Originally published December 2, 2009 at 05:56p.m., updated December 2, 2009 at 09:56p.m.

FINAL: Robinson posts first double-double in KU’s 98-31 thrashing of Alcorn State

Kansas players Marcus Morris and Xavier Henry close in on Alcorn State forward Ian Francis during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas center Cole Aldrich.

Kansas players Marcus Morris and Xavier Henry close in on Alcorn State forward Ian Francis during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas center Cole Aldrich.


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GameDay Cram Session: Alcorn State online editor Jesse Newell and Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect from the Kansas basketball team's matchup against Alcorn State.

Reader poll

Who will be KU's leading scorer against Alcorn State?

  • Sherron Collins 9% 7 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 32% 25 votes
  • Xavier Henry 40% 31 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor 3% 3 votes
  • Marcus Morris 3% 3 votes
  • Other 9% 7 votes

76 total votes.

9:55 p.m.

A quick update: C.J. Henry did not play in tonight's game because of a sore knee.

FINAL: KU defeats ASU, 98-31

Robinson slams home a rebound dunk, and KU is threatening 100 (but not 120).

Robinson gets fouled and makes one of two free throws to push KU to 98.

ASU forces an Elijah Johnson turnover on the last KU possession to keep the Jayhawks under 100.

KU still comes away with a 67-point win.

KU 93/ASU 29 — 3:47 left in game

KU finally forces it into the paint against the zone, and Teahan cuts to the glass for a layup.

Johnson shows some handles with a spin move in transition, and he feeds Collins on the outside for another three. At this point, KU has 33 three-point tries and 29 two-point attempts.

Teahan with another bucket, as he goes under the basket for a reverse layup that hangs suspended on the rim for a second before falling in.

Robinson’s hustle gets rewarded again, as he receives a pass on the run and goes above the rim before slamming it home with one hand.

Reed responds well after his benching. He grabs a couple loose-ball rebounds, drains a three from the right wing, and puts in a layup under the basket.

KU 77/ASU 28 — 7:36 left in game

Two bad possessions in a row by Tyrel Reed. He had an outlet pass stolen, then fouled Alex Savannah to give him a chance at a three-point play.

The next KU possession, Reed’s pass sailed way high of its intended target and out of bounds, and Self walked over to Taylor on the bench to tell him to re-enter the game for Reed.

Taylor lobs a pass to Xavier, who throws in the alley-oop with one hand before hanging on the rim a second.

Xavier Henry misses a three, but Conner Teahan brings down the offensive rebound. Two passes later, Collins drains a three of his own. Xavier and Sherron aren’t turning down many three-point attempts tonight.

KU 69/ASU 19 — 11:25 left in game

Jonathan Boyd puts in ASU’s first three-pointer, a shot from the corner over Collins. Xavier Henry answers on the other end with a three of his own.

Nice bounce pass inside from Elijah Johnson, and Aldrich finishes with a two-handed slam.

Johnson feeds Marcus Morris on the break, and he throws home a violent slam. The steals are coming too easily for KU, as ASU is up to 27 turnovers (while KU has 19 steals).

KU 59/ASU 12 — 15:53 left in game

Both teams start the second half like they ended the first half — with some sluggishness on both ends.

Aldrich puts in a pair of free throws, but Marcus Morris follows by missing his two attempts.

Keith Searcy picks up two quick whistles, and he fouls out before the first media timeout of the second half.

Xavier Henry bricks a three from the corner, and KU has missed its first three long-range shots of the second half. I guess the Jayhawks at least picked the correct game to have a poor shooting night from the outside (6-for-23, 26.1 percent).

KU scoring — X. Henry 10, Collins 10, Robinson 9, Aldrich 7, Markieff Morris 6, Marcus Morris 5, Taylor 4, Reed 2.

KU was 18-for-40 from the floor (45 percent), 6-for-20 from three (30 percent) and 11-for-20 from the free-throw line (55 percent).

ASU was 5-for-27 from the floor (18.5 percent), 0-for-3 from three (0 percent) and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent).

ASU had 15 turnovers, while KU had six. KU out-rebounded ASU, 33-16.

Some thoughts

What would the score be if KU shot well?

I know it doesn’t matter much in this game, but 20 three-point attempts is probably too many. Yes, the ASU zone is sagging way inside to try to take away KU’s inside game, but the Jayhawks still should at least attempt to move the ball inside before settling for a three outside (a shot they can always get).

Collins finished the first half 3-for-11 after not shooting more than seven times in any of his last four games. That’s a bit weird. I can’t guarantee it’s because of his early exchange with ASU coach Larry Smith, but I will say he looked a bit more fired up after that point.

Markieff Morris was just 2-for-4 in the first half. That drops his shooting percentage all the way down to 84.2 percent (16-for-19).

KU 53/ASU 12 — Halftime

It’s almost like Robinson is teleporting himself from one side of the floor to the other. He follows a block on one end with an offensive rebound on the other. In limited minutes, the freshman already has seven rebounds, and most of those have come because of hustle.

His only shortcoming tonight has been free throws. Robinson misses his first four freebies before getting some positive encouragement from the crowd. He makes his next attempt.

Aldrich puts in just one of his two free-throw attempts, and if you want to really nitpick, KU has made just 10 of its 19 free throws tonight (52.6 percent).

A sloppy final 3 1/2 minutes for KU doesn’t mean much on the scoreboard, as the Jayhawks still take a 41-point lead into the break.

KU 51/ASU 12 — 3:29 left in 1st half

Shaunvanta Ingram hits a 14-footer from the baseline, and KU fans let out a mock cheer. The bucket comes with 7:12 remaining, meaning that ASU went 11 minutes, 46 seconds without a point.

On the next ASU possession, Holt puts in another jumper, and the KU fans gasp as if they’ve seen a ghost.

Collins follows with a three, and Markieff Morris takes advantage of an ASU turnover with a one-handed powerslam on the other end.

Nice high-low pass from the top of the key by Markieff Morris, who put the lob where only Aldrich could get it. The junior finishes the play with a dunk.

Markieff Morris is doing all the little things for KU. He dives into a pile to help strip the ball away from a pair of ASU players, and the hustle leads to three points, as Collins pours in another three.

Another offensive rebound for Robinson, who muscles it back up for two with a foul. One-hundred-twenty isn’t looking like it’s out of the question.

KU 34/ASU 4 — 7:49 left in 1st half

Robinson out-hustles an ASU player for an offensive rebound, and that effort results in a three-pointer for Xavier Henry. That’s a 24-0 run for KU, as ASU hasn’t scored since the 18:58 mark.

Nice pass inside by Marcus Morris, and Robinson finishes with a spin and layup. Robinson is so much better inside when he takes his time and doesn’t rush things.

Robinson is going to work on both ends. He swats a shot away by Brandon Rogers, then after corraling a KU miss, he slams the follow home with one hand before yelling to the crowd.

Collins dives to save a ball from going out of bounds on the defensive end. Even with the lopsided score, the Jayhawks are still playing hard defensively.

It’s getting ridiculous now. Xavier Henry puts in a pair of uncontested three-pointers, and KU has made it a 34-0 run. ASU has not scored in over 11 minutes.

KU 21/ASU 4 — 11:57 left in 1st half

Marcus Morris hits a tough turn-around in traffic, and that continues a run for KU. Aldrich adds a layup, and on a run-out, Reed gets an easy lay-in. Aldrich puts in another two after stealing an offensive rebound away from his teammate, Marcus Morris.

ASU, as predicted, is having trouble holding on to the ball. ASU turns it over for the seventh time in less than seven minutes, and the steal by Tyshawn Taylor turns into a dunk on the other end for Thomas Robinson.

The Braves’ 2-3 defense has given the Jayhawks’ some fits, but the problem for them is, they can’t get back to get set in it. Following steals and misses, KU is easily out-running ASU down the court.

ASU’s Ian Francis goes up for a shot in the lane, and he’s met by three sets of Jayhawk arms. Robinson gets the official block.

It leads to a fast-break opportunity on the other end, and Markieff Morris puts in a layup with a foul. Smith gripes to a nearby official, telling the ref that even though KU is No. 1 in the land, the calls should go both ways.

KU 6/ASU 4 — 15:59 left in 1st half

Alcorn State opens in a 2-3 zone, and Cole Aldrich bricks a jumper from six feet. On the other end, JaMarkus Holt makes a jumper to give ASU the early lead.

Another miss by Xavier Henry, and Holt follows with another jumper. He screams to the bench in satisfaction, and the Braves are 1/20th of the way to the biggest upset in college basketball history.

KU is content to take open threes against the 2-3 zone, but perhaps the Jayhawks still should try to work it around inside before settling on the outside shot.

Sherron Collins finally gets KU on the board, making a three from the left side. After a steal from KU, Collins takes it all the way to the rim and misses, but Marcus Morris is fouled after getting the offensive rebound.

Collins needed help getting up after the drive, but ASU coach Larry Smith told one of his players not to help Collins up. Collins took offense to the remark, and he has some words for Smith right in front of me. Tyshawn Taylor has to grab Collins to restrain him, as the guard is hot.

On defense, Xavier Henry leaps over an ASU player who attempted a shot-fake in the lane. The fans oohed over than, as Xavier had to get way up to get over the top of the ASU player.

Collins’ jawing seems to have taken him out of his game. He has jacked up two more quick threes, with both falling off the rim. Reminds me a bit of what happened in last year’s game when Collins and Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn had their own little battle going on within the game.

7:03 p.m.

No change in the starters. KU goes with Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Morris, Xavier Henry, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins.

6:48 p.m.

Not to rag on the Braves, but their Kenpom team page tells you pretty much all you need to know about their struggles this year. All that red on their page is not good.

Alcorn State ranks 341st out of 347 teams in the KenPom rankings.

Not only that, the Braves are in the bottom 50 nationally in the following statistics:

• Turnover percentage (On 26.7 percent of its possessions, ASU turns it over)

• Three-point percentage defense (43.1 percent)

• Block percentage (The Braves get blocked on 12.7 percent of their two-point shots attempted)

• Steal percentage (The Braves get the ball stolen on 12.8 percent of their offensive possessions)

6:27 p.m.

If you watched the GameDay Cram Session that Tom Keegan and I did for this game (It's not too late if you haven't; the video is on the left), you know that I made a somewhat absurd prediction for this game.

I came out on the record and said that KU would score 120 points tonight.

It's not as crazy as you might think. Alcorn State, in addition to not staying within 15 points of any of its nine opponents, also has had a tendency to play somewhat recklessly, averaging 76.7 possessions per game. To put it in perspective, KU's average is 70 possessions per game.

Against Arkansas, Alcorn State racked up 89 possessions — and subsequently lost, 130-68.

So there you have it: My prediction is KU will score 120 points and also win by 60 (Let's go with 120-60, and please ignore all of this if KU has a 35-point first half).

Any other crazy predictions for this game? Think Thomas Robinson will lead KU in scoring? Or that Xavier Henry will score 30?

Be sure to go on record now in the comments section below.

5:56 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Alcorn State Braves.

This will go down as a blowout victory for KU, but I think it's worth knowing a little bit more about Alcorn State before we get into breaking down this game.

On our message board, kufan80 posted a link to a great story by ESPN's Dana O'Neil about Alcorn State and the difficulties its men's basketball team faces. The story was written last year, but obviously, most of the problems brought up in the story continue on this season.

After reading it, I had a bit of a better appreciation for what the Braves go through when they take on these crazy non-conference schedules.

We'll have more analysis later. Be sure to vote in the poll on the left and also check out our GameDay Cram Session if you haven't yet. Also, use #kubball on your tweets to get them to show up in the grid on the left.

And the answer is:, password phog.

I promise we will get at least one question about it in the comments section below.


suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully the game is going to be streamed online on justinTV because theres nothing on right now...

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 1 month ago

Jesse -

Your comment was spot on! And, the first post too!

suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

Nevermind the streaming is going to happen! Im so happy I get to watch these games living in Nebraska...It's rare that I get to see good basketball up here...happens once a year, when KU comes to town.

CRob2006 10 years, 1 month ago

Sutton - where is the game streaming? I don't see it on any of the local channels.

kuME10 10 years, 1 month ago

CRob2006 -

The answer to your question is at the bottom of the article.

CrimsonPhoenix 10 years, 1 month ago

Lol, even with the answer, the question is still asked. KU fans must like Jeopardy or something. :P

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey Jesse, can I watch the game online?

Ha ha

KU 134-68

CrimsonPhoenix 10 years, 1 month ago

Bill Self will be very upset if our guys let Alcorn St drop 68 on us.

arkvalley6 10 years, 1 month ago

All depends on what HCBS wants to work on -- and who. I'll guess 115-60, the subs surely will get some floor time.

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Jesse: I was concerned because I don't think Bill would allow 134 on anyone but ASU might just be so bad it is inevitable.

I get a shirt or you wear a tie for a cram session if I'm right.

SDSurferFan 10 years, 1 month ago

Please attach link when it's live, thank you very, I must be a diehard if I can't wait to see an 0-9 team versus KU...

arkvalley6 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing 115-70, I gotta think Bill will play the bench a lot. Depends how the starters play.

CrimsonPhoenix 10 years, 1 month ago

And Alcorn St strikes first! Upset alert!

kshaw04 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey Jesse, thanks for the link to the article on Alcorn ...some interesting insights into what other schools are faced with. Being a former teacher I loved that the coach weaves education into their trips.

120-60...Maybe we should start guessing how many KU players will score in double digits from starters all the way down the bench.

kshaw04 10 years, 1 month ago

by the way Jesse...did you say that this would be steaming on justintv :-)

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

68 could easily happen with all of the bench play tonight. Walk ons don't play much defense...

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

wow why is the TV not the same as the radio i try listeing to the radio but its so ahead of the game.. i dont wnt to listen to the armstrong and Gurley there awful!

arkvalley6 10 years, 1 month ago

Did you see X leapfrog that guy under the bucket? Highlights.

kshaw04 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey the game is also on ESPN360...the reception is a bit better. I'm thinking...

113 - 57

yates33333 10 years, 1 month ago

Are you sure it is on ESPN360 tonight?

John Myers 10 years, 1 month ago

Man, that article about Alcorn State was rough.. You sometimes forget how good we've got it at KU..

CRob2006 10 years, 1 month ago

Thanks so much! I didn't even see that!

kshaw04 10 years, 1 month ago


Yes I'm watching on ESPN360 now. Go to, select schedule and the KU game is 7 down on the list.

BucknellJayhawk3 10 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Newell, I think the key to the game for Alcorn State is to use up the clock for each posession just to stop the onslaught. They can't get scored against if they are on offense. haha

suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

Im going to change my prediction to 120-4 LOL

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

HCBS looks great in the glasses today??? Any one agree?

Jesse Newell 10 years, 1 month ago

Bucknell — Holding the ball a little longer on offense might not be a bad idea for Alcorn.

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Sutton: maybe 22? I guess I was off with 68...

Paul Meyer 10 years, 1 month ago

Why do we have home Red jerseys this year?

BucknellJayhawk3 10 years, 1 month ago

not a very impressive shooting night for KU- FG at 43% FG and 3P @ 27%. I think Self's gotta be happy defensively though. Still too many careless passes. Other than that they're going to eek this one out

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

We shoulda had 60 in first half with freethrows!! Im saying we win by over 60 tho

Bruce Brock 10 years, 1 month ago

This game is useless to us. The Jayhawks would have been far better off scrimmaging against each other. Where did the idea to schedule Alcorn State come from? The only reason I can think of is that we're splitting the gate with them to give their athletic budget a boost. Other than possible financial benefits to Alcorn State, I can think of no reason for this so-called contest.

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

Idk this would be some a good game for him to get alot of minutes left.. but jhawk252 your right its getting old watching us blow these teams out.. @ tennesee may be a rude awaking for us!

kshaw04 10 years, 1 month ago

the tv commentary on the game is killing us. Who cares about town names. Sure would be great to mute espn360 and listen to coverage on the radio. I miss Max!

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

Do any of us care that theres a Gurley Alabama??

kshaw04 10 years, 1 month ago

or a gurleyville! Now a town named Jayhawk or Rock Chalk, that might be interesting. Sure hope the shooting percentages go up, or we will all be off on our score predictions.

milehighhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

I like how D.A. had to correct his story on his "very first WOW"

"Uhhh...actually Danny Manning didn't play against Alcorn State that year and wasn't on the team until the following year."

NH_JHawk 10 years, 1 month ago

kuwells. I think that's right considering we threw up 20 3's in the 1st half alone. Guess that's a KU record for most 3s in a half. Unless Dave Armstrong is incorrect again....."braves with the last 10 points" as Aldrich scores.

NH_JHawk 10 years, 1 month ago

clarify that: most 3 pt attempts in a half. I think we were 7 for 20.

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Damn. More 3s than 2s. Thanks NH! Armstrong is typically wrong.

PLHawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Anyone know why CJ did not play tonight?

kansasbasketball 10 years, 1 month ago

we shoot so many 3's because they played zone !

lee3022 10 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the coverage Jesse. Appreciated.

lee3022 10 years, 1 month ago

Cole 16 boards 3 blocks Markief 6 boards 2 blocks Thomas 10 boards 3 blocks

Not healthy to drive the middle tonight

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Jesse: my tail end has been stuck in the Dallas airport tonight. I just wanted you to know someone really appreciated your efforts tonight. Thank you!

lee3022 10 years, 1 month ago

11 for 37 on 3's tonight - a lot of bricks on a night it didn't matter.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 1 month ago

Wells -

Is the S.A. airport closed at night or something?

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 1 month ago

D is looking good, some work needs to go into the 3s. looking forward to some good tests.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 1 month ago

I wondered about CJ, too. Maybe his knee was swelling up again, and they thought it would be a good chance to rest him since he wouldn't be needed tonight.

chapel4ku 10 years, 1 month ago

Anyone know what the record is for fewest points by an opponent? JW!

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 1 month ago

did anyone else see the kid with the braids throw money while sitting on the bench immediately after being fouled out? or am I just going crazy? camera was only focused on him for a moment.

kuproud96 10 years, 1 month ago


You are right, we need Max back, Gurley is horrific as an announcer.

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Mem: hey! No SA is open, I was flying standby. Stupid mistake on my part...

How the hell are you? Enjoy the memphis game???

Jesse Newell 10 years, 1 month ago

chapel4ku— From KU media relations/media guide:

Fewest points by an opponent: 5 vs. Kansas City YMCA Feb. 3, 1899 Kansas City 5 vs. K.C. Athletic Club March 27, 1899 Kansas City

The 31 points were the fewest allowed by a KU team since 1951, when Oklahoma State scored 27 on March 10, 1951.

Scott Smetana 10 years, 1 month ago

the KC YMCA team from 1899 later moved to Columbia.

Steve Brown 10 years, 1 month ago

really glad Tehan got post game radio props, in person it appeared as if Conner T was really hustling and working his tail off. He was a good model for the others, mr hustle tonight.

I vote we bring back a somewhat better non conf. schedule, we used to host Western . Kentucky Hilltoppers from Bowling Green, and Creighton, ORU or Tulsa how about SIU. I realize they all want home & home and we won't give it for good reason. Maybe some of them would play us 3 here for 1 there over a 5 - 6 yr. period. just a thought.

not sure how this level of comp. helps us or them

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 1 month ago

Wells -

I did not enjoy the Mem. game. It was a real weird night. I was ready to see the dejected Memphis fans leave the arena with their heads down. Instead, it was more of a bittersweet outcome for them since they were able to hang with KU after all of the hype surrounding our #1 ranking and their new coach, etc.

We ran into a Memphis TV sports reporter and his cameraman in a little town where we stopped for lunch, driving to St. Louis. They expressed their fear that the game would be an embarassment for the Tigers. Funny how things turn out.

BBQ-wise, however, I researched the local STL offerings and picked out a place that seemed to be revered there. Pappy's Smokehouse was a pleasant surprise and claims to be Memphis-style bbq. It's close! The owner learned that we were from Memphis and brought us some ribs to sample while we were standing in line to place our order. Nice touch. I would definetely go back there.

Nice W tonight. A real statement was made and we should be stoked for the UCLA game Sunday! I hope they don't roll Wooden in to watch the game. He's 99 now and probably wouldn't want to take a chance that this could be his last game (against KU this year!)

Tony Bandle 10 years, 1 month ago

Very nice summary of the "one point short of the NCAA record" consectutive point streak by ESPN Late Night. Showed the progress of the streak with the announcer ending......."It's OK, Alcorn State. Kansas happens to be the best team in America!!

I think I can die now...ESPN paid Kansas a complement!!!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure, or hope, many of you have mentioned this by now, but this team has a ton of work to do on free throws if they want to win the title. TRob needs to start watching Nick Collison's performance in the 03 title game every practice while he shoots about 1000 free throws. I look at him and see Wayne Simien, except that Simien was a lifetime 80some% FT shooter and TRob is somewhere around 20% right now. He is not going to keep his minutes if he doesn't get it together.

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

Acorn State: FG: 23.1% 3PT: 11.1% FT: 40%

Very tough night for Acorn State, especially from the free throw line.

For my two cents, Acorn needs to install a spread and ball screen offense and call it Princeton on Acorns.

miamijayhawknotmario 10 years, 1 month ago

Did anyone else notice Cole's "crown" in this picture? I think it goes well with his tooth gap...

Steve Brown 10 years, 1 month ago

Oakville now that Tiger is selling his 40% stake in ESPN to pay expected legal fees, they finally have to reach out to midwest and central region for fan support. New memo to ESPN say something nice about players and teams we used to not care about.

Scott Van Pelt coming fishing in potter lake tomorrow.

Ms. Tiger Woods new spokeswoman for Calloway irons, the tag line is: beats Tiger everytime.

73-69 Badgers whip Dook and anyone know did Mizzou beat Vandy?

JayB you're funny, they had a rough night from leaving the bus, seeing the banners and watching the video. I don't think tonight they could have won an intra-squad game.

suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

Mizzou lost to Vandy by 6!

What Im really starting to be impressed by is the cohesion between Sherron and Xavier...Tonight I noticed that Sherron repeatedly was looking for Xavier on the court. The dribble drive and kickout was working tonight and I like the relationship that is building there.

One thing that concerns me is the amount of 3s we took. Now some of that has to do with playing against the zone but its still inexcusable. And like I have been saying all along, Tyrel Reed is a liability on the court, especially when hes not hitting shots because he lacks on defense what Brady has on defense. I think Brady is more consistent from 3 point land and he plays better defense and I think Reed is going to play himself out of minutes.

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

Ten Obvious Tilda Signs Alcorn State Was Outmatched:

~Before the game, Alcorn locker room began to flood with blood just like in The Shining.

~A Marine color guard showed up and played Taps during warm-ups.

~Starters left puddles on the floor when introduced.

~As the game began, Alcorn players found themselves unable to see over the tops of KU players' sneakers.

~CIA showed up to see if the game were a possible new technique for depatterning prisoners.

~Vegas odds makers would only give odds on this game, if it were played in a parallel universe "where everything is reversed, Vinnie, ya know, like the Don is a Screw and the Screw is a Don."

~Alcorn coach recited "Half a league, half a league, half a league onward" in the huddle before the team took the floor; then passed out copies of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" to the guys on the bench.

~Dick Vitale stopped the bug-eyed, head-bobbing schtick and said, "Alcorn's goin' for a a zinc acid bath, baby, just like Jim Hoffa did."

~Digger Phelps said, "Alcorn couldn't break 40 points on Kansas, even if Alcorn hacked the computerized scoreboard with an NSA virus."

~Jay Bilas said, "Alcorn cannot win even if Kansas forfeits."

~Alcorn players were measured for caskets by an undertaker from D.W. Newcomers and Sons at half-time.

~Amnesty International picketed outside Allen Field House carrying signs reading: "Vivisection of Cupcakes Is Torture."

~Certain recently exposed Rabbi's from NYC showed up in Lawrence hoping to pick up some organs on the cheap to black market in Russia.

~International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared Alcorn bench ground zero for a nuclear test.

~After the game, Alcorn team offered jobs as Volvo crash test dummies.

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