Wednesday, December 23, 2009

California comes close

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson pressures California forward Markhuri Sanders-Frison during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson pressures California forward Markhuri Sanders-Frison during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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2009 KU-California

Reader poll

Who was KU's MVP against Cal?

  • Xavier Henry 1% 27 votes
  • Sherron Collins 35% 799 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor 27% 615 votes
  • Marcus Morris 9% 206 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 23% 532 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 1% 41 votes
  • Other 0% 10 votes

2230 total votes.


KU vs. California

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KU takes on California

Reader poll

What will KU's toughest home game be this season?

  • Tonight vs. California 9% 8 votes
  • March 3 vs. Kansas State 64% 53 votes
  • Jan. 25 vs. Missouri 8% 7 votes
  • Jan. 16 vs. Texas Tech 12% 10 votes
  • Other 4% 4 votes

82 total votes.

For a short while Tuesday night, it looked like California might be the team to snap the Kansas University men’s basketball team’s streak of 48 consecutive home victories.

In the end, though, Cal learned the hard way that when taking on the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse — even on a night in which a large majority of the student body is AWOL for the holidays —the margin for error is nearly non-existent.

“They get two, three, four baskets during one stretch there,” said Cal coach Mike Montgomery, whose team fell, 84-69. “And there wasn’t a whole lot we could do.”

For Cal, Tuesday’s loss proved an especially disappointing outcome given the fact that, despite the lopsided outcome, the Bears outplayed the Jayhawks about two-thirds of the game.

Cal led by as many as six early on, and with 7:29 remaining in the second half, trailed by just five in what was still very much anyone’s game.

Forward Jamal Boykin provided a boost inside, finishing with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Guard Patrick Christopher led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting, and Cal played with an impressive first-half intensity, taking an early lead and holding on to it for the majority of the game’s first 20 minutes.

In the end, though, California — like so many of the teams that have came through Allen Fieldhouse during what is now a 49-game home winning streak — was just a tease.

Even though they were bolstered by a stellar first half, when it seemed all of their off-balance, fall-away jumpers from just inside the three-point arc were dropping and KU struggled to get into a rhythm offensively, the Bears could never grab hold of the momentum, could never piece together a significant run when they really needed it.

As a result, when Kansas went on an 11-2 run late in the second half — a rather modest run by KU standards — it was more than enough to sink the Bears.

“Every time they made a run, we said, ‘We’re only down seven, we’re only down eight,’” said Boykin. “There was still enough time and we have so many shooters, if we could have hit some threes and if guys were executing and playing good defense, we could have gotten back in the game.

“(But) they did a really good job of maintaining their intensity after they made their run.”

For the first time all season, the Bears were held under 70 points, leaving Lawrence with a 6-4 record heading into a five-day holiday break.

“We didn’t hold it down on the defensive end,” said Christopher. “They kind of did everything they wanted to. When you’re trading baskets like that, when you make a mistake, they’re going to capitalize on it.”


ralphus 10 years, 5 months ago

1000 words of rambling, self-indulgent prose, 3 friggin' quotes.

Please Dolph, Keegan, anybody ... make it stop.

Dakota Loomis 10 years, 5 months ago

"For Cal, Tuesday’s loss proved an especially disappointing outcome given the fact that, despite the lopsided outcome, the Bears outplayed the Jayhawks about two-thirds of the game." - Dugan Arnett

This is just factually inaccurate. You can argue that Cal played well for most of the game, I certainly thought they were a good team. But you can't argue that they outplayed KU for a majority of the game, let alone 2/3s of the game. It would be hard to out play a team 2/3s of the game and be down at the half and go on to lose by 15. It would be more accurate to argue that Cal hung with Kansas until Kansas pulled away over the last 15 minutes of the game.

KUFan90 10 years, 5 months ago

dakotaloomis - all you are doing is taking Doogie's bait. I guarantee he stuck that comment in there and made a side bet with his Mizzou buddies that someone would comment on it. I can see the satisfied smirk on his face, nodding his head as he read your comment.

You hear that Doogie? We will not be your marionettes! We are free men! : )

Mike Kendall 10 years, 5 months ago

Ok, somebody help me out. Our home winning streak stands at 49. What is the overall record for consecutive home wins at AFH? Are we even close to it? Just curious what the number might be.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 5 months ago

"You hear that Doogie? We will not be your marionettes! We are free men! : )"

Probably my favorite comment of 2009. Just in under the wire. Congrats.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 5 months ago

The number 54 wins in a row seems to ring a bell. Am I close???

tdub 10 years, 5 months ago

I want to say the streak was somewhere in the 80's, from back in the early 1990's.

ObiWan 10 years, 5 months ago

The record was set more in the mid-to-late 90s, though I don't know exactly how many games. Raef Lafrentz and the class of 1998 never lost at home, so it began sometime before the '94-'95 season and ended sometime after the '97-'98 season.

Bill Woodard 10 years, 5 months ago

That's correct--the school home winning streak record is 62 consecutive games in Allen, from February 1994 to December 1998. Previous to that, KU had a 55-game streak under Larry Brown that was snapped during the 1988 championship season--Kansas actually lost three at home that year, to K-State, Duke, and Oklahoma, then avenged each loss in succession during the NCAA Tournament in the Elite Eight, Final Four, and National Championship games.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Not to get too sidetracked, but I loved this quote from Dexter Pittman to Ed Davis yesterday:

"It got so ugly that Pittman said North Carolina’s long and talented sophomore, big man Ed Davis, asked him at one point late in the game if he could take it easy on them in the paint.

"He asked me why we’re so strong?” Pittman said. "I told him it’s Texas. This is Big 12, bro.”

Classic. I hope Harrison Barnes read that.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 5 months ago

Bill Woodard,

Thanks for the info on the streak. Not putting the carriage in front of the horse and looking ahead, even if we win the rest of our home games this season, the streak would stand at 59, three away from tying it. If the streak stays alive for next season, it would still be an incredible feat. Hopefully, something to forward to!

Eurekahwk 10 years, 5 months ago

Jaminrawk, where did you see that at? Sounds pretty awesome. I missed it.

waywardJay 10 years, 5 months ago

if we can get it done this year.... we should be able to break 62.....

starters for next year tentaively

Taylor Morningstar Marc. Morris Mark. morris WIthey

*- Morningstar's starter spot will be dependant on who we bring in via the performace of elijah and royce.... it could go to ANYONE, but i give the edge to Brady as a senior.

**- Highly dependant on Marcus getting drafted as a " project" player.... based on past performance of Players in their sophomore year developing ( darrell Arthur mostly )... i would expect him back for his junior year before he jumps pro

*** Markieff should definetely be back next year, all though im not sure how much longer HE will be a hawk if his development ocntinues..... If not 'Kieff then it's thomas RObinson, and If we see the improvement from TROB that we have seen through the Morris this year.... TRob will be in AA next year.

**** Could also see 'Kieef here if TROB breaks out ( like i suspect he will ) and go with two forward 3 guard.....

Either way your benchies consist of Reed, EJ, Cj, Mario, Royce ,Releford, Withey/TROB/ Kieff, and 2 Future NBA draft picks to be named later.... Brandon Knight and terrence Jones ???? )

Mike Kendall 10 years, 5 months ago


You got it all figured out--thanks!

Happy Holidays!

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