November 15, 2006

Oral Roberts sinks KU

Call it overconfident, unprepared, or just outplayed; either way, Bill Self and the third-ranked Jayhawks struggled at both ends of the court. Missing shots and losing ORU players all over the court defensively, it was obvious the Jayhawks were out-of-sync. KU missed 11 of their first 17 shots, while committing 10 turnovers.

When the Jayhawks needed a scorer, they had trouble finding one. After coming off a 21-point performance against Northern Arizona, All-American candidate Brandon Rush disappeared at times. Rush, who finished the game with 14 points, didn't score until 5:06 to go in the first half, but scored 8 of KU final 10 points heading into the locker room.

KU struggled with early turnovers, which caught up with them late in the game. Vealy, who finished with 22 points, went 7-8 from three-point range. Vealy found himself open over, and over again on the perimeter due to the Jayhawks double-teaming ORU's Caleb Green.

Green, considered one of the top big men in the nation, finished the game with 20 points, scoring in a variety of ways over the Jayhawk big men. The double team on defense seemed to help ORU work the ball around the perimeter, finding an open jumper with ease, as Jayhawk players stood around and watched the 6-foot-8, 255-pound forward work the post.

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