Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas guard Sherron Collins hikes up his shorts and stares down an Alcorn State opponent during the second half, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins hikes up his shorts and stares down an Alcorn State opponent during the second half, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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2009 KU-Alcorn State

KU basketball dominates winless Alcorn State

Kansas basketball used a 36-0 first-half run to put away Alcorn State. KU moved to 6-0 on the season, Alcorn State 0-10.

Reader poll

Which better describes your emotions after the Jayhawks' victory over Alcorn State?

  • I love watching any KU win, no matter the opponent 29% 927 votes
  • I'm ready to see KU play some better competition 70% 2167 votes

3094 total votes.

Sore knee

Kansas University freshman guard C.J. Henry participated in warmups but did not play because of a sore right knee, the same knee that has given him problems off and on since the start of the season. Coach Bill Self said Henry is listed as day-to-day.

Johnson with nine dimes

Freshman guard Elijah Johnson had nine assists — same as the entire Alcorn State team.

“Elijah is so unselfish and a great playmaker,” KU junior Conner Teahan said after collecting six points, seven rebounds and one of KU’s 28 assists. “He’s so athletic. He’s probably the best athlete on our team.”

And one of the most unselfish players on the team.

“I enjoy setting up people to have success,” said Johnson, a 6-foot-2 combo guard. “It’s the point guard’s job to pass the ball and have everybody comfortable out there.”

Johnson put up four shots total, three the second half, failing to score on a night he had four rebounds and a steal to go with his nine assists in 21 minutes.

“I had nine assists and no points. Coach wanted me to be aggressive, to shoot. I didn’t want to make him mad,” said Johnson, who was 0-for-2 from three.

Just one stoppage

Self called just one timeout the entire game — with seven minutes to play.

Had he ever coached a game where he called zero timeouts?

“Sure,” Self said. “I probably haven’t gone very many games. The only reason I called a timeout was to sub, but it was the first full one of the second half. There was not much being said in timeouts over there.”

36-0 run

Self said “probably not” when asked if any of his previous teams had ever taken part in a 36-0 run.

Obviously, his memory was quite good, considering the Jayhawks’ 36-0 run, which came after Alcorn State scored the game’s first four points, was largest run in school history and second biggest run in NCAA history. Utah State scored 37 straight in a game against Idaho in 2006.

“That team struggled tonight,” Self said of the Braves. “We did play decent in spurts.”

Stats, facts

KU is 6-0 for the third time under seventh-year coach Self. ... KU has won 46 straight home games. ... KU is 4-0 against Alcorn State all-time, and 15-0 against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. ... KU is now 100-6 in Allen Fieldhouse under Self. ... Self is 175-40 at KU, 382-145 overall and 3-0 versus Alcorn State. ... Alcorn State’s 31 points were the fewest allowed by a KU team since 1951, when Oklahoma State scored 27 (March 10, 1951, in Stillwater). It also marked the fewest points by an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse. It was the fewest points allowed to an opponent in Lawrence since Idaho’s 28 on Dec. 11, 1946, at Hoch Auditorium. ... Alcorn State’s 12 first-half points were the fewest by a KU opponent since Northern Arizona’s 10 in the first half in 2007. ... The 41-point halftime lead was KU’s biggest since a 41-point margin over Emporia State on Dec. 14, 2002. ... KU’s 21 steals, which tied for second most in a game in school history, were most since 21 against Pittsburg State on Nov. 28, 2001. ... KU’s 34 three-point attempts were the most since putting up 34 against Temple on Dec. 22, 1995. ... The Jayhawks’ 61 rebounds are the most since grabbing 63 boards against Oregon on March 25, 2002. ... Alcorn State’s 30 turnovers were the most by a KU opponent since Colorado’s 30 on Jan. 27, 2007. ... The Braves’ 12 field goals were the fewest by a foe since UNLV’s 12 on March 22, 2008. ... Sherron Collins’ five three-point field goals and 12 three-point attempts both matched career highs. Collins’ three steals also tied a season high. … Tyshawn Taylor’s five steals were a career high. ... Cole Aldrich’s 16 rebounds were a season high. He also added three blocked shots, increasing his streak to six straight games with at least three blocks.


karkinrich 10 years, 1 month ago

Very impressive performance against a very unimpressive squad. To think we were one basket away from the largest run in NCAA history... Even when your team wins by 67 there's still some missed opportunities to make it more memorable. Now on to a schalacking of UCLA! Rock Chalk

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 1 month ago

If Alcorn wants competition, they need to focus more on their football program that has been the school's pride and joy, not scheduling KU in basketball unless they see a need for a big payday on the road. 0-10 now! They couldn't get out of Lawrence fast enough, I bet. Why would their bench be so unsportsmanlike in a contest like this?

Steve Brown 10 years, 1 month ago

Tehan nice effort tonight. thanks for the extra hustle.

indyhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Bill Self's coaching stats since being here at Kansas are ridiculous! I was sad to see Roy go but WOW did we get a great coach. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

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