, we'll lose by 100," KU coach Roy Williams said.
Sick Minuteman: UMass forward Lou Roe, who had a career-high 34 points versus Arkansas, didn't practice Tuesday because of the flu.
Williams update: Mike Williams, a 6-2 senior guard from Hartford, Conn., who was suspended for UMass' season-opener, will play against Kansas, coach John Calipari said Tuesday.
However, he will not start. Senior Edgar Padilla, who had four assists and five turnovers against Arkansas, will start at the shooting guard slot.
Williams averaged 14.6 points per game a year ago.
KU schedule update: The Jayhawks are tentatively scheduled to play in the 1997 Tip Off Classic against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. UMass beat Arkansas in this year's Tip Off event.
Also, KU will play in the Maui Classic in 1996 and the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu in 1997. Earlier, it was believed KU would play in the Rainbow in 1995.