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.
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