Basketball: KU’s Self turns eye to Bears

It didn’t take long Saturday for Kansas coach Bill Self to turn his attention to Cal.

When asked about the Bears in the wake of the top-ranked Jayhawks’ 75-64 win over Michigan, Self  suggested KU will need a better effort than he had just seen.

“They’re fast. They’re really fast. (Jerome) Randle, their point guard, is as quick as anybody we will play against this year,” Self told the Lawrence World-Journal. “They’re picked to win the Pac-10 and it will be a tough game.

“Hopefully, we play better then what we did today.”

The Jayhawks (10-0) and Bears (6-3) square off Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas has won 48 consecutive games. Cal leaves the Bay Area today for the Midwest.

Senior guard Sherron Collins is quite familiar with Randle, a fellow Chicago native.

“I know him, played on the same AAU team for a little bit. He’s good. He’s real good,” Collins said of Randle. “He’s real fast, probably one of the fastest guards we’ll play all year. He has deep range. He can do it all. We’ll have our hands full with him. It’ll be a tough matchup.”

Junior guard Brady Morningstar, who made his season debut Saturday after a fall-term suspension for an Oct. 3 DUI charge, said he ran into Patrick Christopher last summer while working out in Southern California.

“He is a good player, a big strong kid who can shoot the ball real well. I think they’re a pretty good team also,” Morningstar said. “Randle … as far as I’ve seen, he can really handle the ball. He’s like Sherron. He can handle the ball and score. Christopher can shoot the ball and get to the rim. They do a little bit of everything.”

Just as the Bears recently fought through a flu bug that attacked much of the roster, the Jayhawks are struggling with health issues. In particular, preseason All-America center Cole Aldrich, held without a field goal Saturday, is having a rough time.

Morningstar was asked if Cal could win Tuesday night.

“I think those two (Randle and Christopher) are their top two players,” he said. “As far as them beating us, hopefully not, but if they get hot it could get close.”

Jeff Faraudo