New York — Kirk Hinrich doesnÃ¢ÂÂt know whatÃ¢ÂÂs wrong with his back.
He just knows it hurts.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs pretty sore. I donÃ¢ÂÂt know whatÃ¢ÂÂs going wrong. ItÃ¢ÂÂs been bothering me a little, but nothing like this,Ã¢ÂÂ Hinrich, Kansas UniversityÃ¢ÂÂs senior guard, said after scoring 13 points in 35 minutes of WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs 67-56 loss to North Carolina at Madison Square Garden.
Hinrich felt back pain throughout much of the game after making a breakaway layup about six minutes in.
Ã¢ÂÂI made the layup and landed on my feet. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt fall or anything,Ã¢ÂÂ Hinrich said.
KUÃ¢ÂÂs training staff said Hinrich would stretch and undergo massage and other forms of treatment as he prepares for FridayÃ¢ÂÂs game against Florida (5:30 p.m. CST, no TV).
No extensive tests will be performed on Hinrich until the Jayhawks return to Lawrence on Saturday or Sunday.
Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt know,Ã¢ÂÂ Hinrich said, asked if heÃ¢ÂÂd play Friday. Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂll try to fix whatever it is.Ã¢ÂÂ
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Wayne Simien twisted his right ankle twice. He has been suffering from tendinitis in the same ankle all season.
Ã¢ÂÂI rolled it twice early in the first half. I got it taped. It was not a factor (in how he played),Ã¢ÂÂ said Simien, who had 11 points and eight boards in 32 minutes. Ã¢ÂÂI was getting good looks, just not getting it down.Ã¢ÂÂ
Asked if the ankle was OK, he said, Ã¢ÂÂNo, but IÃ¢ÂÂm going to play.Ã¢ÂÂ
Meanwhile, Keith Langford, who suffered foul problems and had just seven points in 29 minutes, suffered a cut on his right calf and had it taped heavily the final half. He didnÃ¢ÂÂt think heÃ¢ÂÂd need any stitches.
The Jayhawks had as many mental problems as physical after their first loss of the season.
Hinrich said some players had shown up late for things like dinner and meetings on the trip to New York.
Nobody would reveal the culprits, but the violations couldnÃ¢ÂÂt have been too serious since coach Roy Williams didnÃ¢ÂÂt hold any regulars, or regular subs, out of the game.
Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt know,Ã¢ÂÂ senior Nick Collison said, asked why guys would be late. Ã¢ÂÂI canÃ¢ÂÂt tell why people are doing things, but this is going to change,Ã¢ÂÂ he added after his 19-point effort, hinting he might take even more of a leadership role.
This, that: KUÃ¢ÂÂs 56 points were the JayhawksÃ¢ÂÂ lowest total since since scoring 57 versus Oklahoma on March 10, 2001 Ã¢ÂÂ: KU had just two threes and 11 assists. Ã¢ÂÂ: Sean May had five blocks for UNC. Ã¢ÂÂ: UNC had just 12 fouls. Ã¢ÂÂ: The Heels had 14 steals, most by a KU foe since South Carolina State on Dec. 15, 2001.
Emotional moment: Kansas coach Roy Williams asked the teamÃ¢ÂÂs bus driver to drive past Ground Zero on Wednesday afternoon, after the teamÃ¢ÂÂs shootaround at Madison Square Garden. The players didnÃ¢ÂÂt get off the bus but listened intently as the driver reminded the Jayhawks of the happenings of Sept. 11, 2001.
Norm to receive award: Missouri coaching legend Norm Stewart attended FridayÃ¢ÂÂs game, but not just to support his friend, KU coach Williams.
Stewart will be honored with the Ã¢ÂÂDean Smith AwardÃ¢ÂÂ for career coaching achievement on Friday night.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs a nice honor. ItÃ¢ÂÂs in DeanÃ¢ÂÂs name,Ã¢ÂÂ Stewart said. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs presented at the NIT, which at one time was more dominant than the NCAA Tournament, back in the Ã¢ÂÂ50s and Ã¢ÂÂ60s. ItÃ¢ÂÂs still a great preseason tournament. These are four very good teams.
Ã¢ÂÂPeople always want to play in the Garden and this tournament carries some prestige in the preseason.Ã¢ÂÂ
Famous faces in crowd: Ex-Jayhawk All-American Danny Manning attended with his wife, Julie, and children Evan and Taylor. Manning often practices with the Jayhawks, since he has not caught on with a pro team yet this season. Ã¢ÂÂ: Actor Peter Boyle of Ã¢ÂÂEverybody Loves RaymondÃ¢ÂÂ attended not to root on UNC frosh Raymond Felton, but to watch good college hoops.
Familiar foes: Williams had to be somewhat quiet in barking out plays during WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs game because of the fact North Carolina and KU run many of the same plays.
Ã¢ÂÂOur terminology is the same, so you canÃ¢ÂÂt make calls too loud because they would know,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams said.