Jayhawks to Host RedHawks in Men's Hoops Saturday at Noon
Dec. 20, 2007
No. 3 Kansas returns home after its second road game of the season to face Miami (Ohio). Kansas defeated Georgia Tech, 71-66, in Atlanta and is 11-0 on the season. Miami is 6-4 after its 61-58 overtime win at Illinois Thursday. The RedHawks have won two straight and three of their last four games.
Kansas is 11-0 for the 11th time in school history and the first time since the 2004-05 Jayhawks were 14-0. KU is outscoring opponents by 24.5 points per game and averages 20.4 assists and 6.7 blocked shots per contest. Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur leads five KU players who average double figures with 13.2 points per game. Arthur is second on the team with a 5.7 rebound average and with 17 blocked shots. Junior guard Mario Chalmers is next in scoring at 12.6 points per game and he leads the team with 34 steals and 20 three-point field goals. Guards Brandon Rush and Sherron Collins are each scoring 11 points per game. Rush, a junior, is second on the team with 16 three pointers in nine outings, while Collins, a sophomore, averages 22.6 minutes in five games played. Senior forward Darnell Jackson leads KU with 6.5 rebounds per game to complement his 10.5 scoring average. Senior center Sasha Kaun leads the team with 21 blocked shots to go along with 8.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Russell Robinson (7.9 ppg) has taken over the team lead in assists with 54 and is second on the team with 23 steals. Senior guard Rodrick Stewart (5.9 ppg, 32 assists) rounds out the regulars for KU.
About Miami (Ohio)
Miami plays its third game in five days when its visits Allen Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks are 6-4 before after their 61-58 overtime win at Illinois Thursday. Last year, the RedHawks were the only Division I team to not allow 70 or more points in a single game throughout the 2006-07 season. Extend the streak to 44 games, the longest in NCAA Division I as that trend has continued in 2007-08. Last year, the most points Miami allowed was 69 points to Ohio University in an overtime victory for the RedHawks. This year Dayton scored 63 points on Miami in a 63-62 Flyer victory on Nov. 28. Junior forward/guard Michael Bramos leads Miami in scoring with 19 points per game and 25 three-point field goals. He is second on the team with 10 steals. Senior forward Tim Pollitz paces the RedHawks with 7.1 rebounds per outing, including 13 at Illinois, and 42 assists to complement his 17.7 scoring average. Junior guard Kenny Hayes (8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg), sophomore guard Alex Moosman (5.3 ppg, 13 threes) and junior center Tyler Dierkers (4.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg and a team-high 13 steals) round out the Miami starters. Junior guard Eric Pollitz (3.7 ppg) is another regular who averages 18.5 minutes per contest.
Kansas takes a week off before playing host to Yale on Dec. 29. Tip from Allen Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. (Central) and the game can be seen on Jayhawk TV. The KU-Yale contest closes out the 2007 calendar year as KU opens 2008 at Boston College on Jan. 5. The KU-BC contest will tip at 11 a.m. (Central) and can be seen on ESPN.