No. 1 Kansas Plays at Oklahoma State Saturday in Men's Basketball

Feb. 25, 2010

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No. 1 Kansas (27-1, 13-0) will play at Oklahoma State (19-8, 7-6) on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. on CBS. Kansas is coming off a historic night with its 81-68 victory against Oklahoma on ESPN Big Monday. With the victory, KU’s 13th straight, Kansas claimed at least a share of its sixth-consecutive, 10th Big 12 and NCAA-leading 53rd overall conference regular-season title. Additionally, KU set the school record for most victories in a four-year span, currently at 124. KU senior Sherron Collins and redshirt junior Brady Morningstar have been on the team all four of those seasons. Feb. 21-28, 2010, is Love College Hoops…Beat Cancer Week sponsored by the NABC. Fans are encouraged to wear a headband to support Coaches vs. Cancer.

About Kansas

Kansas is the winningest team in NCAA Division I over the last two seasons with a 54-9 record. With the victory against Oklahoma, the Jayhawks extended the longest home court winning streak in the nation to 58 games. Kansas’ 27-1 record is its best record since the 1996-97 team was 27-1 and eventually went 34-2. Its 13-0 Big 12 record is second best in league history behind KU’s 16-0 mark in 2002. KU averages 82.6 points per game and gives up 63 ppg for a Big 12-leading +19.6 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 79.8 points per game and holds a +13 scoring margin. Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game and has scored in double figures 22 times this season following his 17 points against Oklahoma. Collins is third in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 85.3 percent and he leads KU in assists with 122 and three-pointers with 55, one ahead of freshman Xavier Henry. Henry, who was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the third time this season on Monday, has averaged 23.5 points in his last two games (23 vs. OU and 24 vs. Colorado on Feb. 20) and is scoring 13.9 points per game on the season. He averages 4.2 rebounds per game and leads KU with 44 steals. Junior center Cole Aldrich, who was named Academic All-America of the Year Feb. 22, has seven double-doubles in his last 10 games and 13 DDs for the season. He is one of three Big 12 players to average a double-double with 11.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg this season. Aldrich’s 105 blocked shots are a KU single-season record. His 3.8 blocked shots per contest rank second in the Big 12 and sixth nationally. Sophomore forward Marcus Morris has stepped up his game in Big 12 play and leads KU in scoring with 15.2 points per game and is pulling down 7.8 rebounds in league games. In all games, Morris averages 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor moved back into the starting lineup against Colorado (Feb. 20) and has started 17 games this season. He is second on the team with 90 assists and he has averaged 14 points in his last two games. Taylor is scoring 7.4 ppg for the season. Morningstar is scoring 4.7 points per game and averaging 3.3 assists per contest. Sophomore forward Markieff Morris, twin of Marcus, is averaging 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Junior guard Tyrel Reed averages 4.4 points per outing and has 30 three-pointers.

About Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State had its three-game winning streak snapped at No. 21 Texas Wednesday 69-59 as it fell to the Longhorns in Austin. The Cowboys are 13-1 at home this season, average 74.6 points per game and give up 67.4 for a +7.2 scoring margin. OSU averages 8.1 three-pointers made per game, including a league-leading 9.0 in Big 12 play. Junior guard James Anderson leads the Big 12 in scoring at 22.5 points per game. He also leads OSU with 66 assists, 35 steals and is tied for the team high with 17 blocked shots. Senior guard Obi Muonelo is next in scoring at 13.3 points per game and leads the team with 65 three-pointers, which are six ahead of Anderson and seven in front of sophomore guard Keiton Page’s 58. Page scores 10.6 points per contest and is second on the team with 64 assists and 26 steals. Junior forward Marshall Moses is a starter who leads OSU with 8.8 rebounds per outing to complement his 9.3 points per game. Junior forward Matt Pilgrim was suspended for the Texas game on Wednesday for team issues. Pilgrim averages 7.7 points and is second on the team with a 6.8 rebound average. He is tied with Anderson in blocked shots with 17. Freshman forward Roger Franklin comes off the bench to score 3.0 points per game, while freshman guard Fred Gulley (1.6 ppg) averages 19 minutes per contest.

The Series

This series dates back to 1926 and Kansas leads Oklahoma State 102-52, including a 33-30 lead in games played in Stillwater (31-30 in Gallagher-Iba Arena). Kansas has won four of the last five and eight of the last 11 games in the series with OSU dating back to 2001. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU holds a 13-5 advantage – 10-3 in the regular season and 3-2 in Big 12 Championship action. The five KU-OSU meetings in the Big 12 tourney makes OSU the second-most team Kansas has faced in the event – 6-0 vs. Kansas State. The winner of the last two KU-OSU meetings in the Big 12 Championship has gone on to win the event – OSU 78-75 in 2005 in Kansas City and KU 78-75 in Dallas in 2006. Expect a close battle as four of the eight KU-OSU meetings under KU coach Bill Self have been decided by three points or less. During its 37-3 NCAA National Championship run in 2008, the OSU loss was the only KU loss that was not later avenged on the season, yet Kansas did not have the opportunity. On Feb. 12, 2008, KU lost at Texas 72-69 and later defeated the Longhorns 84-74 in the finals of the Big 12 Championship on March 16. On Jan. 30, 2008, Kansas lost at Kansas State, 84-75, and the Jayhawks later defeated the Wildcats 88-74 in Allen Fieldhouse on March 1.

Team Notables

–KU leads the Big 12 in scoring (82.6), scoring margin (+19.6), field goal percentage (48.8), three-point field goal percentage (40.0), scoring defense (63.0), field goal percentage defense (36.9), assists (17.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). The Jayhawks rank in the top three in all but five Big 12 statistical categories.

–Ten of Kansas’ 25 victories this season have been by 25 or more points with eight of those by 30 points or more.

–KU averages 6.6 blocked shots per game to its opponents’ 3.5.

–Kansas has shot 50 percent or better in two-straight contests and in 14 of 28 games overall this season.

–Kansas has also held 19 of 28 opponents this season to under 40 percent from the field, including seven of 12 Big 12 foes.

–KU’s bench has outscored its opponents’ bench in 19 of 28 games this season.

–Through 28 games, nine different Jayhawks have led the team in steals, seven in points and six in assists.

–Kansas forces 14.6 turnovers per game and averages 17.2 points off turnovers per game. KU scored 27 points off turnovers at Texas (Feb. 8) and 23 points off turnovers against Colorado (Feb. 20).

Player Notables

–Senior Sherron Collins leads Kansas in scoring for all games with 15.1 ppg and his 17 points against Oklahoma (Feb. 22) were the most since he had 28 points against Baylor (Jan. 20). He has 13 assists in his last two games and has had five-plus assists in six of the last seven games. Collins has shot 50 percent or better in 11 games this season. He is third in the Big 12 with his 85.3 free throw percentage. Collins’ 15.1-point scoring average is 12th in the Big 12. Collins also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (12th at 42.2), assists (fifth at 4.4), three-point field goal percentage (13th at 37.4), three-point field goals made (11th at 2.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (fifth at 2.0).

–Junior Cole Aldrich, the 2010 Academic All-American of the Year, has three double-doubles in his last four games. He has seven double-doubles in his last 10 games and 35 for his career (13 this season). Aldrich is one of three Big 12 players averaging a double-double (11.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg). This season, Aldrich has pulled down at least nine rebounds in 15 of his last 19 games and double-digit boards in his last four outings. Aldrich has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice (Feb. 1 and Jan. 4). He is second in the Big 12 and ranks sixth nationally with 3.8 blocked shots per game. Aldrich is third in the Big 12 in rebounding at 10.2 rpg.

–Freshman Xavier Henry has averaged 23.5 points in his last two games with 23 points against Oklahoma (Feb. 22) and 24 versus Colorado (Feb. 20). He has averaged 18 points in his last five games and 13.9 ppg for the season. Henry has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week three times this season (Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Feb. 22) and has led KU in scoring in 10 games in 2009-10. Henry leads Kansas with 44 steals and had a Kansas freshman-record-tying seven steals against Baylor (Jan. 20). Henry is second on the team with 54 three-point field goals made. He has made multiple three-pointers in 16 contests. He is ninth in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 40.3 percent. He ranks 18th in the Big 12 in scoring at 13.9 ppg, seventh in steals at 1.6 and 12th in three-pointers made at 1.9.

–Sophomore Marcus Morris leads Kansas in scoring in Big 12 play with 15.2 ppg, which ranks 12th in the conference. He has five double-doubles this season, with three in Big 12 play. Morris has four 20-point efforts, with three of those in league action. Also in league play, Morris leads the Big 12 with his 56.6 percent shooting from the field, while his 7.8 rebounds are seventh. For the season, he is averaging 12.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg (13th in the Big 12). Morris has started 25 of 28 games in 2009-10.

–Sophomore Tyshawn Taylor has averaged 14 points in his last two games with 11 against Oklahoma (Feb. 22) and 17 versus Colorado (Feb. 20). In his last three games, Taylor is 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the field. He is averaging 7.4 points on the season and 7.5 in conference action. He has scored in double figures in eight games this season. Taylor has shot 50 percent or better in 14 games, including eight times in Big 12 play. He has 10 games with five-plus assists and ranks 13th in the Big 12 in assists at 3.2 per game and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.8.

–Junior Brady Morningstar leads the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.9 in league games (44 assists, 15 turnovers). At Texas (Feb. 8) he was 2-for-2 from three-point range to record his third game with multiple threes made this season. At K-State (Jan. 30), Morningstar was 4-for-5 from the field, 2-for-3 from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the line in scoring 14 points. He is scoring 4.7 ppg in all games. In addition to his assist-to-turnover ranking, in league play, Morningstar ranks among the conference leaders in assists (10th at 3.4). A defensive stopper who started all but one game last season, Morningstar missed the first nine games of the season due to breaking team rules. Morningstar is a redshirt junior who is the oldest player in the Big 12 at 24.

–Sophomore Markieff Morris is solid off the bench for Kansas as he averages 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He has pulled down six-plus rebounds in each of his last five games and 15 times this season. His 5.3 prg are third on the KU team. Morris had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against La Salle (Dec. 12). He is second on the team with 24 blocked shots and is shooting 55.9 percent from the field on the season.

–Junior Tyrel Reed has made at least one three-pointer in three of the last four games. Against Iowa State (Feb. 13), Reed was 2-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Reed has made 30 three-pointers this season and 68.2 percent of his field goals made have been from beyond the arc. He is 13-for-25 (52 percent) from three-point range in Big 12 play and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc for the season. Reed has made at least one three in 20 games this season and multiple threes in five contests. Reed is averaging 4.4 points per game for the season.

–Freshman Thomas Robinson had four points against Oklahoma (Feb. 22) which matched his conference high. Robinson averages 8.2 minutes per game with 3.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg. He is third on the team with 13 blocked shots. Robinson has had two games of double-figure scoring and had his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Alcorn State (Dec. 2). He has pulled down four or more rebounds in eight games.

Up Next

Kansas returns home for Senior Night, honoring Sherron Collins, when it hosts Kansas State Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. That game will be televised on the Big 12 Network. KU has won 26-straight final home games, including 25-straight Senior Nights. Kansas closes out the regular season at Border Showdown foe Missouri on Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. on CBS.