Kansas plays Pacific tomorrow in a rematch from last year's NCAA tournament game. And even though they have lost only one player from the team that played KU pretty tough for 3/4 of the game, some people seem to be forgetting them:
But senior guard Aaron Miles doesn't remember much about Pacific. "I know we played them in the tournament last year," Miles said.
Then again, some do remember what that game was like.
"They stuck around last year," Langford said. "I am sure with the nucleus they have and the coach that they have and being in the NCAA Tournament, they will be a good team."
Self agrees with Langford. He says, "they will be the best test to date." If the word 'yango' upsets you, and you don't really know why, it might be because he's the dirty Frenchman that put up 22 on us last year and led the team in both points and rebounds. Yango is back, and while he hasn't been exactly lighting it up this season, I'm still scared of him. Plus, they've been prepping for this game for quite some time:
Pacific played its last game on Nov. 23, so it will have had 11 days to prepare for Kansas. Thomason said the team took three days off for Thanksgiving, spent three days working on its offense and the rest of the days getting ready for the Jayhawks. One of the aspects they focused on was rebounding.
As far as other players go, David Doubley and Swedish meatball Christian Maraker both scored 20 in their win against Santa Clara (who, if you don't remember, beat North Carolina), and Marko Mikhailovic led the Tigers with 18 in their first game.
If they all play well, including Yango, they could be, as Self says, a pretty tough test. Even so, I think we'll win by 25.
Phog Blog prediction: KU 86, Pacific 61.