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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas forward Marcus Morris hits Cornell center Jeff Foote with a hard foul during the first half, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris hits Cornell center Jeff Foote with a hard foul during the first half, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Reed’s big bucket

Tyrel Reed’s one bucket was a big one. His three from the corner, following a pass from Sherron Collins, gave the Jayhawks a 61-60 advantage with 3:55 left.

“I’ve been on Tyrel to be more aggressive. He wasn’t aggressive the entire game,” coach Bill Self said. “I told him to put himself in a position to shoot it. For that play, Brady (Morningstar) set a great fade screen for Tyrel.”

Ivy material?

KU junior Cole Aldrich, who is expected to be named a first-team Academic All-American following the season, was asked if he could hack it at Ivy League school Cornell.

“Eh, that’s tough (question),” Aldrich said. “We’ve got great academics here, but the Ivy League and all that is tough. I’ve got to give those guys props. It’s hard enough just playing basketball and going to school. Going to one of the most prestigious schools in the country would be that much more difficult.”

Stats, facts

Collins had 15 of KU’s final 22 points. ... KU is 3-0 versus Cornell and 14-0 versus the Ivy League. ... KU trailed at the half (41-38) for the first time all season. ... Cornell’s nine threes were the most by a KU opponent this season and the most since North Dakota State made 10 in the NCAA Tournament last season. ... Collins’ 33 points were the most by a Jayhawk since Julian Wright scored 33 at Missouri on Feb. 10, 2007. ... Collins’ 13 free throws were the most since Russell Robinson had 14 against Baylor on Feb. 9, 2008. ... Collins moved into 16th place all-time on the Kansas career scoring list with (1,542) passing Drew Gooden. ... Aldrich’s nine rebounds give him 646, passing Roger Brown for 17th on the Jayhawks’ all-time list. ... Kansas’ five-point victory was the closest nonconference win at home since the Jayhawks defeated Arizona, 76-72 in overtime, on Nov. 25, 2007.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated KU's margin of victory.

Comments

Matt Bowers 4 years, 7 months ago

Keegan,

KU plays better when you have us ranked number 2. Close game, but a necessary one for conference and March. Really got to hand it to Sherron for holding this team up. Looking forward to Sunday.

Rock Chalk

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4 years, 7 months ago

"...Kansas’ four-point victory was the closest nonconference win at home since the Jayhawks defeated Arizona, 76-72 in overtime, on Nov. 25, 2007."

We actually won by five last night (71-66), but who's counting? :)

Cornell kind of reminded me of the BYU teams back in the early and mid 80's - - talented yet not particularly athletic, tough defenders, and good shooters with incredible effort and discipline. When we were down by eight and nothing was falling for us while they were hitting shots, it looked a lot like an imminent loss of yore. It took a great team to pull this one out of the fire, due largely in part to Sherron’s outstanding shooting and Brady's defense. Nice win.

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Steve Brown 4 years, 7 months ago

txrock; last night I was thinking of the old pete carrol Rhode Island teams, that had excellent execution....

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e93bigd 4 years, 7 months ago

lighthawk - Pete Carril at Princeton?

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4 years, 7 months ago

lighthawk ~

If e93bigd is accurate in what you were referencing, you bring up another nice comparison!

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4 years, 7 months ago

ralster ~

Good point. That is one of the nice things about Coach K - - he doesn't usually get the most athletic players, but coachable kids that can play fundamentally sound basketball. I would like to have seen Iowa State win last night too. I always root for the Big 12 (unless MU is playing (LOL)).

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Jayhawker413 4 years, 7 months ago

LJW!!!!!!!!

Can we get a sherron all time scoring tracker of some sort... something that actively tracks his movements up the all time rankings?? I'd reall like to at least see where he stands on the list in comparison to others

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Jesse Johnson 4 years, 7 months ago

I thought Chalmers scored 35 points against Texas in the 2008 Big 12 championship game?

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Steve Brown 4 years, 7 months ago

JooJoo had 33 in columbia right?

Yes, Princeton...yet decades ago RI also had a nice run..

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