February 27, 2007

KU passes road test

The Kansas Jayhawks (26-4, 13-2) took their No. 3-ranking into Norman, Okla., Monday night for their last conference road test of the season. Bill Self's team knew it wouldn't be easy against the Oklahoma Sooners (15-13, 6-9) who were celebrating senior night in Lloyd Noble Center. Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright led the way with 18 points a piece in a 67-65 victory for KU. With Monday's win, KU stays on pace for another conference championship.

After winning its last six games by an average of 28.8 points per, KU received the test they might have needed before tournament play starts.

The final stretch has begun for Kansas, making Monday's contest even more important, as KU is trying to seal yet another championship.

It was a rough night for the Jayhawks, who started quickly, leading 12-4 at one point. Wright scored the first six points for KU, and made it seem as though another blowout victory was in the works.

Jeff Capel decided to put on a full court press, forcing the Jayhawks into a different rhythm than what they started with. Although KU played at a much slower pace than they would have liked, Wright's 12 points led KU into the break with a 33-19 lead.

As soon as the second half started, the Sooners put on the press and started forcing turnovers.

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