Kansas to Host Boston College Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS

Dec. 21, 2006

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No. 11/12 Kansas (9-2) continues its four-game home stand when it faces Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College (7-2) Saturday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. on CBS. The Jayhawks have won three straight and eight of their last nine games after their 94-43 win against Winston-Salem State Tuesday. Boston College is on a six-game winning streak and defeated Sacred Heart 101-68 in its last contest on December 17.

About Kansas
Kansas has won three straight and eight of its last nine games. The Jayhawks are scoring 78 points per game and giving up 57.7. They have held six of their 11 opponents to under 60 points this season and have a plus-8.2 rebound margin. KU features four players averaging double figures, led by freshman Darrell Arthur at 13.7 points per game. Arthur leads the team with 26 blocked shots and is tied for second with junior Darnell Jackson in rebounding with 5.7 boards per contest. Sophomore Brandon Rush is next in scoring at 13.2 points per game and leads the team with 20 three-point field goals. Sophomore forward Julian Wright is scoring 11.9 points per game and has a team-high eight rebounds per game average. Sophomore guard Mario Chalmers leads Kansas with 26 steals this season and is scoring 10.5 points per game. Freshman Sherron Collins and Jackson come off the bench to score 7.7 and 7.4 points per game, respectively. Junior Russell Robinson rounds out the starting lineup. He is scoring 6.6 points per game and leads the team with 58 assists and has 23 steals.

About Boston College
Boston College brings a six-game winning streak to Allen Fieldhouse after its 101-68 win against Sacred Heart on Sunday. The Eagles are 1-0 in ACC play after defeating Maryland 73-62 on Dec. 10. BC is scoring 77.4 points per game and giving up 64.2 points on average. The Eagles are outrebounding foes 38.2 to 35.7. Senior forward Jared Dudley leads the team with 19.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting 61 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Tyrese Rice is next in scoring at 14.3 points per contest and he leads the team with 15 three-pointers and 44 assists. Senior guard Sean Marshall averages 13.2 points and he is tied with Dudley for the team high in steals with 14. Junior center Sean Williams leads the nation with 5.4 blocked shots per contest. He is scoring 11.9 points per game, just ahead of freshman forward Shamari Spears at 9.3 points per contest. BC is playing its third road game of the season with its last an 84-73 win at Massachusetts on Dec. 2.

The Series
Boston College won the only meeting with Kansas 78-62 in the first round of the 1969 Postseason NIT. The game was played in New York at Madison Square Garden. BC was coached by Hall of Fame guard Bob Cousy, while KU was led by Ted Owens. Junior guard/forward Richard Bradshaw led KU with 19 points, while senior center Dave Nash scored 11. Jim O’Brien led Boston College with 24 points.

Up Next
After a holiday break, Kansas continues its four-game home stand when it plays host to Detroit on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., then Rhode Island Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on Jayhawk TV.