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December 12, 1995


Jacque Vaughn's left wrist is sprained, not broken.

Vaughn, Kansas University's junior point guard who hurt his wrist in Saturday's 101-71 win over the University of San Diego, had X-rays taken Monday. They came back negative.

Vaughn will work out with the team today. The Jayhawks did not practice Monday.

"He said it's feeling good," KU trainer Mark Cairns said.

Vaughn fell wrist-first after getting hammered by San Diego's Andre Speech on a second-half layup attempt.

"I was a little concerned on the court after it first happened," Cairns said. "It was not looking good. It could have been a lot worse."

Vaughn, who has some pain on the flexor tendon side of the wrist, averages 12.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks, who will meet Indiana at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kansas City's Kemper Arena.

Good road trip: KU coach Roy Williams on Monday complimented the Jayhawks' play last week. KU thumped Rice, 83-63, on Thursday night, then blistered the Toreros.

"They were two true road games, and it felt good winning both of them," Williams said. "At Rice, playing in their gym, it was a big game for them. They call it the Jungle Gym.

"Our kids were focused and ready to play. We were good on the defensive end of the floor. Rebounding was the difference."

KU outrebounded the Owls, 50-32. In San Diego, KU hit 61 percent of its shots.

"Our offense came around a little more. In the second half, our defense, we held them to 27 or 28 percent shooting," Williams said. San Diego hit 29.4 percent the second half and 36.2 percent for the game.

Pollard's third foul: KU coach Williams, who barked at a West Coast Conference official after the ref whistled Scot Pollard for his third foul Saturday, remains steamed at the call. TV replays showed Pollard had a clean block of a James Black shot.

"I did disagree with the call," Williams said on Monday's Hawk Talk radio show. "Anybody looking at it ... that official flat out blew the call morning, noon, day or night."

  • This week's schedule: KU has a light practice load because of final exams. The Jayhawks will work on shooting and conditioning today and Wednesday before resuming full practice heading into the Indiana game.

  • Raef on a roll: Raef LaFrentz leads KU in scoring (13.2 points) and rebounding (10.1).

"I think the one area he has improved on is concentration on the rebounding aspect," Williams said of the 6-foot-11 sophomore from Monona, Iowa.

"He is better defensively which has helped keep him in the game longer at crunch time. He's sliding his feet better."

Rookie report: KU's freshmen continue to play well. Paul Pierce averages 13.0 points and 6.6 boards, T.J. Pugh 6.0 points and 2.6 boards and Ryan Robertson 2.6 points. He has six assists in five games.

"Paul has gotten the most playing time. He had not been shooting a good percent, but he had been scoring. Then he was 8-of-9 at San Diego," Williams said. "He has the ability to score. We want him to concentrate, take good shots and not force shots."

Pierce is hitting 43.1 percent of his shots and 22.2 percent of his threes (4 of 18).

"T.J. is doing a good job on the defensive end, rebounding the ball and taking good shots for him," Williams said. "Ryan has the least playing time of all three, but the two big games he got playing time -- Utah and UCLA -- he might have been more important than the other two. If I had to pick a guy critical off the bench (in those games) it would have been Ryan."

Hoosier update: Indiana will take a 4-3 record into Saturday's game. Bob Knight's team has beaten Alaska-Anchorage (84-79), Notre Dame (73-53), Delaware (85-68) and Bowling Green (78-67) and lost to Duke (70-64), Connecticut (86-52) and Kentucky (89-82). The Hoosiers, who are hitting 46.6 percent of their shots, are holding foes to 42.6 percent shooting.

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