Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 89-34 victory over Howard on Dec. 29, 2011.
Howard University’s 34 points scored were the fewest by a Kansas University opponent since Alcorn State totaled 31 in KU’s 98-31 win on Dec. 2, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse.
It marked the third-fewest points allowed in the Bill Self era. Dartmouth scored 32 points in a 83-32 loss to KU on Nov. 28, 2006, in Allen.
Kansas held Howard to 13 points in the first half. It was the second-straight game that KU has held its opponent to 13 points in the first half, the other at USC. It marked the first time the Jayhawks have held back-to-back opponents under 20 points in a half since the 2007 season (Washburn, 18; Northern Arizona, 10).
The 81 points allowed by KU over the last two games mark the fewest in a two-game stretch since before the 1988-89 season.
Howard’s 22.2 percent shooting (12 of 54 overall, 3 of 18 from three) was lowest by a KU opponent since Dayton shot the same percentage in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Howard’s 12 total field goals were fewest by a KU opponent since Alcorn State had 12 in a game on Dec. 2, 2009. Howard also set a season-low by a KU opponent in free throws (seven) and three-point field-goal percentage (16.7).
More team stats
KU’s 55-point victory was largest since a 98-41 victory over Ohio on Nov. 26, 2010. ... The Bison’s 24 turnovers and 16 offensive rebounds were season-highs by a Jayhawk opponent.
In the house
“Saturday Night Live”/big-screen actor Jason Sudeikis attended with his date, actress Olivia Wilde. Sudeikis wore a KU baseball cap and Wilde a KU stocking cap. ... Future KU guard Conner Frankamp, a 6-1 junior point guard from Wichita North, attended and sat behind KU’s bench. Frankamp orally committed to KU in July following an unofficial campus visit on June 30.