News and Notes: Kansas – Colorado

A pre-game edition of News and Notes, while hoping Thomas Robinson can feel the support of Jayhawk Nation during his time of unexpected tragedy.

* Tonight's match-up marks the final time the Jayhawks will trip to Boulder, Colo. for Big 12 competition, as the Buffaloes depart for the Pac-10 conference next season.

* Kansas (18-1) is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, after Texas snapped the nation's longest active home court winning streak at 69 games, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

* The Jayhawks continue to lead the Big 12 in four statistical categories: scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense and assists.

* Senior Tyrel Reed is on a serious hot streak in his last three games, averaging 14.7 points. He leads Kansas with 39 three-point field goals made this season.

* The Buffaloes, meanwhile, are quietly putting together an unexpectedly impressive start, after a disappointing 2009-2010 season. They currently own a 14-6 record on the season, and a 3-2 record in the Big 12. First-year head coach Tad Boyle's squad is also a perfect 11-0 at home.

* Sophomore Alec Burks and senior Cory Higgins might be the most prolific scoring duo in the conference, combining to average almost 36 points per game. Burks is second in the Big 12 with a 19.6 ppg average.

* Tonight's game has been announced as a sellout, and is the first time in Coors Events Conference Center history the Buffs have had back-to-back home sellouts.

* The Kansas-Colorado series dates back to 1931, and the Jayhawks own a, shall we say, hefty lead in the standings – 119-39.

* Under Bill Self, Kansas is 37-6 following a loss. The Jayhawks have won 19-straight games following a loss.

* Thomas Robinson did not travel with the team to Colorado, as he is currently home in Washington, D.C., preparing for the funeral of his mother, Lisa. Lisa Robinson died unexpectedly Friday night, after suffering an apparent heart attack. The NCAA has granted KU permission to pay for funeral expenses, and Head Coach Bill Self said Monday that the entire team is scheduled to attend the funeral.

* Wayne Simien, former KU basketball All-American, will have his jersey retired at halftime of the Kansas State at Kansas men's basketball game Saturday, Jan. 29. Big Dub was one of the most prolific scrers and rebounders in Kansas history, ranking 12th in program history in scoring (1,593 points) and 7th in rebounds (884).

* Also in attendance for the K-State game will be ESPN's College GameDay. The program will be televised live Saturday morning from Allen Fieldhouse. It marks the fourth time the venue will have hosted the event since 2005.


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