LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Jayhawks should be a favorite
to win their fourth straight Big 12 title and contend again for
They have all but one player back from last year's team -- but
one of those key veterans is 6-foot-6 guard Brandon Rush, who
suffered a torn ACL.
If Rush is back at full strength, Kansas will return 85 percent
of the scoring and 80 percent of the rebounding from the team that
won 33 games and made the NCAA regional finals.
Other returnees include guard Mario Chalmers, a two-year starter
who led the Big 12 in steals for two straight seasons. Sparkplug
guard Sherron Collins and 6-9 forward Darrell Arthur will be
Steady point guard Russell Robinson will provide senior
leadership, and 6-11 Russian center Sasha Kaun could make another
big leap forward.
Coach Bill Self has a 105-29 record since replacing Roy
Williams, and he's careful not to overpromise.
A key to the season might be Arthur. The Dallas native led the
Jayhawks in scoring early last year, but his production dropped off
after Christmas and never recovered.
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