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February 5, 2001

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Gooden, a 6-foot-10 forward from Richmond, Calif., suffered a sprained ligament in his right wrist in the second half of Saturday's 82-66 victory over Texas.

X-rays taken Sunday showed no signs of any fractures in the wrist. However, Gooden is experiencing swelling and did not practice on Sunday.

Gooden ranks second on the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.7).

Coincidentally, he has several relatives in town for KU's three-game homestand, including his grandparents from California and his mother and stepdad from Arkansas.

Iowans psyched for tonight

Native Iowan Nick Collison does not want Kansas to get in the habit of losing to Iowa State.

"I'd be lying to you if I said it was just another game, especially after last year dropping three (games) to Iowa teams," said Collison, KU's sophomore forward from Iowa Falls.

He's 0-2 in his career against the Cyclones. He's also 0-1 against the University of Iowa as the Jayhawks fell in Iowa City last season.

I'd really like to get a win. I'll put it that way," Collison said. "First of all, they're second in the league (ISU is 19-3, 7-2; KU 18-2, 7-1). That's why it's a big game. Second of all, it's Iowa State. I want to play well. Any time you lose to a team twice the year before you want to beat them. It's a big game for a lot of reasons."

His roommate and co-1999 Mr. Basketball of Iowa -- sophomore point guard Kirk Hinrich -- takes a similar attitude into the contest.

"I get really excited (about playing ISU) not just because I'm from Iowa, but because it's a big game," Hinrich said. "They have a great team and a great point guard (Jamaal Tinsley). When we lost to Iowa and Iowa State back-to-back (last Jan. 29 and Feb. 3) it was a low point in our season. It was really tough to handle. We're going to be here at home so it should help. We have to go out, execute and be tough enough to get a win," added Hinrich, a Sioux City, Iowa native.

ISU last to win here

The Jayhawks, 10-0 at Allen Fieldhouse this season, have won 13 straight home games, last losing to ISU, 64-62, last Feb. 16.

Led by Tinsley, who had two steals and driving layups, the Cyclones erased a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes. Marcus Fizer, who left ISU after last season for the NBA Draft, hit a late 16-footer to assure victory -- ISU's first in Lawrence since 1982.

"I just remember how loud it was," Iowa State senior Paul Shirley of Meriden told the Des Moines Register. "Probably the loudest I've ever heard anything in my life. Allen Fieldhouse, no matter what anybody says, is the loudest place we play. And it was at an all-time high.

"I'm sure they are pretty torqued about that whole situation. They'll definitely be ready for us. They will not overlook us."

Tinsley -- he matched a career high with 26 points in Saturday's 84-78 home victory over Kansas State -- wasn't awed by his fieldhouse experience.

"Allen Fieldhouse is just another gym," he told the Register.

Tradition

ISU coach Larry Eustachy does not think history will be much of a factor.

"You ask Jamaal who Wilt Chamberlain is and he wouldn't know. I don't mean that in any disrespect, but I always bring these names up and they look at me like I've got three heads and I'm talking about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, let alone all the history of Kansas," Eustachy said.

"I think it's the combination of coaching and very good players that make it difficult (to win at Allen). I've always said that as the season goes on, the crowd diminishes no matter how big it is. So I would be surprised if we get rattled by the crowd."

KU frenzy

Eustachy realizes KU will be fired up trying to snap a three-game losing string versus ISU.

"It's going to be our most difficult game to date. I'm sure they want to beat us because of the most recent games that we've played," he said. "We have a plan to go down there and give us a chance to win."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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