Hoops Players Talk Football; Volleyball

The Canada trip does have one down side for several of the players. They will miss KU's football home opener against Tulsa on Saturday.

"I would definitely be there if I could," said senior Mike Lee, who played football in high school.

"This is going to be a good team and I think do some unexpected things. They have some strong players. The program is starting to turn around, and I hope they can as it has been rough for the players sometimes," empathized Lee.

The 2004 football schedule is rough indeed, but Lee is not worried about game one.

"I have them over Tulsa, of course," added Lee with a grin.

J.R. Giddens also picks KU to win.

"Of course KU is going to beat Tulsa. I'd say that even if I didn't believe it, because I am a KU fan through and through," said Giddens. "But I believe it!" he added quickly.

"I go to lots of games and try and support all of our team, like football and volleyball and others," said Giddens.

Giddens was pleased earlier in the week when volleyball team started season off with a revenge-win over Arkansas, giving the Lady Razorbacks their first-ever home-opening loss.

Junior middle blocker Josi Lima led the way with 15 kills and added 12 digs and five service aces. Senior middle blocker Ashley Michaels added 11 kills in 19 attempts for a match-best .526 hitting percentage.

"They are going to be very good again this year," added Giddens enthusiastically.

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