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KANSAS NOTES

February 18, 1999

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Peeking at the polls: Roy Williams, who steadfastly refuses to read the AP men's basketball poll, finally took a peek this week.

"It's the first time in 11 years I've mentioned the polls to the kids," Williams, Kansas' coach, said after the Jayhawks' 62-47 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night.

"Seventy people voted and we didn't get one, single vote. I told `em it ticks me off. I said, `We are better than that.' I even learned our kids pay more attention to the polls than I do. Ryan (Robertson) pointed out one certain team that got a vote over us."

Was that team "Boise State?"

"You said it, not me," Williams said.

Needless to say, the tradition rich Jayhawks deep down believe they are better than Boise State.

"I said we are a better basketball team than that (getting no votes) and you've got to show `em that," Williams said.

"It was kind of a joke with the team," Kenny Gregory said after scoring 19 points. "We do think we are better than some of the teams in there. But at the same time we hadn't been playing like it."

KU (17-8, 9-4) had lost two straight games and didn't receive a single vote in the AP poll. That's what happens when a team squanders 11- and 14-point leads in losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech respectively.

Standings: Texas' victory on Wednesday gives the Longhorns an 11-2 record. Oklahoma is 10-3, while KU, Missouri and Nebraska are 9-4.

"I'm afraid it may be too late to catch Texas," KU's Ryan Robertson said. "That may have slipped away, but we can still accomplish a lot of things."

Collison victim of prank: It's a good thing Kansas University basketball signee Nick Collison of Iowa Falls High School wears two pairs of shorts during games.

A player at Clarion-Goldfield High School pulled down the shorts of the 6-foot-9 Collison as he was attempting to shoot during Iowa Falls' 116-34 rout of Clarion-Goldfield last week.

Another C-G player intentionally scored at the Iowa Falls basket to give the Cadets their 100th point. All of C-G's varsity players were suspended by school administration for the team's next game with Humboldt. C-G, which is 1-16, used its junior varsity players and Humboldt, won 91-44.

Iowa Falls coach Dave Collison, the father of Nick, said C-G athletics director Larry Frakes called to apologize and the district's administration also apologized.

"I think they are genuinely embarrassed by the whole thing," Dave Collison said, adding, "Luckily, Nick had another pair of shorts on underneath."

"It's received a lot of attention here," Nick Collison told the Journal-World. "I guess I would like to see it die down because it was no big deal."

  • Hinrich sets record: KU signee Kirk Hinrich, a 6-3 guard from Sioux City, Iowa, West High, scored 46 points last week to become the school's all-time leading scorer. Hinrich has 1,036 points. He needs 158 points to equal the Sioux City all-time city record for points.

  • Flowers: KU has one home game remaining, Monday's 8:35 p.m. Senior Night contest against Oklahoma State. KU officials are asking fans to bring carnations or silk flowers to toss on the court -- no roses -- during pre-game introductions of the seniors.

  • Preliminary schedule: KU will play home games next year against Pittsburg State, Pepperdine, Penn and possibly Maine and Fairfield, plus a yet-to-be determined game against a top opponents, scheduled by ESPN. KU will play at Iowa, Middle Tennessee State and Illinois (in Chicago). Also, KU will appear in the Great Alaska Shootout and meet St. Louis in Kemper Arena.

  • Stats, facts: Eric Chenowith's seven blocks matches his career high. ... T.J. Pugh grabbed his 400th career rebound. ... Chenowith was held scoreless for the first time since the Rhode Island game last year in the NCAA Tournament. ...

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