Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton - who suffered injuries in a car accident Friday, putting his status for tonight's game in doubt - has earned 794 victories as a Div. I coach, which places him in fifth place on the all-time career coaching victories list.
Bob Knight is the only active coach ahead of Sutton in career wins.
In his 36-year career, at the high school, junior college and Div. I levels, Sutton has accumulated a record of 997-375, good for a 72.7 win percentage.
"I did not know that," Kansas coach Bill Self said of Sutton approaching 1,000 victories. "It means you have been doing it a long time and means you have been awfully good doing it. You can't get that many wins without being around a long time and doing it a long time."
¢ Self was asked if tonight's game was the most important to him personally on the schedule. "No, no. They are all big," OSU grad Self said. KU enters a game behind Texas in the standings.
¢ At 17-6 overall, look for KU to move into the top 25 today. "I think we'll move in, and Colorado will move out. They lost twice," KU's Brandon Rush said, noting the Jayhawks likely would be ranked between 20 and 25.
¢ Kansas leads the all-time series, 98-51. KU is 39-8 at Allen Fieldhouse and 30-29 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. KU has won four of the last six meetings; OSU has won two of the last three.
¢ Sutton is 11-20 versus KU; Self 2-5 versus OSU. Self tonight coaches the 399th game of his career. He's 271-127 in 13 years at KU, Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois.
¢ KU has won three straight road games and four of five true road contests this season. OSU has dropped two consecutive games and six of seven overall.
¢ KU's top seven scorers are freshmen or sophomores.
¢ KU has made 76.5 percent of its free throws (114 of 149) the last six games.
¢ Wednesday's game against Oklahoma was Sutton's 1,103rd career game coached. That tied him with Henry Iba for the sixth-most games coached in Division I history.
¢ OSU had a four-game conference losing streak snapped against Kansas State (63-61) on Feb. 4. Two of the losses were at home, to Colorado and Nebraska to go with losses at Texas and Texas Tech. The last time OSU lost four-consecutive games was during the 1991-92 season.