January 27, 2007

Chalmers, Rush lead KU past CU

The outcome of Saturdays Big 12 match up between the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (18-3; 5-1) and the Colorado Buffaloes (5-12; 1-6) was never in doubt. Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush scored 21-points apiece, as the Hawks routed the Buffs, 97-74. Minutes after the game, Bill Self talked about his team's performance against Colorado.

"At times we looked good offensively, but I don't think defensively we ever guarded well," said Self. "I thought our four perimeter players played well. That's about as well as they've played collectively all year long. I thought Chalmers and Rush got us off to a good start. Russell Robinson attacked and made shots.

"Sherron Collins has to play more than 19 minutes, because he's playing as well as anybody," he added. "We did some good things, but it still wasn't a great performance. Our defense was nonexistent for periods and certainly our big guys didn't rebound."

For much of the afternoon, Self's squad could do no wrong. Rush (21), Chalmers (21), Robinson (12) and Collins (11) all scored in double-figures for the Jayhawks. As a team, Kansas was 35-of-63 from the field, 11-of-17 from behind the arc and 16-of-19 from the free-throw line.

Colorado out-rebounded Kansas, 37-30, but the Jayhawks had 19 steals, and more assists, 22, than turnovers, 19. Additionally, Self's squad swatted five shots on the afternoon.

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