Jan. 26, 2013
NO. 3/2 KANSAS 67, OKLAHOMA 54
January 26, 2013
STARTERS (Career/Season): C Jeff Withey (19/59), G Elijah Johnson (19/65), G Ben McLemore (19/19), F Travis Releford (19/61), F Kevin Young (16/16)
SERIES: Kansas leads 139-64
– Makes Kansas 18-1 on the season
– Gives KU a 18-1 or better record for the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time in the 10-year Bill Self era
– Extends KU’s active NCAA-leading winning streak to 17 games
– Makes KU 6-0 in conference play for the second-straight season and fourth time under Bill Self
– Makes the KU-OU series 139-64 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 70-16 in Lawrence (43-7 in Allen Fieldhouse)
– Gives KU its 10-straight win versus OU
– Extends Kansas’ home-court winning streak to 33 games, tying for the fourth-longest in school history.
– Makes Kansas 693-107 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 156-7 under Bill Self
– Improves Bill Self to 287-54 while at Kansas, 494-159 overall and 11-3 against Oklahoma, 12-1 while at KU
– Makes KU 2,088-807 all-time
– Out of its 19 games, Kansas has held 13 of its opponents under 60 points.
– Kansas grabbed 41 rebounds to Oklahoma’s 31, KU has outrebounded 16 of 19 opponents in 2012-13. It also marked the fifth time the Jayhawks outrebounded their opponent by a double-digit margin.
– After jumping out to a 5-2 lead, Oklahoma went 3:21 without a field goal. Kansas took advantage, going on a 10-2 run during the Sooners’ drought. Oklahoma’s Romero Osby was responsible for the starting and ending buckets of that span.
– Oklahoma came in as the best scoring offense in the league in conference-only games (71.6 ppg). Kansas held the Sooners to a season-low 21 points in a half (previously 22 vs. Gonzaga, 1st half, 11/23/12).
– In six conference games, Kansas has only broken the 30-point barrier by halftime in three of those games. A year ago, KU broke 30 points by halftime in all six of its first six conference games – but, both seasons resulted in 6-0 starts.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES– Redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore’s 18 points led the floor and marked the seventh-straight contest he has scored in double-digits. Only twice this season (9 vs. SEMO, 9 vs. American) has he not contributed 10 or more points.
– McLemore also chalked up three three-pointers (3-for-5), his 11th multi-trey game.
– McLemore made all five of his free throws. In Big 12 play, McLemore has missed only three times from the line (23-for-26).
– Senior G Travis Releford has contributed double-digit points in 15-straight games, extended by his 10 points against Oklahoma.
– Releford also dished out a team-high five assists, his most since handing out a career-high six against Colorado (12/8).
– Senior C Jeff Withey and redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore scored 12 of KU’s first 14 points.
– Withey took sole possession of third-place on KU’s career blocked shots list. With four blocks on Saturday, Withey has 247 for his career, just 11 shy of tying Kansas’ all-time record (Greg Ostertag, 258).
– Senior G Elijah Johnson was charged with his second foul at the 9:42 mark and was replaced by freshman G Anrio Adams for three minutes in the opening frame, the most he’s played in a conference game.
– For the first time this season, Johnson did not record a point or an assist in the first half. He finished the game, however, with eight points and two assists.
– With his two assists, Johnson now has 321 for his career which tied him with Calvin Thompson for 20th place on the KU career assists list.
– Senior F Kevin Young broke his career-high in steals by halftime, swiping three passes in the first 20 minutes. The senior has recorded at least one steal in six-straight games and six multi-steal games in 2012-13. His 10 steals in conference-play leads the team.
– Sophomore G Naadir Tharpe went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, all in the final minute of the game. He leads the team with a 90 percent (9-for-10) mark from the line in the final five minutes of games.