Iowa natives Hinrich, Collison eager to play Cyclones again
Kansas University sophomore Drew Gooden is listed as questionable for tonight's ESPN Big Monday basketball game against Iowa State.
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," the Sioux City, Iowa, native said.
ISU last to win here
KU, 10-0 at Allen Fieldhouse this season, has won 13 straight home games, last losing to ISU, 64-62, last Feb. 16. Led by Tinsley, who had two steals and driving layups, ISU 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 Iowa State'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."
Tinsley he matched a career high with 26 points in Saturday's 84-78 home victory over Kansas State wasn't awed by the experience.
"Allen Fieldhouse is just another gym," he told the Register.
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," he 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."
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 story.
x-0 Drew Gooden, F, 6-10, 230, Soph., Richmond, Calif. (El Cerrito HS).
3 Brett Ballard, G, 6-0, 175, Jr., Hutchinson (Hutchinson CC).
4 Nick Collison, F, 6-9 1/2, 250, Soph., Iowa Falls, Iowa (Iowa Falls HS).
10 Kirk Hinrich, G, 6-3 1/2, 180, Soph., Sioux City, Iowa (Sioux City West HS).
13 Jeff Boschee, G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Valley City, N.D. (Valley City HS).
15 Bryant Nash, F, 6-6 1/2, 200, Fr., Carrollton, Texas (Turner HS).
20 Kenny Gregory, G/F, 6-5, 208, Sr., Columbus, Ohio (Independence HS).
22 Jeff Carey, F/C, 6-11, 250, Jr., Camdenton, Mo. (Camdenton HS).
24 Lewis Harrison, G, 6-0, 165, Jr., Kansas City (Kansas City CC).
x-33 Luke Axtell, G/F, 6-10, 220, Sr., Austin, Texas (University of Texas).
34 Chris Zerbe, F, 6-5, 230, Jr., Andover (Hutchinson CC).
44 Eric Chenowith, C, 7-1, 270, Sr., Villa Park, Calif. (Villa Park HS).
50 Todd Kappelmann, F, 6-9, 230, Jr., Augusta (Butler County CC).
Iowa State Roster
00 Richard Evans, F/G, 6-5, 190, Sr., Dallas.
3 Brandon Nicol, G, 6-3, 170, Soph., Graettinger, Iowa.
4 Kantrail Horton, G, 6-1, 225, Sr., Covington, Ga.
10 Omar Bynum, F, 6-7, 210, Soph., Omaha, Neb.
11 Jamaal Tinsley, G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
21 Shane Power, G, 6-5, 210, Fr., Crown Point, Ind.
23 Tyray Pearson, F, 6-7, 210, Jr., Hammond, Ind.
24 Jake Sullivan, G, 6-1, 190, Fr., Oakdale, Minn.
x-30 Zach Fortune, G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Bellevue, Neb.
33 Clint Varley, F, 6-4, 225, Soph., Menlo, Iowa.
40 Brad Davis, G, 6-2, 185, Soph., Knoville, Iowa.
42 Justin Fries, G, 6-2, 185, Soph., Sioux Falls, S.D.
45 Paul Shirley, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., Meriden.
51 Martin Rancik, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia.
54 Andrew Skoglund, C, 7-1, 220, Fr., Minnetonka, Minn.
x-injured, will not play.
ISU has won four straight in the series. No conference school has defeated Kansas five consecutive times since Oklahoma State won five straight over KU from 1982-84.