KU Men's Basketball to Take on TCU

Dec. 9, 2004

Tonight’s Game

Kansas welcomes TCU to Allen Fieldhouse for the first time in men’s basketball. The Jayhawks are 4-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 team opened the year 7-0. TCU brings a 5-2 record to Allen Fieldhouse. The Horned Frogs are riding a two-game winning streak after their 88-78 victory at North Texas on Dec. 4. KU and TCU will meet for the fourth time overall with the Jayhawks claiming all three previous meetings. Last season, KU won at TCU 85-66. Tonight’s game marks the return of Neil Dougherty, a seven-year assistant coach at KU from 1995-2002.

About TCU

TCU brings a 5-2 record into tonight’s game, which includes a two-game winning streak. The Horned Frogs opened the year 3-0 with wins against Texas-Arlington, Shawnee State and Texas Tech. In their last two wins, they defeated Florida State 71-70 and won at North Texas 88-78. TCU has four players averaging double figures in scoring and led by senior guards Corey Santee (13.7 ppg) and Marcus Shropshire (12.7 ppg). Junior forward Chudi Chinweze is averaging 11.3 ppg in a non-starting role and junior guard Nile Murry is at 10.3 ppg. Chinweze leads TCU with 7.4 rebounds per game.

TCU Head Coach Neil Dougherty

TCU head coach Neil Dougherty is no stranger to Kansas basketball. He spent seven seasons as an assistant coach to Roy Williams from 1995-2002 before taking his first head coaching spot at TCU. In his third season, Dougherty brings a 26-38 record to Allen Fieldhouse.

About Kansas

Kansas is 4-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season after its 81-70 win against defending Big West champion Pacific on Dec. 4. The Jayhawks feature four players who are averaging nine points or better this season. Senior Wayne Simien leads the way having posted a double-double (points and rebounds) in all four KU games this season and is averaging 17.8 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Keith Langford is next with a 12.3 ppg, which includes a season-high 21 points and a career-high seven assists against Pacific. Senior Aaron Miles is averaging 10.3 points and has been most impressive with his 31 assists and 11 steals through four games. Sophomore J.R. Giddens is averaging 9.3 points per contest and leads KU with eight three-pointers this year.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self Update

Kansas coach Bill Self (Oklahoma State, 1985) is in his second season at Kansas and is 28-9 with the Jayhawks. Self is 1-0 against TCU as a head coach. Last year, KU posted a 24-9 record and finished tied for second in the Big 12 race at 12-4. KU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, falling to Georgia Tech in overtime, 79-71. Self’s 24 victories tied Dick Harp for the most wins by a KU coach in his debut season at Kansas. Self is in his 12th season as a coach overall and is 235-114. Prior to KU, Self led Illinois to two Big Ten titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Before Illinois, he guided Tulsa to two WAC championships in 1999 and 2000 and was The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000. A four-time Naismith Coach of the Year Award finalist, Self began his coaching career at KU in 1985-86 and was an assistant at his alma mater – Oklahoma State – from 1986 until 1993. His first head coaching stint was at Oral Roberts where he guided the Golden Eagles to the NIT in 1996-97, their first postseason appearance since 1983-84.

Last Game – Kansas 81, Pacific 70

Kansas held off a tough Pacific team in the second half to remain unbeaten on the season with an 81-70 win, Dec. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU converted 18 Pacific turnovers into 20 points. The Kansas seniors led the way for the Jayhawks. Guard Keith Langford had his best game of the season, scoring a team-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Langford also grabbed six rebounds and dished out a career-high seven assists. Guard Aaron Miles hit six of his eight attempts, including 3-of-3 from long range to add a season-high 19 points. Miles also took game-high honors with eight assists. Forward Wayne Simien added his fourth double-double in as many games, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. The game went back and forth in the first half, with eight lead changes. At the break, KU led 35-34. In the second half KU pulled away, after shooting 56 percent from the field.

Kansas-Pacific Leftovers

With his 12 points, senior Wayne Simien (1,136 points) moved past Wayne Hightower for 33rd on KU’s all-time scoring list…Simien’s 15 boards moves him into 16th place all-time on the career rebounds list…At 649, he is one shy of Greg Dreiling’s total of 650…Aaron Miles’ three three-point field goals tied a career-high…Junior Christian Moody’s seven points tied a career-high…Simien’s 15 rebounds were a season-high…Simien (12 points, 15 rebounds) recorded his 26th career double-double. He has had a double-double in each of Kansas’ first four games…Kansas had a season-high 14 steals, which marks the third straight game the Jayhawks have collected 10 or more steals…Freshman Darnell Jackson’s five rebounds marked a career-high…Miles’ four first half steals were the most by a KU player in one half since he accomplished the same feat in the second half against UC-Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, 2003…Freshman Russell Robinson scored all of his seven points in the second half.

KU-TCU Series History

Tonight marks the first meeting between Kansas and TCU in Allen Fieldhouse as KU leads the overall series 3-0. The Horned Frogs were the first win for KU during the Jayhawks’ 1952 national championship run in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas defeated TCU 68-64 at historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas defeated TCU 94-78 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City on Dec. 20, 1997. Last year, Keith Langford scored 24 points and junior Jeff Hawkins a poured in a career-high 19 in KU’s 85-66 win at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Langford, a Forth Worth native, was 9-for-10 from the field for the game while Hawkins was 7-of-9, including 5-for-7 from three-point range.

Connections

–TCU head coach Neil Dougherty was an assistant coach at Kansas from 1995-2002 under former Jayhawk head coach Roy Williams. During Dougherty’s time in Lawrence, the ‘Hawks captured five conference championships and went to a Final Four in 2002.

–Dougherty and current KU senior Wayne Simien are both from nearby Leavenworth, Kan. Both played basketball at Leavenworth High School.

–Kansas guard Keith Langford is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended North Crowley High School. TCU sophomore guard Neil P. Dougherty also attended North Crowley High.

The Last Meeting

Junior guard Keith Langford poured in 24 points to lift the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks to a 85-66 victory over TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Langford shot 9-of-10 from the field including a 2-of-3 mark from behind the three point arch, while teammate Jeff Hawkins scored a career-high 19 points. The win was the first road victory for first-year Jayhawk head coach Bill Self and pushed KU’s record to 3-0 to begin the season. Freshman swingman J.R. Giddens made his first career start in the contest.

In the Rankings

Kansas is No. 2 for the third straight week in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls. The Jayhawks entered the season No. 1 in both outlets which was the first time since 1956-57 in AP and since 1996-97 in the coaches’ poll. Under Bill Self, KU has appeared in the AP top 10 on 11 occasions and the coaches’ poll 10 times. KU concluded the 2003-04 season No. 9 in the coaches’ poll (No. 16 by AP whose poll concludes prior to the NCAA Tournament).

Langford Explodes Against Pacific

Senior Keith Langford scored a season-high 21 points and dished out a career best seven assists in the 81-70 win against Pacific. The Fort Worth, Texas, guard had 13 points in the first half which surpassed his season high. A preseason Wooden and Naismith award nominee, Langford’s 21 points marked the 15th time in his career he has scored 20 or more points in a game. His seven assists surpassed the six he had on five occasions. Langford enters the week with 1,457 career points which is 18th on the KU career list.

Simien Seeing Double-Doubles

In his first two games this season, senior Wayne Simien recorded a double-double in each of the first halves. Against Vermont, the Leavenworth, Kan., forward had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. His 25 points and 14 rebounds for the game earned Simien Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Against Saint Joseph’s, Simien had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the opening half. Simien has recorded a double-double in every game this season and five straight dating back to the Georgia Tech finale of 2003-04. In his last outing, Simien’s 15 rebounds against Pacific marked a season high. He has 26 career double-doubles which is fifth on the KU career chart and 10th on the Big 12 all-time list.

Simien Moving Up Rebound Career List

Kansas senior Wayne Simien is etching his name up the KU career charts every game. The Leavenworth, Kan., forward pulled down his 600th career rebound in the season opener against Vermont to move into the Top 20 on the Kansas career rebounds list. He currently has 649 rebounds which is 17th on the KU list and one shy of 16th. Last year, Simien was second in the Big 12 with 9.3 rebounds per game. Should he keep that pace he could become only the seventh player in school history to record 900 career rebounds.

Miles Lighting It Up

Kansas senior Aaron Miles was 1-for-9 from the field in the season opener against Vermont. Since then the Portland, Ore., guard is 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) from the field, which includes 6-for-7 (85.7 percent) from three-point range. Miles also added nine assists and seven rebounds against Vermont. His 19 points in KU’s last game against Pacific were one shy of his career high. Miles has started all but one game during his career at KU and that game was Senior Day his freshman year. Miles has ranked in the top two assists averages in the Big 12 each season – second his freshman and sophomore years and first in 2003-04. He is second on the Kansas and Big 12 career assists list at 769. The Portland, Ore., native is 24 assists shy of the Big 12 mark of 793 held by Doug Gottlieb of Oklahoma State and 35 assists behind former KU great Jacque Vaughn at 804. Miles holds three of the top five single season assists records at KU. He is also only 231 assists from becoming only the fourth player in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 assists for his career.

Kansas Quick Hits

–KU’s bench has outscored its opponents bench in three of four games this season. On the season, Kansas’ bench has outscored its foes’ bench 116-39 — 20-9 vs. Vermont; 47-8 vs. Saint Joseph’s; 34-10 vs. Nevada; and 15-22 vs. Pacific.

–Kansas has registered 10 or more steals in each of the last three games including a season-high 14 versus Pacific. Last year, KU had seven games with 10-plus steals.

–Kansas is 125-7 (94.7 percent) in Allen Fieldhouse over the past 11 seasons. Included in that run are five undefeated seasons – 14-0 in 1994-95; 13-0 in 1995-96; 15-0 in 1996-97; 16-0 in 1997-98; and 13-0 in 2001-02.

–Last week, Kansas had three – Keith Langford, Aaron Miles, Wayne Simien – of the 30 players nominated for the fourth annual Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award. The award is presented annually to the nation’s senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball.

–Last season, Kansas was 0-8 when trailing with 5:00 remaining. The Jayhawks have already bucked that trend as Vermont held a 58-56 lead at the 5:00 mark in KU’s 68-61 season-opening win.

–Through three games, Kansas has eight players averaging 11-plus minutes with seven of those at 15-plus.

–KU went 5-for-5 from three-point range in the first half against Saint Joseph’s. The last time KU was perfect from way out in a first half was in the — against North Carolina State on Dec. 10, 1994.

–Junior walk-on Christian Moody’s start against Vermont was the first of his career.

Records, Milestones, Streaks to Watch

–The Jayhawks have held their opponents under 100 points for 88 straight games. The last team to score 100 points on KU was Texas on Feb. 11, 2002.

–KU has hit at least one three-pointer in 149 straight games. Kansas last failed to hit a long ball in a loss to Texas in 2000.

–Senior Aaron Miles has 31 assists this season and 769 for his career. Miles needs 25 to become the Big 12’s career assists leader and 36 to become KU’s all-time leader.

–Miles is 10th on the all-time games started list at KU with 111. He is three shy from moving into the ninth spot.

–Miles’ next 10-assist game will pass Jacque Vaughn for the most career double-figure assist games at KU. Both stand atop with 18 games.

–Senior Wayne Simien ranks 17th on the KU career rebound list at 649. Simien is just one shy of 16th spot.

–Senior Keith Langford has played and scored in all 112 games while at Kansas.

Bridges Jersey to Reach the Rafters

The University of Kansas will retire the jerseys of five former KU men’s basketball greats during the upcoming season as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse. KU will honor Bill Bridges, Walter Wesley, Dave Robisch, Bud Stallworth and Darnell Valentine at individual games throughout the upcoming season. Bridges starts the jersey retirements at the December 9 game against TCU. Wesley will be honored on December 18 when KU hosts South Carolina. Valentine is next on January 1 against Georgia Tech, followed by Stallworth January 31 vs. Missouri and Robisch February 27 against Oklahoma State. Bridges (6-5) played center at Kansas from 1959-61 and earned All-American honors in 1961. A native of Hobbs, N.M., Bridges was a three-time All-Big Eight Conference selection. He grabbed 1,000 rebounds, despite playing in only 78 games, recording an amazing 13.9 rebounds per game over a three-year career. KU’s postseason rebounding team award bears Bridges’ name. He played for head coach Dick Harp at KU and wore No. 32, currently worn by freshman Darnell Jackson.

Sophomore Jeremy Case to Redshirt the 2004-05 Season

On Dec. 3 it was announced that Kansas’ Jeremy Case will redshirt the 2004-05 season. Case has seen limited practice this fall due to a groin injury. The McAlester, Okla., guard has yet to suit up for a game this season. As a freshman, Case played 21 games and averaged 3.9 minutes and 1.2 points per game. He scored eight points in the win against Fort Hays State and five points in a KU victory versus Oklahoma. Case joins freshman walk-on Matt Kleinmann as a redshirt for the 2004-05 season.

Home Stretch

Today is Kansas’ fifth of seven straight games at Allen Fieldhouse to open the season. The Yellow Book Shootout — formerly the Feist Shootout — on Dec. 22 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., is a home game for KU season ticket holders but it is a neutral site. The last time Kansas opened the season with seven straight home games was 1977-78 under head coach Ted Owens. KU’s longest homestand to open the season is 10 games which dates back to the 1917-18 season under head coach William O. Hamilton.

Did You Know?

Kansas has won two of the Big 12’s four NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The first came in 1952 and started with a 68-64 win against TCU. The second came in 1988. Oklahoma State has won the other two titles in 1945 and 1946.

Up Next

Kansas continues its home stand by playing host to Louisiana Lafayette Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. on Jayhawk TV. ULL will bring a 3-3 record to Allen Fieldhouse. ULL won the only meeting between the two schools with a 54-45 win in the championship game of the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans during the 1983-84 season.