Game Day with the Buffs

Kansas (19-1, 9-0) looks to remain undefeated in Big 12 play when it plays host to Colorado (12-9, 4-6) on ABC at 2:30 p.m.<br>

The Kansas Jayhawks are looking to win their 20th game for the 16th straight season dating back to 1988-89. Colorado brings a two-game winning streak into Allen Fieldhouse after its 88-79 win against Texas on Tuesday. The Buffs have won four of their last six outings.

About Kansas

Kansas (19-1, 9-0) continued its umblemished Big 12 record with a 74-65 win at Kansas State on Wednesday. The Jayhawks are 9-0 in league play for the first time since the 2002 team went undefeated en route to the Big 12 title. KU's starters were the key in the win as they accounted for 68 of the 74 points scored. KU's 19-1 record is the best since the 1996-97 team went 22-1. The win extended KU's streak to 29 straight against Kansas State and 22 consecutive games played in Manhattan. Named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, senior Wayne Simien leads KU in scoring at 18.3 points per game, including 19.5 ppg in Big 12 play. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year recorded his second straight and ninth double-double of the season at Kansas State with 23 points and 13 rebounds and has averaged 21.6 points in his last five games. Also named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list is senior Keith Langford who is averaging 15.2 ppg overall and 16.2 in Big 12 play. Langford has averaged 25.5 points in his last two games - 27 points at Nebraska and 24 at Kansas State. Sophomore J.R. Giddens is next in scoring at 10.9 ppg after scoring a season-high 18 points at Kansas State. In the game Giddens was 7-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range. He has made multiple three-pointers in seven of his last nine games. 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 883 and is averaging 8.7 ppg. Junior Christian Moody is another starter who is averaging 5.9 ppg and is second on the team with 4.8 rpg. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds eight times this season.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self recorded his 250th career win at Kansas State Wednesday. His next victory will give Self his seventh straight 20-win season and his eighth overall. He is 43-10 in his second season at KU and 250-115 in his 12th season overall. Last year, KU posted a 24-9 record and finished tied for second in the Big 12 race at 12-4. KU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, falling to Georgia Tech in overtime, 79-71. Self's 24 victories tied Dick Harp for the most wins by a KU coach in his debut season at Kansas. Prior to KU, Self led Illinois to two Big Ten titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Before Illinois, he guided Tulsa to two WAC championships in 1999 and 2000 and was The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000. A four-time Naismith Coach of the Year Award finalist, Self began his coaching career at KU in 1985-86 and was an assistant at his alma mater - Oklahoma State - from 1986 until 1993. His first head coaching stint was at Oral Roberts where he guided the Golden Eagles to the NIT in 1996-97, their first postseason appearance since 1983-84. Self is 3-0 against Colorado with all three wins as head coach of the Jayhawks.

Last Game - No. 3 Kansas 74, at Kansas State 65

No. 3 Kansas shot 53 percent from the field for the second game in a row to lift the Jayhawks to a 74-65 victory over in-state rival Kansas State Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum, in Manhattan, Kan. Senior Keith Langford led all scorers with 24 points. With the win the Jayhawks improved to 19-1 overall and remain unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 9-0 record. KU held Kansas State to 38 percent from the field. The nine-point victory gives Kansas a 22 game win streak over Kansas State in Manhattan and 29 wins overall in the Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks got off to a hot start in the first half and led 16-5, but K-State answered with an 11-0 run to tie the game at 16. The Jayhawks countered with a 7-0 run late in the first half to give the Crimson and Blue a 26-19 lead. At the half, the Jayhawks led 35-25. KU lit up the nets shooting 62 percent from three-point range in the game. Senior Wayne Simien scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds en route to his ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore J.R. Giddens scored 18 points as he connected on 4-of-6 from three-point range. Kansas led by 17 in the second half at 54-37, but the Wildcats continued to fight and cut the Jayhawks' lead to four. Giddens nailed a three with 1:45 left to put the Jayhawks up eight, 64-56. Langford then made four straight free throws and Mike Lee added two more in the waning moments to seal the win for KU.

KU-Kansas State Leftovers

With his six assists, senior Aaron Miles moved into a tie for 15th place with Frank Smith of Old Dominion on the NCAA all-time career assists list with 883 dimes... Miles' steal moved him into a tie for second place with Danny Manning (250) on the KU all-time steals chart. Miles' 37 minutes played also moved him past Darnell Valentine and Tony Guy and into fifth on the Jayhawks' career list with 3,933 minutes... Senior Keith Langford's three three-pointers made in the first half marked a season-high... Langford's 24 points marked his second straight 20+ point game and fifth of the season... Langford also became the ninth player in KU and Big 12 history to score 1,700 career points and surpassed Kevin Pritchard (1,692) to move into the Jayhawks' ninth all-time scoring spot (1,712). His 37 minutes played also put him ahead of Calvin Thompson for 10th on the KU all-time list with 3,681 for his career... Senior Wayne Simien's 23 points and 13 rebounds marked his ninth double-double of the season and 31st of his career. His 13 boards also moved him into a tie with Greg Ostertag (770) for 11th place on the KU career rebounding chart... Sophomore J.R. Giddens scored a season-high 18 points and tied his season-best with four three-pointers... Giddens' four three-pointers moved his career total to 120 and put him past Sean Pearson (117) and in 11th on the Jayhawks' all-time treys list. He is also now tied with Paul Pierce for 11th place on the KU all-time three-point attempts list (304)... Kansas' 61.5 percent shooting from behind the three-point line marked a season-high. The Jayhawks' previous season-best was 60.0 percent against Missouri... Kansas is 14-0 this season when leading at the half.

About Colorado

Colorado (12-9, 4-6) enters Allen Fieldhouse with a two-game winning streak after its 88-79 win against No. 23 Texas Tuesday. CU has won four of its last six games and has posted two road wins in its last three games away from Boulder, Colo. The Buffs average 71.3 points per game. Freshman guard Richard Roby leads Colorado in scoring with a 15.9 average, which is ninth in the Big 12. Roby is also tops on the CU team with 43 three-point field goals made this season. Junior forward Chris Copeland is next in scoring at 13.6 points per game, 19th in the league. Sophomore guard Marcus Hall is next in scoring at 12 and he leads CU in assists with 4.3 per game.

Colorado Head Coach Ricardo Patton

In his ninth season at Colorado, head coach Ricardo Patton holds an overall record of 155-123, but is just 1-20 in his career against the Jayhawks. The Nashville, Tenn., native has guided the Buffaloes to the postseason in four of his last six years in Boulder, including an NCAA tournament appearance in 2003. Last season, Patton led the Buffs to an 18-11 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 -- Colorado's best finish since the 1996-97 season. Prior to his appointment as CU's head coach, Patton served as both an assistant coach (1993-96) and interim head coach (1996) at the school.

The Series

Kansas leads the all-time series with Colorado, 108-39... The last meeting between the two teams saw the Jayhawks defeat the Buffaloes, 76-61, on Jan. 15, 2005, in Boulder, Colo... KU coach Bill Self is 3-0 versus the Buffaloes, while CU head coach Ricardo Patton is 1-20 against the Jayhawks as the lone win (60-59) came in Boulder on Jan. 22, 2003... The Jayhawks are 53-7 against the Buffs in Lawrence which includes a 44-5 mark in Allen Fieldhouse. The last CU win in Allen Fieldhouse was Feb. 10, 1983 (75-74)... The first two games of the series -- Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, 1931 -- were played in Denver, Colo.

The Last Meeting

No.2 Kansas won its third straight road game to remain undefeated with a 76-61 victory over Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Jan. 15. With the win, the Jayhawks improve to 13-0 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 play. In just his second game back from thumb surgery, KU senior Wayne Simien posted a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Simien also logged his seventh double-double of the season as he tied a career-high with 17 rebounds. In the game, KU continued its good free throw shooting connecting on 27-of-37 from the charity stripe. Senior Keith Langford added 14 points, while sophomore J.R. Giddens chipped in with 11, including three three-pointers. Freshman Sasha Kaun came off the bench to score eight points in the win. KU controlled the game early by holding Colorado to just 24 percent shooting in the first half to take a 38-25 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Buffaloes came to life, cutting the KU lead to 60-56 at the 6:42 mark when Eddy Glean connected on a three-point play. The Jayhawks would go on a 9-0 run to pull away and seal the victory. Colorado (8-6, 0-3 Big 12) was led by Chris Copeland who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Richard Roby added 14 points, while Glean added five points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

KU All-Time vs. Colorado

Home: 55-7 Road: 33-26 Neutral: 20-6 Overall: 108-39 Self vs. Colorado: 3-0

Series Facts

  • Current Streak: KU (won 4) Largest Winning Margin: 49 on Feb. 15, 1997 (114-74)
  • Current Home Streak: KU (won 20) Largest Losing Margin: 17 on March 8, 1948 (77-60)
  • Current Road Streak: KU (won 2) Most Points Scored: 114 on Feb. 15, 1997 (114-74)
  • Last Home Win: 1-25-04 (78-57) Most Points Allowed: 89 on Feb. 17, 1982 (89-80)
  • Last Road Win: 1-15-05 (76-61) Fewest Points Scored: 22 on Jan. 4, 1932 (25-22)
  • Last Home Loss: 2-10-83 (75-74) Fewest Points Allowed: 19 on Jan. 5, 1931 (25-19)
  • Last Road Loss: 1-22-03 (60-59) High Individual Game (KU): 44 B.H. Born on March 2, 1953 (78-55)

A Kansas Win Would...

Make Kansas 20-1 which would be the best record since the 1996-97 season when KU went 22-1... Make the series against Colorado 109-39 in the Jayhawks' favor... Give KU its 20th win for the 16th straight season... Give Kansas its 21st straight win against Colorado in games played in Lawrence... Make KU 10-0 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 44-10 at KU, 251-115 overall and 3-0 all-time versus Colorado... Give KU a 29-4 record in its last 33 games... Make KU 1,845-763 all-time... Make KU 116-22 all-time in Big 12 league games... Extend KU's home winning streak to 20 games... Make Kansas 564-101 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 148-7 since 1994-95.

A Kansas Loss Would...

Make Kansas 19-2 for the first time since the 2001-02 season when KU went 29-2... Snap a KU four-game winning streak against Colorado and make the series 108-40 in favor of the Jayhawks... Make KU 9-1 in league play for the first time since the 2002-03 team went 10-1... Give Colorado its first win at KU since Jan. 14, 1984, snapping 20 straight KU wins in Allen Fieldhouse... Make Bill Self 43-11 at KU, 250-116 overall and 3-1 versus the Buffaloes... Snap a KU 20-game home winning streak... Make Kansas 1,844-764 all-time... Make KU 563-102 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse and 147-8 since 1994-95.

Simien Still Rolling

Senior Wayne Simien continues to roll for Kansas. In his last five games, the Leavenworth, Kan., forward is averaging 21.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 56.2 percent from the field and has seven steals and five blocked shots in his past five outings. At Kansas State he registered his second straight and a team-high ninth double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. His nine DDs are second in the league. Simien is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double as his 18.3 ppg is ranked second and 10.8 rpg is ranked first. He is second in scoring in league games at 19.5 ppg and his 10.1 boards in conference play are second as well. Simien has led KU in scoring in six of the last eight games. He has shot 50 percent or better in 14 of his 16 games this season. He has eight 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 has come on strong as of late. In his last five games the Fort Worth, Texas, native is averaging 19.2 points. He currently ranks second on the team and 12th in the Big 12 in scoring at 15.2 ppg, yet his 16.2 ppg in Big 12 games is 10th among the leaders. Langford has led KU in scoring in each of the past two games with 24 at Kansas State and a career-high tying 27 at Nebraska. 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 five games with 20 or more points. A preseason Wooden and Naismith awards watch lists selection, Langford had 21 points versus Pacific with a career-high seven assists.

Langford Joins KU Elite

On Wednesday at Kansas State, Langford became only the ninth player in Kansas men's basketball history to score 1,700 career points. His 1,712 points are ninth on the KU career list and eighth on the Big 12's career list. Additionally, Langford has played and scored in all 128 of his games played at Kansas.

Miles Climbing Career Charts

Every time senior Aaron Miles garners an assist, he adds to his conference and school career record, which is currently at 883. He is the nation's active career leader in NCAA Division I. In three straight games this season, the Portland, Ore., guard set three career assist records. Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 22, Miles became the Big 12 career assists leader, surpassing Oklahoma State's Doug Gottlieb (793). The following game against Georgia Tech, he became the school's all-time assists leader, passing Jacque Vaughn's (1994-97) 804. In the win against Texas A&M, Miles dished five assists to become the league's all-time conference games only assists leader, currently at 414, passing Gottlieb who was at 354. Miles has had seven or more assists in 13 of 20 games this season. He has twice recorded a season-high 10 assists against Nevada and Missouri and he leads the Big 12 with 7.3 assists per game. He needs 117 assists to become the fourth player in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 for his career and his 883 assists currently ranks tied for 15th all-time.

NCAA Career Assists

  1. Name, School (last season) Assists
  2. Bobby Hurley, Duke (1993) 1,076
  3. Chris Corchiani, North Carolina State (1991) 1,038
  4. Ed Cota, North Carolina (2000) 1,030
  5. Keith Jennings, East Tennessee State (1991) 983
  6. Steve Blake, Maryland (2003) 972
  7. Sherman Douglas, Syracuse (1989) 960
  8. Tony Miller, Marquette (1995) 956
  9. Greg Anthony, Portland & UNLV (1991) 950
  10. Doug Gottlieb, Notre Dame & Oklahoma State (2000) 947
  11. Gary Payton, Oregon State (1990) 939
  12. Orlando Smart, San Francisco (1994) 902
  13. Andre LaFleur, Northeastern (1987) 894
  14. Chico Fletcher, Arkansas State (2000) 893
  15. Jim Les, Bradley (1986) 884
  16. AARON MILES, KANSAS (present) 883
  17. Frank Smith, Old Dominion (1988) 883

Other Aaron Miles(tones)

  • In January, Miles was named one of 18 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award honoring the nation's top point guard.
  • Against Missouri on Jan. 31, Miles registered his KU record 19th career game with 10 or more assists.
  • Against Texas A&M, Miles became the 48th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 points. His two game-sealing free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining in the 65-60 win against the Aggies gave Miles his 1,000th and 1,001st points. Miles is 36th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,074 points.
  • Miles is tied for second in KU career steals - currently at 250. He is tied with former KU great and current Director of Basketball Operations Danny Manning's 250.
  • Miles has 127 starts, which is sixth on Kansas' all-time career list.
  • Miles is fifth in all-time KU minutes played at 3,933.

Giddens Getting It Done

Sophomore J.R. Giddens is coming off one of his best performances in which he scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting - 4-for-6 from three-point range - at Kansas State. Giddens has made multiple three-point field goals in seven of his last nine games. In his last six games, Giddens is 16-for-36 (44.4 percent) from way out and averaging 12.5 points. At Nebraska he registered 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 12 games this season, including four against Kansas State, Baylor, Georgia Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. Last year, he posted three or more treys 14 times. Giddens leads KU with 46 three-pointers made this season and his 2.3 trey average is fifth in the Big 12. In only his second season at KU, he ranks 11th on the all-time three-point field goals made list at 120 and is 11th on the three-point field goals attempted list at 304.

KU Player Quick Hits

  • Senior Michael Lee has made at least one three-pointer in five of his last seven games. One of the first off the bench, Lee is 5-for-12 from way out in his last five games. At Nebraska last Saturday he scored eight points, the most since a 10-point effort against Texas A&M on Jan. 5.
  • Freshman Sasha Kaun's minutes have picked up as of late. The center is coming off a season-high 26 minutes at Kansas State on Wednesday and he has averaged 15.4 minutes in his last seven games. Kaun is 13-for-25 (.520) from the field in that span. Kaun pulled down five rebounds and scored a season-high 11 points at Villanova. Against Nebraska on Jan. 19, Kaun pulled down four rebounds. He has eight blocked shots in his last six outings. He has registered four or more rebounds five times this season and his 12 blocked shots are tied for second most on the team.
  • Junior Jeff Hawkins has averaged 9.7 minutes in his last six games. He is averaging 5.8 minutes on the season. Hawkins was 5-for-5 from three-point range at Baylor on Jan. 25 in scoring a season-high 15 points. He entered the game 3-for-7 from way out for the year. The last time a Jayhawk made five-straight three-pointers in a single game was Jan. 26, 1994, when Sean Pearson knocked down five-straight against Oklahoma State.
  • Freshman Alex Galindo started the first game of his career at Colorado and at Kentucky, yet has missed the last three games due to injury. He had five points and four blocked shots. Against Georgia Tech, Galindo was 1-for-7 when he drained a three-pointer to cut Tech's lead to 65-64 in overtime. Against Texas A&M, he broke a 58-58 tie with a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining. Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Georgia Tech, he set career-highs with seven rebounds.
  • Freshman Russell Robinson has played key minutes in a back-up role at the guard spot. Mainly used at the point, Robinson has played 12 or more minutes in 10 games this season. He was a clutch performer against South Carolina as he made his lone field goal and two free throws in the final 38 seconds in the 64-60 win. He earned ESPN.com Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts against USC. Robinson is averaging 5.1 points on the season.
  • Freshman C.J. Giles has missed the last six games due to injury. Giles has four starts this season. Included was a 10-point performance at Kentucky and two six-rebound efforts against the Wildcats and at Iowa State.
  • Freshman Darnell Jackson started the first game of his career against Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dec. 22.

Up Next

Kansas hits the road for an ESPN Big Monday game at Texas Tech on Feb. 14. Tip from the United Spirit Arena is set for 8 p.m. The Jayhawks then return home to face Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 19. Tip from Allen Fieldhouse is noon and the game will air on ABC Television.

Story courtesy: KUAC


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