Kansas 83, Texas A&M 66 Postgame Notes

March 8, 2012

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Kansas 83, Texas A&M 66
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals
March 8, 2012
Post Game Notes

Kansas’ Win…
–Makes Kansas 27-5 and gives KU 27 victories for the sixth-straight season dating back to 2006-07.
–Gives the Jayhawks an 11-5 mark in games away from Allen Fieldhouse (8-2 in true road games and 3-3 in neutral floors).
–Improves Kansas to 15-1 in its opening Big 12 Championship contests (1-0 in first round, 14-2 in quarterfinals).
–Gives Bill Self’s squad a seven game winning streak in the Big 12 tournament, dating back to the 2009-10 season.
–Advances KU to the conference tournament semifinals for the 14th time in Big 12 history and 32nd time overall.
–Improves Kansas to 62-23 in league tournament play and 32-7 at the Big 12 Championship.
–Makes KU 14-3 all-time at the Sprint Center, including 1-1 this season and 9-1 during the past three seasons.–Makes KU 20-1 all-time against Texas A&M and 12-1 under Bill Self.
–Improves Self to 12-3 against the Aggies overall.
–Gives Bill Self a 264-51 record while at Kansas and 471-156 mark overall.
–Improves KU’s conference tournament record to 27-8 and gives Self an 18-3 record while at Kansas in the Big 12 Championship.
–Makes the Jayhawks 2,065-804 all-time.

Kansas Starters (Career/Season): C Jeff Withey (33/32); F Thomas Robinson (35/32); G Tyshawn Taylor (120/31); G Elijah Johnson (39/31); G Travis Releford (35/31).

Team Notes
–With Elijah Johnson’s 26-point performance, all five of Kansas’ starters have now recorded a 25-point game this season.
–Kansas made 10-of-15 shots from the three-point line, marking its best shooting performance of the season. KU’s previous best was a 9-of-15 performance versus Texas Tech on Feb. 18.
–Kansas also had a season’s best shooting percentage from the field, making 27-of44 shots on the afternoon, good for 61.4 percent. Its previous best outing came with a 41-of-70 shooting night versus Towson on Nov. 11, 2011.
–The Jayhawk defense held Texas A&M to just three three-pointers. The Aggies made just 3-of-13 threes in the game, a KU opponent low since the Jayhawks held Baylor to just two treys on Feb. 8.
–Kansas went on a 10-0 run during a four minute stretch in the first half, which gave them a nine point lead (30-21), after trailing Texas A&M by one (20-21). That was the last time KU would trail the Aggies in the game.

Individual Notes
–Junior guard Elijah Johnson set a new career high in points with his 26 tallies versus A&M, eclipsing his old mark of 23, which he set against UCLA in November.
— Johnson hit a total of five three pointers versus the Aggies, including back-to-back treys in the first half. It’s the 15th time this season he has converted on multiple shots from beyond the arc in a contest.
–Johnson also tied his career high for three-point field goals in a game with his five and in total field goals with eight.
–Johnson has now scored a total of 51 points versus Texas A&M this season. He had four points against the Aggies in Lawrence, 21 in College Station and 26 in Kansas City.
–Junior forward Thomas Robinson recorded his NCAA and Big 12-leading 23rd double-double of the season as he finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. His 23 double-doubles rank him seventh on KU’s all-time list.
— Robinson’s 10 boards gave him 679 career rebounds moving him past Marcus Morris and Paul Pierce for sole possession of for 16th all-time.
–Robinson made both of his attempts from beyond the arc, giving him six three-pointers in his career and his first game with multiple makes from three.
–Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor turned in 16 points, marking his 29th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 73rd of his career.
— Junior center Jeff Withey blocked four shots on the afternoon. It marks the 16th game of the season in which Withey has blocked three or more shots in a contest.
— His four blocks give him 104 for the season, which ranks second for blocks in a single season at Kansas.