A 6-3 long-range bomber from Chicago, Fort ranks third in Huskers' history in career scoring (1,882 points) and second in scoring average (17.9 ppg). He was a third-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics and currently lives and works in Connecticut as an insurance underwriter.
KU sophomore center Cole Aldrich has come up huge the last two games.
After scoring just eight points on eight shot attempts versus Missouri
on Feb. 9, Aldrich broke loose for 21 points against K-State
(8-13 FG) on Feb. 14 and then 22 points (9-12 FG) and 11 boards versus
Iowa State on Wednesday.
Aldrich has worn a new, tighter fitting mask those two games to protect
his broken nose.
"We tried to find him more and get him more touches," junior guard
Sherron Collins said after KU's 72-55 victory over the Cyclones. "He's
going to draw double teams. We're going to keep feeding him. He's been
producing all year. Sometimes late in games we get away from feeding.
This game we kept feeding him, though."
Aldrich is averaging 14.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and a Big 12-best 2.6
blocks per game. He's averaging 12.8 boards in his last four games.
Aldrich's 99 career blocked shots rank No. 16 on the school list, and
his 14 double-doubles this season are second in the Big 12.
Sophomore guard Brady Morningstar is ripping the nets from three-point
range. He's hit six treys in his last two games, and leads the Big 12
in three-point field goal percentage at 47.2 percent. The hustling
Morningstar also has nine steals in his last three games, and ranks
second on the team in floor burns with 39. Collins leads KU with 47.
LOOKING FOR POLISH
KU coach Bill Self is still concerned about his team's wasted
possessions and turnovers (KU had 18 versus Iowa State, 16 against
K-State, a season-high 27 versus Missouri, and 17 against Oklahoma State), and propensity for allowing foes to rally after getting big
leads. Iowa State came back from a 17-point first-half deficit to cut
KU's lead to five points in the second half.
"We're just not quite a polished product where you can put it in the
bank," Self said. "So all teams concern me."
Kansas currently ranks No. 12 in the Feb. 15 ESPN.com RPI rating, which
is second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma (2). KU is ranked No. 15 in the
AP poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The No. 15
ranking marks KU's highest position in either poll this season.
Kansas has won 12 straight versus Nebraska and 21 of the last 22
meetings. NU last knocked off KU on Feb. 15, 2004 in Lincoln,
74-55, Self's first season at Kansas. That was Self's only
loss to the Huskers. Nebraska hadn't beat KU until then since Feb. 10,
1999 in Lawrence, 64-59. KU leads the all-time series 165-71.
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