Nebraska News and Notes

News, notes and quotes on the KU-Nebraska game today in Allen Fieldhouse while remembering Huskers' legendary guard Jerry Fort. A three-time All-Big Eight selection, Fort starred for NU and head coach Joe Cipriano from 1973-76.

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.

BIG COLE

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.

SHOOTING STAR

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."

RPI/RANKINGS

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.

SERIES NOTES

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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