Kansas 65, Detroit 50 Postgame Notes

March 16, 2012

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Kansas 65, Detroit 50

NCAA Tournament Second Round – CenturyLink Center Omaha

March 16, 2012

Postgame Notes

Kansas’ Win …

–Improves Kansas to 28-6 on the season, marking the third straight season with at least 28 wins and fifth season with 28 or more wins in the last five years.

–Gives the Jayhawks an 12-6 mark in games away from Allen Fieldhouse (8-2 in true road games and 4-4 on a neutral floor).

–Gives Kansas its 27th NCAA Tournament first-game win in the last 29 years dating back to 1978. Kansas improved to 36-6 overall in first-games played.

–Keeps Kansas undefeated at the CenturyLink Center (3-0), having won two games at the site during the 2008 run to the National Championship.

— Helped Kansas remain undefeated (5-0) against No. 15-seeded teams. Kansas improved to 14-4 as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

–Moves Kansas to 89-39 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

–Keeps the Jayhawks undefeated all-time against Detroit in four meetings, with two of those wins coming under the direction of Bill Self.

–Gives Bill Self a 265-52 record while at Kansas and 472-157 mark overall.

–Makes the Jayhawks 2,066-805 all-time.

Kansas Starters (Career/Season): C Jeff Withey (35/34); F Thomas Robinson (37/34); G Tyshawn Taylor (122/33); G Elijah Johnson (41/33); G Travis Releford (37/33).

Team Notes

–Kansas closed the first half on a 15-3 run (last 9:04) to pull ahead and take a 34-24 advantage into the break. The Jayhawks improved to 24-1 when leading at halftime this season.

–Kansas extended the run to 34-7 nearly seven minutes into the second half and held the largest advantage of the game, 53-28 (+25) at the 13:09 mark. The 25-point advantage was the largest for the Jayhawks in the last seven games.

— Kansas, ranked in the top-10 nationally for field goal percentage defense (38.3 percent prior to Friday’s game), limited the Titans to 31.7 percent from the field. Detroit entered the game with a 45.4 percent shooting clip.

— Kansas was out-rebounded for just the eighth time this season (41-40), but improved to 7-1 in those contests.

Individual Notes

— Junior forward Thomas Robinson notched his 24th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds, more double-doubles than any other player in the country. Robinson is one behind the single-season mark for double-doubles at KU, set by Drew Gooden (25) in 2002.

— Robinson’s 16 points led all scorers, which marked the 15th time he’s led the Jayhawks in scoring this season. Robinson has reached double-figure scoring 33 times this season

— Junior guard Elijah Johnson scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including five of the first eight points tallied by Kansas after intermission. It was Johnson’s 15th game of the season in double-figure scoring.

— Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor turned in 10 points, marking the 31st double-figure scoring game of the season and the 75th of his career. All of Taylor’s points were scored in the first half, as the Jayhawks point man was limited to just five minutes in the second half. Taylor’s effort moved him past Ron Kellogg (1,508) on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,513 career points.

— Junior center Jeff Withey swatted five shots, giving him 18 games this season with three or more blocked shots in a contest. The rejections moved him past Paul Mokeski (136) and Raef LaFrentz and Greg Dreiling (138) into the 10th place slot on the Kansas career list. Withey sits 11 shy of the single season mark set by Cole Aldrich (125) in 2010.