November 1, 2007

Preview: Kansas vs. Pitt State

Thursday night is a night Kansas fans have been waiting for since March. The fourth-ranked Jayhawks open the 2007-08 season with an exhibition contest against the Pittsburg State Gorillas. Bill Self fields another talented team, hoping to make their way to San Antonio, Tex., for the 2008 Final Four. Russell Robinson and co., will look to get back in the swing of things in Allen Fieldhouse for what promises to be a big year for KU. Jayhawk Slant previews the contest between the Jayhawks and Gorillas.

With a big football weekend quickly approaching, the first basketball game of the year for KU has gone somewhat unnoticed. Albeit an exhibition, one of the nation's top teams prepares to take the court for the first time since dropping a heartbreaker to the UCLA Bruins in the Elite Eight.

As expected, the contest is a formality, and will be dominated by Kansas from the beginning. PSU is completely overmatched, but are invited to Lawrence to play the best, and receive a handsome reward for doing so.

As for Kansas, Self will probably feature a three-guard set with Sherron Collins, Robinson, and Mario Chalmers, while sophomore sensation Darrell Arthur, and senior Sasha Kaun hold down the low post.

Without junior guard Brandon Rush out until late November or early December, KU will rely on its guards to carry them through until Rush can return at the small forward position.

As Self stated earlier in the week, Rush is very close to being ready for contact practice. He has been playing at 100 percent with regards to practicing with teammates, but has dawned the yellow jersey, signifying that he is hands-off.

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