News and Notes: KU vs. OU

News, notes and quotes on KU's matchup with Oklahoma on ESPN Big Monday while wondering if Jayhawk sophomore center Cole Aldrich will have a field day with OU star big man Blake Griffin out of the lineup with a concussion.

CAPEL ON JAYHAWKS

OU head coach Jeff Capel, a former standout guard at Duke, has high praise for Kansas.

 "They're young, but they're talented," Capel told the Associated Press. "Those kids fight, they believe and they have a championship spirit about them. When you go through what that program went through last year of making the Final Four and winning the national championship and you return players ... they got to see what a championship mentality is like and what you have to do, and you can't buy that type of experience.

"That's carried over to this year, when a lot of people maybe thought they maybe wouldn't be as good or would struggle."

BLAKE GRIFFIN: "THE TERMINATOR?"

NBA scouts will be missing a show tonight with Griffin on the sidelines. After Griffin went off for 40 points and 23 rebounds against Texas Tech on Feb. 14, Red Raiders head coach Pat Knight  couldn't help but gush about the likely National Player of the Year. Griffin became the first player in Big 12 history to score at least 40 points and grab 20 boards in one game.

"Have you guys ever seen the movie, 'The Terminator?' That's what that kid is like," Knight said. "That kid has no facial expressions. He just plays and it's like every kid out there on him is like Sarah Connor, and he's just going to take his time and kill him.

"That kid is good."

Capel talked about Griffin's status before practice yesterday before confirming today he would not play.

"The most important thing is him and his future," Capel said Sunday. "You don't want to do anything to risk any further damage, so that's the most important thing. We're going to proceed with caution with this and make sure he's OK."

ALDRICH GOES MASKLESS

Aldrich, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds in KU's 70-53 victory over Nebraska Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, likely won't wear a protective mask for the second straight game. After wearing a mask for three and a half weeks since breaking his nose, Aldrich went maskless against the Huskers.

"I decided it was time to try and get away from it," Aldrich said. "I felt fine. I didn't get any whacks. The doctors have been saying for the past week that it was up to me, so I just thought it was time."

COLLINS AND ALDRICH NEED HELP

Aldrich and junior point guard Sherron Collins have dominated the scoring load the past two games. The dynamic duo each scored 22 points in KU's win over Iowa State on Wednesday with Marcus Morris the next leading scorer at eight points. Collins and Aldrich led the way again versus Nebraska on Saturday with 22 and 18 points, respectively. The next highest scorer was Brady Morningstar with eight points. Self hopes more people step up tonight in Norman.

"The thing that is a little concerning to me is, even though I'm happy that (Collins) and Cole are consistently putting up numbers, we're not getting the production offensively that we were getting from other guys stepping up," Self said. "That's got to improve because if those guys have an off night and the other guys don't produce, we could be in trouble."

KU-OU SERIES NOTES

Kansas has won the last four games versus OU and five of the last six meetings. KU, which leads the overall series, 133-64, holds a 46-40 edge in Norman. However, Oklahoma leads 15-14 in games at Lloyd Noble Center.

KU beat the Sooners, 85-55, last season in Allen Fieldhouse as Griffin was injured in the first four minutes. Collins had nine points while Aldrich posted six points and three rebounds. Current sophomores Tyrel Reed and Conner Teahan also saw action.

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