This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch

Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking

Men's Basketball 7-0 -- #3 AP, ESPN/USA Today

Women's Basketball 5-1 -- --
Football 11-1 7-1 #8 BCS, AP, USA Today, Harris Interactive

This Week’s Schedule

Monday, December 3

No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, December 4

No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, December 5

Men's Basketball vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 6

Women's Basketball vs. Marquette, 7 p.m.

Friday, December 7

KU Stop Day, All Day

Saturday, December 8

Men's Basketball vs. DePaul, 1 p.m.

Track and Field at K-State All Comers Meet (Manhattan, Kan.), All Day

Sunday, December 9

Women's Basketball vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.

Weekly Notes

Men's Basketball

Kansas has won 21 of its last 22 games, including a 7-0 start to the 2007-08 season following its 59-55 win at No. 22 USC on Sunday. The Jayhawks moved up one spot in the national polls to No. 3 this week. Though outscoring opponents with a +24.4 scoring margin, Kansas has won two close contests, both against Pac-10 foes, with a 76-72 overtime win against Arizona in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series and the victory at USC. Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game. He is second on the team with a 6.1 rebound average. Junior guard Mario Chalmers is next in scoring with 13.3 points per contest and is coming off a 20-point effort at USC on Sunday. He leads KU with 32 assists and 16 steals on the season. Senior forward Darnell Jackson has started the last two games and is scoring 10.9 points and has a team-high 6.4 rebounds per outing. Jackson pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds at USC. Junior guard Brandon Rush is also averaging double digits in scoring with 10.6 points per game. Seniors Sasha Kaun (7.6 ppg, team-high 80 percent field goals and 13 blocked shots), Russell Robinson (6.9 ppg, 12 steals) and Rodrick Stewart (6.9 ppg, 28 assists) round out the KU starters. Kansas forces an average of 20.9 turnovers per game and averages 20.3 assists per contest.

Women's Basketball

Kansas improved to 5-1 on the season with back-to-back wins over Creighton (91-56) and Saint Louis (81-55) over the past week. Sophomores Danielle McCray and Sade Morris led the way as the duo both scored 16 points in each game. McCray averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals over the week, while Morris added 16.0 points and 2.5 rebounds a game. McCray has now scored in double digits in 10-straight games dating back to the 2006-07 season. Junior guard Ivana Catic turned in season-highs with eight points and eight assists in the win over Saint Louis. On the season, Catic leads KU with 29 assists and 14 steals, while only committing eight turnovers. Freshman forward Nicollette Smith dropped in 13 points versus Saint Louis and had nine tallies against Creighton. Smith knocked down 6-of-9 shots from beyond the arc on the week. Kansas will attempt to pick up win number 300 in Allen Fieldhouse when the Jayhawks play host to Marquette on Thursday, Dec. 6. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. KU will then host Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Football

For the first time in school history, the University of Kansas football team has been selected to participate in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The Jayhawks (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) will face Virginia Tech (11-2, 7-1 ACC) in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The game, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium, will be televised nationally on FOX.

The Jayhawks and Hokies will be meeting on the football field for the first time. Both teams bring impressive resumes to the game as KU won its first 11 contests of the season before falling to Border Showdown rival Missouri in the regular season finale. Tech brings a 11-2 record into the bowl game, with their only blemishes coming at No. 2 LSU and at home to Boston College.

This marks the third time KU has played in the Orange Bowl, and the first since 1969, a 15-14 loss to Penn State. KU's other appearance came in 1948, a 20-14 loss to Georgia Tech. The 2008 Orange Bowl will be the Jayhawks' 11th bowl game all-time, and third in the Mark Mangino era.

Virginia Tech defeated Boston College, 30-16, in the ACC Championship game on Saturday, which marked its fifth-straight win after falling to BC on Oct. 25. The Hokies will be making their 15th straight bowl appearance, dating back to 1993. Tech is 7-13 all-time in bowl games, including a loss to Nebraska in 1996, their only other Orange Bowl appearance.

Kansas is led on offense by sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing (32 TDs, six INTs), who also amassed 3,259 yards through the air. Senior fullback Brandon McAnderson (1,050 yards, 16 TDs) and sophomore Jake Sharp (788 yards, seven TDs) combined for over 1,800 yards rushing. KU's receiving leaders included junior Dexton Fields (56 catches, 733 yards, six TDs) and senior Marcus Henry (52 catches, 994 yards, 9 TDs).

The Hokies are led by senior quarterback Sean Glennon (1462 yards passing, eight TDs, two INTs) and sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor (888 yards, five TDs, two INTs). On the ground, Tech is led by senior Brandon Ore (821 yards, eight TDs) and Taylor (512 yards, six TDs). The Hokies' receiving leaders are Justin Harper (35 catches, 549, four TDs), Josh Morgan (35 catches, 467 yards, four TDs) and Eddie Royal (28 catches, 422 yards, three TDs).

Swimming and Diving

The Kansas swimming and diving team won the Nike Cup in Gambier, Ohio, Saturday evening, finishing first with 1090.5 points ahead of the eight teams at the invite and breaking 11 Kenyon Athletic Center Natatorium records in the three days of competition. KU’s five relays, the 200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 200 and 400-yard medley relays all broke KAC Natatorium records. Leading the way in individual events, junior Maria Mayrovich captured victories and pool records in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events. Junior co-captain Danielle Herrmann, junior Ashley Leidigh and sophomore Ashley Robinson also shattered one pool record each. Herrmann took honors in the 100-yard breaststroke, Leidigh was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly, while Robinson received the accolade in the 1650-yard free. Herrmann also recorded wins in the 200-yard IM and 200-yard breast. Kansas heads to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan.4 for its winter training trip. The Jayhawks will be back in action Jan. 6 for a training trip match-up, opponent TBA.

Track and Field

The 2007-08 indoor track and field season begins this Saturday, December 8, when the Jayhawks travel to Manhattan for the K-State All Comers Meet. Both the men’s and women’s indoor teams qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2006-07, placing 16th and 34th, respectively. The men are returning four Big 12 champions and four All-Americans, including 2007 weight throw National Champion, Egor Agafonov from a team that placed seventh in the Big 12 Conference last year. The women, after a sixth-place finish at the Big 12’s in 2006-07, have four Big 12 champions returning along with three All-Americans.


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