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Kansas basketball notebook

January 24, 2007

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¢ KU leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Jayhawks have won five straight in the series since an 85-77 loss in 2001 in Waco, Texas. KU trailed by 25 points at halftime in that game.

¢ Bill Self is 3-1 all-time against Baylor; Scott Drew 0-3 versus KU.

¢ KU won the last meeting, 76-61, last Feb. 21 in Allen Fieldhouse. Julian Wright scored 20 points, while Russell Robinson had nine points and nine assists. The Bears kept it close by hitting nine of 13 threes. Curtis Jerrells led BU with 17 points.

¢ The young Bears, with nine freshmen and sophomores, are playing a full schedule and have a full allotment of scholarships for the first time in four seasons.

¢ Baylor lost to South Carolina, 64-59, on Dec. 9 in Waco. KU beat South Carolina, 70-54, on Jan. 7 in Columbia, S.C. The Bears lost nonconference games to Gonzaga (78-69) and Syracuse (94-71). BU in Big 12 play is 1-1 at home with a win over Texas Tech (73-70) and loss to Texas A&M (61-51). On the road, BU has lost to Oklahoma State (81-77), Kansas State (69-60) and Oklahoma (91-51).

¢ Drew is 32-59 in four seasons at Baylor. Prior to Baylor, Drew spent 10 seasons at Valparaiso, the last as head coach after nine seasons as an assistant to his father, Homer. He went 18-11 in his one year as head coach at Valpo. During his decade at Valpo, the Crusaders earned six NCAA Tournament berths, including five straight from 1996-2000. An outstanding recruiter, Drew is responsible for five national top-20 recruiting classes over the last eight years.

¢ Baylor's 11 wins are the most in a season in Drew's four seasons.

¢ Baylor is 2-31 in its last 33 true road games. BU has lost 19 straight Big 12 road games dating to a 67-61 win over Texas A&M in February 2004.

¢ BU's Mamadou Diene has just five blocks over the last nine games after blocking 23 shots in the first eight games. He's been slowed by ankle and knee injuries.

¢ Baylor is undefeated (15-0) in the Scott Drew era when scoring 80-plus points.

¢ True freshman Tweety Carter is Baylor's first-ever McDonald's All-America signee.

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