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Monday, March 23, 2009

Triple-double sweet!

Aldrich shines as KU advances to Sweet 16

Kansas center Cole Aldrich hooks a shot underneath the bucket past Dayton defenders Chris Wright, left, and Charles Little during the second half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich hooks a shot underneath the bucket past Dayton defenders Chris Wright, left, and Charles Little during the second half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

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Aldrich shines against Dayton; KU advances to Sweet 16

Cole Aldrich had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots during today's game against Dayton. It's the first triple-double in Kansas history.

— Saving the most dominant basketball weekend of his college career for his hometown fans, Cole Aldrich led Kansas University into the Sweet 16 by registering the first official triple-double in school history Sunday in the Metrodome.

A 6-foot-11 sophomore center from Bloomington, Minn., Aldrich totaled 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead the Jayhawks to a 60-43 victory against Dayton in an NCAA Tournament second-round game.

Sherron Collins also had a standout game for KU, scoring 25 points and playing 35 minutes without a single turnover.

“I wouldn’t have had it anywhere else than being at home,” Aldrich said of his historic game. “I think that’s kind of one thing that got me amped up more, was just seeing familiar faces in the crowd. And I know these guys really wanted to come out of Minneapolis with big smiles on their faces. Not only for me, but for the whole team because that means that we’re going to the Sweet 16.”

Kansas coach Bill Self said his players were surprised to hear that Aldrich’s triple-double was the first in Kansas history, but were less surprised when informed that blocked shots were not an official statistic when Wilt Chamberlain played at Kansas.

Blocked shots have been recorded for Aldrich’s entire life and he has kept statisticians busy. “I’ve been blocking shots since I was a little kid,” said Aldrich, who had eight dunks in a first-round victory against North Dakota State. “I was 6 foot in fifth grade, so I had a little height advantage.”

Kansas resumes its national title defense Friday in Indianapolis against Michigan State, a 74-69 winner against USC. This is the third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance for Kansas and the 26th in school history.

Comments

Kevin John 10 years, 10 months ago

CONGRATS COLE. GOOD GAME EVERYONE. RCJH!!

Scott MacWilliams 10 years, 10 months ago

Way to go Jayhawks! Hey Cole, no more holding back, OK? With your increasing confidence and the rest of the team growing into their roles, who knows how far you guys can go!! What would it be like to have TWO national championship rings??

ROCK CHALK, JAYHAWKS!!

Just Howling out here on the Left Coast...

Joshua Hann 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey everyone. I live in Indy so if anyone is planning on coming out here for the games, let me know. Maybe we can hook-up and I can let anyone know where the hot-spots are. It's going to be nice to have so many Jayhawk fans descending upon my hometown. Not a lot of us out here. Just let me know! Royaljayhwk@msn.com

cklarock 10 years, 10 months ago

@Royaljayhawk: Your posts are probably getting deleted if they are worded identically on multiple articles -- that would be an anti-spam function.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Cole Aldrich is a stud.

He is the first at KU to get a triple double since the stat was first kept.

Think of who has played here during this period of the stat being kept.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, Cole!!!

utahjayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I know this article is about Cole, but where are all the Sherron-haters today?! To be fair, they should come out and congratulate Sherron on his outstanding performance this weekend. Without him, there's no doubt we would have been bounced on day one. To retain any credibility and balance in your comments, these folks need to step up and deliver props to SC.

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