Kansas looked to enjoy some time off after playing three games in seven days. Fortunately, KU posted victories at Baylor last Tuesday and home wins against then-No. 16/13 Texas Saturday and Border Showdown rival Missouri Monday. In the last three games, the Jayhawks have won by an average of 19 points, while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 53.7 percent from three-point range. Also in that span, Kansas has been sharing the wealth averaging 21.3 assists per contest. Senior Wayne Simien leads KU in scoring at 18 points per game, including 19.2 ppg in Big 12 play. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year had a season-high 27 points against Texas Saturday and 22 versus Missouri Monday. Senior Keith Langford is next in scoring at 14.1 ppg. Langford is third on the team in rebounding (4.3 rpg), second in assists with 56 and has averaged 15 points and four assists in his last three games. Sophomore J.R. Giddens has made multiple three pointers in six of his last seven games and is averaging 10.7 ppg. Senior Aaron Miles has crushed every KU and Big 12 assists record and is averaging a league best 7.3 assists per game. Miles has been on fire as of late, having made eight of his last nine three-point attempts in the last three games. He leads KU in three-point field goal percentage at 59 (23-for-39). Junior Christian Moody is another starter who is second on the team with a 4.8 rebound average to go along with his 6.1 ppg. Moody's nine points against Missouri were his most in six outings. Kansas' bench is deep andhas outscored 12 of 18 foes this season.
Last Game - No. 3 Kansas 73, Missouri 61
No. 3 Kansas trailed visiting Missouri 36-28 at halftime, but the Jayhawks shot 58 percent in the second half to claim round one of the 2005 Border Showdown, 73-61, Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. KU committed 10 first half turnovers and shot just 37 percent from the field. The Jayhawks regrouped at the break and outscored the Tigers 45-25 in the second half, committing just three turnovers. Senior Wayne Simien led four Jayhawks in double-figures with a game-high 22 points. Simien also added a game-high eight rebounds. Sophomore J.R. Giddens added 15 points, while senior Aaron Miles recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 assists. Fellow senior Keith Langford rounded out double-figure scorers with 11. Junior Christian Moody scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in the win.
Senior Aaron Miles started his 125th career game to tie Jacque Vaughn for sixth place on the KU all-time games started list... Sophomore J.R. Giddens has made multiple three pointers in four-straight games and 12 games this season... KU trailed by eight points (28-36) at halftime to tie its biggest halftime deficit of the season. KU also trailed by eight versus South Carolina on Dec. 18, 2004... Miles scored in double-figures for the third-straight game, the eighth time this season and the 50th game of his career... Miles passed out 10 assists to account for his first double-double of the season. It also marked the second time this season he passed out 10 dimes in a game. He moved into sole possession of first place on the KU double-figure list for assists in a contest with 19 in his career... With 14 points, Miles moved into 36th place on the KU's all-time scoring list with 1,065 points. He is 17 points shy of tying Charlie Black for 35th place... Senior Keith Langford has played and scored in all of his 126 career games at Kansas... Langford notched 11 points for his 14 double-figure scoring game of the season... Giddens posted his fourth-straight double-figure scoring game with 15 points... Senior Wayne Simien notched his seventh 20+ point game of the season. His 22 points moved his career total to 1,317 and past Walter Wesley for 22nd place on the all-time KU scoring list... The 12-point KU margin of victory was the second-largest over Missouri in the last seven meetings. Five of the last six meetings were decided by single digits... Junior Christian Moody collected his 17th multi-rebound game of the season... Freshman Sasha Kaun played 11 minutes to register his sixth consecutive game with 10+ minutes... KU shot a season-high 60 percent from three-point land, surpassing the 59.3 percent the Jayhawks shot against Baylor.
Nebraska (10-8, 3-4) is looking to turn things around. The Huskers have lost four of their last five Big 12 contests, which includes the Jan. 19 loss at Kansas 59-57. Three of the four losses have been by 10 points or less and the Huskers defeated Texas A&M 77-67 in that span. NU defeated Utah Valley State 91-57 on Tuesday. Freshman Joe McCray leads Nebraska in scoring at 14.7 points per game. He is also the team leader in three-point field goals made with 52, steals with 20 and his 5.1 rebounds per contest or second most for this season's Huskers. Senior Marcus Neal is next in scoring at 10.4 ppg. He is also second in three-pointers made with 30. Four other Huskers - John Turek (9.1 ppg), Jason Dourisseau (8.4 ppg), Wes Wilkinson (8.3 ppg) and Aleks Maric (8.0 ppg) - are averaging eight points or better for NU.
Nebraska Head Coach Barry Collier
In his fifth season at Nebraska, Barry Collier holds a record of 66-72 with the Huskers and is 262-203 in his 16th year as a head coach overall. Nebraska earned its first postseason berth in five years - and first under Collier - while posting an 18-13 record in 2003-04. In 15 seasons as a head coach, Collier has led his team to winning campaigns 10 times, including eight seasons with at least 18 victories. Prior to Nebraska, Collier was the head coach at Butler from 1989-2000 and an assistant at five different institutions since 1977. Collier is 1-8 all-time versus the Jayhawks with his lone win (74-55) in Lincoln on Feb. 15, 2004.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 155-71... Last meeting saw the Jayhawks defeat the Cornhuskers, 59-57, on Jan. 19, 2005 in Lawrence, Kan... KU is on a two-game winning streak against NU... Coach Bill Self is 4-1 against the Cornhuskers, and NU head coach Barry Collier is 1-8 versus the Jayhawks... Kansas is 1,019-464 all-time against schools in the Big 12 Conference... The Jayhawks are 164-78 all-time versus schools from the state of Nebraska... KU is 57-43 all-time versus the Huskers in Lincoln... Kansas is 13-15 all-time when playing NU in the Devaney Center... The Jayhawks lost the first-ever meeting with Nebraska, 48-8, on March 2, 1900 in Lincoln, Neb.
- Kansas sophomore guard Nick Bahe is a native of Lincoln, Neb., and a graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School. Bahe's father and uncle played football for the Cornhuskers.
- University of Kansas Chancellor Dr. Robert Hemenway graduated from Hastings (Nebraska) High School and later gained a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
- KU assistant Tim Jankovich played against Nebraska while he was a guard for the Kansas State Wildcats. The Gary, Ind., native was 5-2 during his time at K-State.
- Jayhawk head coach Bill Self also faced the Cornhuskers while he played for Oklahoma State. The Edmond, Okla., native finished with a 4-6 mark against NU as a Cowboy.
- Third-year Nebraska assistant coach Doug Novsek was an assistant coach on the Illinois State team that was defeated by the Jayhawks, 80-61, on Nov. 30, 2000 in Lawrence.
The Last Meeting
Despite a cold first half in which the Jayhawks connected for just 21 points, the Kansas men's basketball team held on to defeat visiting Nebraska 59-57, Jan. 19 at Allen Fieldhouse. Nebraska's Corey Simms had a chance to win the game as time expired, but his three-point attempt rimmed out. The Cornhuskers controlled the first half, holding KU to 36 percent (9-of-25) shooting in the opening 20 minutes. Kansas seniors Wayne Simien, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles combined for just one point in the first 20 minutes, on a collective 0-for-7 effort from the field. At the break, Nebraska led 24-21. In the second half, the game remained close as the Jayhawks picked up defensively, holding the Huskers to 29 percent (10-of-34) from the field. Simien scored all of his team-high 12 points in the second half to lead the Jayhawks to victory. Senior Keith Langford and sophomore J.R. Giddens each added nine points, while senior Aaron Miles and freshman Alex Galindo chipped in with eight apiece. Nebraska guard Joe McCray led all-scorers with 19 points, which included an 8-of-10 effort from the free throw line. Forward Wes Wilkinson added 16 points in the loss.
Kansas stays on the road when it travels to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State Wednesday, Feb. 9. The game will tip at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN Regional on the Big 12 Conference syndicated network. Kansas has won the last 21 meetings with Kansas State in Manhattan dating back to 1984. The Jayhawks are 16-0 in Bramlage Coliseum.
Story courtesy: KUAC