Jayhawks Return Home to Face Dartmouth in Men's Basketball

Nov. 27, 2006

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Fresh off its 82-80 overtime win against top-ranked Florida, Kansas (5-1) returns home to face Ivy League foe Dartmouth (0-5). KU won the Las Vegas Invitational, with a 4-0 record in the event and is 20-3 in its last 23 games. Tonight marks the fifth game in 10 days for the Jayhawks. Tonight will be Dartmouth’s fourth road game of the season. The Big Green lost at Hartford 60-50 Saturday and also has road losses at Massachusetts and George Washington.

KU-Dartmouth Game to be Broadcast in Chinese
Kansas’ game against Dartmouth will be broadcast in Chinese, which is believed to be a first in college basketball. The audio for the game will be streamed on kuathletics.com by a broadcast team from the KU Confucius Institute and will also appear during the radio and television broadcasts of the game. Zhiqun “James” Liang and Sheree Willis will pair up to detail all the game action, the first time in Big 12 history that a game has been broadcast in the Chinese language. To commemorate the historic event, a gathering at Huazhong Normal University, KU’s partner in the Confucius Institute, in Wuhan, China, will listen to the Chinese broadcast of the game. Also, local gatherings are expected to take place in Kansas City and Lawrence to watch the game on TV and listen to the Chinese language stream.

About Kansas
Kansas (5-1) is coming off an 82-80 overtime victory against top-ranked Florida in the championship of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Jayhawks have won four straight games and are averaging 80.7 points per contest. KU is giving up 62.7 points and outrebounding foes 40.5 to 32.7. Four Kansas players are averaging double figures paced by freshman Darrell Arthur at 16.3 points. Arthur is second on the team with a 6.3 rebound average and is tied with Julian Wright for the team lead with 12 blocked shots. Sophomore guard Brandon Rush is next in scoring at 14.3 points per game. Rush leads KU in three-pointers with 10. Wright is scoring 13 points per contest and leads the team with a 9.3 rebound average. He was the MVP of the Las Vegas Invitational and joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore Mario Chalmers and junior Russell Robinson. Chalmers is scoring 10.8 points per game and is tied with Robinson for the team high in steals with 13. Robinson, junior Darnell Jackson and freshman Sherron Collins are each scoring 7.7 points per game. Robinson leads the team in assists with five per contest.

About Dartmouth
Dartmouth (0-5) has been playing a tough schedule and brings an 0-5 record to Allen Fieldhouse. Tonight will be the Big Green’s fourth road game of the season as Dartmouth has lost at Massachusetts, George Washington and Hartford. Junior forward Johnathan Ball missed the first two games of the season but has returned the last three games and leads the team in scoring with 12 points per game. He is second on the team with 5.7 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard/forward Alex Barnett is next in scoring at 9.8 points per game, while sophomore Marlon Sanders is next in scoring at 9.5 points per outing. Junior forward Brian McMillan leads the Big Green in rebounding with six per outing. Dartmouth finished 6-21 last season and tied for seventh in the Ivy League race with a 4-10 record. The Big Green return 11 letterwinners and three starters from last season’s squad.

The Kansas-Dartmouth Series
This is the first meeting in men’s basketball between Kansas and Dartmouth. Kansas is 8-0 all-time against teams from the Ivy League — 2-0 vs. Brown, 2-0 vs. Cornell, 2-0 vs. Princeton and 2-0 vs. Yale. The last Ivy League school KU faced was Yale last season, a KU 86-47 win on Jan. 4 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Up Next
The Jayhawks hit the road again when they take on DePaul in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tip from Allstate Arena is set for 1 p.m. (Central) and will air on ESPNU. Two days later, KU returns home to face Southern California on Dec. 4.