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Game notes: CSU faces No. 4/4 Kansas Saturday

Dec. 9, 2010

Colorado State vs. Kansas | Game 7
Dec. 11, 2010 | 4:30 p.m. MT | Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,756)

4-2, 0-0 MWC
Last Game
at Colorado (L, 90-83 OT)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
246-197 (16th Season)
Record at CSU
36-65 (Fourth Season)
8-0, 0-0 MVC
Last Game
vs. Memphis (W, 81-68)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
4 | 4
Head Coach
Bill Self
Overall Record
417-148 (18th Season)
Record at KU
210-43 (Eighth Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Andy Ogide (27.5)
Andy Ogide (17.5)
Andy Ogide (8.0)
Jesse Carr (20)
Travis Franklin (8)
Andre McFarland (12)
Pierce Hornung (5)
Field-Goal %
Andy Ogide (.682)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.813)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.500)
Minutes Played/Game
Tyshawn Taylor (27.1)
Marcus Morris (18.0)
Markieff Morris (8.9)
Tyshawn Taylor (51)
Brady Morningstar (15)
Tyrel Reed (13)
Jeff Withey (11)
Field-Goal %
Travis Releford (.647)
Free-Throw %
Tyrel Reed (1.000)
Three-Point %
Marcus Morris (.526)
Category CSU KU
Points/Game 81.3 88.8
Points Allowed/Game 73.3 60.5
Field-Goal % .533 .569
Opponent Field-Goal % .463 .375
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .389 .415
Opponent Three-Point % .432 .244
Free-Throw % .662 .639
Rebounds/Game 32.5 39.0
Rebounding Margin +2.8 +6.5
Assists/Game 14.3 20.9
Turnovers/Game 14.3 13.1
Opponent Turnovers/Game 15.0 17.0
Steals/Game 6.7 8.8
Blocks/Game 3.2 6.3
Television: ESPN2
Play-by-play: Carter Blackburn
Color Analyst: Stephen Bardo
     DirecTV: 209 | 209 (HD)
     Comcast Digital: 28 | 670 (HD)
     Dish Network: 144 | 144 (HD)
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
Live Stats: Gametracker

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Opening tip
After six matchups in the state of Colorado to open the season, the CSU men’s basketball team will travel across state lines for the first time Saturday, heading to Kansas City, Mo., to take on the nationally ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The game is being played on a neutral court, 43 miles east of KU’s home court in Lawrence, Kan., at the Sprint Center.

It marks the first meeting between the CSU and Kansas.  The contest is CSU’s first of the season against a top-25 program and the Rams will look to knock off a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in more than six seasons.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with tipoff set for 4:30 p.m. MT.

About Kansas
The undefeated Jayhawks are fresh off an 81-68 win Monday night against No. 14 Memphis. They are 8-0 this season and are ranked No. 4 in both national polls. The Jayhawks are led by a balanced attack with nine players averaging 5.6 points or more per game. Juniors Marcus Morris (18.0 points), Markieff Morris (12.4) and Tyshawn Taylor (10.8) are scoring in double figures, while two other players average better than nine points a game. Three Jayhawks are pulling down 6.4 or more rebounds, led by the Morris brothers (Markieff, 8.9; Marcus, 6.5) and sophomore forward Thomas Robinson (6.4).

As a team, Kansas is averaging 88.8 points a game and is winning by an average margin of 28.3 points. The Jayhawks lead the nation in shooting, connecting on 56.9 percent of their shots. Each player on the KU roster is shooting better than .400 on the season, with all but two players making more than half of their shots. They are also hot from three-point range, hitting 41.5 percent, led by Marcus Morris’ 52.6 percent.

Bill Self is in his eighth season at the helm of Kansas’ men’s basketball team. In the seven-plus seasons, Self has had tremendous success, posting a record of 210-43 (.830) and winning one national championships (2007), six consecutive regular-season Big 12 titles and four league tournament championships. In 17-plus seasons as a head coach, Self has compiled a record of 417-148 (.738), and has led three schools (Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas) to NCAA Elite Eight appearances. He has guided his teams to 12-straight 20-win seasons, and has earned multiple coach of the year honors from various publications.

The Kansas Jayhawks are one of basketball’s most storied and prominent programs, winning three national championships, competing in the fourth-most NCAA tournament appearances (39), including the nation’s longest streak of 21 consecutive, and have won or shared an NCAA record 53 conference titles.

Rams vs. the Jayhawks
The Rams and Jayhawks will be meeting on the hardwood for the first time Saturday. However, sophomore guard Dorian Green grew up in Lawrence, Kan., watching and attending Kansas games regularly growing up.

Looking ahead
After consecutive games on the road, the Rams will return to Moby Arena to battle their third in-state rival of the season, Northern Colorado. As they did against Fresno State earlier in the season, the Rams will look to avenge a 2009-10 loss to the Bears.  Last season, the Rams fell 70-63 at UNC. The Rams have not lost to the Bears at home since the 1986-87 season.




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