February 24, 2007

KU Cruises Past ISU, 89-52

Bill Self, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins were all smiles minutes after the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (25-4; 12-2) defeated the Iowa State Cyclones (14-14; 5-9), 89-52, on Saturday evening. Mario Chalmers connected on 6-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc and scored a game high 18-points. In all, six Jayhawks scored in double-figures against the Cyclones.

"I think we've been playing good defense recently and our offense has been real good," said Arthur. "Everybody is sharing the ball and everybody is happy out there. Brandon Rush hasn't been scoring well lately, but he is picking it up in practice, to get everybody going. I think everybody is playing really well right now.

"I think I've been playing pretty good offensively," he added. "Defensively, I've been crashing the boards pretty hard. We work on that a lot in practice so we just try to get physical out there and try to beat every team in rebounds. Coach Self is saying that if we win the boards; we win the game. So I just put that in my head and run with it."

KU has been one of the most dominating and impressive teams in college basketball during its current six game winning streak. The Jayhawks have defeated their opponents by an average of 28.3-points per game.

Self's squad was just as impressive against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday night. Six players, Sherron Collins (10), Mario Chalmers (18), Julian Wright (12), Darrell Arthur (15), Darnell Jackson (10) and Sasha Kaun (10) scored in double-figures.

As a team, Kansas connected on 52 percent of its field goals, 60 percent of its shots from behind the arc and 61 percent of its free-throws. They out rebounded ISU, 47-25, dished out 15 assists to just nine turnovers blocked five shots and had 14 steals.

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