Kansas vs. Texas Postgame Notes
March 16, 2008
Kansas 84, Texas 74
March 16, 2008 * Sprint Center * Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas’ Win over Texas…
…Made KU 31-3 on the season and gave the Jayhawks 64 wins over the last two seasons.
…Gave Kansas 31 wins, the sixth most in school history.
…Extended KU’s winning streak to seven games, the second longest of the season (the longest is 20).
…Marked Kansas’ ninth-straight win in the Big 12 Championship, its second longest streak in the event – KU won 11-straight from 1997-2000.
…Made KU 45-4 in its last 49 games.
…Gave KU its sixth Big 12 Championship title and 15th overall conference postseason tourney title.
…Gave KU three-straight Big 12 Championship titles for the second time in school history as KU won the 1997-98-99 crowns.
…Improved KU to 55-22 in league tournament play, 25-6 at the Big 12 Championship.
…Marked KU’s third neutral court game of the season, giving the Jayhawks a 3-0 mark in games played at a neutral site.
…Made the all-time series with Texas 15-6 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 3-1 mark in Big 12 Championship games.
…Gave KU a 4-0 record at the Sprint Center and a 189-74 mark in games played in Kansas City.
…Improved head coach Bill Self to 136-32 while at KU, 343-137 overall and 20-7 (11-2 while at Kansas) in conference tournaments.
…Made KU 1,937-785 all-time.
– Kansas trailed Texas 46-45 at the break, marking the fifth time this season the Jayhawks did not hold the lead at the break. KU is 3-2 in games when trailing at the half.
– Kansas’ nine three-point field goals made in the first half tied for the most in a half for a Jayhawk team. Kansas also recorded nine three-pointers in the first half versus North Carolina State on Dec. 10, 1994.
– KU recorded 15 three-point field goals in the game, a new season-high. The 15 triples were the most in a game for the Jayhawks since KU also made 15 versus North Carolina State on Dec. 10, 1994. The 15 three-pointers made are just one shy of the school record of 16 three’s made by the Jayhawks versus Baylor on Jan. 25, 2005.
– Kansas recorded 25 assists on 26 baskets. Three players recorded six or more helpers in the game in Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers with six each and Sherron Collins with seven.
– Junior guard Mario Chalmers led the Jayhawks in scoring with a career best 30 points. Chalmers made 10-of-15 shots from the field, including 8-of-12 from beyond the arc. Chalmers’ 30 points are the most for a Kansas player since Julian Wright scored 33 points versus Missouri on Feb. 10, 2007.
– Chalmers also set new career bests in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (15), three-point field goals made (8) and three-point field goals attempted (12).
– Chalmers’ eight three’s were a season high for a Kansas player. He bested his previous mark of six three-point field goals made versus UMKC on November 11, 2007. His eight triples were the most for a Kansas player since Billy Thomas made eight versus Texas on Jan. 10, 1998.
– Chalmers’ 30 points were also a season-high for a Kansas player, besting Brandon Rush’s 28 points in the Big 12 Championship semifinal win over Texas A&M. His 30 points also tied a Kansas record for points in a Big 12 Championship. Paul Pierce (vs. Missouri, 1997) and Wayne Simien (vs. Oklahoma State, 2005) also tallied 30 points.
– Chalmers was named to the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team for the second time in his career. Chalmers was also a member of the 2006 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team, garnering Most Oustanding Player honors during his freshman season.
– Junior guard Brandon Rush turned in 19 points. Rush poured in 6-of-9 shots from beyond the arc. His six three’s tied a career-high. He also recorded six triples versus Kentucky on March 18, 2007.
– With his six three-point field goals made on Sunday, Rush finished the Big 12 Championship with 13 three-point field goals, a new Kansas Big 12 Championship record. Jeff Boschee was the previous record holder with nine triples recorded during the 1999 Big 12 Championship. Rush is also tied for the record for three-point attempts during a Big 12 Championship with 22 along with Boschee’s 1999 performance.
– Rush moved into sixth place on the Kansas all-time three-point field goal attempts chart, passing Adonis Jordan. Rush now has 439 career attempts, while Jordan finished his career with 437.
– Rush also tied a career high with six assists. He has now recorded six assists on three occasions.
– Rush picked up Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team honors for the second-straight year and was was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for the first time in his career. Rush is the fourth Kansas player to receive the honor in Big 12 Championship history joining Paul Pierce (1997, 1998), Jeff Boschee (1999) and Mario Chalmers (2006).
– Sophomore guard Sherron Collins tied a career high with seven assists. Collins has recorded seven dimes on five occasions. Collins also made all four of his free throws in the last five minutes of the game on his way to nine points.
– Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur recorded 16 points and led KU with nine rebounds. Arthur has now scored in double figures in 26 games this season.
– Senior forward Sasha Kaun pulled down a season-high eight rebounds.
– Texas committed only four turnovers, a Kansas opponent season low.
– Kansas outscored the Longhorns 15-0 in fast break points and 16-2 in bench points.