Archive for Tuesday, November 18, 1997


November 18, 1997


Kansas point guard Ryan Robertson wore a bandage under his left eye Monday night.

What gives?

"That's from Steve Woodberry's elbow," Robertson said, referring to former Jayhawk Woodberry, who plays for Australia's Brisbane Bullets and has been helping out at practice of late.

Woodberry plowed into Robertson at practice Saturday.

"I was taking a charge. He was pushed back and caught me square with the elbow. I thought I broke my nose. I went down moaning. Some of the guys were teasing me about that," said Robertson, who needed seven stitches to close a cut.

"Like I told some guys, it looks like my modeling career is over," Robertson added.

Robertson didn't see double against Rice. He collected 10 assists and had just one turnover in 30 minutes as KU rolled, 88-61.

Robertson threw an alley-oop pass to Billy Thomas, who put home a resounding slam dunk at the halftime buzzer.

"Billy is an incredible athlete. It's something the fans don't always see," Robertson said. "The pass was there and Billy finished it. It's a nice way to finish the half."

No big deal: Paul Pierce, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, turned his right ankle early in the second half.

He returned a few minutes after leaving the game.

"I kind of twisted my ankle. There was a short pain, then it was fine," Pierce said.

  • Patient mentor: Raef LaFrentz has noticed a difference in coach Roy Williams this year. "There's no question in my mind, that he's different than he has been," LaFrentz said after scoring 26 points. "He's used to having Jacque Vaughn, Jerod Haase, and Scot Pollard. He's had to be more patient this year. He hasn't gotten too irate in practice yet, but there's always the threat of that."

  • Stats, facts: KU won its 46th consecutive home game. ... The Jayhawks are 10-2 all-time against Rice. KU is 51-13 against the Western Athletic Conference. ... LaFrentz became the ninth player in KU history to top 1,500 points. ... Williams' next victory will be his 250th. ... Rice hit just 11 of 28 free throws for 39.3 percent.

  • Recruiting: Tayshaun Prince, 6-7 of Compton, Calif., is expected to make some sort of announcement today at Dominguez High School. Prince, who visited Georgetown last weekend, may merely announce he'll sign in April. Prince is considering Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Georgetown and Connecticut. If he signs today, recruiting pundit Bob Gibbons predicts the choice would be Kentucky. The early week-long signing period ends Wednesday.

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