Jan. 13, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas guard Mario Little is going to play out the season instead of applying for a medical hardship because of injuries that caused him to miss the first 12 games.

Kansas coach Bill Self said in a news release that Little told him about his decision Tuesday morning.

The junior made his first appearance of the season Jan. 3 against Tennessee, recording five rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes. He played five minutes against Sienna on Jan. 6 and was on the floor for seven minutes against Michigan State on Saturday before fouling out.

Little is the 2008-09 Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year. He broke his hand in practice Dec. 16, less than two weeks after he returned from a stress fracture in his left leg.