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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Notebook: No. 1 versus No. 2 on the horizon?

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) floats in for a bucket as he is defended by UC Irvine guard Dominique Dunning (24) during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) floats in for a bucket as he is defended by UC Irvine guard Dominique Dunning (24) during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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There’s a chance Kansas University and Oklahoma will be ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the AP poll on Monday.

The Jayhawks and Sooners play Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Nos. 1 and 2 have squared off just once in the history of Allen. No. 2 Missouri beat No. 1 KU, 77-71, in 1990.

Of Michigan State losing to Iowa on Tuesday (and possibly dropping in the polls), Kansas coach Bill Self said: “I didn’t think about it. It doesn’t matter. All that matters to me is we play well over a 48-hour period this weekend. That’s all that really matters.”

KU plays Baylor on Saturday and OU on Monday, after defeating UC Irvine 78-53 on Tuesday.

Anthem: Kurtis Townsend’s daughter, Myka, sang the national anthem. KU coach Bill Self slapped hands with Kurtis after the beautiful rendition.

This, that: KU has won 30 straight games in Allen. KU is 196-9 in Allen during the Self era including a 97-5 mark against non-conference foes. ... Frank Mason III had 13 points, six assists and three steals in 31 minutes.

Moses attends game: Blake Moses, who started at center for Bill Self at Oral Roberts, was to attend Tuesday’s game. He brought family members to town for Sunday’s KU Basketball Clinic.

Moses, 6-9, 250 from Magnolia, Arkansas, chatted with KU forward Mickelson of Jonesboro, Arkansas, after Monday’s KU practice.

“Blake came to ORU after we got pretty good. Blake’s first year we went 18-9, the second year 21-7. He told me it was largely due to him anchoring the center position so well,” Self said with a laugh on his Hawk Talk radio show. Oral Roberts went 6-21 and 10-17 in Self’s first two years at the Tulsa school, prior to Moses’ arrival.

“We called him ‘Little Country’ (after former Oklahoma State player Bryant Reeves). Blake’s not as big. He’s better looking than Bryant. He and Hunter spoke today. They spoke the same language, hunting and fishing,” added Self, obviously happy to see Moses, as well as two managers from Oral Roberts who also brought children to the clinic.


More news and notes from Kansas vs. UC Irvine


— See what people were saying about the game during KUsports.com's live coverage

By the Numbers: Kansas 78, UC Irvine 53

By the Numbers: Kansas 78, UC Irvine 53

Comments

Mike Riches 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't know the chances of both us beating Baylor and OU beating ISU this Saturday, but neither one is even close to a given. We've handled Baylor really well over recent years, especially in AFH. Our biggest danger is looking past them to Monday night. So I hope our players aren't thinking at all about articles like this!

Michael Maris 3 years, 10 months ago

It's not often that Kansas looks past an opponent. But, it has happened. TCU comes to mind (from a couple of seasons ago).

But, I think that Self and Staff will have the team ready for the Saturday game. The team can't look past the Saturday game to get to the Monday night game.

After all, the team has defend the Big XII Regular Season Title. This year will be tougher than any of the past seasons. Oklahoma is dang good. I've always said that Lon Kruger is one of the most underrated College Basketball Coaches. And in a short few seasons, he's built Oklahoma into a solid contender.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 10 months ago

Wonder where he'll go after he's done with OU.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 10 months ago

Love 1 versus 2. Big time game.

OU has to do their part and we have to play, as Bill said, all of the game to make it happen.

The SDSU zombie app finally wore off Perry and Wayne last night, just like a saving grace.

"Along came Jones" is an old timer song that is apt when thinking about our two best scorers and their good halves. I will get a Wayne or Perry Jones when they put me in withdrawal.

OU's Spangler and ISU's McKay will battle and Hield and Niang may go off for 30 each.

We don't have that type of individual scorer or rebounder. We do have better overall guard play but our, as of late, streaky 3 point shooting is a major concern. With our less than strong inside game we need to hit shots. Top teams will bury us if we have under 30 point halves. The top five teams can all score and we could be down by 15 before you blink.

Head to Head versus:

OU

Outside Edge - KU, Hield Schmield, he can put up 24 but we can put up 40.

Inside Edge - OU, goes to a better rebounding team especially one that will deny us second chance points.

BAY

Outside Edge - KU, goes to the much better shooting team from 2 and 3. Baylor is cream of the crop from the line and assists.

Inside Edge - BAY, better rebounding team with a nice edge in put backs down low.

WVU

Outside Edge - KU, again our shooters are much better especially from 3.

Inside Edge - WVU, teams have not been able to keep them from 2nd chance points which makes up for some of the misses. We are not as good overall as any of these teams.

ISU

Outside Edge - KU, what separates us is the long ball and that's about it.

Inside Edge - ISU, pretty close but they rebound better and typically deny second chances.

Where each team displays a special talent better or worse than the others:

FG% KU

3PT% KU

FT% BAY

FTM WVU

ORB WVU & BAY

DRB OU

ASS BAY Not Rico's ..... Lol

STLS WVU

WORSE

3PT% WVU

ORB ISU, KU

RPG KU

FTM ISU

Whoopie, bring it on.

Tom Jones 3 years, 10 months ago

Interesting stat...KU is 0-4 in games involving the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the polls.

Time to change that. Gotta get Baylor first, though.

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