Kansas vs. Texas A&M Postgame Notes
March 15, 2008
Kansas 77, Texas A&M 71
March 15, 2008 * Sprint Center * Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas’ Win Over Texas A&M…
…Made KU 30-3 on the season and gave the Jayhawks 63 wins over the last two seasons.
…Gave Kansas 30 wins for the eighth time in school history and back-to-back 30-win seasons for the third time (34-2 in 1996-97, 35-4 in 1997-98; 33-4 in 2001-02, 30-8 in 2002-03)
…Extended KU’s winning streak to six games, the second longest of the season (the longest is 20).
…Marked Kansas’ eighth-straight win in the Big 12 Championship, its second longest streak in the event – KU won 11-straight from 1997-2000.
…Made KU 44-4 in its last 48 games.
…Gave KU its seventh Big 12 Championship semifinal win, making KU 7-4 in the semifinal round.
…Advanced Kansas to the conference tourney finals for the seventh time in Big 12 history and 15th time overall.
…Improved KU to 54-22 in league tournament play, 24-6 at the Big 12 Championship.
…Marked KU’s second neutral court game of the season, giving the Jayhawks a 2-0 mark in games played at a neutral site.
…Made the all-time series with Texas A&M 13-1 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 2-0 mark in neutral court games. Kansas is 1-0 versus Texas A&M in Big 12 Championship games.
…Gave KU a 3-0 record at the Sprint Center and a 188-74 mark in games played in Kansas City.
…Improved head coach Bill Self to 135-32 while at KU, 342-137 overall and 19-7 in conference tournaments.
…Made KU 1,936-785 all-time.
– Kansas and Texas A&M each scored 34 points in the first period of play. Kansas is now 3-0 in games in which they were tied at the half.
– Kansas pulled down a season-low 25 rebounds. The Jayhawks previously recorded only 29 rebounds at Georgia Tech on Dec. 18, 2007.
– All eight players who saw action for Kansas contributed at least four points in the win.
– Junior guard Brandon Rush led KU in scoring for the fifth time this season with a career-high 28 points. His 28 points are a season high for a Kansas player in 2007-08. The 28-point effort marked the 22nd time this season he has scored in double figures and the second time he has gone over the 20-point mark this season.
– Rush scored 20 of his 28 points in the second period of play. His 20-point effort in the second half were nearly half of Kansas’ 43 second-half points.
– Rush made 9-of-13 shots from the field. Rush’s nine field goals made marked a new season high for the Kansas City, Mo., native.
– Rush knocked down 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc, marking the fourth time this season he has made five or more triples in a game.
– Senior guard Russell Robinson collected a team-high seven assists in the game. Robinson has now recorded five or more dimes in 11 games this season, including four games with seven or more.
– Senior forward Darnell Jackson recorded 14 points in the win. Jackson has now posted double figures in scoring in 22 games this season. Jackson also pulled down four rebounds, moving him into 27th place on the KU all-time rebounding chart with 572 rebounds. Jackson passed Richard Suttle (569).
– Junior guard Marion Chalmers plucked three steals versus Texas A&M moving him into a tie for second place on the Kansas all-time steals chart with Aaron Miles. Both Chalmers and Miles have 264 career steals.
– Sophomore guard Sherron Collins came off the bench to pour in nine points, all in the second half.
– Kansas outscored Texas A&M 20-3 in fast break points and 40-18 in points in the paint.