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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

February 7, 2009

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Kansas University recruited Oklahoma State starters Obi Muonelo, a 6-foot-5 junior guard from Edmond, Okla., and James Anderson, a 6-6 sophomore guard from Junction City, Ark.

“We’ve recruited the last couple years with a lot of uncertainty who’ll be back and who will not be back. My deal to him was, ‘Don’t make an early decision. Wait and see how it’ll play out,’’’ KU coach Bill Self said of Muonelo, who averages 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds. “He fell in love with Oklahoma State and made a good decision going there.

“With James (16.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg), I was telling him Brandon (Rush) would probably not be here. Brandon ended up being here. From his standpoint, he made a good decision, too. Both are very good players.”

Collins on Wooden list

KU’s Sherron Collins has been named one of 30 candidates for the midseason John R. Wooden Award. Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin and Texas’ A.J. Abrams also are on the list.

Tough foe

Oklahoma State (14-7, 3-4), is coming off Wednesday’s 81-80 home victory over Texas Tech. OSU has also beaten Texas A&M (72-61) at home and won at Nebraska (76-74, OT). OSU has lost to Oklahoma (89-81) and Missouri (97-95) at home and fallen to Texas A&M (74-62) and Baylor (98-92, OT) on the road.

OSU has made 208 of 520 threes; KU 137 of 366.

“They play as fast a pace and as free as anybody in the country,” Self said.

Eaton vs. Collins

Collins on OSU point guard Byron Eaton, who had 26 points in the Cowboys’ 61-60 win over KU last year:

“He is a strong guard. There’s been comparisons in how we play. He’s really good,” said Collins, who had zero points in that contest.

Stats, facts

KU leads the all-time series, 101-52, including a 54-10 mark in Lawrence. ... OSU last won in Lawrence, 87-81, on Feb. 8, 1989, a span of 13 games.

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