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SHORT BEDS

March 24, 1996

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— Kansas' twin towers -- 6-foot-11 Raef LaFrentz and 6-10 Scot Pollard -- have learned to stop worrying and love hotel beds.

At their apartments in the Jayhawker Towers on the KU campus, LaFrentz and Pollard have king-sized beds. On the road, however, they make do.

The secret? Sleeping diagonally.

"That helps," Pollard said.

LaFrentz also straddles his motel bed.

"Yeah, sometimes your feet still stick off, but it still works," LaFrentz said. "I'm a heavy sleeper, though. It's tougher on Scot because he's a light sleeper."

As a matter of fact, Pollard is more than a light sleeper.

"I'm a very light sleeper," the junior center noted. "I'm OK at home, but I bring ear plugs and one of those face masks on the road."

KU assistant athletic director Richard Konzem, who handles the Jayhawks' travel arrangements, says he has never heard a player complain about motel beds.

"Occasionally, you'll find a motel with double queen-size beds," Konzem said, "but mostly it's just regular double beds."

Notably, five years ago seven-footer Greg Ostertag, now with the Utah Jazz, complained about the beds in the Jayhawker Towers and it was Ostertag's complaint that led to the installation of king-size beds in the tall players' apartments.

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