Monday, February 22, 2010

Henry no fan of OU

Jayhawk ambivalent toward Sooners

Kansas forward Xavier Henry pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Colorado, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Colorado, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.


Putnam City, Okla., High graduate Xavier Henry — whose mom, dad and aunt played basketball at Kansas University — never followed the fortunes of his in-state Oklahoma Sooners closely.

“I didn’t like OU, so whenever somebody beat them, I wasn’t ecstatic or like, ‘Oh man, my team got beat.’ It really wasn’t a big deal to me,” Henry said.

The KU freshman guard maintains there’s no extra incentive heading into today’s 8 p.m. clash against the Sooners in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I always knew what day that game was on, so I’ll just say that,” Henry said. “I won’t say I look forward to this game as opposed to any other team, (but) I’ve always known it was on Monday.”

Henry — he has played against the likes of OU’s Tommy Mason-Griffin, Tiny Gallon, Willie Warren and Steven Pledger in the past — said the incentive tonight is to wrap up at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title. KU leads Kansas State by three games with four to play.

“It doesn’t go to playing the state school. It goes to the league-title part of it,” Henry said. “I’m thinking about going undefeated and just winning every game we play from now on.”

KU enters 26-1 overall and 12-0 in the Big 12; OU is 13-13, 4-8.

“We’ve got to do everything we can to get ready for an Oklahoma team which hasn’t had an unbelievable year, but they’ve got really good players, and they’re very offensive-minded, maybe one of the best (offensive teams) in the league. So we’re going to have to guard better,” KU coach Bill Self said.

OU sophomore standout Willie Warren (16.3 ppg) sat out Saturday’s 83-68 home loss to Kansas State because of an ankle sprain. Coach Jeff Capel told the Daily Oklahoman that Warren was “out indefinitely” after having an MRI taken on Friday.

The Sooners have double-digit scorers in Mason-Griffin (14.0), Tony Crocker (11.6), Gallon (10.1) and Cade Davis (10.0)

Last year revisited

KU junior Tyshawn Taylor scored a career-high 26 points in KU’s 87-78 victory over OU last season in Norman, Okla.

“I remember feeling the same way that I felt tonight,” Taylor said after scoring 17 points and dishing six assists in Saturday’s 94-74 victory over Colorado. “Not really worrying about anything, just playing and being aggressive. I played pretty well.”

Mum’s the word

There’s no official word whether there will be a trophy presentation if KU wins and stakes a claim to at least a tie for the league title tonight.

“We’re much more worried about beating Oklahoma than we are about planning a ceremony,” KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Sunday night.

Trying to break the tie

KU senior point guard Sherron Collins today will be shooting for his 124th career victory, which would be most in a four-year span in KU history. Like Collins, C.B. McGrath, Raef LaFrentz and Billy Thomas won 123 games (1995 to ‘98).

As a side note, Collins, who has missed six games in his career (all victories), has 117 victories in games in which he has played. Thomas, who missed three games in his career (all victories), has 120. LaFrentz, who missed nine games (seven victories), has 116 wins in games he entered. McGrath had a batch of did not play/coach’s decision in his career.

KU junior Brady Morningstar, who also has 123 wins in four years, did not enter any games in his 2007-08 red-shirt season.

Stats, facts

KU has won five straight games versus OU and nine straight in Allen Fieldhouse. ... Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 13-4 against Oklahoma — 11-2 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 tournament. ... Bill Self is 6-3 versus the Sooners; Jeff Capel is 0-4 against the Jayhawks.


ParisHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Gary. I was wondering how these victories were calculated. You cleared things up completely for me.

Paul Meyer 9 years, 11 months ago

Whatever happened to Billy Tubbs? It was so much fun to cheer against him. It still burns when his classless team showboated the conference title with Wayman Tisdale being ring leader. '88 = Redemption.

Jayhawker63 9 years, 11 months ago

Im pretty sure tyshawn taylor is a sophomore.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

A lot of OU fans in the South Central Kansas area where I live. It will be sweeeet again, when we defeat the Sooners!!!! RCJHGOKU!

Kent Wells 9 years, 11 months ago

Billy Tubbs is currently the AD at Lamar University...

kubirdfan75 9 years, 11 months ago

Collins may not be scoring as much as we would like but we are still winning with the young guys and OU wont be much trouble at the FOG so ROCK CHALK up another big V for the KU BIRDS

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 11 months ago

Tyshawn is a Junior now that he came out of his sophomore slump.

JHWK 9 years, 11 months ago

LOL @ plasticJHawk! Let's hope you are right!

Alec White 9 years, 11 months ago

Thought this would be a good time to bring this dunk out...X may not be pumped to play Oklahoma and Willie Warren because this image probably stills haunts his dreams (more like nightmares)...

Maybe this dunk is the sole reason Xavier is tentative. I know I would retire from the sport if I ever got posterized this bad.

WilburNether 9 years, 11 months ago

So who came up with the stupid nonsense of counting as "career victories" games won during a season in which a player redshirts -- let alone a half-season during which he was suspended from the team?

Is this an individual reporter thing, a LJW thing, or did it come from the KU Athletic Department?

ParisHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

WilburNether, I think Coach Self mentioned this "winningest player" thing early in the season. I can't find anything in about this kind of record. The NCAA stats that I saw showed wins by team or by coach; player stats were all about points, rebounds, etc.

I guess you could say it comes from the Athletic Department.

soonerbob70 9 years, 11 months ago

This is going to come as a shock to some of you Jayhawks but we (OU) don't give a jayhoot about Henry either.

Steve Brown 9 years, 11 months ago

oh soonerbob welcome take a seat in the back next to KYCats, KStatehopes and FizzouFizzle. glad to have you.

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