Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook


Collins carries streak

KU guard Sherron Collins has made 27 consecutive free throws entering today’s game. Only two Jayhawks have had longer streaks — Calvin Thompson (33 in 1984-84) and Wayne Simien (34 in 2004-05).

“They (teammates) talk about it. I try to avoid it. I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t even know what it is,” Collins said. “If I get it I get it. If I don’t I don’t.”

Freshman Markieff Morris has marveled at the streak:

“I think he’s going to make every single free throw. I don’t think he’s going to stop unless he hits 100 or something.”

Streak tops in nation

KU has won 35 straight home games — the longest current home streak in the country. Utah State has won 29 in a row and Davidson 26.

“It’s a nice thing to have. It’s not going to be a burden on us. We will not think about it from that standpoint,” guard Tyrel Reed said of the third-longest streak in KU history. KU won 55 in a row from March 1984 to January ’88 and 62 straight from February of ’93 to December’ of ’98.

“We want to defend that. We feel when we play in the fieldhouse we have that edge, the fans,” Reed said.

Thorne II heating up

CU guard Dwight Thorne II scored a career-high 30 points with five threes in a 77-75 overtime loss to Kansas State on Jan. 24 in Boulder.

Thorne scored 10 in the Buffs’ 73-56 loss to KU on Jan. 17 in Boulder.

Last time...

KU beat the Buffs, 73-56, on Jan. 17 in Boulder. Collins scored 15 of his 18 points the first half. Cole Aldrich had 15 points and 10 boards. CU’s Cory Higgins scored 20 points. He was 12-for-12 from the line.

“He shot 10 the first half. It was out of us not being able to guard the ball,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We have to do a much better job of not putting hands on people when they drive it.”

The series

Overall, KU is 116-39 versus CU and 49-5 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won 12 straight and 39 of 40 versus CU dating to 1991. KU has won 25 straight versus CU in Allen dating to 1983. ... Perry Ellis, a 6-8 freshman forward from Wichita Heights High, will attend today’s game. He’ll visit Oklahoma for a game next weekend.


andy63 12 years, 8 months ago

Actually, Thorne could have used one more three, because KSU beat CU 77-75 in overtime.

actorman 12 years, 8 months ago

"KU has won 25 straight versus CU in Allen dating to 1983."Does anyone else remember that game? It was the only game I had to miss in my five years at KU, as I had a physics test that night. (God knows why they scheduled it the night of a game -- really p'd me off.) I raced down to Allen after the test and got there with two minutes left in the game. I was right behind the basket when Calvin Thompson hit a shot at the buzzer to win it. Unfortunately, it wasn't actually at the buzzer, but infinitessimally after it -- it couldn't have been much more than one-hundredth of a second. The ref waved off the shot and KU lost by one. The crowd booed vociferously, and the next day people were saying what a horrible call it was. But when he shot it, I thought it wasn't going to count, and after I saw the replay I still thought it was the right call--although it was about as close as it could possibly be.Does anyone else have recollections from that game?

ObiWan 12 years, 8 months ago

For some reason I remember Rex Walters hitting like 50 straight free throws in '92 or '93. Of course, I was only 10 or 11 at the time, but I still followed the 'Hawks pretty closely. Does anyone know what Rex's streak was?

Rick Arnoldy 12 years, 8 months ago

I could have sworn Calvin hit 35. I remember when he finally missed on the front end of two. The crowd groaned then started to applaud in congratulations for such a long streak. He backed away from the line and started laughing. I bet it was a weight off his shoulders.

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