2007-08 Nov. 28 KU-FAU Basketball
Stuff me now, not later: Brandon Rush, who had 17 points off 6-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes, had a dunk try snuffed by high-flying FAU player Xavier Perkins in the first half.
"His move to the basket is not quite what it will be. When he tried to elevate, the guy blocked it," KU coach Bill Self said. "It'll be a finished play a month from now."
Rush had right ACL surgery on June 1.
Faces in the crowd: Ex-Jayhawk Greg Ostertag, who is a retired NBA player living in Arizona, attended, as did former KU player Sean Pearson, who lives in Kansas City.
Nwoji fares well in home state: Former Wichita South player Carderro Nwoji scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.
He enjoys playing for former KU standout and current FAU coach Rex Walters.
"Coach Walters is tough. He's played for the best coaches around. He's a winner. I respect that. It's tough, but it's worth it."
Jayhawk ties: Walters, who played for Roy Williams and Matt Doherty at KU, keeps in touch with both. He was an assistant to current SMU coach Doherty during Doherty's sole season as Owls' head coach.
"I attended the Hall of Fame ceremony for coach (in September in Springfield, Mass.)," Walters said of Williams. "We do everything he did, offense, defense, thought for the day. That guy is so frickin' smart. I can't do half the job he does.
"Coach Doherty : I sent him my practice plan the other day, and he sent me his. We talk on the phone, text. Both have been really good to me."
Stats, facts: KU is 6-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season - when the Jayhawks opened 14-0 - and for the 27th time in school history. : KU is 1-0 against Florida Atlantic and 15-2 against current membership of the Sun Belt Conference. : Rodrick Stewart tied a career high with eight assists. : Jeremy Case had a career-high six assists and a season-best seven points. : KU held FAU to 31 percent shooting. The Jayhawks have held five of six opponents to under 50 percent and 77 of its last 80 opponents. : KU has shot better than 50 percent from the field in all six games this season including 57 percent against FAU. : Russell Robinson had a season-best five boards.
Reed update: KU freshman Tyrel Reed dressed but missed the game because of a sprained right ankle. Self said he probably could have played if needed and likely would return to practice this week.