A victory over the the Mean Green would extend KU's homecourt winning streak to 62 games and tie the Jayhawks for the school's all-time record set from 1994 to 1998 during the Roy Williams' era.
"I will talk to them about it," KU coach Bill Self said. "That should
not be our motivation to play, but these guys owe it to everybody else
that has been a part of this streak that is not on this team to make
sure that they are recognized as being part of this streak. I think
they should be playing for others every bit as much as they are playing
for themselves on Friday night."
KU last lost in the Phog on Feb. 3, 2007 against Texas A&M, 69-66,
after the Aggies rallied from a 11-point second-half deficit for their
first win ever against Kansas. The Jayhawks, though, bounced back four
days later with a 97-70 victory over K-State in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas hasn't lost in the fieldhouse since for the nation's longest
active homecourt winning streak.
"I'm pretty proud of it," Self said. "It's not the most important
streak. I'd rather win six in a row in March and April than win 60 in a
row at home. To win 61 in a row at home, and Brady (Morningstar) is the
only one here that has been a part of a loss at home, there's no other
place in America that can say that as of late. It's not the biggest
deal we have going on, but it's something that I think we're all pretty
The KU players agree.
"It means a lot," junior forward Marcus Morris said "I strive day-in
and day-out to make sure that the streak continues because I don't want
that streak to end while I'm here. I definitely strive every day to get
better so that we don't lose. There's a little pressure because it's
the longest streak in the country right now. ... This is the best
home-court advantage in the country. Coming in here and getting those
chills before the game, I definitely don't expect to lose here."
Neither does junior guard Tyshawn Taylor. He said the streak is
"definitely important," yet the team hasn't "really talked about it too
"I feel like if we come out and play how we want to play, we'll be
fine," Taylor said.
Self has lot of fond memories of the 61 straight victories.
Any one top the rest?
"When our kids were all freshmen (Morris twins and Taylor) and Texas
came in here and got us down by 17 or so (14-point lead in the first
half). We came back and won that game with Tyshawn and guys playing
great," Self recalled of KU's 83-73 victory over the Longhorns on March
7, 2009 as the Jayhawks won their fifth straight Big 12 championship
and 26th straight home game.
"We've had some remarkable wins. We've had some wins that there was no
way we could pull off unless we had the sixth man (the crowd). Of the
six losses we've had (KU is 115-6 at home since Self became head coach
in 2003), four of them came down to the very last possession and one of
the others came down to one of the two last possessions. We haven't won
them all in tight games, but certainly the crowd has helped us eek out
some where it didn't look very good."
And now, KU is on the brink of history for the longest homecourt
winning streak in school history. Two more victories against North Texas and then Texas A&M-Corpus Christi next Tuesday would bring
the ‘Hawks over the top.
For all time.
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