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February 22, 2006

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Kansas University reserve guard Jeremy Case, who learned at shootaround Tuesday that senior guard Jeff Hawkins would miss the game, said he was ready for extended minutes.

"I had an idea I'd play more. I'm usually the fifth guard, so it's what I expected," said Case, who had an assist, two rebounds and a turnover in 15 minutes.

He missed three three-pointers and now has made one of his last 19 threes over 11 games. In his Big 12 Conference career, he has made three of 25 threes for 12 percent.

"I think I can make them. I know I can. I need to. I feel I'm rushing them. I have to take my time again," Case said.

Case was dismayed at Hawkins' actions Sunday, when he left the scene of an accident, resulting in the game suspension.

"I hate him to go through this his senior year," Case said. "It hurts the team. We need him out there."

¢ What a combo: Big man C.J. Giles has been entering games at the same time as Darnell Jackson. The two combined for 21 points and 11 boards against Baylor.

"I love that coach decided to play me and Darnell. When we are in the game, we jell a lot better than me and Sasha (Kaun) did earlier. Me and Sasha always were competitive who should be high and who should be low. I was jelling with Christian (Moody) more than Sasha, now Darnell."

Don't get him wrong: He likes Kaun.

"We jell OK, but I guess Sasha couldn't play the 4 as much as the 5. Me and Darnell can play both," Giles said.

¢ Donation: KU's athletic department at halftime Tuesday made a $1 million donation to the KU Med Center. It will go toward cancer research and scholarships. The money was raised through funds from athletic department contracts with ESPN and Adidas.

¢ Bumps: KU senior Moody, who played just five minutes, wore a wrap to protect his bruised right shin. Russell Robinson wore a brace on his right wrist. Robinson has had wrist woes ever since he arrived at KU as a freshman, the brace designed to protect the wrist if he falls on it.

¢ This, that: Ex-Jayhawk Jeff Boschee attended. : Brandon Rush had a career-best four steals. : Robinson had a career-high nine assists and three three-point field goals. : Mario Chalmers' five boards tied a career high. : Rush moved into sixth on the freshman scoring list, surpassing Boschee. : Chalmers picked up his 100th assist. He has 103. : Wright's two blocks gave him 35 for the season, enabling him to pass Greg Ostertag and Danny Manning for third on the freshman blocked-shots list. : All six of the KU players to score 20 or more points in a game this season are freshmen and sophomores. : The game was shown on TV in Australia; Baylor's Aaron Bruce is Australian. : Baylor's 52.4 three-point shooting percentage set an opponent season high. : KU has won 17 of 19 games and 10 in a row.

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