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Monday, February 19, 2018

Sherron Collins fights tears during jersey retirement ceremony

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins thanks various people during a halftime ceremony retiring his jersey , Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins thanks various people during a halftime ceremony retiring his jersey , Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The emotion was obvious the minute he walked onto the floor.

And it only grew from there.

After watching a brief video that flashed highlights from his stellar career at halftime of Monday night's 104-74 victory by No. 8 Kansas over Oklahoma, Sherron Collins, Monday's guest of honor, slowly walked onto James Naismith court to watch his No. 4 jersey officially go into the rafters at Allen Fieldhouse.

When the blue curtain was pulled down and his name and number glistened high up in Allen Fieldhouse's south end — next to his good buddy Cole Aldrich's No. 45, which was retired Saturday — Collins let out a deep exhale.

“Excuse my voice,” began the school's No. 5 all-time leading scorer after taking the mic. “I'm touched right now.”

Decked out in a white shirt, red tie and his old letter jacket, Collins ran down a list of thank-yous, only stopping to regain his composure after heartfelt gratitude to the Morningstar family and his own family brought him to the brink of tears.

“You guys want to know where I get my toughness and hard work from?” Collins asked the KU crowd, which he thanked to open the ceremony. “My mother.”

Aldrich called his former teammate the fiercest competitor to ever step foot in Allen Fieldhouse. KU coach Bill Self said “nobody” impacted a college game the way Collins did. And Collins himself called his team's run to the 2008 national championship, “the best time of my life by far.”

When it was all over, after the near-tears, heartfelt head nods and sincere smiles, Collins left the floor and returned to his spot behind the Kansas bench.

But not before the Chicago native who said he grew up in Lawrence shouted those famous words uttered by so many legends before him.

“Kansas is always home,” he said. “Rock Chalk Jayhawk.”

Jayhawks moving up again

After spending a week on the outside looking in, the Kansas men's basketball team was back in the Top 10 of the weekly Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

Powered by a road win at Iowa State and a comeback victory at home over then-No. 20 West Virginia, the Jayhawks jumped five spots from No. 13 to No. 8 in the latest poll.

KU's Big Monday opponent — the Trae Young-led Oklahoma Sooners — fell out of the poll entirely after losing to Texas over the weekend, their fifth loss in a row and eighth in the last 10 games. Oklahoma had been No. 23 in the AP Top 25.

The top four spots in this week's poll remained unchanged, with Virginia, Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier holding down spots 1 through 4. Duke, which had been ranked 12th a week ago, made the biggest jump of the week, up seven spots to No. 5.

Texas Tech, which sits tied with Kansas atop the Big 12 standings with four games to play in the race, moved up one spot to No. 6, setting up a heck of a showdown of two Top 10 teams in Lubbock, Texas, this weekend. West Virginia fell one spot to No. 21, which rounded out the Big 12 presence in this week's poll.

In addition to moving up in the AP Poll, the Jayhawks also jumped back up to the No. 1 seed line in Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology, also released Monday morning.

Beware of the birds

Oklahoma freshman Trae Young's fear of birds has become a well known and oft-talked about part of his sensational freshman season. And the Kansas student section certainly took note.

In addition to a couple of students who dressed as birds and a handful of signs in the stands mocking the phobia, several Kansas fans also both yelled out and pointed out with signs the fact that a Jayhawk, though mythical, is in fact a bird.

Explaining his fear earlier this season, Young said it stemmed from family trips to the beach and one particular bird attacking a friend of his in the school parking lot.

Fear or no fear, Young finished Monday's game with 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting (1 of 5 from 3-point range) with nine assists and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

Good omen?

Monday's date, Feb. 19, marked the 35-year anniversary of another Kansas win over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse.

In that one — on Feb. 19, 1983 — the Jayhawks knocked off Oklahoma, 55-53, and, in doing so, held OU legend Wayman Tisdale to a career-low 12 points.

The Jayhawks that night were led by junior Carl Henry's 21 points.

This and that ...

Monday's victory improved KU to 11-4 in Big 12 play, giving the Jayhawks at least 11 wins in conference play for 24 consecutive seasons ... The win was KU's 300th regular season Big 12 victory ... The Jayhawks now lead the all-time series with Oklahoma, 147-67, including a 75-16 mark in Lawrence and a 48-7 clip in games played at Allen Fieldhouse ... Monday marked KU's 17th consecutive Allen Fieldhouse victory over the Sooners ... The Jayhawks are now 13-3 in their home venue this season, marking the 19th consecutive season that KU has won at least 13 games on Naismith Drive.


More news and notes from Kansas vs. Oklahoma


By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 months ago

Of course, this is also the 30th anniversary of KU's greatest-ever win over OU in Kemper Arena in the 1988 NCAA finals.

Steve Zimmerman 3 months ago

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Sherron! Couldn't have got the trophy without you, either!

Gordon Penny 3 months ago

So, this was KU's 300th Big 12 victory. Because I am lazy, can someone please tell me where the other teams stand in terms of Big 12 victories? I can only guess that KU is at the top...

Tim Orel 3 months ago

From http://www.big12sports.com//pdf1/136015.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=10410 , which only seems to go up through 2008 (was that when the conference went down to 10 teams?),

ALL-TIME BIG 12 STANDINGS

Regular Season Conference Games Only

Team Won Lost Pct. Championships

Kansas 158 34 .823 8 (’97,’98,’02,’03,‘05,‘06,‘07,‘08)

Texas 136 56 .708 3 (’99, ‘06, ‘08)

Oklahoma 126 66 .656 1 (‘05)

Oklahoma State 114 78 .594 1 (’04)

Missouri 95 97 .495 -

Iowa State 89 103 .464 2 (’00, ’01)

Texas Tech 85 107 .443 -

Colorado 80 112 .417 -

Nebraska 80 112 .417 -

Kansas State 71 121 .370 -

Texas A&M 64 128 .333 -

Baylor 54 138 .281 -

Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Records Team Won Lost Pct. Titles

Kansas 25 6 .806 6 (’97, ’98, ’99, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08)

Oklahoma 19 9 .679 3 (’01, ’02, ’03)

Oklahoma State 16 10 .615 2 (’04, ’05)

Texas 15 12 .556 -

Missouri 12 12 .500 -

Texas Tech 10 12 .455 -

Iowa State 7 11 .389 1 (’00)

Kansas State 7 12 .368 -

Colorado 7 12 .368 -

Baylor 5 11 .313 -

Nebraska 5 12 .294 -

Texas A&M 3 12 .200 -

BIG 12 MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-TIME RECORDS

Team Years Won Lost Pct.

Kansas 110 1943 785 .712

Texas 102 1563 935 .626

Oklahoma 101 1468 936 .611

Oklahoma State 100 1452 1018 .588

Missouri 102 1426 1011 .585

Kansas State 104 1413 1026 .579

Texas Tech 83 1231 943 .566

Nebraska 112 1335 1189 .529

Texas A&M 96 1201 1130 .515

Colorado 105 1104 1074 .507

Iowa State 101 1148 1179 .493

Baylor 102 1092 1245 .467

Jonathan Allison 3 months ago

The Big 12 conference went to 10 teams starting in the 2011-2012 season after Nebraska and Colorado left.

Then following the 2011-2012 season the conference replaced A&M and Mizzou with WVU and TCU.

Jonathan Allison 3 months ago

BIG 12 STANDINGS Regular Season Conference Games Only Team Won Lost Pct. Championships*

Kansas 289 59 .830 16 (‘97, ‘98, ‘02, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17)

Texas 217 131 .624 3 (‘99, ‘06, ‘08)

Oklahoma 205 143 .589 1 (‘05)

West Virginia 51 39 .567 -

Oklahoma State 186 162 .534 1 (‘04)

Iowa State 168 180 .483 2 (‘00, ‘01)

Kansas State 156 192 .448 1 (‘13)

Baylor 140 208 .402 -

Texas Tech 125 223 .359 -

TCU 14 76 .156 -

source: http://image.cdnllnwnl.xosnetwork.com/attachments1/files/10410/624937.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=10410

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Harlan Hobbs 3 months ago

Given all of the conference championships, you can probably take that guess to the bank, Gordon. I wouldn't have an educated guess as to which school might be second, but they would be far behind KU.

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