No. 16 Kansas Hits Road in Men's Hoops at No. 7 Texas
Feb. 24, 2006
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Here are some quick hits heading into Saturday’s Kansas at Texas game:
–Tonight’s contest will mark the fourth straight KU-UT game where both teams are ranked nationally and the fifth time in the last six meetings that at least one of the two teams are in the Top 10.
–This series is 2-2 in its last four battles.
–Kansas has won four straight road games and is 5-1 in true road contests this season. Texas is 14-1 at home this season and has won nine straight at the Erwin Center.
–Kansas leads the nation in field goal percentage defense (36.3 percent), while Texas is third at 37.4 percent.
–Kansas has won 48 conference titles (five Big 12, including tying Oklahoma for the 2005 crown), the most league championships of any Big 12 school. Texas is next with 23 conference championships (one Big 12).
–Kansas’ 129 Big 12 regular-season victories are more than any other conference team in the 10th anniversary of the league. Texas and Oklahoma are tied for second with 109 Big 12 wins.
–Texas was the preseason pick to win the Big 12 regular-season championship. Kansas was third.
–Last season, the Texas at Kansas contest was the spotlight game for ESPN College Gameday. The Gameday crew will originate from Austin Saturday.
–Texas was the last team to score 100 points on Kansas in 2002 – a KU 110-103 overtime thriller in Austin.
After its 76-61 win against Baylor Tuesday, Kansas’ 10-game winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in the nation. The No. 16/18 Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2) are 17-2 since Dec. 10, average 76.5 points per game and are giving up 60.2 ppg. Kansas leads the nation in field goal percentage defense at 36.3 percent and the Big 12 in assists at 18.23 per game. Brandon Rush continues to lead the Big 12 freshman class in scoring with his 14.2 average, good for 12th in the conference. Rush is making 51.1 percent of his field goals, including 51.4 percent of his three-pointers. He also leads KU in rebounding at 6.1 per game – 12th in the league. Freshman Mario Chalmers is next in scoring at 10.7 ppg and is tied for the Big 12 lead in steals with Iowa State’s Curtis Stinson at 2.62 per game. Chalmers and sophomore Russell Robinson are tied for seventh in the league in assists with 3.96 per game as both have 103 dimes. Robinson is KU’s third-leading scorer at 8.7 followed by sophomore Sasha Kaun at 8.5 ppg. Kaun’s 5.7 rebounds per game are 15th in the league and he is making 58.4 percent of his field goals. Sophomore C.J. Giles leads the team in blocked shots with 42, followed by freshman Julian Wright’s 35. Wright has started the last nine games, is making 56.2 percent of his field goals and is averaging 8.3 points per game. Off the bench, Kansas features sophomore forward Darnell Jackson (7.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and senior guard Jeff Hawkins (4.8 ppg, 2.5 apg). Kansas has nine players who average 13.6 minutes or more.
No. 7 Texas is coming off a 65-64 win at Kansas State Wednesday. The Longhorns (23-4, 11-2) lead the Big 12 in scoring defense (59.8), scoring margin (17.9) and three-point field goal percentage defense (31.6). Junior forward P.J. Tucker leads the team in scoring at 16.3 ppg, seventh in the Big 12. His 9.2 rebounds per game are second in the conference behind sophomore teammate LaMarcus Aldridge’s league-leading 9.3 rpg. Aldridge also leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 59.7 percent and his 15.9 scoring average is ninth in the conference. Sophomore guard Daniel Gibson is 13th in the league in scoring at 14.1 ppg and he leads the team in three-pointers made with 76. Senior Brad Buckman is scoring 10.7 points per game and his seven rebounds per outing are eighth in the conference. Senior Kenton Paulino leads the Longhorns with 92 assists to go along with his 9.8 scoring average.
Kansas leads the overall series with Texas, 11-4, yet the Jayhawks hold a slim 4-3 advantage in the last seven meetings dating back to 2000. The series dates back to 1938 when the teams played back-to-back games on Dec. 16 and 17 in Austin. Two seasons later they did it again in Lawrence on Dec. 9 and 10. The series is 3-3 in games played in Austin, including a 2-1 UT record against Kansas in the Erwin Center. Last season, No. 6 Kansas defeated No. 13 Texas, 90-65, in Lawrence behind a 27-point effort from Wayne Simien. To show KU’s youth, four current Jayhawks scored a combined 16 points in that game.
Kansas returns home for Senior Night to face Colorado March 1. Tip for the KU-CU game will be 7 p.m. (Central) and will air on Jayhawk TV. Kansas will conclude the regular season at Kansas State on Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m.