March 15, 2007

Preview: Kansas vs. Niagara

KU's quest to win its first National Championship since 1988 beings on Friday night. Kansas, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, will face the Niagara Purple Eagles at 6:10 CST at the United Center. The Jayhawks, coming off back-to-back opening round losses in the NCAA Tournament, are poised to make a run at the National Championship. Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a preview of Friday night's game.

What: No.16 seed Niagara (23-11, 13-5) vs. No. 1 seed Kansas (30-4, 17-2)
Where: United Center (22,711), Chicago, Ill
When: Friday, March, 16
Time/TV: 6:10 p.m. (CST) CBS
Series Record: Kansas leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: January 9, 1997: Kansas 134, Niagara 75.

Around The Perimeter:

Kansas: After back-to-back losses in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks are hoping to make a run at the National Championship. In-order for that to take place, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins and Russell Robinson, without question, must be at their very best.

Rush, Chalmers, Collins and Robinson, to a degree, have been outstanding lately. During the Big 12 Tournament last weekend, Rush, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard from Kansas City, Mo., averaged 14.3-points per game and was 7-of-20 from behind the arc.

Chalmers, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound guard from Anchorage, Alaska, averaged 14-points per game and was 5-of-12 from behind the arc. Lastly, Collins, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound guard from Chicago, Ill., averaged 12.6-points per game and was 4-of-13 from behind the arc.

In the Big 12 Tournament final against Texas, Rush, Chalmers and Collins combined to score 56 of KU's 88-points. Each of the aforementioned players was aggressive on the offensive end of the court and, more importantly, made the big play when it needed to be made.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!