Jan. 1, 2005

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Kansas Postgame Notes

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Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005

Kansas’ win over Georgia Tech…

…Makes Kansas 9-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season when KU was 22-0 and finished the season 34-2.

…Gives KU its 15th straight win at home.

…Makes Kansas 4-1 all-time against Georgia Tech.

…Makes Kansas coach Bill Self 33-9 at KU, 240-114 overall and 2-1 against Georgia Tech.

…Gives KU an 18-3 record in its last 21 games.

…Makes KU 1,833-762 all-time and 559-101 at Allen Fieldhouse.


– The game marked the fifth game KU has ever played on New Year’s Day, and first since 1948 (also played in 1903, 1934 and 1943). The Jayhawks now own a 4-1 record on Jan. 1.

– Senior point guard Aaron Miles surpassed Jacque Vaughn (804 assists) became the KU all-time career leader in assists. With eight dimes against Georgia Tech, Miles career total moved 808 assists.

– KU’s two-point win was its narrowest this season.

– KU played its first overtime game since March 28, 2004, when the Jayhawks fell to Georgia Tech 79-71 in the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis.

– Freshman C.J. Giles made his first career start, and became the first Jayhawk other than Christian Moody to jump center this season.

– KU used its fourth different starting lineup of the season.

– KU’s 16-point deficit to Georgia Tech in the first half was its largest deficit this season. KU tied the game 61-all on a Keith Langford three-pointer at the 1:31 mark of the second half, marking the Jayhawks biggest deficit overcome this season.

– Sophomore J.R. Giddens has made at least one three-pointer in every game this season, and three or more from beyond the arc five times.

– Miles moved into sole possession of eighth place all-time at KU with his 116th career start.

– Junior Keith Langford has played and scored in all 117 games at Kansas.

– KU’s 1-of-2 free throw shooting in the first half marked the fewest made and attempted since the Jayhawks did not attempt a free throw versus Fort Hays State on Dec. 10, 2003. KU finished the game 4-of-10 from the line. The four made free throws were the fewest since KU made four against Arizona on Jan. 25, 2003.

– KU’s 40 percent free throw shooting, four made free throws and 10 free throws attempted marked season lows.

– Anthony McHenry of Georgia Tech blocked three shots in the first half marking the most by a KU opponent in a single half since Travon Bryant of Missouri blocked five KU shots on Feb. 2, 2004. Georgia Tech’s six first-half blocks as a team were the most since Missouri had seven in that same game. The Yellowjackets finished the game with 11 blocks which is the most since North Carolina had 11 blocked shots on Nov. 27, 2002 in the preseason NIT.

– Langford’s 18 points moved his career total to 1,548 which ties Calvin Thompson for 13th place on the all-time KU scoring list.

– KU’s two steals were its fewest since the Jayhawks had one steal versus Missouri on March 12, 2004.

– Freshman Alex Galindo recorded career-highs with seven rebounds and 26 minutes.

– Langford’s eight field goals made tied his season-high and his 19 field goal attempts tied his career high.

– Miles’ 11 field goal attempts marked his season high. He connected for a career-high four three-pointers made.

– Miles and Lanford each played a season-high 38 minutes.

– Giddens’ tied his season-high with 16 points (also done vs. Louisiana-Lafayette). Giddens’ tied his career-high with 40 minutes played.

– Giles’ fouled out for the first time of his career. It was Kansas’ second disqualification this season.

– Junior Christian Moody tied a career-high 10 rebounds (also done vs. TCU) and set a career-high with 32 minutes played.

– Junior Moulaye Niang established a new season-high with two rebounds in a season-high seven minutes.

– KU’s 12 three-point field goals tied a season-high (also done vs. Louisiana-Lafayette).

– KU is now 2-0 when trailing at halftime this season.

– The Jayhawks are 4-0 on Saturdays this season and 2-0 playing on ESPN national television.

– The Jayhawks have held 93-straight opponents to less than 100 points.

– Jarrett Jack of Georgia Tech scored 26 points, tying a KU opponent season high.

Jayhawk great Darnell Valentine became the third former player this season (joining Bill Bridges and Walt Wesley) and the 22nd player in KU history to have his jersey retired in a ceremony at halftime.