Wednesday, March 2, 2005

KU vs Kansas State Notes


This Game: Senior night is very special at most schools. But have you seen a senior class quite like the 2004-05 KU foursome? Keith Langford, Michael Lee, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien have walked the walk as they need only one more league win to claim their third Big 12 championship. They will get their chance at the Big 12 title Wednesday night when Kansas (21-4, 11-3) plays host to Kansas State (15-10, 5-9) at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks snapped a three-game losing streak with an 81-79 win against No. 4 Oklahoma State Sunday. Kansas State brings a two-game winning streak Lawrence after its 84-82 win at Colorado Saturday.

About Kansas: Kansas snapped a three-game losing streak with its fourth win against a ranked foe this season on Sunday. As the winner, the Jayhawks have a one-game lead on the field heading into the final week of Big 12 play. Named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, senior Wayne Simien is coming off a career-high 32 points against No. 4 Oklahoma State on Sunday. Simien leads KU and the Big 12 in scoring at 19.2 points per game, including 20.5 ppg in Big 12 play. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year has recorded six double-doubles in his last seven games and has a conference-leading 13 double-doubles this season. Also named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list is senior Keith Langford, who is averaging 15.2 ppg overall - 11th in the league - and 15.9 in Big 12 play. Sophomore J.R. Giddens is next in scoring at 10.2 ppg and has made three or more three-point field goals in three of his last six games. Senior Aaron Miles has crushed every KU and Big 12 assists record and is averaging a league-best 7.4 assists per game. Last week, his 7.4 average ranked sixth in the nation. His 923 assists are 11th all-time in NCAA Division I history. Junior Christian Moody is another starter who is averaging 6.4 ppg and is second on the team with 4.8 board per contest. Moody, who has pulled down six or more rebounds 10 times this season, missed two games due to injury and scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting against Oklahoma State Sunday. Senior Michael Lee (3.9 ppg) and freshman Sasha Kaun (3.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg) have been the first off the bench for KU this season.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self : Kansas coach Bill Self recorded his 250th career win at Kansas State on Feb. 9. His win against Colorado on Feb. 12 marked Self's seventh straight 20-win season as a head coach and his eighth overall. He is 45-13 in his second season at KU and 252-118 in his 12th season overall. Last year, KU posted a 24-9 record and finished tied for second in the Big 12 race at 12-4. KU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, falling to Georgia Tech in overtime, 79-71. Self's 24 victories tied Dick Harp for the most wins by a KU coach in his debut season at Kansas. Prior to KU, Self led Illinois to two Big Ten titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Before Illinois, he guided Tulsa to two WAC championships in 1999 and 2000 and was The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000. A four-time Naismith Coach of the Year Award finalist, Self began his coaching career at KU in 1985-86 and was an assistant at his alma mater - Oklahoma State - from 1986 until 1993. His first head coaching stint was at Oral Roberts where he guided the Golden Eagles to the NIT in 1996-97, their first postseason appearance since 1983-84. Self is 4-0 against Kansas State.

Last Game - No. 8/7 Kansas 81, No. 4/4 Oklahoma State 79: Circled prior to the season as the game for the Big 12 title, No. 8/7 Kansas against No. 4 Oklahoma State lived up to its billing. KU won a thrilling 81-79 game over OSU, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas senior Wayne Simien led four Jayhawks in double-figures with a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Simien also added 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Oklahoma State guard John Lucas missed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining that would have given the Cowboys a lead. With the win, the Jayhawks take over sole possession of first place in the Big 12 regular season race. The Jayhawks shot a blistering 66 percent from the field in the game. Senior Keith Langford added 14 points on 6-of-8 from the field, while fellow senior Aaron Miles chipped in with 13 points and a game-high six assists. Junior Christian Moody tied a career high 11 points in the win.

KU-Oklahoma State Leftovers: The win makes Kansas 21-4 and gives KU 21 wins for the 16th straight season... Gives Kansas a 30-7 record in its last 37 games... With his 13 points, senior Aaron Miles moved passed Wayne Hightower for 34th on the all-time Kansas scoring list with 1,134 points... Miles tied Jeff Boschee for games started in a Kansas career with 132... Miles played 35 minutes and passed Boschee for third on the all-time minutes played list with 4,124... With his 12 rebounds, senior Wayne Simien moved passed Clyde Lovellette and Dave Robisch for ninth on the all-time rebounds list with 824... Simen scored a career-high 32 points, which also marked a season-high by a Jayhawk... Simien recorded his 13th double-double of the season and the 35th of his career... Simien brok the school record by making 34 consecutive made free throws . The record was snapped at the 13:19 mark of the second half... The Jayhawks' 66 percent (31-of-47) field goal percentage marked a season-high and was the most since 67.8 percent against Arizona State on March 22, 2003... Kansas' 16 defensive rebounds marked the fewest by a Jayhawk squad since collecting 16 against Oklahoma on March 10, 1990... The Jayhawks' 23 total rebounds were the fewest since KU recorded 23 total rebounds against Missouri on Jan. 19, 1991... KU has hit at least one three-pointer in 171 straight games. Kansas last failed to hit a long ball in a loss to Texas in 2000... OSU's 58.5 percent field goal shooting (31-of-53) is the highest percentage by a KU opponent since Long Beach State shot 62.8 percent (27-of-43) on Jan. 25, 1993... The Cowboys' 20 total rebounds were the fewest by a KU opponent since Iowa State had 20 boards on Jan. 13, 1997... The 43 combined total rebounds by OSU and KU marked the fewest rebounds in a KU game by both teams since the 1988-89 season.

About Kansas State: Kansas State snapped a six-game losing skid with an 80-69 win against Baylor last Wednesday and defeated Colorado 84-82 Saturday in Boulder. Prior to the win streak, KSU lost six straight with four of the setbacks to ranked teams, including a 74-65 loss to Kansas on Feb. 9 in Manhattan. After winning its first eight games of the 2004-05 season, the Wildcats have gone 7-10. Senior forward Jeremiah Massey leads the charge for K-State. The 2004 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year is scoring 17.6 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Big 12, while his team-leading 6.9 rebounds are good for eighth in the Big 12. Massey is also a solid free throw shooter at 79 percent on 167 attempts. Sophomore Fred Peete is next in scoring at 13.4 ppg, good for 17th in the Big 12. A league newcomer of the year candidate, Peete leads Kansas State with 91 assists and 53 steals this season. Sophomore forward Cartier Martin is next in scoring at 10.7 ppg, while sophomore guard Lance Harris is chipping in 9.6 points per contest.

Kansas State Head Coach Jim Wooldridge: Kansas State is coached by Jim Wooldridge who is 66-75 in his fifth season at KSU. Overall he is 295-222 in his 18th season. Kansas State is the fourth head coaching stint for Wooldridge. He was the head coach at Central Missouri State from 1985-91, Southwest Texas from 1991-94 and Louisiana Tech from 1994-98. From 1998 to 2000 Wooldridge was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.

Series History: Kansas leads the all-time series with Kansas State 168-88... KU has won 29 straight against KSU overall, and 10 consecutive games in Lawrence and 35-17 versus the Wildcats when playing in Allen Fieldhouse. .. KU coach Bill Self is 4-0 against the Wildcats, and Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge is 0-9 versus the Jayhawks... The last time K-State defeated KU was in Allen Fieldhouse - a 65-56 decision on Jan. 17, 1994... The Jayhawks won the first-ever meeting with K-State, 54-39, on Jan. 25, 1907, in Lawrence.


• KU second year assistant coach Tim Jankovich was a three-year starter at K-State. While playing for the Wildcats, Jankovich was a three-time Academic All-American and an honorable mention All-Big Eight player. The Gary, Ind., native left KSU with nine top-10 career marks including ranking first in assists per game and first in career free throw percentage (91.7). In each of his three seasons in Manhattan the Wildcats were ranked in the AP Top 20 and posted three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 1981 Elite Eight berth and a 1982 Sweet 16 appearance. Jankovich also served as an assistant coach for Kansas State from 1984-86.

• Current K-State senior Mark Frederick is the son of former Kansas Athletics Director Dr. Bob Frederick. Mark spent two years at KU, transferred to K-State in the fall and walked onto the basketball team last season.

• Kansas head coach Bill Self was a player for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1981 to 1985 and posted a 7-2 all-time record against the Wildcats as a player.

• Kansas has four players from the Sunflower State while K-State has two.

• Kansas State assistant sports information director Tom Gilbert served one year as an intern in the Kansas media relations office. Other KU personnel who have worked at K-State include media relations office manager Candace Dunback, J.D. Loudabarger and Casey Cook in facilities and Jennifer Berquist in the Williams Fund.

The Last Meeting: Kansas shot 53 percent from the field for the second game in a row to lift the Jayhawks to a 74-65 victory over in-state rival Kansas State, Feb. 9 at Bramlage Coliseum, in Manhattan, Kan. Senior Keith Langford led all scorers with 24 points. The nine-point victory gives Kansas a 22 game win streak over Kansas State in Manhattan and 29 wins overall in the Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks got off to a hot start in the first half and led 16-5, but K-State answered with and 11-0 run to tie the game at 16. The Jayhawks countered with a 7-0 run late in the first half to give the Crimson and Blue a 26-19 lead. At the half, KU led 35-25. Kansas lit up the nets shooting 62 percent from three-point range in the game. Senior Wayne Simien scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds en route to his ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore J.R. Giddens scored 18 points as he connected on 4-of-6 from three-point range. Kansas led by 17 in the second half at 54-37, but the `Cats continued to fight and cut the Jayhawks' lead to four. Giddens nailed a three with 1:45 left to put the `Hawks up eight, 64-56. K-State senior Jeremiah Massey and sophomore Fred Peete led the Wildcats with 20 points each. Sophomore Lance Harris added 11 in the loss.

A Kansas Win Would...: Make Kansas 22-4 and give the Jayhawks 22 wins for the 16th straight season dating back to 1989-90... Give Kansas at least a share of its fifth Big 12 regular season championship in the nine-year history of the conference and its 48th overall league title... Give KU its 12 league win for the fifth straight season... Give KU its 30th straight win against Kansas State and make the series against KSU 169-88 in the Jayhawks' favor... Give Kansas its 11th straight win against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to Jan. 17, 1994... Make Kansas coach Bill Self 46-13 at KU, 253-118 overall and 5-0 all-time versus Kansas State... Give KU a 31-7 record in its last 38 games... Make KU 1,847-766 all-time... Make KU 118-28 all-time in Big 12 league games... Make KU 15-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season and 566-102 all time in AFH.

A Kansas Loss Would...: Make Kansas 21-5... Snap a KU 29-game winning streak over Kansas State and give KSU its first win in the series since Jan. 17, 1994... Make the KU-KSU series 168-89 in favor of the Jayhawks... Snap an 10-game KU winning streak against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse... Make KU 11-4 in league play, which would match last season's league loss total... Make Bill Self 45-14 at KU, 252-119 overall and 4-1 versus Kansas State... Make Kansas 1,846-767 all-time... Make KU 565-103 in Allen Fieldhouse and give KU more than one loss in AFH for the first time since its went 10-3 in 1998-99.

Kansas Celebrating 50 Years of Allen Fieldhouse: Named in honor of the late Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen, the Jayhawks' head coach for 39 years, Allen Fieldhouse is labeled by many as one of the best places in America to watch a college basketball game. The Fieldhouse was dedicated on March 1, 1955, as the Jayhawks defeated Kansas State, 77-67, before an overflow throng of 17,228. This season, Allen Fieldhouse will celebrate its 50th year of existence. Ceremonies for the anniversary of the Fieldhouse are being planned around the March 2 game against Kansas State - the first opponent for KU in the facility.

KU Seniors' Headlines: Here are some headlines of the current Kansas senior class - Keith Langford, Michael Lee, Aaron Miles, Wayne Simien:

• Four-year record of 108-25 (81.2 winning percentage)

• Two Final Four appearances (2002, 2003)

• NCAA Runner-Up in 2003

• Three NCAA Tournament Elite Eights (2002, 2003, 2004)

• Two Big 12 Championships (2002 - 16-0, 2003 - 14-2)

• Kansas has been ranked in the Top 10 of the Associated Press Poll 51 times, including No. 1 on seven occasions, and in the top five 37 times.

KU Dominant in Big 12 Play: Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996-97, Kansas has been the dominating force in the league. KU is the only league team to have won more than 100 games in regular season play. The Jayhawks are 117-25, which is 19 more wins than the next team on that list, Oklahoma (98-44). In addition, the Jayhawks have won four of the eight regular-season Big 12 titles and the first three Big 12 Tournament crowns.

Bucking the Trend: Last season, Kansas was 0-8 when trailing with 5:00 remaining. This season, Kansas has been down nine times in the final five minutes and has won six of those games. The six wins include Vermont (up 58-56 with 5:00 remaining), Georgia Tech (up 57-51 with 5:00 left), South Carolina (up 58-57 with 2:14 remaining), Texas A&M; (held a 52-51 lead with 4:04 to play), Kentucky (up 54-53 at the 3:35 mark) and Oklahoma State (up 76-69 with 5:00 left).

Langford and Simien on Midseason Wooden Award : In early February, a national poll was conducted by the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Committee to determine the Top 30 Midseason Candidates for the 2004-2005 Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-America Team. Kansas seniors Keith Langford and Wayne Simien were among those listed. The 30 candidates have been selected based on individual performances and team records thus far this season. On Tuesday, March 29, the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-America Team will be selected on Saturday, April 9, to receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year.

Simien Still Rolling: Senior Wayne Simien continues to roll for Kansas. He is coming off a career-high 32 points against No. 4 Oklahoma State on Sunday in which he was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for the third time this season. He also pulled down 12 rebounds to notch his Big 12 leading 13th double-double of the season and 35th of his career. In his last 10 games, the Leavenworth, Kan., forward is averaging 21.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He has six double-doubles in his last seven games. Simien has 11 games of 20-plus points this season, including six in his last nine outings. Simien is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double as his 19.2 ppg and 10.8 rpg for all games and both rank first in the league. Simien has led KU in scoring in 10 of the last 13 games. He has shot 50 percent or better in 18 of his 21 games this season. Three times this season, Simien has recorded a double-double in each of the first halves. Against Vermont, he had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. His 25 points and 14 rebounds for the game earned Simien Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Against Saint Joseph's, Simien had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the opening half. At Colorado, he had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Simien Notables:

• Made a school record 34-straight free throws which ended against Oklahoma State.

• At Texas Tech on Feb. 14, Simien became only the 20th player in KU history to score 1,400 career points. He currently has 1,469 points which is 19th on the school list.

• Against Iowa State Feb. 19, Simien became the 11th player in KU history to record 800 career rebounds. His 824 rebounds ranks ninth on the KU all-time rebound list and 10th on the Big 12 list.

• Is fifth at KU and tied for seventh in Big 12 history with 36 career double-doubles.

• Named to the Midseason Wooden Award top 30 list.

• Three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 23; Jan. 17; Feb. 28)

• Dickie V National Player of the Week (Feb. 14)

Langford the Go-To Guy: Senior Keith Langford has become the go-to player for KU. The Fort Worth, Texas, guard is averaging 17.3 ppg in his last 10 games and 15.2 on the season. He is 12-for-20 (60 percent) from the field in his last two games. Against Oklahoma State he scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with five assists. Langford led KU in scoring with 24 points at Texas Tech Feb. 14 and scored the final four points in regulation to send the game into overtime. Against Iowa State on Feb. 19, he scored five of KU's final nine points in regulation, including the game-tying shot with five seconds remaining. Langford was the go-to guy against Georgia Tech as he scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime, posted 10 points in the final 2:46 of regulation and overtime and drained the game-winner with 3.3 seconds remaining in OT. For his efforts, Langford was named the National Player of the Week and the co-Big 12 Player of the Week with Texas' P.J. Tucker. Langford has five games with 20 or more points.

Langford Joins KU Elite: At Kansas State on Feb. 9, Langford became only the ninth player in Kansas men's basketball history to score 1,700 career points. His 1,789 points are sixth on the KU career list and seventh on the Big 12 career list. Additionally, Langford has played and scored in all 133 of his games played at Kansas.

Aaron Miles Having Solid Season: Senior Aaron Miles is having a solid season. Against Oklahoma State, Miles scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range and dished off six assists with one turnover. He is averaging 12 points in his last five games and 9.2 on the season. As for the past four seasons, Miles leads the team in assists, currently with 185 for a Big 12-leading 7.4 per game. Last week his 7.4 were fifth nationally. The Portland, Ore., guard is second on the team with 32 three-point field goals made and he is making 50.8 percent from beyond the arc. Miles has one double-double on the season (14 points and 10 assists against Missouri) and has 12 double-figure scoring games in 2004-05, including four of his last five outings. He also leads the team in steals with 44 on the year, including seven in his last two games.

Miles Climbing Career Charts: Every time senior Aaron Miles garners an assist, he adds to his conference and school career record, which is currently at 923. At Texas Tech on Feb. 14, he became only the 12th player in NCAA Division I history to record 900 career assists. His 923 currently rank 11th all time. The nation's active career leader in NCAA Division I, Miles set three career assist records in three straight games. Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 22, Miles became the Big 12 career assists leader, surpassing Oklahoma State's Doug Gottlieb (793). The following game against Georgia Tech, he became the school's all-time assists leader, passing Jacque Vaughn's (1994-97) 804. In the win against Texas A&M;, Miles dished five assists to become the league's all-time conference games only assists leader, currently at 456, passing Gottlieb who was at 354. Miles has had seven or more assists in 16 of 25 games this season. He has three times recorded a season-high 10 assists against Iowa State, Nevada and Missouri and he leads the Big 12 with 7.4 assists per game. He needs 77 assists to become the fourth player in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 for his career.

Other Aaron Miles(tones):

• In January, Miles was named one of 18 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award honoring the nation's top point guard.

• Against Missouri on Jan. 31, Miles registered his KU record 19th career game with 10 or more assists.

• Against Texas A&M;, Miles became the 48th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 points. His two game-sealing free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining in the 65-60 win against the Aggies gave Miles his 1,000th and 1,001st points. Miles is 34th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,134 points.

• Miles is second in KU career steals - currently at 258. He recently passed former KU great and current Director of Basketball Operations Danny Manning's 250.

• Miles has 132 starts, which is tied for second on Kansas' all-time career list. His next start will tie him with Jeff Boschee for second. Boschee also holds the Big 12 mark at 132.

• Miles is third in all-time KU minutes played at 4,124.

Moody Making Mark: After missing two games due to injury, junior Christian Moody tied his career high with 11 points in the win against Oklahoma State. He was 5-for-6 from the field against OSU as well. Named the "greatest walk-on in the history of college basketball" by CBS' Billy Packer in KU's win at Kentucky, Moody has started 20 games this season. At Kentucky, the walk-on from Asheville, N.C., scored 11 points and was named Kansas' Chevrolet Player of the Game by CBS. Moody is shooting 59.8 percent from the field on the season and has pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds twice, including against then-No. 9 Georgia Tech. Against TCU, he produced his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. His second assist of the game was a blind kick out to a J.R. Giddens' three-pointer that ended up on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays list. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds 10 times this season. He is averaging 22.3 minutes, 6.4 points and is second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. Last year, he averaged seven minutes, 1.4 points and one rebound in 25 games for KU.

KU Player Quick Hits:

• Junior J.R Giddens has made three or more three-pointers in three of his last six games. He has turned the trick 14 games this season, including four against Kansas State, Baylor, Georgia Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. Last year, he posted three or more treys 14 times. Giddens leads KU with 54 three-pointers made this season. In only his second season at KU, he ranks 10th on the all-time three-point field goals made list at 128 and is 11th on the three-point field goals attempted list at 336.

• Senior Michael Lee's seven points - 3-of-4 field goals and 1-for-2 from three-point range - against Oklahoma State were the most in his last six games when he scored eight at Nebraska. Lee has been the first off the bench for KU in 13 games this season and is averaging 15.2 minutes per game. Lee has made 17-of-20 free throws and has made at least one three-pointer in 12 games this season.

• Freshman Sasha Kaun has started two games - Iowa State and at Oklahoma - for KU in place of the injured Christian Moody. In his first start against Iowa State he had seven points, a career-high seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. The center is averaging 12.6 minutes in Big 12 play. Kaun is making 56.7 percent of his shots in league games and 52.7 on the season. Kaun pulled down five rebounds and scored a season-high 11 points at Villanova. Kaun has registered four or more rebounds six times this season and his 16 blocked shots are tied for the most on the team.

• Junior Jeff Hawkins' 11 minutes against Oklahoma State on Sunday were the most since Jan. 29 against Texas - 14 minutes. Against Iowa State Feb. 19 he played only six minutes and was 2-for-3 from three-point range. It marked the fifth time this season he has drained a three and the third time he has hit multiple treys. Hawkins is hitting 55 percent (11-for-20) from beyond the arc. He was 5-for-5 from three-point range at Baylor on Jan. 25 in scoring a season-high 15 points. The last time a Jayhawk made five-straight three-pointers in a single game was Jan. 26, 1994, when Sean Pearson knocked down five-straight against Oklahoma State.

• Freshman Alex Galindo has had three games of 20-plus minutes, including 23 minutes at Oklahoma on Feb. 21. He played 26 minutes against Georgia Tech Jan. 1 and 20 versus Texas A&M; Jan. 5. At OU he was 2-for-3 and scored seven points, the most since he had eight versus Nebraska on Jan. 19. Galindo started the first game of his career at Colorado and at Kentucky. He had five points and four blocked shots at Kentucky. Against Georgia Tech, Galindo was 1-for-7 when he drained a three-pointer to cut Tech's lead to 65-64 in overtime. Against Texas A&M;, he broke a 58-58 tie with a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining. Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Georgia Tech, he set career-highs with seven rebounds.

• Freshman C.J. Giles' 11 minutes against Iowa State Feb. 19 were the most since the center played 21 at Iowa State on Jan. 12. Giles missed six games from Jan. 19 until Feb. 12. He played two minutes at Oklahoma on Monday. Against Iowa State, Giles tied his season high with three blocked shots. His four points were the most since the Jan. 12 Iowa State game as well. Giles has four starts this season. Included was a 10-point performance at Kentucky and two six-rebound efforts against the Wildcats and at Iowa State.

• Freshman Darnell Jackson started the first game of his career against Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dec. 22. His eight minutes against Colorado Feb. 12 were the most since he played 12 against Villanova on Jan. 22. Jackson played seven minutes against Oklahoma State on Sunday and was 1-for-1 from the field with two rebounds.

• Mainly used at the point, freshman Russell Robinson has played 12 or more minutes in 10 games this season. He logged seven minutes with one assist and one steal against Colorado Feb. 12. Robinson was a clutch performer against South Carolina as he made his lone field goal and two free throws in the final 38 seconds of the 64-60 win. He earned Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts against USC. Robinson is averaging 4.3 points on the season.

Kansas Notables:

• Kansas is 30-7 (81.1 percent) in its last 37 games.

• Since the 2001-02 season, Kansas is 22-14 against ranked opponents, including 4-2 in 2004-05. KU is 6-7 overall against ranked foes under second year head coach Bill Self.

• KU has held 22 of 25 opponents to under 50 percent shooting this season. Additionally, the Jayhawks have outshot 19 foes in 2004-05.

• The Jayhawks have out-rebounded 16 of 25 opponents this season.

• Kansas has registered 10 or more steals in five of 25 games this season. Last year, KU had seven games with 10-plus steals.

• KU set a school record with 16 three-pointers at Baylor on Jan. 25. The old record was also on the road - 15 at North Carolina State on Dec. 10, 1994.

• In two wins this season, Kansas has overcome 11-point or greater deficits - 27-11 against Georgia Tech and 11-0 versus South Carolina.

• Kansas is 149-8 (94.9 percent) in Allen Fieldhouse over the past 11 seasons. Included in that run are five undefeated seasons - 14-0 in 1994-95; 13-0 in 1995-96; 15-0 in 1996-97; 16-0 in 1997-98; and 13-0 in 2001-02.

• At Villanova, Kansas wore red uniforms for the second time this season. The Jayhawks are 4-1 when wearing red uniforms under head coach Bill Self.

Records, Milestones, Streaks to Watch:

• The Jayhawks have held their opponents under 100 points for 109 straight games. The last team to score 100 points on KU was Texas on Feb. 11, 2002.

• KU has hit at least one three-pointer in 171 straight games. Kansas last failed to hit a long ball in a loss to Texas on Feb. 28, 2000.

• Keith Langford has played and scored in all of his 133 games while at Kansas.

Streak Stuff:

• Each KU senior class since 1986-87 has won at least 100 games, including the 2004-05 class which is currently at 108.

• Including 2004-05, Kansas has won 10 or more games in Allen Fieldhouse for the past 22 seasons, dating back to 1982-83. The Jayhawks have won 10-plus games in Allen Fieldhouse in 37 of the 49 full seasons in the facility.

• Kansas boasts a 21-game win streak on Senior Day. The last time KU lost its last home game of the season was a 60-58 defeat to Nebraska in 1983.

• KU, which is 21-4 this season, has won at least 20 games for 16 straight years.

• The Jayhawks have made 15 straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The last time KU failed to participate in the Big Dance was in 1989 (probation).

• Kansas has had success in the early stages of the NCAA Tournament, having won 21 straight first-round games. UCLA is the last team to knock off the Jayhawks in the first round in 1978.

• Kansas has been to two NCAA Final Fours, three Elite Eights and won two Big 12 regular-season championships in the last three seasons.

• Kansas is the only Big 12 school to have won 10-plus league games all nine seasons the league has existed.

• Including 2005, KU has won 14 straight conference-openers. The Jayhawks' last loss in a league-opener was to Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 1991.

In the Rankings: Kansas has been ranked in the top 10 all season in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls. The Jayhawks entered the season No. 1 in both outlets, marking the first time since 1956-57 (AP) and 1996-97 (coaches poll) that KU had entered a season as the top team in the country. Under Bill Self, KU concluded the 2003-04 season No. 9 in the coaches' poll (No. 16 by AP whose poll concludes prior to the NCAA Tournament).

Case/Kleinmann to Redshirt the 2004-05 Season: On Dec. 3, it was announced that Jeremy Case would redshirt the 2004-05 season after he saw limited practice during the fall due to an injury. As a freshman, Case played 21 games and averaged 3.9 minutes and 1.2 points per game. He scored eight points in the win against Fort Hays State and five points in a KU victory versus Oklahoma. Case joins freshman walk-on Matt Kleinmann as a redshirt for the 2004-05 season.

Did You Know?: Should Kansas defeat Kansas State it would be KU's 48th conference title. That is more than twice as many regular-season league titles than the next Big 12 team - Texas at 23.

Up Next: Kansas concludes its regular season with its first trip to Mizzou Arena when it faces Missouri on Sunday. The game will tip at 1 p.m. and be shown on CBS. Last year KU closed out Hearnes Center with an 84-82 win.


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