The Jayhawks (4-1) bounced back from a disappointing loss versus Stanford last Saturday by trouncing Fort Hays State, 80-40, on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. KU was without junior guard Michael Lee, who is isn't expected back until early January with a broken right collarbone, and junior preseason All-America candidate Wayne Simien, who sat out with a strained groin. Simien is probable for Saturday's game with the Ducks. Jeff Graves will not play due to an indefinite suspension.
The Ducks (3-0) opened the year with wins over Fresno State, Portland State and Marshall. Oregon is receiving votes in both polls, and is led by senior All-America candidate Luke Jackson, who leads the team in points (21.0), rebounds (7.0), assists (5.3) and steals (1.7). In addition, Jackson shoots 50.0 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from downtown.
Saturday's game is the seventh all-time between Kansas and Oregon, and the all-time series is tied at three games apiece.
Fifth-ranked Kansas defeated the Fort Hays State Tigers, 80-40, on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The win improved the Jayhawks' record to 4-1 and dropped the Tigers to 4-1.
KU freshman center David Padgett led all scorers with a career-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Freshman forward J.R. Giddens chipped in with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Keith Langford added a double-double of his own with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Jayhawks set season highs for field goal attempts (75), two-point field goal attempts (50), three-point field goal attempts (25), offensive rebounds (28), total rebounds (59) and blocked shots (10).
KU started the game on a 17-2 run and held the Tigers to 8-of-27 shooting from the field in the first half. Langford led the way for the 'Hawks with nine points and nine rebounds, while Padgett scored eight points and blocked four shots. The Jayhawks scored 12 points off Fort Hays State turnovers and held a 34-19 advantage at halftime.
Oregon is 3-0 heading into Saturday's game with the Jayhawks. The Ducks opened the year with wins over Fresno State (80-67), Portland State (92-73) and Marshall (90-61). Oregon scores 77.3 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the floor. The Ducks are led by Luke Jackson, who scores 21.0 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. Jackson also grabs a team-best 7.0 boards per game. Oregon is coached by Ernie Kent, who is 120-68 in his seventh year with the Ducks, 210-148 in his 13th season as a head coach overall.