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Kansas' Sherron Collins scoops the ball under the basket against Loyola in the second half on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Sherron Collins scoops the ball under the basket against Loyola in the second half on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 9, 2008

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KU rounds out non-con, smashes Loyola

Bill Self's squad reached a perfect non-conference record after defeating Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday night. Enlarge video

Go figure

12

Points scored by Loyola's Gerald Brown in the first half

1

Points scored by Brown in the second half

10

Points by which KU outscored Loyola from the free-throw line

10

Blocked shots by the Jayhawks

-1

KU's rebounding margin in the first half

+7

KU's rebounding margin in the second half

5

Number of times a KU team has started the season 15-0

1996-97

The last time a KU team was 15-0

Sherron Collins darted through the lane, went up as high as a 5-foot-11, 205-pound guard can sky and flipped the basketball through the hoop with his left hand while getting hammered by a defender.

It was apparent just five minutes into Tuesday's 90-60 rout of Loyola (Md.) College that Collins is finally close to recovered fully from Nov. 12 surgery on his left foot.

"I think that was the old Sherron back with a little more to give : but I'm pretty much back," Collins said after scoring 18 points off 7-of-13 shooting with three steals and two assists in 28 minutes.

He started in place of Mario Chalmers, who suffered a strained groin at practice Monday. Chicago native Collins played 18 minutes the first half, scoring 11 points as KU claimed a 41-24 lead at the break.

"I felt a little winded," said Collins, who had played no more than 24 minutes in a game since returning from a six-game absence on Dec. 8.

"I've still got a lot of conditioning to do. But I feel the strength coming back. I've been working hard to get to this point. By far it's the best I've felt since I've been back."

Collins started his third game of the season, the other two to open the regular season for the then-injured Brandon Rush.

"I found out 30 minutes before the game. Coach said Mario wasn't going to go. After that it was the normal game plan," Collins said.

He admits : "Yes, it's more fun to start, but I will do anything coach wants me to do to help this team."

Collins figures to return to his sixth-man role in Saturday night's Big 12 opener at Nebraska, since Chalmers' groin tweak is not serious.

"It's unfortunate Mario tweaked his groin, probably fortunate for Sherron. I wanted to play him more than I did, but the game kind of got out of hand," KU coach Bill Self said. "It was good to see him out there. He hasn't had the opportunity to play extended minutes. He did fine. He just didn't make shots."

Collins hit three of eight threes.

Chalmers, meanwhile, "landed funny shooting the basketball yesterday," Self explained. "He could have played tonight. I didn't want to play him. We've got a big three-game stretch coming up here on Saturday."

That's Saturday at NU, followed by Oklahoma on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse and Missouri the following Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

"Hopefully he'll be close to full speed by Thursday and be ready to roll Saturday," Self said of Chalmers.

He hopes Collins continues to progress as well.

Collins said that indeed is happening.

"I'm getting strength back in my left quad," said Collins, whose stress fracture in his left foot is completely healed. "My quad is firing. Before it felt like rubber. It's solid now."

He burned rubber down the court hitting a big three with 4:29 left in the first half. His bucket followed a hoop by Russell Robinson, the two starting a 26-4 run that followed a tongue-lashing by Self during a timeout with KU up just 26-22.

"Everything fell in place. I'm glad I'm back," Collins said. "I didn't shoot well. Coach tells me to be more aggressive and shoot when I'm open, so that's what I'll continue to do."

Darrell Arthur and Sasha Kaun had 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, 15-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season when the team opened 19-0.

"We don't care who scores. As long as we win it's a happy locker room," Collins said. "Darnell (Jackson, nine points) scored 25 last game (at Boston College). I think it was 'Shady' (Arthur) the game before that. I don't know how many I had tonight."

Comments

whitechocolate 6 years, 11 months ago

From the article

"Darrell Arthur and Sasha Kaun had 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, 15-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season when the team opened 19-0."

From the go figure section

"1996-97 The last time a KU team was 15-0

So which is it? Best record since 1997 or 1990? I though the 97 team went 22-0...

camper 6 years, 11 months ago

Sherron Collins is top-notch. Last year when he came in form he really added so much to the team. It was too bad he got hurt late last year and could not go full-throttle (tho he tried).

It is so good to see him coming back to full-health. He kinda reminds me of this NBA player (who's name is escaping me) who played for the Championship Pistons teams. Not Thomas, not Rodman, but a 6th man guard who came in did awesome. I'm thinkinking his name was Vinnie Johnson, but I can't remember.

Go Hawks!

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