Archive for Thursday, November 24, 2005

Swords: KU ‘great’

Chaminade sings Jayhawks’ praises

November 24, 2005


— Kansas University played three teams in the Maui Invitational: Arizona, Arkansas and Chaminade. Those three teams went 0-6 in the tourney against schools other than KU.

The Jayhawks finished seventh out of seven Div. I schools and lost to teams that finished fourth and sixth in the tournament.

Try running those facts and figures by Chaminade after a 102-54 blowout loss to the Jayhawks.

"That was a tough one, obviously," Chaminade coach Matt Mahar said. "I don't think our guys came out ready to play. They were so fired up and so ready to play. They're a very, very good team. They're gonna do a lot of things. They were great. That was the toughest game we had so far."

That's saying quite a bit, considering the Silverswords lost to Michigan State in the opening round and to Maryland on the second day, both nationally ranked teams.

Chaminade was leading Michigan State, 32-31, with 4:29 left in the first half in a 22-point loss and had a 38-27 lead with 4:17 left in the first half of a 29-point loss to Maryland.

Mahar marveled at how quickly KU's big men, Sasha Kaun and C.J. Giles, were able to get back on defense, and his players agreed.

"Every team we played was great, but I'd say they were the best team we faced, definitely," Chaminade's Stewart Kussler said. "Kansas is really athletic, and their big guys are really strong in the post. We really struggled with that. Overall, I'd say they were the best team."

Mahar couldn't put his finger on why his team was able to hang with Michigan State and Maryland and got blown out from the outset by KU.

"I wish I knew," Mahar said. "Kansas was really ready to play. Their guards are really quick getting up in the passing lanes. They really contained us."

Mahar now faces the challenge of getting his team ready to play on the road against Cal State Chico after facing former national champions Michigan State, Maryland and Kansas.

"We struggle with that every year leaving Maui," Mahar said.

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