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Kansas basketball notebook

December 23, 2005

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Kansas University sophomore guard Jeremy Case exploded for a career-high 11 points in 11 minutes. He had been hobbled lately by a left foot injury.

Let him explain:

"I hurt my foot three weeks ago. I tore a tendon in the middle of my foot and was out a week and a half. I kept playing on it. It's a little sore. It's nothing I can't play through."

¢ Starters, lineups: C.J. Giles did not start for the first time this season. Battling flulike symptoms, he had four points and five boards in 10 minutes. Christian Moody started the first half, tying a season high with four field goals. He opened next to Sasha Kaun, Jeff Hawkins, Russell Robinson and Brandon Rush, who have started all 10 games.

Self used a lot of combinations the first half, indicating he and his assistants scripted all situations before the game, wanting to play a lot of players so everybody would have a positive feeling entering winter break.

¢ Faces in the crowd: Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett attended with family members. Former Royal Joe Randa also attended, both sitting behind the Northern Colorado bench by UNC athletic director Jay Hinrichs.

Hinrichs worked for the Royals 18 years before taking over as KU's Williams Fund director.

¢ Home for holidays: The Jayhawks will leave town today for the winter break. Sasha Kaun, who hails from Russia, will spend the holiday in New York City, where he has friends.

¢ No banners yet: The Big 12 Conference title and Final Four banners that are missing from the fieldhouse rafters will be replaced with new banners, KU officials stated. The original banners blocked the view of the new center videoboard. The new ones have not yet arrived.

¢ Rodrick, Lodrick shine: This was a good week for the Stewart twins. Rodrick Stewart's brother, Lodrick, scored 18 points in USC's 74-59 victory over North Carolina on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Stewart was 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. His three with 2:40 to play gave the Trojans a 68-57 lead. Rodrick hit a layup and two free throws, scoring his first points in a KU jersey.

The USC transfer had played just one minute in Monday's victory over Pepperdine. That was the first game in which Rodrick Stewart was eligible to participate.

¢ Stats, facts: Jeff Hawkins tied season highs with three field goals and two free-throw attempts. ... Julian Wright had a career-best seven rebounds and six field goals. ... Rush and Case tied team season highs with three three-pointers apiece. Rush's three treys tied his career high. ... UNC's Cory Lowe had a KU-opponent-high six offensive rebounds. ... KU held UNC to 17 defensive rebounds, a season-low for a KU foe. UNC had no blocks and just three steals.

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