Saturday , Dec , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Eagles and Jayhawks lock horns in Lawrence

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – A pair of teams meeting for the first time
since 1969 square off in Lawrence today, as the Boston College Eagles tangle
with the 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in non-conference action from the Allen

The Eagles enter the tilt on a roll, as they have won their last six outings,
including a 101-68 thumping of Sacred Heart on Sunday. The 101 points marked a
season-high for BC, which ran its overall record to 7-2 on the season. BC
has posted an even 1-1 mark in two games on the road this year, but the team
hasn’t played away from home since December 2nd.

As for Kansas, it comes into the contest with a winning streak of its own,
posting three straight victories. The team was last in action on Tuesday,
when it posted a convincing 94-43 win over Winston-Salem State. The victory
improved the Jayhawks to 9-2 overall and 6-1 at home, and it marked the first
of four straight games at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas and BC have met just one time previously on the hardwood, with BC
earning a 78-62 victory in the first round of the 1969 postseason NIT.

At the offensive end of the court, the Eagles have been nothing short of
solid, as they are averaging 77.4 ppg on 48.0 percent shooting from the field.
Jared Dudley continues to prove he is one of the top players in the nation, as
he is nearly averaging a double-double with team-highs of 19.3 ppg and 9.1
rpg. Tyrese Rice adds 14.3 ppg and he has been responsible for feeding
Dudley the ball, averaging a club-best 4.8 apg. Sean Marshall chips in with
13.2 ppg, while Sean Williams contributes 11.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg to this
balanced attack. In the team’s last game, Dudley poured in 20 points and
pulled down six caroms in leading BC to an easy win over Sacred Heart.
Williams and Rice each had 16 points, while Marshall finished with 14. The
Eagles shot a sizzling 58.1 percent from the floor, in addition to winning the
battle on the boards 46-33.

Kansas has been extremely effective at both ends of the court thus far, as it
is averaging a solid 78.0 ppg on 48.2 percent shooting from the field, while
limiting its foes to just 57.7 ppg and only 37.4 percent shooting overall.
Darrell Arthur is the squad’s top scorer at the moment with 13.7 ppg and he is
also collecting 5.7 rpg. Brandon Rush is hot on his heels with 13.2 ppg and
5.5 rpg, while Julian Wright adds 11.9 ppg and a team-high 8.0 rpg. Mario
Chalmers chips in with 10.5 ppg and he is one of the top defenders around,
posting 26 steals thus far. In the squad’s prior outing, Kansas knocked down
58.5 percent of its field goal attempts and forced 24 turnovers en route to a
lopsided with over Winston-Salem State. Wright and Rush each turned in 15
points in the victory, while Arthur logged 13 points and five rebounds.