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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Notebook: Jayhawks close impressive decade at Allen Fieldhouse with 151st victory

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) and the Jayhawk bench react to a three from Kansas guard Chris Teahan (12) during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) and the Jayhawk bench react to a three from Kansas guard Chris Teahan (12) during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Tuesday’s 95-68 victory over Milwaukee marked the final game of the decade for the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse.

And what a decade it has been.

The Jayhawks’ most recent win moved them to 151-7 in their home building during the past 10 years (from 2010-19), a record that represents not only the elite status that the Kansas brand has been known for, but also the type of consistency that other coaches and programs aspire to reach.

What’s more, Tuesday’s victory made Kansas just the second Division I men’s basketball program to win 300 games in the last decade. The Jayhawks (8-1) join Gonzaga (304 wins) as the only two programs to reach the 300-win mark since 2010.

It marks the first time in KU’s rich history that the program has reached 300 wins in the same decade, and the 81.6% winning clip for Self’s Jayhawks since Jan. 1, 2010, is the second-best decade-long winning percentage in school history behind the 82% mark set during the 1990s when KU went 283-62.

Self, who went into the Hall of Fame in 2017 and led the Jayhawks to an NCAA-record 14 consecutive Big 12 Conference titles in the past decade, is both impressed by and appreciative of the consistency his teams have displayed at KU.

“Yeah, that’s pretty good,” Self acknowledged of his team’s 151-7 record at Allen Fieldhouse since 2010. “There’s a lot of things that go into that, though. Good players and a pretty good atmosphere. That helps.”

Self has lost just 13 times in Allen Fieldhouse during his 17 seasons in charge of the program and the achievements by his Kansas teams in the past decade only magnify the high level at which the program has played during that time.

KU was a 1 or a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament nine out of 10 times since 2010. The only time it wasn’t came last season, when the Jayhawks were a 4 seed.

Kansas was ranked in the top 10 in 156 of 191 Associated Press Top 25 polls during the last decade, making the Jayhawks a top-10 team for 82% of the decade.

As for hardware, KU reached two Final Fours in the 2010s, and won nine Big 12 regular season titles and five Big 12 tournament titles.

The program also produced four Consensus First Team All-Americans, four Big 12 Players of the Year, 14 all-Big 12 first-team selections and one National Player of the Year.

“I think we get kind of caught with a bum rap sometimes that we have, maybe underachieved in certain areas,” Self said candidly. “I don’t think that’s happened a lot. I think it has happened some. It happens to everybody. But I think it’s because we’ve been pretty consistent that people expect us to play at the highest level when, basically, over the course of time, we pretty much have played at our highest level for the most part. … I am proud of the consistency factor and I think there’s a lot of things that go into that.”

Dotson at the line

At 19.8 points per game, Kansas point guard Devon Dotson’s scoring is up so far this season from the 12.3 points per game he averaged last season as a freshman.

One of the big reasons is his ability to get to the line.

Through KU’s first nine games of his sophomore season, Dotson has made 55 of 64 trips to the free throw line. But it’s not just the fact that he’s getting there that’s helping Dotson out. He’s also making his free throws at a notable rate.

An 81% free throw shooter a season ago, Dotson is making his freebies at an 86% clip so far this season.

What’s more, he currently is averaging 6.1 free throw makes per game, a rate that, if it continues, would rank sixth all-time in the KU record books behind Wilt Chamberlain in 1956-57 (9.3 per game), Chamberlain in 1957-58 (8.4), Dave Robisch in 1969-70 (7.3), Wayne Hightower in 1959-60 (6.9) and B.H. Born in 1953-54 (6.4).

Teddy Bear Toss

In addition to the basketball game that was played at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, a toy drive broke out.

At halftime of the Jayhawks’ win over Milwaukee, hundreds of the 16,300 Kansas fans in the building tossed teddy bears of all shapes, colors and sizes onto the Fieldhouse floor.

Dubbed by Kansas Athletics as “a new holiday tradition,” the event was KU’s second annual “Teddy Bear Toss” and the stuffed animals and other plush toys were collected by KU officials and will be distributed to Toys for Tots for distribution over the upcoming holidays.

Last season, KU staff members collected 1,761 teddy bears during the event, which yielded 1,104 furry friends on Tuesday. KU officials are hoping to top last year’s total this year and fans will have one more crack at donating during halftime of Sunday’s 2 p.m. KU women’s game vs. Saint Mary’s.

This and that...

KU now leads the all-time series with Milwaukee, 2-0... The only other meeting came in 2004, in Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., where Self’s Jayhawks knocked off Bruce Pearl, 73-66 in a non-conference game in December... KU is now 8-1 or better for the second season in a row and the 10th time in the 17-year Self era... The Jayhawks now have won 26 consecutive home games, with 25 of them coming at Allen Fieldhouse, where they are 5-0 this season... Seven of KU’s eight wins this season have been by 12 points or more, including two wins by more than 30 points.

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 1 month, 2 weeks ago

All is good when Dotson scores 20s, 9 assists - he attempts like 20 shots (missing more than half of them), while our bigs only got single digit touches/attempts the three of them COMBINED - that's quite ineffective. Dok has 100% FG, should've been fed even more. We have room for improvement and we can be so scary good. if we keep on sharing the ball - 20 assists or more indicate this team starts to gel. We good now... we'll be even better next games.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Can we all stop saying this is the end of the decade? It isn't. This decade began Jan 1, 2011. The last day of this decade is Dec 31, 2020.

OBTW, great win by KU.

Steve Schoenekase 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I hate to get into the weeds on this, but you are incorrect. The calendar began on Jan 1, year 0 and the first decade ended on Dec 31, 9. Similarly, the last century began on Jan 1, 1900 and ended on Dec 31, 1999 (anyone remember Y2K?). Therefore, the last day of the 2010 decade is, in fact, Dec 31, 2019. On Jan 1, 2020 (not 2021) 202 decades will have passed since year 0.

Years are counted in the past, just like your age. You turn 21 after you've lived on this planet for 21 years, not as you start your 21st year in existence,

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Negative. Calendar began with year 1. There was no Year 0 on the Gregorian or Julian calendars. It's the same thing with the millennium. The first millennium was the years 1 through 1000 inclusive. Second millennium 1001 through 2000 inclusive. Third will be 2001 through 3000 inclusive. Each millennium is broken up into centuries, decades, and years.

Check Scientific American. I'm right.

Noel Graham 1 month, 2 weeks ago

A decade is any ten year period of time, so if they want to define it as the past 10 years that is perfectly fine.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Not true. Not as it is defined per the calendar. It is the specific grouping of years that begins and ends with pre-defined years. They are defined references, and the current decade is mathematically defined as years 2011 through 2020 inclusive.

Garry Wright 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I, too, am bothered by the inaccuracy of naming a chronological decade. When numbering, you start with one not zero. Go back to the beginning of the AD era. What was the first decade? It was 01 - 10. The second decade was 11 - 20. That is how you mark the decade chronologically. Bring that on up to our current decade and it is 2011 - 2020, not 2010 - 2019. Yes, you can make a decade whatever you want it to be, but it's not a chronological decade calendar wise. For example, if you wanted to note KU decades from the beginning of our having basketball, you start with the 1898 - 1899 season (it didn't begin on January 1). That would be the first year. the first decade then would be 1898/1899 - 1907/1908. Our most recent decade would be 2008/2009 - 2017/2018. Calling 2010 - 2019 a decade is something someone pulled out of thin air according to what they wanted to make as a decade. It is not a decade according to the chronological calendar nor according to KU history. I would be fine with a KU basketball decade being 2008/2009 - 2017/2018 for our most current decade. It would at least have a solid basis and would conclude our 13th decade of basketball. However, going with the 01 - 10 chronological decades would enable all basketball programs to be measured by the same decade by decade as all started at different days and years. That would mean staring with 1901 - 1910 as the first complete chronological decade (there was no basketball in 1891) and our current decade 2011 - 2020.

Noel Graham 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Numbers start with 0, not 1. How many points did KU have when the game started? If I asked you how KU performed in the 90s, would you include the year 2000? Only if you were an idiot. Did people celebrate the Jan 1st 2001 as the beginning of a new century? The first decade of your life ENDS when the turn 10, not 11.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 2 weeks ago

It doesn't work like that for the calendar. Zero is a starting point for many things. Your argument would make sense if you started from zero. But the Gregorian calendar starting point was year one, not year zero.

Garry Wright 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for making my point. Yes, the first year of your life ends when you're one. The first decade of your life ends when you're 10. After you're a year old, you're not 0 years old. The day you are born is the first day of your life, not the zero day of your life. In fact the moment you are born is the first moment, not the zero moment (by whatever means you're measuring) of your life outside of the womb. You never start with zero when counting.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Well let's say you wanted to count apples. You could say counting apples starts with zero, because you could have half an apple. So when you got to ten apples, your end points on your scale of apples would in truth be zero and 10, where you'd have a hollow dot on the zero and a filled in dot on the 10. But as you and I have pointed out, that's not how the calendar works. You've got a hollowed out point at the beginning of the decade (2011) and a filled in dot at the end of 2020.

Calendar is a special case.

Garry Wright 1 month, 2 weeks ago

When starting a game, you haven't started counting.

Jesse Trombla 1 month, 1 week ago

Is anyone even gonna point out that the article states we have won 26 consecutive home games with 25 of them at AFH? Are we still counting the Sprint Center as home games? We have TWO home courts? Come on. What about today when we play KC? There's no way it's a home game today. So some games at AFH aren't at home and some are? And don't even say this is a "neutral" court. This point bothers me WAY more than 1 or 0

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 1 week ago

I want to throw Villanova out of their own Field House. I had to live in Philly both times they won the title....Grrrrrr

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