Guys Nick CollisonÃ¢ÂÂs size hit three-pointers all the time in the NBA.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs definitely a makeable shot,Ã¢ÂÂ Kansas UniversityÃ¢ÂÂs 6-foot-9, 255-pound senior forward said after sinking a pair of threes in three tries for the second straight game Saturday night.
He hit eight of 11 shots total, good for 19 points in the JayhawksÃ¢ÂÂ 113-61 victory over Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse.
Ã¢ÂÂI always work on it in the offseason. I think itÃ¢ÂÂs a shot I can hit. IÃ¢ÂÂm confident with it,Ã¢ÂÂ Collison said of a three-pointer. Ã¢ÂÂWhen teams leave me open - if the situation is right - IÃ¢ÂÂm going to keep taking them.
Ã¢ÂÂIf weÃ¢ÂÂre in a stretch where weÃ¢ÂÂre taking a lot of quick shots, itÃ¢ÂÂs not right. But itÃ¢ÂÂs good to stretch the defense.Ã¢ÂÂ
For the year, Collison has made five threes in eight tries. He made five threes in 13 tries his freshman year, two of five his soph season and three of eight last year.
With the loss of Jeff Boschee, KU has been lacking a bit from beyond the arc this year.
Ã¢ÂÂThis year a lot of teams pack it in,Ã¢ÂÂ Collison said. Ã¢ÂÂIt might be good to make some.Ã¢ÂÂ
KU coach Roy Williams said CollisonÃ¢ÂÂs threes have all come off the secondary break where heÃ¢ÂÂs open deep at the top of the key.
Ã¢ÂÂI told him today somebody asked me if heÃ¢ÂÂs got the green light,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams said. Ã¢ÂÂI said, Ã¢ÂÂ'No,Ã¢ÂÂ but if he can go 2-for-3 every game, IÃ¢ÂÂll take that.
Ã¢ÂÂIf you look, heÃ¢ÂÂs not drifting out there,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams added. Ã¢ÂÂAll are on the secondary break. Eric Pauley made a living off that. ItÃ¢ÂÂs in the context of what weÃ¢ÂÂre trying to do. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a shot we practice every day. He is feeling good about it.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¢
Message unknown: Williams sent a team manager to say something to Emporia State coach David Moe with about 10 minutes left, after KU hit the 100-point mark.
Ã¢ÂÂI sent him down there to ask how his father was doing,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams quipped of good friend Doug Moe, DavidÃ¢ÂÂs dad.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs probably coachÃ¢ÂÂs business. I sent down a message. You guys donÃ¢ÂÂt need to know everything,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams said to reporters.
Moe also declined to comment.Ã¢ÂÂ¢
No pity: Keith Langford, who scored 11 points the first half and 13 for the game, was asked if he ever felt sorry for the Division II Hornets.
Ã¢ÂÂNo. I donÃ¢ÂÂt care for anybody thatÃ¢ÂÂs not wearing a Kansas uniform,Ã¢ÂÂ he said simply.Ã¢ÂÂ¢
Shaw back home: Emporia State guard Aaron Shaw missed his second straight game. HeÃ¢ÂÂs in his hometown of Neenah, Wis., supporting a family member who is ill.Ã¢ÂÂ¢
Guarantee money: Emporia State received $25,000 for playing KU. Washburn and Central Missouri State received the same amount for their appearances at Allen Fieldhouse.Ã¢ÂÂ¢
Stats, facts: KansasÃ¢ÂÂ 64 points the first half was a season high. Ã¢ÂÂ: KUÃ¢ÂÂs 41 point halftime lead was its biggest since leading Oral Roberts by 46 (75-29) on Jan. 14, 1993. ItÃ¢ÂÂs KUÃ¢ÂÂs third biggest halftime lead under Roy Williams. Ã¢ÂÂ: MilesÃ¢ÂÂ 13 assists were most by a Jayhawk sophomore since Jacque Vaughn had 13 against Rice in 1995 and is the most by any Jayhawk since Miles totaled 15 against Texas Tech last season. Ã¢ÂÂ: Wayne SimienÃ¢ÂÂs 23 points marked a career high. Ã¢ÂÂ: ESUÃ¢ÂÂs 38 threes tied for the second most by a foe in the Roy Williams era. Arizona had 38 on Dec. 1, 2001.