The scribe wanted to know which was a more impressive streak — the 62 straight homecourt victories in Allen Fieldhouse or the six consecutive wins in March and April in 2008 to win the national title.
"I'd rather lose at home than win six in a row to win a national
championship," Morningstar said, "so I'd take a national championship.
"Losing at home would not be fun, but I'd (still) take a national
championship," the senior guard added.
The 2008 national title was indeed a victory for the ages, but make no
mistake, Morningstar thinks the current homecourt winning streak is
pretty sweet, too.
KU can break the school record set from 1994-98 with a win against
Texas A&M Corpus-Christi tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.
"It's a pretty exciting thing, it's a pretty impressive streak I'd say
at home," Morningstar said. "It's going to be cool to get a chance to
break the record."
Morningstar is actually the only current Jayhawk to lose at home. That
happened during his freshman season with a 78-71 loss to Oral Roberts
on Nov. 15, 2006 and a 69-66 defeat to Texas A&M on Feb. 3, 2007,
as the Aggies rallied from a an 11-point second-half deficit for their
first win ever against Kansas.
The Lawrence native isn't about to bring up that last loss against the
Aggies to his teammates. He would rather forget that dark evening.
"Guys didn't say much (afterwards)," Morningstar recalled. "It's just
not a very fun locker room since you're not use to it at all so you
don't really know how to handle yourself. A loss is a loss. You got to
take it and learn from it, and I think we learned from it and it hasn't
happened since (at home). We're trying not to let that happen (again)."
Morningstar said his fondest memory of all the wins during the streak
was the thrilling 90-86 victory over Texas on March 3, 2007. No. 3 KU
overcame a 16-point first-half deficit and 25 first-half points from
Longhorn star Kevin Durant to claim their third straight Big 12
"That was impressive," Morningstar said. "Watching (Durant) was
impressive and our comeback was pretty sweet."
Morningstar added that "every close game (in the Phog) is fun just
because a lot of times our fans see blowouts and games that are over
with 10 minutes left, but there's rarely a time they see a game down to
the last possession in the fieldhouse, which there have been a couple.
I think those games are the most fun."
Despite losing twice in Allen Fieldhouse in 2006-07, Morningstar said
he can't imagine losing at home.
"You're really not supposed to lose here," he said.
His teammates feel the same way.
"When we come to the fieldhouse," senior guard Tyrel Reed said, "I
don't feel like we can be beat no matter who we are playing."
And tonight, the Jayhawks will go for their 63rd straight victory in
Allen Fieldhouse with history at stake.
"We just want to come out and be known as the team that broke the
streak," sophomore forward Thomas Robinson said. "It's a lot of games
to win at home, especially with the competition we have every year.
It's definitely a big deal"
The Jayhawks couldn't have won 62 straight without 16,300 fans in the
Phog cheering their every move.
"There's nothing like it," Robinson said. "We've been to a lot of other
arenas in the country, and I still haven't seen anything close to the
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