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February 13, 2007

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Kansas University coach Bill Self believes at least five Big 12 teams will receive NCAA Tournament bids on Selection Sunday.

"I counted them yesterday. I went through the BCS conferences. Who the fifth one is, who knows?" he said. "I believe Texas A&M, hopefully ourselves, K-State, Texas, Oklahoma State have put themselves in good position. Oklahoma is right there, too. A lot depends how it plays out. Texas Tech could get a big one on the road."

¢Bumps, bruises: Self said the Jayhawks likely would cut down on "reps" at practice for the rest of the season with the team "nicked up." Darnell Jackson has been battling a bad back for several weeks, as has Sasha Kaun of late.

"Having rested bodies is as important as anything," Self said.

¢Milestones: Self, who won his 300th game Saturday at Missouri, needs seven wins to hit 100 in his four years at KU. A reporter on Monday's Big 12 teleconference asked what would be the significance of 100 wins.

"It means you won an average of 25 a year. People around here would probably say that's not great, but that wouldn't be a bad milestone," Self said. "Hopefully we can get hot and do better than that (this year)."

¢Rodrick returns: KU junior Rodrick Stewart is back from Aberdeen, Miss., where he attended Saturday's funeral for his great-grandfather, Pompie Randle.

"He and my (late) grandma are the backbone of our family," Stewart said Monday. "I was very close to him. It's hard, but a part of life. You never know when it is going to happen. He did have a long life, a great life."

Randle died last week at the age of 98.

Stewart said the funeral took place at the same time as the KU-Missouri game. "A lot of guys 'texted' me after the game," Stewart said. "They told me Julian got 33. I thought, 'That's crazy.' I wanted to be at the game, but I had to go down and pay respects to my family."

Stewart and his brother, Lodrick, tried to visit their mother, Lisa, in a Mississippi hospital over the weekend. Stewart, who hasn't seen his mom in five years, was denied entry to her hospital room.

"The hospital wouldn't give me any information on how she was doing," Stewart said. "Nobody in our family knows anything. I don't know what's wrong (with her)."

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2006-07 Feb. 12 KU hoops presser

¢Next up: KU will meet Colorado at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coors Events Center in Boulder. The Jayhawks have won 10 of their past 13 conference road games the last two seasons. KU is 4-1 on the road this season; 6-2 last year.

"We're only as good as our next one, so all this could change if we don't play well Wednesday," Self said.

¢Collins off bench: Self said to not expect red-hot guard Sherron Collins in the starting lineup anytime soon.

"I don't see making a change. Does he deserve to start? Certainly he's played as well as anybody we have in our program the last month, but you've got to do what's best for your team," Self said. "His attitude is so good it gives us a spark off the bench. Also at times Russell (Robinson) and Mario (Chalmers) were playing as well as anybody in our program, too. I like the way things are going. I won't say it definitely won't happen, but I don't see it right now."

Collins did 30 extra minutes of cardio work before practice Monday.

"If his weight is not going down he does extra work. He won't bat an eye. He knows it's good for him. He's so coachable," Self said.

¢No vulgarity, please: On his Hawk Talk radio show Self was asked about lack of sportsmanship at the KU-K-State game. KU's student section chanted "DUI, DUI" at K-State coach Bob Huggins after waving newspapers with Huggins appearing behind bars and the inscription "Hugs and Thugs."

One fan entered into a shouting match with Huggins following the contest.

"It's great for fans to be creative, fun, funny, witty. There's no place for, in my opinion, vulgar chants or unbecoming chants that are really hurtful and not creative," Self said. "Fans should not get in verbal confrontations, nor should coaches get in verbal confrontations with fans. We don't need to do anything but support our team and be creative in how we throw jabs at the other team. We get it wherever we go, but it should be done with taste. Vulgarity ... there's no place for it."

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