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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Collins ties record

Senior gets 123rd career victory

Kansas teammates Tyshawn Taylor (10) and Sherron Collins (4) high-five center Markieff Morris after he got a bucket and a foul from Colorado during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas teammates Tyshawn Taylor (10) and Sherron Collins (4) high-five center Markieff Morris after he got a bucket and a foul from Colorado during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas defeats Buffaloes, 94-74

The Jayhawks took down Colorado Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU vs. Colorado postgame

Coach Bill Self addresses the media following KU's victory against Colorado on February 20, 2010.

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2010 KU-Colorado

Reader poll

Whose offensive game were you more pleased with following the Jayhawks' 94-74 victory over Colorado?

  • Cole Aldrich (17 points, 6-for-8 shooting, four offensive rebounds, no turnovers) 28% 587 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor (17 points, 6-for-7 shooting, six assists, three turnovers) 69% 1432 votes
  • Undecided 2% 50 votes

2069 total votes.

Tyshawn Taylor, who had a stellar game himself, refused to enter the interview room before Kansas University senior leader Sherron Collins late Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

“This is Sherron’s show,” Taylor said of Collins, who Saturday scored 13 points and dished seven assists in a 94-74 victory over Colorado — the 123rd victory in Collins’ four-year career.

The Chicago senior (as well as teammate Brady Morningstar, who red-shirted in 2007-08) tied C.B. McGrath, Raef LaFrentz and Billy Thomas (1995-98) as winningest players in a four-year span in Jayhawk history.

“It’s a big deal,” said Collins, who at 123-17 has the exact record as the 1998 graduates. “I just try not to think too much about it with the season going so well.

“There’s a lot of names. A lot of greats have played here. It’s special. It’s been great playing here, the best.”

KU coach Bill Self, who was a bit miffed at the Jayhawks’ play at the end of the game, appeared mad at himself for not acknowledging the feat in his postgame talk to the team.

“I talk about it all the time, but forgot to mention it in the locker room after the game,” Self said, adding, “I think it’s really cool. He’s a long ways from this, and we’d have to get unbelievably hot down the stretch, but if I’m not mistaken, we are 10 wins away from him (being the winningest collegiate player of all time, tying Duke’s Class of 2001 that won 133 games). It’s a remarkable deal.”

“He probably won’t say anything until tomorrow in practice,” Collins said. “He was a little upset at how we finished the game. He’ll let me know. I think he’s real proud of me.”

Title can come Monday

KU (26-1 overall, 12-0 Big 12 Conference) can wrap up at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title by beating Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Monday in Allen Fieldhouse. Second-place Kansas State stands 9-3 with four games to play.

“We talked about it for the first time in the locker room. Worst-case scenario, we’ve got a chance to clinch a tie Monday. That’s a big deal,” Self said. “It’s a big deal if you are the best team in a league that is as good as any league in the country — the RPI-rated No. 1 league. We haven’t won it yet by any means. ... I’d be pretty proud of our guys ... we’d have sold out for that before the season started, probably at Game 16 let alone Game 13.”

KU is closing in on its sixth straight league title, which would tie for the most consecutive crowns in school history (1922-27). It’d be the most consecutive crowns by a BCS Conference team since UCLA won 13 from 1967-79. Kentucky won six straight SEC Eastern Division crowns from 2000 to ’05. Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference has won nine straight WCC titles and is on the verge of No. 10.

Focused Henrys

Carl Henry, father of KU’s Xavier and C.J., said his sons aren’t thinking about the future right now. Xavier is expected to be a one-and-done (to NBA), while C.J. has been injured most of his freshman year.

“We’re just trying to win a national championship,” Carl Henry said.

Stats, facts

Perry Ellis, a 6-8 sophomore standout from Wichita Heights High, attended and sat behind KU’s bench. ... Cole Aldrich (10 rebounds) moved into 12th place on KU’s all-time rebound list (779). ... Aldrich (five blocks) became the first Jayhawk to block more than 100 shots in a season. He has 103. ... KU’s 94 points were most in the last 18 games ... KU's plus-15 rebounding margin (40-25) was its third-biggest this season (30 vs. Alcorn State and 28 vs. Missouri).

Comments

KUPROUD 4 years, 9 months ago

Good to know Perry Ellis is still interested. He's a Kansas kid that we need to keep at home.

JJHAWK 4 years, 9 months ago

Gary,

Could you get the LJW to post (daily) current KU victory totals and current UNC victory totals. As a fan my interest is really peaked in trying to beat UNC to 2000 victories - especially on Roy's watch.

And no, I'm not a Roy hater - a fan in fact. But when we got Bill, for as good as Roy was, we upgraded.

slowplay 4 years, 9 months ago

Why do they keep mentioning Morningstar as one of the winningest players? He was not on the game day roster when he was redshirted. It takes away the luster from Collins accomplishment.

jayhawkinATL 4 years, 9 months ago

We just need to get 4 more before UNC gets 2.

jayhawkinATL 4 years, 9 months ago

...and looking at the schedules, it's VERY doable. The only game I see UNC winning is Miami at home.

jayhawkinATL 4 years, 9 months ago

Thx, ralster. I agree...the speech from Collins on March 3rd will be hard to watch/listen to.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 9 months ago

ralster & jayhawkinati--- Totally agree with you both. I am looking forward to the K-State game in Lawrence but not looking forward to Sherron's speech. My eyes will be a little wet with tears when it happens. Heck, I am already tearing up---geeeze!!!!!!!!

Brett Arnberger 4 years, 9 months ago

Somebody going to the game needs to record his speech and post it on youtube or at least on this website. Us that can't make it to the game but have enjoyed watching Collins be a true and outstanding Jayhawk would love to see his speech. For a gift I got the 2008 Road toa NC video and the bits and pieces of senior speeches on there are awesome. DJ's really gets to you. Have a feeling there won't be very many dry eyes during collins speech.

thmdmph 4 years, 9 months ago

4 regular season games + potential 3 Big 12 tournament games + potential 6 NCAA tournament games = 13 potential wins. That equals Collins potentially becoming the winningest collegiate basketball player ever and ever and ever. Eikarumba. And he HAS played key rolls since arriving to the Phog.

With Coach Self and KU's tradition and the fact that KU will always be contending for NCAA championships, what recruits wouldn't want to come. Perry Ellis should do what he knows is right and sign with KU right now, even if it's not signing period.

BrockIII 4 years, 9 months ago

Apparently, Perry has already visited UNC a couple of times, though he does sit behind KU's bench quite often. Have anyone seen him play? I've seen some footage online - he looks like he could be quite a player. He reminds a little of how Marcus Morris is playing of late - bangs around the rim, has a pretty sweet stroke, plays with a solid IQ, and can put the ball on the floor and make a move to the basket. Hope KU can get him.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 9 months ago

Perry is just a sophomore at Wichita Height. I know there are folks out there that have seen him more than I have, but what I have seen, which isn't much, he is getting better with every game. He would be a good haul for KU!

Mike Kendall 4 years, 9 months ago

Perry is just a sophomore at Wichita Height. I know there are folks out there that have seen him more than I have, but what I have seen, which isn't much, he is getting better with every game. He would be a good haul for KU!

Mike Kendall 4 years, 9 months ago

Darn, I didn't mean to post twice---sorry LJW!

Alohahawk 4 years, 9 months ago

We're all proud of you Sherron! We will miss you next year. Congratulations on the record and we will anticipate the forthcoming wins which will add to the total count. Would love to see the final tally beat the national record. We also wish you and your family the best in your future endeavors.

For those lucky enough to be on hand: Just a suggestion. Wouldn't it be nice if, while Sherron is giving his farewell speech, a huge banner, anywhere from 20 to 50 feet long, expressing our thanks and best wishes, could be unfurled? Perhaps, it could be signed beforehand by students (Plenty of opportunity during the time they wait in line the previous night), teammates and coaches, and all those involved with KU basketball. It could then be presented to Sherron.

100 4 years, 9 months ago

AlohaHawk,

Excellent idea about the banner unfurling for Sherron as he's introduced...

How about a HUGE blowup of him in mid air (stealing the pass from Derrick Rose while falling out of bounds & simultaneously firing it to Russel Robinson) with 2:09 left in the 2008 Championship Game?

It can be done -- you need to get ahold of the LJW or the KU archives. The photographers will undoubtedly have that snapshot.

Best of Luck.

Steve Brown 4 years, 9 months ago

“It’s like Doctor Allen used to say when someone asked him who his best player was,” Owens said. “‘Let me wait 15 years and I’ll tell you.’”

our hearts will grow fonder when we reflect upon Sherron. thanks pal.

note: Ill be out of town for senior night, wanting to hear SC talk, will we have on line radio or video feed anyone know or can find out as we get closer pls post it for us all.

Alohahawk 4 years, 9 months ago

100 - Great addition to my suggestion. Unfortunately, sounds like a number of us can not be present to add our personal congratulations to Sherron on a job well done.

So that there is no confusion, I suggested the banner hoping someone could follow up on it from that end. I live in Honolulu, and I can not be there to assist in the task.

53jayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

slowplay - FYI - all players - including those that intend on redshirting - are listed on the game day roster. If the coach puts the player in the game - the redshirt option is no longer available. Little & Releford could play in the next game if CS chose to put them in - because they are on the game day roster - that is why they still suit up for each game & travel with the team to away games - because they are eligible to play if the coach so decides. While it is extremely unlikely that this will happen - that is the rule. Also FYI - if a player is not on the game day roster, the coach can still put him in the game - the result is a technical foul, but the player would be allowed to play.

This is not meant to be an argument that Brady's numbers should include those during his redshirt year - just pointing out that your comment that he was not on the game day roster is incorrect. Brady was listed as an eligible player for each game during his redshirt season and was included on the roster.

If at the end of the year, you look back and see that you have complied with the requirements of the redshirt rule, then you get another year to complete your eligibility - the key is that it is not until the final game of the season is over that you can say that you have met all of the criteria. If you only play in 1 game and it is the final game of the season - then you do not qualify for redshirt treatment.

hammr25 4 years, 9 months ago

The record should be for both Collins and Self. As for Morningstar, they probably mention him because he was still part of the team and practiced every day.

honk_for_hawks 4 years, 9 months ago

I wouldn't be too concerned about perry ellis going to UNC. I know the kid pretty well from when we both played at the north YMCA in wichita. He is a big KU fan. That doesn't necessarily mean he is going to go to KU, but I would be more concerned about Memphis getting him because he has family there and his older sister plays basketball there currently.

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