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November 18, 1995


C.B. McGrath would have had to change jerseys had he been playing in a game, not merely practicing at Allen Fieldhouse.

McGrath, Kansas' 5-foot-11 sophomore point guard, was bloodied Wednesday during a typically-intense Kansas basketball practice.

"Ryan got me with the iron claw," McGrath said, referring to freshman guard Ryan Robertson, who fouled him. "I had cuts in three places (on his face)."

McGrath, who missed last Friday's 102-69 exhibition win over the Converse All-Stars because of a sprained wrist, figures to be ready for Monday's exhibition against Australia's Victorian All-Stars. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

"I'm looking forward to the game," said McGrath, who had his left wrist taped at Friday's practice session. "It'll be a lot more fun to run on the court rather than just sit there on the bench."

Actually McGrath did more than sit the bench on opening night. Taking over for KU coach Roy Williams, he tossed two T-shirts into the student section prior to the game. Williams traditionally flings the shirts into the stands before every home game.

"Coach handed me the shirts and said, 'Hold them.' I thought he said, 'Throw them,''' McGrath said. "He walked away so I chucked two of them into the stands. I really chucked 'em.

"Coach saw what I was doing, came over and threw the other two. He was laughing about it, but I can't believe I actually did that."

Everybody on KU's roster practiced during Friday's two-hour workout.

"Wednesday and Thursday we were very good, the two best back-to-back practices we've had," Williams said. "Over the past three days, there has been much improvement over what we've done. We took a little step back today."

No. 2-ranked KU opens for real a week from today against No. 10 Utah. Tip for that game is 3 p.m. at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Remaining tickets for that game will be available at Monday's KU-Australia contest.

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