CU HoopstersTake on #6 Kansas Tonight

Although KU has won the past 27 meetings, the CU basketball team enters tonight's game with the Kansas Jayhawks confident. If they are to be successful, they will need the young players like freshman Antoine McGee to step up big time.

Seven straight home wins should give Colorado at least a bit of confidence entering a Big 12 matchup with Kansas at the Coors Events Center on Wednesday.

But the sixth-ranked Jayhawks (13-3, 3-0) boast three intimidating streaks, which they'll look to extend against the Buffaloes (11-5, 1-2).

Kansas has beaten Colorado 27 straight times, has a record 23-game conference winning streak and has won 10 straight, overall. The last time the Buffaloes beat the Jayhawks was on Feb. 20, 1991, a 79-71 decision in Colorado. Kansas leads the all-time series 104-38.

Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points as the Jayhawks defeated Kansas State 81-64 on Saturday. Hinrich played all but the last 2:52 for the Jayhawks. Nick Collison added 16 points and Keith Langford had 14 for Kansas.

During Kansas' winning streak, Collison and Hinrich lead the team with 20.4 and 18.2 points while shooting 65 and 52 percent, respectively. Collison has scored in double figures in 19 of his last 20 games. The Jayhawks have outscored their opponents 92.5-62.1 while outshooting them 53-38 percent over their streak.

Jeff Graves has come on of late in the paint for Kansas, recording 13 rebounds Saturday for his fifth straight double-digit rebounding game.

"I am happy with his progress," Kansas coach Roy Williams said of the forward. "We continue to try to push him, I don't want him to get too comfortable. He's done pretty well as long as I've pushed him this year. He's getting quicker with the ball. I need him to relax a little offensively because he is missing a lot of easy shots and I think he is just rushing them. I think once he relaxes he'll do a better job of shooting the basketball."

Colorado lost 80-77 on the road in overtime to Nebraska on Saturday.

The Buffaloes have lost two of their last three following a season-high six-game winning streak. Colorado, though, has been strong at home this season, winning nine of 10 games.

Michel Morandis leads the Buffaloes with 17.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting. David Harrison is adding 14.5 points per game, while Stephane Pelle tops the team with 8.8 rebounds per outing.

After Wednesday's matchup, Kansas will host top-ranked Arizona on Saturday


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