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January 15, 2008

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6Sports video: KU handles Oklahoma

After less than 48 hours since the Jayhawks took the floor against Nebraska, they went against Oklahoma and looked to remain unbeaten on Monday night. Enlarge video

Huge victory: The 30-point margin of victory tied for the second largest in Lawrence against OU. It tied for KU's third-largest overall versus the Sooners. KU beat OU by 37 points back in 1970 and 30 in 1978, both at Allen. ... KU is 133-64 versus OU and has won nine in a row in the series in Allen Fieldhouse. ... KU has won 25 straight regular-season games. ... Cole Aldrich tied a season high with three blocks.

¢ Pritchard in the 'House: Portland TrailBlazers' general manager Kevin Pritchard attended and was one of 14 NBA representatives at the game.

Pritchard said regrettably he can't attend KU's 1988 basketball reunion weekend - the weekend of the Feb. 16 KU-Colorado game. He has to speak to all NBA general managers at the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans.

All former KU players and coaches are invited back that weekend. KU traditionally invites all players back for a game every five years.

"A few pounds heavier, a lot of hair ago," Pritchard joked of how the '88 Jayhawks have changed in 20 years.

"It's great to be back at the fieldhouse. I've been shaking a lot of hands," added Pritchard, who received a thunderous ovation when introduced to the crowd.

¢ Faces in crowd: ESPN SportsCenter anchors Neil Everett and Scott Van Pelt, who like to take in a game a year at Allen Fieldhouse, attended with ESPN's NFL analyst Sean Salisbury. ... Wayne and Margaret Simien, parents of ex-Jayhawk Wayne, were on hand. ... Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett sat a few rows behind KU's bench.

¢ Thomas erupts for 25: KU signee Quintrell Thomas made a strong bid for inclusion on the McDonald's All-America team over the weekend.

He played well where it counts - before the media masses in the Big Apple.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 64-56 victory over St. Raymond of New York on Sunday in the Nike Super Six at Madison Square Garden.

Thomas hit nine of 11 shots and had three blocks in 30 minutes.

Thomas, according to Adam Zagoria of the Herald News in West Paterson, N.J., "threw down a bunch of dunks" and earned MVP honors.

"He brought an intimidation factor for the quick guards that like to slice," St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle told ESPN.com.

St. Patrick's is 12-1 and ranked sixth in the country by PrepNation.com. St. Patrick junior guard Dexter Strickland recently orally committed to North Carolina

"Winning our state (New Jersey) is most important but winning a national championship is another goal," Thomas told ESPN.com, referring to a goal of being ranked No. 1 at the end of the year.

¢ Henry has big game: Xavier Henry, a 6-6 junior from Putnam City (Okla.) High, scored 30 points in Saturday's 73-61 win over Putnam City North in the finals of the Putnam City Invitational. Henry grabbed nine rebounds and had three blocks. He has a top three of KU, Memphis and North Carolina.

Putnam City High, 14-1, is ranked No. 23 in the country by PrepNation.com.

¢ KU coach Bill Self on OU standout Blake Griffin: "I've known Blake a long time. We thought we might have an outside chance (of signing him out of Oklahoma Christian High in Edmond) until Jeff (Capel, OU coach who replaced Kelvin Sampson) got the job."

¢ Self on OU coach Capel: "He's good. They wouldn't have hired him (from Virginia Commonwealth) unless they thought he'd do a good job. His team is sound. They rebound. They guard very well."

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