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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A blessing in disguise

To date, Kansas' most glaring weakness has been the Jayhawks' lack of a legitimate fifth starter. Christian Moody, Darnell Jackson, C.J. Giles and Sasha Kaun have all been game-tested, but unlike the cereal Kix, not a single one has been Bill Self-approved. Coach has opted to start Moody but, save the formality, play a fifth-starter-by-committee.

But with Wayne Simien out for four to six weeks and from six to 10 games, Kansas will need significant minutes -- and production -- from the unimpressive frontline quartet. While the Jayhawks should lose at least a game or two during Simien's absence (most likely to Georgia Tech and/or Kentucky), that which does not kill Kansas will make it stronger. Moody, Jackson, Giles and Kaun will benefit from the playing time and at least one -- my money's on Giles -- will emerge as a bona-fide fifth or sixth man for Bill Self.