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
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
"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
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
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
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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