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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jayhawks figure to open week as new No. 1

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham, gets a hug from Dwight Coleby as Jayhawks celebrate locking up a share of their twelfth-straight Big 12 title following their 67-58 win over the Red Raiders, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham, gets a hug from Dwight Coleby as Jayhawks celebrate locking up a share of their twelfth-straight Big 12 title following their 67-58 win over the Red Raiders, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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As a reward for winning a 12th straight Big 12 regular-season title — and in response to top-ranked Villanova’s loss to Xavier — Kansas University’s No. 2-ranked basketball team figures to ascend to No. 1 in both the AP and USA Today polls on Monday.

“I mean, I feel like we deserve it. I feel we’ve worked pretty hard,” KU senior forward Jamari Traylor said after the Jayhawks’ 67-58 win over Texas Tech on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The win pushed KU’s record to 25-4 overall and 13-3 in the league.

“It’s not the most important thing,” Traylor added of a top ranking. “We still have a couple more games left in Big 12 play. We want to win those. We want to win the Big 12 tournament as well, go in March with a little momentum and just go on from there,” he added of the NCAAs.

On Monday, a few hours after being tapped No. 1 for the second time this season, the Jayhawks will tangle with a No. 25-ranked (19-10, 10-6) Texas team that defeated No. 3 Oklahoma, 76-63, on Saturday in Austin. Tip will be 8 p.m., at Frank Erwin Center.

“We’ve got to keep it going, getting better day by day,” Traylor said.

The Jayhawks will have almost no preparation time as Sunday is a travel day to Austin after a short practice or shooting session.

“This isn’t like NFL football where you rest your starters the last game,” coach Bill Self said. “We are playing for seeds. We are playing for a lot of stuff. We want to continue to play well. If we have to, we can take Tuesday and Wednesday off (then start preparing for Saturday’s 3 p.m., Senior Day contest vs. Iowa State).”

Though his team has won nine straight games, Self is not thrilled at the way the Jayhawks have been playing.

“We right now are going through a semi-phase we think we can turn it on when we want to. That happened tonight,” Self said. “We were close to cracking them at 20 (point lead with 10 minutes left) and the next thing it’s eight (points).”

— See what people were saying about Kansas vs. Texas Tech during KUsports.com’s live coverage


More news and notes from KU’s win over Texas Tech





By the Numbers: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 58

By the Numbers: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 58

Comments

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 8 months ago

Im glad we won our twelfth straight , but that T-shirt and hat were hideous . Adidas could have done better . It looks like a high school state champion t-shirt ...and don't let me start on the Elmer Fudd caps .....geez .......But we won so its not a bad thing . I can name 9 other schools who would have loved to wear those cheesy hats and t-shirts : )

Rock Chalk

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 8 months ago

Monday we will be number 1 hopefully history Wont repeat itself. Ironically we have been bestowed the honor of being number one on Monday afternoon and have a game on big Monday only to lose that night , that has happened on more than one occasion. The only team that continues to lose this year and remain in the top three with a potential number one seed is Oklahoma.......On second thought since they lost today to Texas they may move up this week ......Texas may have a hangover from beating OU .....but lets take care of business and close it out and send Perry Jamari and Hunter out in style on senior day next Saturday .

Rock Chalk

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

I"m sure some OU fans and players thought they were ready to crack UT being up 7 with about 7 minutes to play, then UT scored 22 straight points....so much for cracking.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

Agreed, Mallory. Would be wonderful if Saturday was nothing more than a "coronation" and a day for recognition. This senior class deserves every possible accolade, from Perry's possible selection as the national student/athlete of the year to Jamari's tremendous success at overcoming so may hurdles in life to become a college graduate. The tears should be flowing. I know that mine will be, and I just wish I could be there. However, I will listen online here in Tucson to the post game show on the radio broadcast. Absolutely, Rock Chalk!

David McGee 3 years, 8 months ago

Ibeh is the Deandre Jordan of college basketball. Any time Self wants a 5-15 point boost he should just send Tyler Self in to foul him 5 times straight.

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