Kansas to Face Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Yellow Book Shootout

Dec. 21, 2004

Kansas plays its first game away from home when it faces Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Yellow Book Shootout at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. The Jayhawks posted a 7-0 record in a seven-game homestand to open the 2004-05 season. KU is 7-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 Jayhawks also opened the season 7-0. The last KU team to go 8-0 was the 1997-98 Jayhawks. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 6-2 heading to the Yellow Book Shootout. KU is averaging 82.6 points through six games and have an average winning margin of 22.7 points per contest. UWM is scoring 72.9 points per contest and is yielding 57. Tonight will mark the 100th game Kansas will play in Kemper Arena. The Jayhawks are 76-23 in the facility.

About Wisconsin-Milwaukee

After opening the season with six straight wins, Wisconsin-Milwaukee is looking to snap a two-game losing streak against Kansas. In their last outing, the Panthers shot a 25.5 percent in a 66-37 loss at Wisconsin. Despite the loss, UWM is still outscoring its opponents by 15.9 points per game. Tonight’s game will mark the fifth straight road contest for UWM. Junior forward Josh Tucker leads the Panthers with a 15.1 scoring average. Senior guard Ed McCants is next at 12.5 points per game, while junior forward Adrian Tigert leads the team in rebounds with a 7.3 average to go along with 9.8 points per outing. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is defending Horizon League regular-season champions.

UWM Coach Bruce Pearl

Bruce Pearl is in his fourth season at Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he is 66-34. Overall, he is 297-80 in his 13th season. Pearl has guided the Panthers to the Horizon League title and a trip to the NIT last year. In 2003, the two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year led UWM to the conference tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to UWM, Pearl spent nine seasons as head coach at Southern Indiana.

About Kansas

Kansas is 7-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. KU has been ranked in the top two nationally for the entire season. The Jayhawks have held five of seven opponents to 61 points or less and each to under 50 percent shooting. Additionally, they average 17.7 assists per game and a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. With senior Wayne Simien being out four to six weeks due to injury, senior Keith Langford is the active team scoring leader at 14.4 points per game while sophomore J.R. Giddens is at 11.3 ppg. Senior Aaron Miles is scoring 8.9 points per game and leads the league with 7.6 assists per game. Junior Christian Moody rounds out the starting lineup. Moody is averaging 5.4 points and is second on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game. Simien leads KU with 17.4 points and 12 rebounds per contest. Simien is the only player in the Big 12 who is averaging a double-double.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self (Oklahoma State, 1985) is in his second season at Kansas and is 31-9 with the Jayhawks. Self is 1-0 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Self led Illinois to an 85-44 win against UWM on Dec. 6, 2000. 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 238-114. 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 64, South Carolina 60

Kansas trailed most of the game, but came back to beat visiting South Carolina 64-60 Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. With the win, KU improved to 7-0 on the season. The Gamecocks got off to a quick start, scoring the first 11 points of the game. Kansas trailed 33-25 at halftime after shooting just 8-of-23 from the field. KU took the lead at the 5:07 mark in the second half, when junior Christian Moody scored on a layup to give the Jayhawks a 54-52 lead. With 2:14 to go in the contest, South Carolina’s Antoine Tisby was fouled as he made a lay up and knocked down the free throw to give the Gamecocks a 58-57 advantage. On the ensuing possession, Kansas senior Wayne Simien gave the Jayhawks the lead for good with a dunk. Simien led the way for KU with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore J.R. Giddens added 13 points and Langford rounded out double-figure scorers with 11 points. Freshman Russell Robinson came off the bench to score seven, while Aaron Miles added six points and a game-high eight assists.

Kansas-USC Leftovers

KU faced its largest deficit of the season when it trailed 11-0 to start the game…KU trailed (33-25) at the half for the first time this season…Kansas’ 25 first half points marked a season low for the Jayhawks in a single stanza…KU tied season highs in free throws (20), free throw attempts (29) and turnovers (20)…Jayhawk great Walt Wesley became the second former player this season (joining Bill Bridges) and the 21st player in history to have his jersey retired in a ceremony at halftime…Senior Aaron Miles moved into a tie for ninth (with former Jayhawk Darnell Valentine) on the KU all-time games started list with his 114th career start…Senior Keith Langford has played in and scored in all of his 115 games at Kansas…Langford recorded 11 points to pass Ron Kellogg for 15th place on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,509 career points. He needs 17 points to catch Drew Gooden for a share of 14th place…Senior Wayne Simien collected 11 rebounds to pass Paul Pierce and Paul Mokeski for 13th place on the KU all-time rebounding list with 681 career boards….With 20 points and 11 rebounds, Simien notched his seventh double-figure scoring game, sixth double-figure rebounding game and sixth double-double of the season. The double-figure rebounding performance was the 29th of his career, moving him into sole possession of sixth place on the KU career double-figure rebounding games list…He also recorded his fourth 20+ point scoring game of the season and the 21st of his career…Simien connected on his first three-pointer of the season — the third of his career…Sophomore J.R. Giddens connected for three three-pointers, marking the third straight game and fifth game this season he has done so…Gidden’s 10 three-point attempts and Simien’s six offensive rebounds marked KU individual season-highs…Junior Christian Moody fouled out at the 4:07 mark of the second half marking the first Jayhawk to be disqualified this season.

KU in KC

Kansas City has been a second home of sorts for the Jayhawks over the years. Kansas’ first game ever — a 16-5 loss to Kansas City YMCA on Feb. 3, 1899 — was played in Kansas City. Saturday’s game in the Yellow Book Shootout will mark KU’s 255th game all-time in Kansas City, and its 100th all-time in Kemper Arena. The Jayhawks currently boast a 181-73 record in Kansas City, including a mark of 76-23 in Kemper Arena. KU has also won 24 straight regular-season games in Kansas City, Mo.

More Notes on the Jayhawks in Kansas City:

–Kansas has won 20 of its last 23 games played in Kemper Arena. After winning 13 consecutive games in that venue, the Jayhawks fell, 77-58, to Oklahoma State in the 2000 Big 12 Tournament. Last year KU went 3-0 in Kemper, beating Oregon in the regular season 77-67 on Dec. 13, 2004, in the Feist Shootout and Illinois Chicago (78-53) and Pacific (78-63) in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament March 19 and 21.

–Kemper Arena was the host of the 1988 NCAA Final Four when the Jayhawks went undefeated to win the national championship.

–Kansas has played at least one regular-season game in Kansas City in 15 of the last 17 seasons. The team hasn’t dropped a regular-season game in Kansas City since losing to Ohio State, 64-61, on Jan. 2, 1983.

The Series

Kansas and Wisconsin-Milwaukee have never met in men’s basketball… Kansas coach Bill Self is 1-0 against the Panthers, leading Illinois to a 85-44 victory on Dec. 6, 2000… Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Bruce Pearl is facing KU for the first time in his coaching career.

Miles Likely Pass Big 12 Career Assist Mark Against UWM

Kansas senior Aaron Miles has 791 career assists heading into the Wisconsin-Milwaukee game. The Portland, Ore., guard is two assists shy of the Big 12 career record of 793 held by Doug Gottlieb of Oklahoma State (Note: Big 12 records started in 1996-97). On the KU career list, Miles is 13 assists from the Kansas school record of 804 held by Jacque Vaughn. Miles has had seven or more assists in six of seven games this season. His season high was 10 assists against Nevada and he leads the Big 12 with 7.6 assists per game. He also leads the team in steals with 18 on the year. Miles has started 114 of 115 games played at KU and he holds three of the top five single-season assists records at KU. He is also only 209 assists from becoming the fourth player in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 for his career.

Langford on a Roll

Senior Keith Langford is averaging 18.3 points in his last four games and is shooting 57.8 percent (26-for-45) from the field in that span. The Fort Worth, Texas, guard has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He had a season-high 24 points in 23 minutes against Louisiana-Lafayette. In the TCU win, Langford had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. A preseason Wooden and Naismith awards watch lists selection, Langford had 21 points versus Pacific with career-high seven assists. Against South Carolina Langford became the only 16th player in KU history to score 1,500 points for his career. He currently ranks 15th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,509 points.

Moody Making Mark

Junior walk-on Christian Moody has been in the starting line up since the first game of the season. In his last three games, the Asheville, N.C., forward is shooting 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from the field. Against TCU, Moody produced his first double-double with career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (10). He also matched his personal best with two assists. His second assist was a blind kick out to a J.R. Giddens three-pointer that ended up on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds three times this season. He is averaging 19.6 minutes, 5.4 points and is second on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game in 2004-05. Last year, he averaged seven minutes, 1.4 points and one rebound in 25 games for KU.

J.R. Finding Touch

Sophomore J.R. Giddens is finding his touch. The Oklahoma City guard has made three or more three-pointers in each of his last three games and five times this season. Last year he turned that trick 14 times. In only his second season as a Jayhawk, Giddens is 34 three-pointers away from cracking the KU career Top 10 list. Giddens is also performing well on both ends as he has 11 steals this season with 10 of those in his last four games.

Robinson Clutch Performing

Freshman Russell Robinson made his lone field goal and two free throws in the final 38 seconds in the 64-60 win against South Carolina. The New York City guard has made the most of his time on the floor all season. Robinson is shooting 50 percent from the field (19-for-38) and is averaging 7.3 points per contest. He is tied for second on the team with 11 steals and is the only Jayhawk to have at least one steal in every game this season.

Status of Simien’s Thumb

Senior Wayne Simien underwent surgery on his left thumb Dec. 20 which he injured in the second half of the South Carolina contest. He is expected to be out four to six weeks, according to head coach Bill Self. He did return in the second half against USC to record his sixth double-double of the season with 20 pointsand 11 rebounds.

Simien Steady

Senior Wayne Simien has shot 50 percent or better in six of seven games this season and is making 63.2 percent of his shots (12-for-19) in his last two games. The Leavenworth, Kan., forward has four games with 20 points or more this year and leads the Big 12 with six double-doubles. In his first two games this season, Simien recorded a double-double in each of the first halves. Against Vermont, he 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 28 career double-doubles, which is fifth on the KU career chart and tied for ninth (James Thomas of Texas) on the Big 12 all-time list.

Simien Moving Up Rebound Career List

Senior Wayne Simien is etching his name up the KU career charts every game he plays. He pulled down his 600th career rebound in the season opener against Vermont. In his last outing, Simien moved into 13th on the KU career rebound list, and is currently at 681. 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. He currently ranks 30th on the KU career scoring list with 1,187 points.

Kansas Quick Hits

–Entering Monday, Kansas is one of 13 schools in NCAA Division I to remain undefeated. Four of the 14 are from the Big 12 – KANSAS, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Also, three undefeated NCAA Division I schools are in the state of Kansas as Wichita State is 6-0.

–KU has held all seven opponents to under 50 percent shooting this season. Additionally, the Jayhawks have out shot each opponent in 2004-05.

–Kansas is 128-7 (94.8 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.

–Kansas’ biggest deficit this season has been 11 points when South Carolina opened the game with an 11-0 run on the Jayhawks.

–KU’s bench is outscoring its opponents’ bench 184-94 this season.

–Kansas has won six of seven tips this season, losing one to South Carolina. Junior Christian Moody has jumped in all seven games for KU.

–Kansas has registered 10 or more steals in five of seven games this season. Last year, KU had seven games with 10-plus steals.

–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.

–The Jayhawks’ 13 three-point field goals and 23 three-point attempts against Louisiana-Lafayette were the most by the Jayhawks since KU hit 13 three-pointers against Colorado on Feb. 15, 1997.

–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.

Records, Milestones, Streaks to Watch

–Senior Aaron Miles has 791 career assists and is two shy of the Big 12 career record of Doug Gottlieb of Oklahoma State who had 793 from 1998-2000. Miles is also 13 from the KU career mark of 804 held by Jacque Vaughn from 1994-97.

–The Jayhawks have held their opponents under 100 points for 91 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 153 straight games. Kansas last failed to hit a long ball in a loss to Texas in 2000.

–Miles is tied for ninth on the all-time games started list at KU with 114. He is one start shy from moving into the eighth spot.

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

–Wayne Simien ranks 13th on the KU career rebound list at 681. Simien is 42 shy of the 12th spot.

–Keith Langford has played and scored in all of his 115 games while at Kansas.

In the Rankings

Kansas has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 the entire season 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 concluded the 2003-04 season No. 9 in the coaches’ poll (No. 16 by AP whose poll concludes prior to the NCAA Tournament).

Did You Know?

One of Kansas’ two NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship games occurred in Kansas City. The 1952 title started in historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City but the semifinals and championship were played in Seattle. The 1988 championship was at Kemper Arena.

Up Next

Kansas is off until it hosts Georgia Tech on Jan. 1. The Yellow Jackets ended KU’s NCAA Tournament run last season in the Elite Eight 79-71 in overtime. The game will air on ESPN at 1:30 p.m.

KU Jersey Retirement Dates in 2004-05

Bill Bridges – December 9

Walt Wesley – December 18

Darnell Valentine – January 1

Bud Stallworth – January 31

Dave Robisch – February 27