The Cole and Flu Season

More news, notes and quotes on KU's matchup with California tonight (8:00) at Allen Fieldhouse, while wondering if Jayhawks' junior center Cole Aldrich will have a breakout game. Aldrich, who's been battling bronchitis, was held to zero field goals and five points in his last game vs. Michigan on Saturday.

"He is still under the weather," KU coach Bill Self said Monday. "I knew he didn't feel great, but after really watching him and studying him, I realize he really doesn't feel very good. He is having a hard time breathing, but he is okay. He just has a bug right now."

CHICAGO REMATCH

This game will be rematch for former Chicago prep stars, KU senior guard Sherron Collins and Cal senior guard Jerome Randle. Collins starred at Crane High School, while Randle was a standout at Hales Franciscan. They also teamed together for a bit on their AAU team.

"I'm really familiar with him," Collins said. "I beat him in high school, so I'm one up on him. I have bragging rights. There's a little jaw-jacking going on, but it's good jaw-jacking, nothing bad. It'll be fun."

"BEST TEAM WE HAVE PLAYED"

Self expects a 40-minute fight from the Golden Bears.

"This is not coach speak: Cal is good," Self said. "They are the best team we have played so far. They could come in here and have success if we are not ready to play, and even if we do play well, this is a game where possessions are going to be magnified in late-game situations."

"The biggest thing for me to be concerned with is they score fast," Self added. "They really push it and try to get a shot in early offense or in transition. They really have great confidence pulling up from anywhere. You will see they will take some quick, deep threes and we have to be able to defend that because those are really good shots for those guys."

Through nine games, Cal (6-3) has made 61 of 160 threes for 38.1 percent. The Golden Bears have three players who've connected at least 10 treys, led by Randle with 23. Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez has shot 10 of 17 from three-point range for 58.8 percent.

"KILLER INSTINCT"

Self is looking for better effort from his team after allowing Michigan to come back from a 21-point deficit late in the first half Saturday to only win by 11 (75-64).

"I'm glad we won the game, but we did not look like a basketball team the last 23 minutes out there," Self said. "Our guys can not play to the score. They have to learn to have a killer instinct. Our guys have to play to that possession, as opposed to playing where the possessions don't count much. That is what good teams do. We are not mature enough to do that. I think the reason we played poorly in the second half was primarily because of our own immaturity. We had a big lead and didn't feel challenged going into the half, so there was no energy coming out of halftime."

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