Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gary Bedore’s KU notebook

Kansas center Cole Aldrich looks to pass around Texas A&M forward David Loubeau during the first half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich looks to pass around Texas A&M forward David Loubeau during the first half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.


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2010 KU-Texas A&M

Reader poll

Will KU go a perfect 16-0 in conference play?

  • Yes 51% 1564 votes
  • No 40% 1228 votes
  • Undecided 8% 258 votes

3050 total votes.

Kansas holds off Aggies

The Jayhawks overcame Texas A&M in the final minutes Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

Top blocker

Kansas University junior Cole Aldrich, who swatted five A&M; shots, passed Greg Ostertag as KU’s single-season block leader.

Aldrich has 98 blocks. Ostertag had 97 in 1993-94.

Aldrich also holds the third-best mark. He had 94 as a sophomore.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” Aldrich said of setting the record. “Ever since I was 6-foot tall in fifth grade, I’ve had a knack of blocking shots. I try to help the perimeter guys if they get beat off the bounce and knock it off the glass.”

Of the record, KU coach Bill Self said: “It does tell me he’s had a heck of a year blocking shots and altering shots. It’s great for him that his name will go in the record books.”


Self said the team won’t spend any time talking about possibly going undefeated in league play.

“No, no. Now if we get to 14 or something ... I guess you could say it,” he said. “We won’t even bring that up.”

Selby down to four

Josh Selby, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard from Lake Clifton High in Baltimore who made his official recruiting visit to KU last weekend, has narrowed his list of schools to four, his mom, Maeshon, told

Selby has a final four of KU, Arizona, Connecticut and Kentucky. Selby will visit UConn on Feb. 28 and UK on March 7.

“I think the visit met his expectations,” Maeshon told Rivals. “I got to spend more time with coach Self and the coaching staff, which was real good. We got the questions answered that we wanted to get answered and we got the feel of the game day atmosphere. It was just a great visit and everybody made us feel comfortable.”

He’s OK

KU’s Sherron Collins said he’s not nursing any injuries. He appeared to hurt his shoulder when getting knocked to the floor early Monday. “Nah, I’m fine,” he said. “It was a hard fall, but I got back up.”

Stats, facts

Collins made his 500th career assist. He joined Darnell Valentine (1,821 points, 609 assists) and Kirk Hinrich (1,753 points, 668 assists) as the only three Jayhawks in history to collect at least 1,700 points and 500 assists. Collins’ totals are 1,722 points and 500 assists. ... Collins, who has a career record of 122-16, on Saturday can tie Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas and C.B. McGrath (1995-98) as the winningest player in KU history with 123 victories. ... Brady Morningstar had zero turnovers. He has not committed more than one turnover in a game for the last six games. In that time, his assist/turnover ratio is 21/4, and he has 11 steals. ... Texas A&M; outrebounded Kansas by eight (41-33), which was KU’s biggest rebounding deficit of the season. ... Kansas stopped a 16-game winning streak for Texas A&M; in Reed Arena. ... The attendance of 13,657 was a Reed Arena record.

Campers galore

Hundreds of Texas A&M; students set up tents and camped out Sunday night to assure themselves the best seats at Monday’s game.

“They’ve done it in the past. There were a few more than we normally have,” A&M; coach Mark Turgeon said. “We’ve been working hard to get students involved in our games and become more a part of it.

“The ones who camped out last night ... it’s become a badge of courage for them. It was cold in Texas last night,” Turgeon added in lauding the fans.


JayhawkRock 9 years, 1 month ago

Regarding Selby...I believe I saw it on zagsblog that he will either attend KU or Arizona...Now, I think Knight is going to UK and Lamb is going to Zona...So maybe that means we will get Selby.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 1 month ago

Jayhawk Rock: Selby is who I've wanted for a long time in a Kansas uniform. He is a "True Point" which is what Kansas needs to replace "Sherronatron".

By the way, I saw that zagsblog article as well, but the funny part is the comments at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 1 month ago

If anything, Cole will be drafted (maybe not this year) on his blocking ability. Just like Ostertag, the NBA loves height and length and if one has it, one can have a decent career on the upper level. Congrats on the record, Cole!! You Rock!!

Robert Brock 9 years, 1 month ago

I predict that Knight will choose Florida. Austin Rivers and Brandan Knight - the return of Billy Donovan. Selby to Kansas. Lamb to ???

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 1 month ago

we got outrebounded 41-33...but the last five or six minutes, we really controlled the boards....i think at one point the graphic put up showed us down 36-21.

it just shows you have to make shots when you have to...and you have to get rebounds and the 50-50 balls when you have to...and you can win close games.

Jaminrawk 9 years, 1 month ago

I think if Selby chooses KU, Lamb will follow. I would be shocked if either chooses 'Zona with the way they've struggles not to mention the fact that they are in hot water with the NCAA for their AAU Tournament practices.

kansasbasketball 9 years, 1 month ago

Do we have 2 scholarships to give them? because wooldrige takes collins so that means aldirch or henry is going to go.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 1 month ago

KU only has 1 scholarship to give at the moment and that currently belongs to Woolridge since Collins is leaving.

Collins leaves-Woolridge takes that schollie

Unfortunately, these things have a way of working themselves out Self will find a way to get another schollie if X and Aldrich should decide to stay. I think X and Aldrich staying is a good problem to have.

If both of those guys decide to stay (Very unlikely) than Self is going to have to scramble to free up a schollie. I know the stupid talk about Morningstar giving up his scholarship (Because of what his Dad said years ago) might come up should Aldrich and X both stay, but this year of all years actually might make most the sense.

Morningstar is in graduate school now so it's not a stretch to get financial aid or grants in other areas. He's had 4 years of school basically paid for so he's sitting pretty nicely. I don't think Morningstar should give up his schollie, but something will happen if X and Aldrich both come back. If Aldrich leaves, than everything works out perfectly.

hawk316 9 years, 1 month ago

Check out those recents stats on Morningstar.

"Brady Morningstar had zero turnovers. He has not committed more than one turnover in a game for the last six games. In that time, his assist/turnover ratio is 21/4, and he has 11 steals."

For those few remaining Brady Morningstar bashers, perhaps you should meditate for a while on these impressive stats. Although it may still puzzle some, there is a reason why Brady is in the lineup.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 1 month ago in God's name can anyone think he is going anywhere but UK?? He will be the third MVP, dribble drive guard under Calipari after Rose and Wall.

Arizona is definitely out because of the NCAA investigation heating up and UCONN is shakey because of the uncertainty of Calhoun's health.

Josh will see that being surrounded by veterans [Brady, Tyrell, the Twins, Little, Releford, Withey, Tyshawn, etc] will take less pressure off him and give him a better opportunity to succeed, versus being part of a five man OAD lineup.

I would be pleasantly shocked if Lamb came onboard as well, but whatever happens, that extra schollie is out there because Brady is totally thankful to still be a Jayhawk and will do anything HCBS asks to help the 2010-2011 squad.

newyorkjayhawk 9 years, 1 month ago

I'm a huge Morningstar advocate, but he's 1 for his last 5 for free throws... does anybody have any clue what's going on with him? he's better at moving the ball than anybody else, but he's also 0 for his last 5 3pt attempts... anybody think he's putting too much pressure on himself to keep his spot since Self is starting to applaud Taylor's play, again? as a morningstar fan, i'd be much happier to keep brady as a starter, regardless, but maybe brady doesn't feel so secure, and he's starting to think too much.

Otherwise, the biggest thing i loved about last night's game is that Kansas showed their depth. Sherron had an off night, McMorris was in foul trouble, Xavier was a non factor from 3, and Brady went scoreless. Meanwhile, Tyrel hit a 3, Taylor led a key fast break, and MkMorris bruised inside. With a bruiser (MkMorris), a shooter (Reed), and a sprinter (Taylor) coming off the bench to compliment the best center and best point guard in the nation, an evolving small forward (one of the top freshmen in the nation), a virtually mistake-free off-guard (Brady), and a rapidly improving and viciously versatile 4-man (McMorris)... well that sounds like a #1 team to me.

hawk316 9 years, 1 month ago

newyorkjayhawk, I agree with you about our depth. It is certainly one of the key elements that sets this team apart. As we know, every team will experience off nights by their front line players. To have this much quality talent come off the KU bench when Sherron, Cole or others are not playing well, shooting well, or are in foul trouble is a huge advantage.

Re: Brady. I suspect that he's just going through a little bit of a "funk" right now with his shot. He's already established that he's a good shooter, and all good shooters will have these kinds of dry spells. Hopefully, it won't last very long.

Jayhawker63 9 years, 1 month ago

At the tv timeout under 4 minutes to go holly rowe said something about self getting on to them about not getting those 50-50 balls and not coming down with more rebounds. I watched for that the rest of the game and i saw the hawks hustle and dive on the floor every time they had a chance for the loose ball. We really out rebounded them those last 4 minutes. I really like how Self can light a fire under this team.

chaggs 9 years, 1 month ago

It's sad when the moment I see who's broadcasting the game, my energy level drops like a rock. Please...sign the petition:

stravinsky 9 years, 1 month ago

I think it would be pretty safe to assume Aldrich is leaving. He thought about it last year. I really don't think he's going to have anything left to prove after this season. Plus he's considered a pretty solid bet to be a lottery pick.

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