Andy Katz Profiles Brandon Rush

Andy Katz's nice profile of Brandon Rush leads's college basketball coverage today. Personally, I'd be surprised if Rush was Kansas's best player this year. His perimeter shooting, defending, and defensive rebounding will be crucial but I expect Mario Chalmers, Julian Wright, and (later in the season) Sherron Collins to initiate most of the offense. Behind the Insider wall, Katz suggests that Darrell Arthur will probably start the year behind at least Wright and Kaun in the rotation but figures to take on a bigger role in the second-half of the season.

Also, Bill Self compares the last two NCAA Tournament games Kansas has played.

"Bucknell had two or three guys who could have started for us, they were well coached and it was a scary game."

"But we played to our age against Bradley. We weren't under duress. We didn't play with pressure, since we weren't hunted all year. Last year's team was better equipped to go longer in the tournament, but it still didn't surprise me how it ended. We were so loose at shootaround that day, but by 9 p.m., we went out for warmups and I said, 'Oh, my gosh.' I had a totally different feel."