Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 67-49 victory over Kansas State on Jan. 4, 2012.
Kansas defeated Kansas State 67-49 on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Bill Self on the performance of Travis Releford (16 points, 11 rebounds): “Travis played great. He has the best old man’s game of anybody I have ever seen for a young guy. Just think about when he is over 40 and playing. He is going to dominate. He drives in there and reverse pivots and does things that look awkward, but he does some really good things.”
Happy birthday to Olive
Olive Vorse of Topeka attended her first KU game Wednesday on her 104th birthday. The KU student section behind the north goal sang “Happy Birthday” to Vorse before the contest.
“I love basketball more than the other sports. It’s exciting being here,” Vorse said before the game.
KU has won 21 consecutive conference openers dating to 1991-92. KU is 182-91 all-time against Kansas State. ... Self is 18-3 against Kansas State. KU has won six straight over KSU in Lawrence. KU has won 43 of its last 46 versus KSU. ... KU’s plus 24 on the glass was a season-best mark. KU had a season-high 19 rebounds. ... KU held KSU to a season-low 49 points.
Thomas Robinson recorded his Big 12-leading 10th double-double, with 15 points and 14 rebounds. ... Releford had his first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. ... Jeff Withey recorded six blocks, which is the third time this season he has recorded six or more. ... Withey has 14 blocks in his last four games and at least one block in 12 of 14 games. ... Conner Teahan has made at least one three-pointer in nine-straight games and 12 of the 14 games this season. ... Tyshawn Taylor recorded one steal, which moved him into a tie for 21st place (Brady Morningstar) with 133 career steals.
Future KU guard Conner Frankamp scored 42 points to lead Wichita North to a 68-60 win over Wichita Southeast on Tuesday. Frankamp scored a Wichita City League-record 52 points as a sophomore in a double-overtime loss to Wichita Northwest. Future KU forward Perry Ellis had 23 points in helping Wichita Heights to its 49th straight victory, a 63-46 win over Carroll.
In the house
Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster attended and wore a KU cap.