Saturday , Feb , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Kansas to try and maintain dominance over Nebraska

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – The ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks return to the
friendly confines of the Allen Fieldhouse after a successful two-game road
trip in Big 12 play, as they host the Nebraska Cornhuskers this afternoon in
Lawrence.

Bill Self’s Jayhawks have won three straight games in all, including a
75-46 rout of Colorado this week in Boulder. With the win and a Texas A&M
loss the night before, Kansas has moved into a tie with the Aggies atop the Big
12 standings. Nebraska has some work to do just to get back to .500 in-
conference.

The Cornhuskers began that process with Tuesday’s 74-63 win over Kansas State.
At 4-6 in league play, the Huskers are in the lower half of the standings,
tied with Missouri (4-7) and Iowa State (4-7) in the win column.

This longstanding series dates back to 1900, with Kansas holding an impressive
160-71 advantage all-time. The Jayhawks have won seven straight in the
series and 16 of the last 17 meetings overall. In addition, KU is seeking a
regular season sweep after posting a 76-56 win in Lincoln on January 29th.

The Cornhuskers have picked up the pace a bit, winning three of their last
four games, including Tuesday’s 11-point decision over the Wildcats. Aleks
Maric was the star of the game, as he erupted for a career-high 41 points.
Maric hit 13 of his 18 shots from the floor, but actually went to the foul
line a Big 12 record 25 times in the game, converting on 15 opportunities.
There wasn’t much support in terms of big time scorers after that, but
Nebraska was able to connect on 57.5 percent from the floor. Maric is clearly
Nebraska’s go-to-guy, as he is one of the better big men in the league. The
6-11 junior leads the team in both scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg)
and is shooting a scorching .608 from the field. Freshman Ryan Anderson is the
only other player averaging double digits at the time with 10.7 ppg, but both
Jamel White (9.3 ppg) and Marcus Perry (9.3 ppg) have the ability to fill up
the basket in any game.

The Jayhawks won their 22nd game with the victory at Colorado, marking the
18th straight season with at least that many victories. Junior Russell
Robinson scored a season-high 14 points, doled out six assists and recorded
five steals in leading the team to a win over the Buffaloes. Fellow junior
Sasha Kaun just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while
freshman Darrell Arthur added 11 points off the bench. It was a quiet game for
the stars on the team, but a testament to KU’s great depth. On the season,
Kansas is one of the top offensive teams in the Big 12, converting 48.9
percent of its shots, en route to a hardy 78.4 ppg. Sophomores Brandon Rush
(14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Julian Wright (12.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Mario Chalmers
(11.2 ppg) are the centerpiece to the team, while Arthur (10.6 ppg) and fellow
freshman Sherron Collins (9.5 ppg) have provided nice depth.

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