Scouting Texas A&M Corpus Christi

News, notes and quotes on KU's matchup with Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in Allen Fieldhouse today at 7 p.m. (CT) in the iBN Sports Las Vegas Invitational while hoping the Phog is rocking as the No. 7 Jayhawks (3-0) look to win their 63rd straight game in the fieldhouse and break the school's all-time homecourt winning streak set from 1994-98.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (located in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an enrollment of 10,000) returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last season's team, which went 17-15 and 10-6 in the Southland Conference. The Islanders take a 1-3 record into the KU game with a home victory over Northeastern Oklahoma (81-74) in the season opener and losses to Texas A&M at home (86-65), at Oklahoma State (68-58), and at Ohio (83-70) on Sunday.

Senior forward Demond Watt scored a career-high 26 points (11-13 FG) with 12 rebounds to lead the Islanders against Ohio in the preliminary round of the iBN Las Vegas Invitational. Corpus Christi shot 48.1 percent from the field, including a scorching 57.7 percent in the second half.

The Islanders showed they can play with the big boys by battling OSU close in Stillwater on Nov. 17. The game was actually tied at 42-all with 11:11 remaining before the Cowboys went on a run. The Islanders rallied to cut the lead to 54-51 and then were down 58-54 before OSU pulled away.

Watt, who's posted two double-doubles thus far, leads the Islanders' attack with averages of 17 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The 6-7, 210 pounder also has a team-high six blocks and shoots a team-best 60.5 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Terrence Jones is the other player in double figures (12.5 ppg, team-high eight three-pointers), followed by junior guard Garland Judkins (7.5 ppg), senior forward Horace Bond (6.0 ppg, 4.0 ppg), and senior forward Justin Reynolds (6.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, team-high nine assists), who rounds out the starting lineup.

The Islanders are averaging 68.5 points per game and allowing 77.8. They're shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from three-point range, and 60.3 percent at the free-throw line, while being outrebounded 35.8 to 33.0 boards per game.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Perry Clark is in his fourth season with the school and posted a 45-53 record. He is 295-252 overall in his 19th season as head coach.

KU coach Bill Self expects a challenge from the Islanders.

"(They're) athletic, similar to North Texas in that regard," Self said. "They played Oklahoma State tough. ...They got a really good scorer on the interior (Watt) and a really good scorer on the perimeter (Jones). Solid team."

THE SERIES

Kansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are meeting for the first time in men's hoops. KU is 2-0 against current membership of the Southland Conference. Kansas beat Texas-San Antonio, 109-69, on Dec. 22, 1990 in Allen Fieldhouse, and also crushed Central Arkansas, 94-44, on Nov. 19, 2009 in the Phog.

FUN FACTS

*KU has 2,006 all-time victories, which is tied with North Carolina for second-most in NCAA Division I.

*Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring offense (95.0), scoring margin (+35.3), field goal percentage (58.6), assists (23.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).

*KU's bench averages 34.7 points compared to its opponents' 20.3 ppg.

*Junior forward Marcus Morris leads KU in scoring at 20 points per game (No. 3 in Big 12), while his 72.7 shooting percentage is second in the conference. He leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 71.4 percent. Morris is also tied for 12th in the league with 1.7 three-pointers made per game.

*Junior forward Markieff Morris has two double-doubles in three games and leads the Big 12 in rebounding (12.0 rpg).

*Junior guard Tyshawn Taylor ranks second in the Big 12 with 7.0 assists per game. He is also No. 6 in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1 and tied for 11th in free throw percentage at 80 percent.

*Sophomore forward Thomas Robinson has grabbed 10 rebounds in each of his last two games while ranking second on the team and tied for sixth in the league with 9.0 boards per game. He is also tied for 11th in the Big 12 with 1.3 blocks per game.

*Senior guard Brady Morningstar, who had a career-high 10 assists in the last game against North Texas, ranks fifth in the Big 12 in assists (4.7 apg), eighth in steals (2.3 spg) and second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.7.

Self said Morningstar was much more aggressive in all areas against North Texas. The KU coach has always stated that Morningstar makes his teammates better.

"Certainly the ball really moves when Brady is in the game," Self said on his Hawk Talk radio show Monday night.

REMEMBERING DANNY'S DEBUT

On this day 26 years ago (Nov. 23, 1984), Danny Manning started in his first game as a Jayhawk against Maryland in the Great Alaska Shootout. Manning had 12 points and 12 rebounds while junior Ron Kellogg led KU with 14 points in the Jayhawks' 58-56 victory. Junior Calvin Thompson hit a 20-foot jumper with four seconds remaining for the win over the Terrapins, who featured stars Len Bias and Adrian Branch.

KU finished 26-8 during that 1984-85 season, losing by two points to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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