Radford-Kansas Preview

With a succession of overmatched opponents visiting Allen

Fieldhouse, Kansas has had no trouble defending its home court.

The top-ranked Jayhawks look to continue their dominance in

Lawrence and extend the nation’s longest home winning streak

Wednesday night when they meet Radford for the first time.

Allen Fieldhouse is historically one of the toughest places for

opponents to play, and the Jayhawks are 142-9 at home since the

2000-01 season. They’ve won 46 straight in Lawrence since a 69-66

loss to then-No. 10 Texas A&M on Feb. 3, 2007.

They’ve been winning with considerable ease at home this

season.

In five games at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas (7-0) is averaging

98.8 points on 52.9 percent shooting while outscoring its opponents

by an average of 44.0. The Jayhawks haven’t faced the stiffest of

competition with meetings against Hofstra, Central Arkansas,

Oakland, Tennessee Tech and Alcorn State.

They’re hoping to add Radford (4-2) to that list.

The Highlanders are 2-2 on the road, including a 104-67 loss at

then-No. 9 Duke on Nov. 21. Radford, facing the nation’s top-ranked

team for the first time in school history, has been outscored by an

average of 40.2 in losing all four games against top-10 opponents

since 2007-08.

Although the notion of coming into Allen Fieldhouse and

upsetting the Jayhawks seems highly unlikely for the Highlanders,

their star center could give Kansas problems inside.

Art Parakhouski, the Big South preseason player of the year, is

averaging 22.3 points and 14.8 rebounds. The 6-foot-11 Parakhouski

had 23 points and 14 boards against Duke.

Kansas’ Cole Aldrich, an AP preseason All-America pick, will

have the responsibility of guarding Parakhouski. The 6-foot-11

Aldrich is averaging 10.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks. He had seven

points on 1 of 6 shooting and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s 73-61 win

over UCLA in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

At Pauley Pavilion, Kansas allowed the downtrodden Bruins to get

within four early in the second half before pulling away and

opening up a 17-point lead.

“They’ve had a lot of defections to the NBA and it’s hard to

keep reloading,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We’re going to look

back on this game in February and be very proud because they’re

going to get better and better.”

Markieff Morris scored a career-high 19, Xavier Henry added 16

and Sherron Collins finished with 14 for the Jayhawks, who received

all but three of the 65 first-place votes in the latest AP

poll.

Henry leads the Jayhawks’ high-powered offense with an average

of 16.9 points, while Collins – also named to the preseason

All-America team – is second with 14.3 per game.