Game Day with the Purple

Kansas (18-1, 8-0) concludes its two-game road trip in Manhattan, Kan., to face the Kansas State Wildcats (13-6, 3-5) tonight, at 8 p.m. on ESPN Regional TV. Notes on tonight's game inside.<br>

The Jayhawks won their fifth straight Big 12 road game at Nebraska Saturday 78-65 behind a career-high tying 27 points from senior Keith Langford. KU has won four straight heading into the K-State contest. Kansas State is looking to rebound from a 70-60 loss to Colorado Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

About Kansas

Kansas remains undefeated halfway through the Big 12 season at 8-0 and is at least two games ahead of Big Monday's winner Oklahoma or Oklahoma State. KU's seniors combined for 61 of KU's 78 points in the 78-65 win at Nebraska Saturday. Kansas' 18-1 record is the best 19-game mark in school history since the 1996-97 team went 22-1. The margin of victory gave KU its fourth straight game of double-figure wins. Additionally, KU has averaged 20.5 assists during its current four-game winning streak. Named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, senior Wayne Simien leads KU in scoring at 18 points per game, including 19 ppg in Big 12 play. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year recorded his eighth double-double of the season at Nebraska with 18 points and 14 rebounds and has averaged 21.3 points in his last four games. Also named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list is senior Keith Langford who is averaging 15.3 ppg. Langford tied his career high with 27 points in the win at Nebraska. Sophomore J.R. Giddens is next in scoring and has made multiple three-pointers in six of his last eight games and is averaging 9.9 ppg. His 4.8 rebounds per game in league play are second on the team. Senior Aaron Miles has crushed every KU and Big 12 assists record and is averaging a league-best 7.3 assists per game. He is the nation's active leading career assists leader at 877 and is averaging 8.9 ppg. Junior Christian Moody is another starter who is averaging 6.2 ppg and is second on the team with 4.9 rpg. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds eight times this season including the last two outings.

Last Game - No. 3 Kansas 78, at Nebraska 65

No. 3 Kansas shot 53 percent from the field to propel the Jayhawks to a 78-65 victory over Nebraska, Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Senior Keith Langford led all scorers and tied a career-high with 27 points. With the win the Jayhawks improve to 18-1 overall and remain unbeaten in Big 12 play with an 8-0 record. KU held Nebraska to 36 percent from the field. The Huskers got off to a hot start and led in the first half, 19-12, but Kansas would not be denied as the Jayhawks countered with a 12-1 run. At the half, the Jayawks led 36-31. KU lit up the nets in the second half, shooting 62 percent from field to pull away for the victory. Senior Wayne Simien scored 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds en route to his eighth double-double of the season. Senior Aaron Miles scored eight points and dished out seven assists, while junior Christian Moody scored eight points and snagged 6 rebounds. Senior Michael Lee came off the bench to score eight points in the win.

KU-Nebraska Leftovers

Senior Keith Langford tied his career high with 27 points. He also scored 27 against Arizona on Jan. 25, 2003. It marked the fourth time this season he has scored 20 or more points and the first time since Dec. 22 - 21 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee... Senior Wayne Simien posted his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds. It marked the 30th of his career... Simien had 12 first half points to mark the fourth time in the last five games he has reached double figures in first-half scoring - 12 at NU, 10 vs. MU, 14 vs. UT, 9 at BU, 11 vs. Villanova... Simien's two blocked shots tied a season high... Junior Moulaye Niang has scored in three games this season. He had four points against Texas A&M Jan. 5, three versus Texas last Saturday and two at Nebraska... KU led at halftime for the 13th time this season. Kansas is 13-0 when leading at half... The Jayhawks have won five straight Big 12 road games dating back to last season... Junior Christian Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds in two straight games and eight times this season... Senior Aaron Miles had his three-point field goals made string snapped at nine... Miles' KU and Big 12 career assists record currently stands at 877... Miles moved into seventh on the KU all-time minutes played list (3,896). He passed Nick Collison (3,887)... Senior Mike Lee's eight points were the most since he scored 10 against Texas A&M on Jan. 5... Kansas has held all but one opponent to under 50 percent from the field this season (Nebraska shot 36.2 from the field)... Sophomore J.R. Giddens moved into a tie for 12th on the KU all-time three-point field goal attempts list at 298, tying Steve Woodberry (1991-94).

About Kansas State

Kansas State (13-6, 3-5) is looking to snap its longest losing streak of the season when KU comes to Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have lost their last two outings at Oklahoma State last Wednesday (77-57) and against Colorado Saturday (70-60). Four of K-State's losses have been by six points or less. The Wildcats are 11-3 at home this season and average 69.4 points per game while giving up 64.1 ppg. Senior Jeremiah Massey leads KSU at 17.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Massey is making 50 percent of his field goals and 80.8 percent of his free throws. Sophomore Fred Peete is next in scoring at 13.4 ppg. He leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game. Sophomore Cartier Martin is averaging 11.1 points and is tied with junior Marques Hayden for second in rebounds at 5.3 rpg. Hayden is averaging 6.8 ppg. Martin and sophomore Lance Harris are tied for the team-high with 30 three-point field goals made. Peete is next with 26.

Kansas State Head Coach Jim Wooldridge

Kansas State head coach Jim Wooldridge is in his fifth season at KSU with a record of 64-71. Last season Wooldridge guided K-State to a 12-4 home record which included an upset of No. 10 Texas in the regular season finale. Wooldridge is approaching his 300th career win as a head coach. He is in his 18th season overall with a 293-218 record.

Series History

Kansas leads the all-time series with Kansas State 167-88... KU has won 28 straight against KSU overall and 21 consecutive games in Manhattan... KU is 16-0 versus the Wildcats when playing in Bramlage Coliseum... KU coach Bill Self is 3-0 against the Wildcats, and Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge is 0-8 versus the Jayhawks... The last time K-State won in Manhattan was on Jan. 29, 1983, 58-57... The Jayhawks won the first-ever meeting with K-State, 54-39, on Jan. 25, 1907, in Lawrence.

KU-KSU Connections

  • KU second year assistant coach Tim Jankovich was a three-year starter at K-State. While playing for the Wildcats, Jankovich was a three-time Academic All-American and an honorable mention All-Big Eight player. The Gary, Ind., native left KSU with nine top-10 career marks including ranking first in assists per game and first in career free throw percentage (91.7). In each of his three seasons in Manhattan the Wildcats were ranked in the AP Top 20 and posted three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 1981 Elite Eight berth and a 1982 Sweet 16 appearance. Jankovich also served as an assistant coach for Kansas State from 1984-86.
  • Current K-State senior Mark Frederick is the son of former Kansas Athletics Director Dr. Bob Frederick. Mark spent two years at KU, transferred to K-State in the fall and walked onto the basketball team last season.
  • Kansas head coach Bill Self was a player for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1981 to 1985 and posted a 7-2 all-time record against the Wildcats as a player.
  • Kansas has four players from the Sunflower State while K-State has two.
  • Kansas State assistant sports information director Tom Gilbert served one year as an intern in the Kansas media relations office. Other KU personnel who have worked at K-State include media relations office manager Candace Dunback, J.D. Loudabarger and Casey Cook in facilities and Jennifer Berquist in the Williams Fund.

The Last Meeting

No. 15 Kansas defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 78-70, on Jan. 28, 2004, at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. The win gave the Jayhawks a nine-game win streak in regular-season Big 12 games and improved KU's record to 13-3 overall, 5-0 in the Big 12. The Wildcats fell to 9-7 overall, 1-4 in the Big 12. KU junior guard Keith Langford led KU with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Wayne Simien scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while junior guard Aaron Miles dropped in 13 points and tied a season high by dishing out 12 assists. Simien led KU with nine points and six rebounds in the first stanza as KU shot 47.2 percent from the field to lead at the break, 40-29. The Jayhawks shot 50.9 percent from the field for the game and grabbed a 60-39 lead, their largest of the contest, after a Simien jump shot at the 12:57 mark of the second half. The KU defense held off a late scoring rally by Kansas State and limited the Wildcats to just 40.0 percent shooting from the field. KSU's Jeremiah Massey led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field to go with 12 rebounds.

Series Facts

Current Streak: KU (won 28) Largest Winning Margin: 38 on Feb. 22, 1975 (91-53)
Current Home Streak: KU (won 10) Largest Losing Margin: 24 on Feb. 22, 1964 (46-70)
Current Road Streak: KU (won 20) Most Points Scored: 103 on Feb. 27, 2002 (103-68)
Last Home Win: 1-14-04 (73-67) Most Points Allowed: 93 on Dec. 30, 1952 (93-87)
Last Road Win: 1-28-04 (78-70) Fewest Points Scored: 9 on Feb. 2, 1917 (9-38)
Last Home Loss: 1-17-94 (64-68) Fewest Points Allowed: 12 on Jan. 31, 1908 (50-12)
Last Road Loss: 1-29-83 (57-58) High Individual Game (KU): 36, Dobbs on Feb. 12, 1955 (78-68)

A Kansas Win Would...

Make Kansas 19-1 which would be the best record since the 1996-97 season when KU went 22-1... Make the series against Kansas State 158-88 in the Jayhawks' favor... Give Kansas its 21st straight win in Manhattan dating back to the 1984 season... Make KU 9-0 in league play for the first time since the 2001-02 team went 16-0 in winning the Big 12 title... Make Kansas coach Bill Self 43-10 at KU, 250-115 overall and 4-0 all-time versus Kansas State... Give KU a 28-4 record in its last 32 games... Make KU 1,844-763 all-time... Give KU its sixth straight conference road win dating back to last season... Make KU 115-22 all-time in Big 12 league games.

A Kansas Loss Would...

Make Kansas 18-2 for the first time since the 2001-02 season when KU went 29-2... Snap a KU 28-game winning streak against Kansas State and make the series 167-89 in favor of the Jayhawks... Make KU 8-1 in league play for the first time since the 2002-03 team also went 10-1... Give KSU its first win against KU in Manhattan since Jan. 29, 1983... Make Bill Self 42-11 at KU, 249-116 overall and 3-1 versus the Wildcats... Snap a KU five-game Big 12 road-winning streak... Make Kansas 1,843-764 all-time.

Miles on Fire

Senior Aaron Miles has been on fire the last four games for Kansas. In that span he has shot 50 percent from the field, 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from three-point range and has averaged 8.5 assists. At Baylor, Miles was 3-for-4 from the field (all three-point attempts), scored 11 points and dished off nine assists. In the win against Texas, he scored 10 points by going 4-for-7 and 2-for-2 from three-point range with eight assists. Versus Missouri, Miles registered his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 assists. At one time he made nine straight three-point attempts. Miles is averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 assists on the season.

Simien Still Rolling

Senior Wayne Simien continues to roll for Kansas. In his last four games, the Leavenworth, Kan., forward is averaging 21.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 57.9 percent from the field and has six steals and four blocked shots in his past four outings. At Nebraska he posted his team-high eighth double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Simien is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double as his 18 ppg is ranked second and 10.7 rpg is ranked first. He is third in scoring in league games at 19 ppg and his 9.7 boards in conference play are second. In the first half alone Simien is averaging 11.2 points over the last five games. He has led KU in scoring in six of the last seven games, including a season-high 27 points against Texas on Jan. 29 and 22 versus on Missouri Jan. 31. He has shot 50 percent or better in 13 of his 15 games this season. He has seven games with 20 points or more this year. Three times this season Simien has recorded a double-double in each of the first halves. Against Vermont, he had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. His 25 points and 14 rebounds for the game earned Simien Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Against Saint Joseph's, Simien had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the opening half. At Colorado, he had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Simien has 29 career double-doubles, which is fifth on the KU career chart and ninth on the Big 12 all-time list.

Langford the Go-To Guy

Senior Keith Langford is second on the team and 13th in the Big 12 in scoring with 14.7 points per game and is averaging 15.3 ppg in league play, also 13th in the league. At Nebraska he tied his career high with 27 points. In his last four games, the Fort Worth guard has averaged 18 points. His previous three games, Langford averaged 10.3 ppg. Langford was the go-to guy against Georgia Tech as he scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime, posted 10 points in the final 2:46 of regulation and overtime and drained the game-winner with 3.3 seconds remaining in OT. For his efforts, Langford was named the ESPN.com National Player of the Week and the co-Big 12 Player of the Week with Texas' P.J. Tucker. Langford has four games with 20 or more points, including 21 against UW-Milwaukee. He scored 24 points in 23 minutes versus Louisiana-Lafayette. In the TCU win, Langford had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. A preseason Wooden and Naismith awards watch lists selection, Langford had 21 points versus Pacific with a career-high seven assists and led KU with 18 points at Iowa State on Jan. 12.

Giddens Getting It Done

Sophomore J.R. Giddens has made multiple three-point field goals in six of his last eight games, including a season-high 4-for-9 effort at on Baylor Jan. 25. In his last four games, Giddens is 12-for-30 (40 percent) from way out and averaging 11.5 points. He did not hit a three at Nebraska in five attempts but he did register four assists, a career-high three blocked shots, two steals and scored seven points. Against Texas, the Oklahoma City guard had a career-high five assists. Giddens has made three or more three-pointers in 11 games this season, including four against Georgia Tech and Baylor. Last year, he posted three or more treys 14 times. Giddens leads KU with 42 three-pointers this season and his 2.2 trey average is sixth in the Big 12. In only his second season at KU, he ranks 12th on the all-time three-point field goals made list at 116 and tied for 12th on the three-point field goals attempted list at 298.

Moody Making Mark

Named the "greatest walk-on in the history of college basketball" by CBS' Billy Packer in KU's win at Kentucky, junior Christian Moody has started 16 games this season. At Kentucky, the walk-on from Asheville, N.C., scored a career-high 11 points and was named Kansas' Chevrolet Player of the Game by CBS. Against Missouri, his nine points were the most since the UK game. Moody is shooting 58.9 percent from the field on the season and has pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds twice, including against then-No. 9 Georgia Tech. Against TCU, he produced his first double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. His second assist of the game was a blind kick out to a J.R. Giddens' three-pointer that ended up on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays list. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds eight times this season including each of his last two games. He is averaging 21.6 minutes, 6.2 points and is second on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game. Last year, he averaged seven minutes, 1.4 points and one rebound in 25 games for KU.

Kansas Celebrating 50 Years of Allen Fieldhouse

Named in honor of the late Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen, the Jayhawks' head coach for 39 years, Allen Fieldhouse is labeled by many as one of the best places in America to watch a college basketball game. The Fieldhouse was dedicated on March 1, 1955, as the Jayhawks defeated Kansas State, 77-66, before an overflow throng of 17,228. This season, Allen Fieldhouse will celebrate its 50th year of existence. Ceremonies for the anniversary of the Fieldhouse are being planned around the March 2 game against Kansas State -- the first opponent for KU in the facility.

Did You Know?

There are seven teams in the current rankings that Kansas has played or will play this season - No. 5 Kentucky, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 22 Villanova, No. 23 Texas, No. 24. Pacific and No. 25 Texas Tech (source: Associated Press poll). KU is currently 3-1 against those teams.

Up Next

Kansas returns home to face Colorado on Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The game will air on ABC television. KU defeated Colorado 76-61 in Boulder, Colo., on Jan. 15. The Jayhawks will spend Valentine's Day in Lubbock, Texas, when they take on Texas Tech next Monday, Feb. 14.

Story courtesy: KUAC


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