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Kansas-SIU notebook

March 22, 2007

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¢ This is the first meeting between the schools.

¢ KU is 52-12 against current Missouri Valley schools: Bradley (0-1), Creighton (9-6), Drake (22-3), Evansville (3-0), Illinois State (1-0), Missouri State (4-0), Northern Iowa (1-0) and Wichita State (12-2).

¢ Southern Illinois is in the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history. The other times were 1977 and 2002. SIU has never reached the Elite Eight. KU is in the Sweet 16 for the 24th time in school history. KU has reached the Elite Eight 17 times.

¢ KU is 16-6 as a No. 1 seed in NCAA action.

¢ SIU and KU are two of 12 schools to qualify for the last six NCAA Tournaments. The others are Arizona, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Texas and Wisconsin.

¢ SIU has set a school record for wins in a season (29), surpassing the 28 by the 2002 Sweet 16 team.

¢ SIU is third in the country in scoring defense (56.1 ppg), trailing only Princeton (52.9) and Air Force (55.9).

¢ SIU has never played a No. 1 seed. Missouri Valley teams are 0-5 versus No. 1 seeds.

¢ No. 2 ranked KU is SIU's highest ranked opponent since losing to No. 2 Illinois in 2001. The highest ranked opponent SIU has ever beaten is No. 2 Louisville in 1967.

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