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CHENOWITH AND KU NOTEBOOK

December 3, 1999

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— Eric Chenowith was the last Kansas University starter to leave Friday's 111-70 Great Alaska Shootout semifinal victory over Xavier.

KU coach Roy Williams had a good reason for keeping the 7-footer on the floor until a couple of minutes remained.

"I'm trying to get some more positive things for Eric," Williams said. "It's not nuclear science out there. The guy is shooting 30 percent from the floor. I'm trying to get him a little more confidence."

Chenowith entered the semifinals with four baskets in 15 attempts for 26.7 percent. He hit five of eight shots against Xavier.

KU senior Nick Bradford fed Chenowith three times for easy layups.

"I do try to make the extra pass into Eric to get him involved because he is very important to this team," Bradford said.

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Lots of points: KU's 111 points against Xavier were the most KU had scored against a Div. I team outside of Allen Fieldhouse and KC's Kemper Arena. KU scored 111 versus Hawaii-Loa in 1990 in Honolulu.

Accurate from three-point land: KU sophomore Jeff Boschee had hit nine of 10 three-pointers on the season entering the finals against Georgia Tech.

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Roy knows Bobby: Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins and Kansas' Roy Williams go back a long ways:

"I know Bobby very well," Williams said. "I was a high school coach in western North Carolina when he coached at Appalachian State. Bobby is a good friend and always will be a good friend.

"Georgia Tech has a heck of a team. They present a unique challenge with the two 7-footers," Williams added before the KU-Georgia Tech final.

Jason Collier, a 7-foot transfer from Indiana, and Alvin Jones, 6-11, provide a formidable inside duo for Tech.

"I played against Collier at the Nike camp, against Alvin Jones at the Nike camp and with Alvin Jones at the Capital Classic in D.C.," KU center Eric Chenowith said of his days in high school.

Collier entered the KU game 0-for-4 from three-point land.

"Coach lets me take that shot if I am open and it's in the flow of the offense," Collier said. "I couldn't take that shot at Indiana. I need to start making some or he won't let me take any more."

Cardinals well protected: Louisville brought police officer Ed Blaser on the trip to Alaska. Blaser sits, a row behind the Cardinals' bench, in a blue police uniform with a pistol at his side.

"It's a tradition," Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein told the Anchorage Daily News. "It's added security. He's more a presence, somebody to help keep watch."

The Louisville police department rotates which officer gets to watch the Cardinals. They are not paid.

Blaser said he'd had to help in arrests at South Carolina University and the University of Kentucky where fans threw objects. Blaser also carries the team's money on the road trips.

"What are the chances of me getting robbed?" Blaser asked the paper.

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Kansas set six Shootout team records in the women's Shootout tournament, which includes the old Northern Lights Invitational record book.

Records included points scored in the two games (147), points allowed (108), field goal percentage (.479), free throw percentage (.800), rebounds (81) and assists (33).

KU had 15 more assists than the previous tournament record. KU's free throw percentage was nearly 11 percent better than the old mark.

Big guys benefit Tech: Georgia Tech's T.J. Vines on having the luxury of the 7-foot Collier and 6-11 Jones: "It makes our job a lot easier having two All-Americans out there. That's like two lottery picks. Just having them down low makes our job easy."

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Tough field?: No. 10 Kansas was the only ranked team in the Shootout field. "These are all NCAA Tournament teams here," Cremins said. "Washington is an NCAA Tournament team; Kansas and Xavier are tournament teams."

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