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Crider left out of exhibition blowout

KU junior didn’t play because coach ‘chose to not put him in’

November 5, 2000

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John Crider was the only available player on Kansas' men's basketball roster to not enter Saturday's KU-Emporia State exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse.

The student section chanted "We Want Crider," during the latter stages of the Jayhawks' 120-51 blowout victory.

Yet KU's 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior guard from Horton never entered despite having no apparent injury.

What's the deal?

"I chose to not put him in," KU coach Roy Williams said on his postgame radio show after 13 players played and 12 scored.

Walk-on Brett Ballard did not dress because of mono.

A source close to Crider told the Journal-World before the game that Crider is seriously considering transferring in hopes of gaining playing time.

It's possible playing in Saturday's exhibition could have affected his eligibility at another school if he indeed decides to transfer.

Williams was asked if Crider has asked him for a transfer.

"Same answer. I played him because I chose not to," Williams said. "There's nothing else to say."

KU's coach added that he's never tried to hide anything during his 13 years at KU and would announce something if "something were to happen."

"You guys are jumping to conclusions," the coach told media.

Crider was unavailable for comment following the game.


Dunk goes kerplunk: Kenny Gregory made a pair of three-pointers on Saturday and scored 17 points, but squandered a chance for two more when he missed a dunk.

It may be the only time in his four years at KU he's missed a dunk.

"I just missed it, no excuse. It happens to everyone sometime," Gregory said.

Of his three-point shot that hit the backboard and went in, he noted: "I thought I shot it too wide and it'd hit the back of the rim. I think it actually did hit the backboard. I was glad it went in."


Recruit in the fieldhouse: KU fans chanted "We Want Langford" late in the game. Keith Langford, 6-4 of Crowley, Texas, attended with his family as part of his KU recruiting visit. He'll choose either KU, Cincinnati or Oklahoma as his college destination.


Recruiting update: Aaron Miles, a 6-0 point guard form Portland, Ore., will hold a press conference on Monday morning at Jefferson High School to announce his college choice.

Miles will choose either KU or Arizona. KU is believed to be the leader with Arizona bringing in Chicago point guard Will Bynum on the UA campus for a visit this weekend.

KU recently received a commitment from Miles' best friend, Michael Lee, a 6-2 shooting guard.


Robertson returns: Former Kansas guard Ryan Robertson worked as a guest analyst for the Jayhawk radio network. Robertson, who will start practicing with the Kansas City Knights on Dec. 4, last saw a game in Allen Fieldhouse on Senior Day two years ago.

On that day, you might recall, Robertson hit a free throw with no time left on the clock, giving the Jayhawks a victory over Oklahoma State.


ESU impressed: The crowd shouted "airball" every time Emporia State's Matt Haynes touched the ball following an early miss that drew no iron.

"The crowd was everything and more," Haynes said. "They wanted to take me out of the game, but I wouldn't let them."


Notes: KU has won 14 straight exhibition games and is 21-2 in exhibition games under Williams. KU's 69-point margin of victory is third largest margin of victory for KU in an exhibition game. The Jayhawks beat Australia Geelong, 119-44, on Nov. 13, 1999.



Emporia State (51) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
LaChance Murray 28 3-8 5-8 3-5 2 11
Chad Tegtmeier 30 1-7 0-0 0-2 2 3
Brad Emme 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 5 2
Matt Haynes 27 3-15 4-4 0-2 3 13
T.J. Brown 31 1-11 0-2 0-2 3 2
J.B. Bauersfeld 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0
Chad Kline 11 0-1 3-4 1-2 0 3
Brandon Sharp 25 4-6 5-6 3-5 1 15
Ryan Adkison 27 1-5 0-0 2-6 4 2
Ben Burton 6 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0
Team 2-3
Totals 14-57 17-25 11-28 21 51
Three-point goals: 6-26 (Haynes 3-11, Sharp 2-3, Tegtmeier 1-5, Brown 0-7). Assists: 9 (Brown 4, Sharp 3, Haynes, Bauersfeld). Turnovers: 23 (Brown 7, Tegtmeier 4, Kline 3, Sharp 3, Adkison 2, Murray, Emme, Haynes, team). Blocked shots: 3 (Emme 2, Haynes). Steals: 5 (Haynes 2, Tegtmeier, Emme, Brown).
KANSAS (120) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Drew Gooden 23 8-13 0-0 4-11 2 16
Kenny Gregory 27 7-12 1-3 3-7 0 17
Eric Chenowith 22 4-5 2-2 1-6 2 10
Kirk Hinrich 13 0-1 2-2 0-1 4 2
Jeff Boschee 25 6-10 0-0 0-1 2 17
Mario Kinsey 13 4-5 4-5 0-0 0 14
Nick Collison 19 4-4 4-4 0-5 2 12
Bryant Nash 11 2-5 0-0 2-5 5 4
Jeff Carey 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 2
Lewis Harrison 6 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 5
Luke Axtell 21 6-9 3-4 0-5 2 19
Chris Zerbe 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2
Todd Kappelmann 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Team 1-4
Totals 45-71 16-20 11-47 23 120
Three-point goals: 14-20 (Boschee 5-5, Axtell 4-7, Kinsey 2-2, Gregory 2-3, Harrison 1-1, Gooden 0-1, Zerbe 0-1). Assists: 31 (Gregory 6, Boschee 5, Gooden 4, Chenowith 4, Hinrich 4, Axtell 3, Kinsey 2, Carey 2, Nash). Turnovers: 12 (Collison 3, Hinrich 2, Nash 2, Gooden, Gregory, Boschee, Kinsey, Axtell). Blocked shots: 8 (Gooden 3, Chenowith 2, Collison, Carey, Zerbe). Steals: 11 (Gooden 3, Kinsey 3, Collison, Nash, Carey, Axtell, Zerbe).

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