February 22, 2007

Injury to foot sidelines Robinson

Time heals all wounds, and that's certainly been the case for Bill Self and the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (24-4; 11-2). Since losing to Texas A&M back on February 3, the Hawks have won five straight games by an average of 27.2-points per contest. However, the news isn't all good for KU fans. Junior guard Russell Robinson sprained his foot during Wednesdays practice and will likely miss the next two games.

"I think the A&M loss, you know, certainly stung pretty hard," said Self. "I thought we regrouped from that pretty good. Hopefully we'll look back at that, at the end of the season, as a positive thing that happened to us. But I can't quite say that yet. That would probably be the one game to me."

Since losing to the Texas A&M Aggies (23-4; 11-2), 69-66, back on February 3, Self's squad has been one of the most impressive in all of college basketball. During KU's current five game winning streak, they've defeated Kansas State (twice), Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska by an average of 27.2-points per contest.

During that stretch, the Jayhawks have averaged 85.4-points per game and scored better than 90-points three times. Defensively, they've allowed just 58.2-points per game and haven't given up more than 74-points in the previous five games.

For Self and the Jayhawks, there have certainly been a lot of ups and downs along the way. Sports Illustrated pegged KU as the team to beat and placed Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers on the front cover of its college basketball preview.

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