March 19, 2007

Rush set the tone against UK

During KU's two game sweep through Chicago, sophomore Brandon Rush was flat-out sensational. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard/forward from Kansas City, Mo., scored a total of 28-points and was 7-of-8 from behind the arc against Niagara and Kentucky. If Rush puts together a similar type performance in San Jose, Calif., next week, the Jayhawks will be a heavy favorite to advance to Atlanta, Ga., site of the Final Four.

"Brandon's a great shooter, but I don't think he's had a game where he's got on a role like he was today (Sunday)," said Bill Self. "He's made four in a game or three in a game. I don't even know if he's had a game where he's made five (three-pointers). For him to make six, six-out-of-seven, they came in key times where they gave us a lot of momentum.

"Some of those shots were kind of like backbreakers for Kentucky," he added. "I thought Brandon played great. He's got to make shots to play great, but I thought he played great. I thought Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright were also great. I thought our three sophomores really stepped-up."

Rush, Chalmers and Wright combined to score 56 of KU's 88-points. Additionally, they connected on 9-of-12 shots from behind the arc and, most importantly, were 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Rush clearly set the tone in the second half for the Jayhawks.

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