Game Day with the Red Raiders

No. 3 Kansas (20-1, 10-0) takes a six-game winning streak to Texas Tech (15-6, 7-3) for an ESPN Big Monday contest tonight. Tip from United Spirit Arena is set for 8 p.m. (CT). News and notes for tonight's game inside.<br>

The Kansas Jayhawks won their 20th game of the season with an 89-60 victory against Colorado on Saturday. Texas Tech had its four-game winning streak snapped at Iowa State Saturday, falling to the Cyclones 81-68.

About Kansas

No. 3 Kansas has won 20 games for the past 16 seasons dating back to the 1989-90 season. Through Saturday, KU is one of 14 teams in NCAA Division I to have won 20 games. KU's 20-1 record is the best since the 1996-97 team went 22-1. The Jayhawks are 10-0 in league play for the first time since the 2002 team went undefeated en route to the Big 12 title. Entering Sunday KU is one of seven teams that remain undefeated in their respective league race. Named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, senior Wayne Simien leads KU in scoring at 18.7 points per game, including 20.1 ppg in Big 12 play. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year recorded his third straight and 10th double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds against Colorado on Saturday. Simien has averaged 22.2 points and 10 rebounds in his last six games. Also named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list is senior Keith Langford who is averaging 15.1 ppg overall and 16 in Big 12 play. Langford has averaged 21.7 points in his last three games and is shooting 58.1 percent (25-for-43) in that span. Sophomore J.R. Giddens is next in scoring at 10.9 ppg and has scored in double figures in six of his last seven outings. Giddens is averaging 2.7 three-point field goals per game in his last seven contests. He has made multiple three-pointers in eight of his last 10 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 892, which is 14th all-time. Miles is coming off his highest league scoring game with 17 points against Colorado, and is averaging 8.9 ppg on the season. Junior Christian Moody is another starter who is averaging 6.1 ppg and is second on the team with 4.9 rpg. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds nine times this season, which includes seven boards against Colorado on Saturday. He also had nine points against the Buffs.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self recorded his 250th career win at Kansas State last Wednesday. His win against Colorado marked Self's seventh straight 20-win season as a head coach and his eighth overall. He is 44-10 in his second season at KU and 251-115 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 2-3 against Texas Tech, which includes a 1-0 mark while at KU.

Kansas Coaches Fastest to 40 Wins

Coach (seasons at KU) Record with 40 wins Games to get to 40 wins
Dick Harp (1956-64) 40-6 46
W.O. Hamilton (1909-19) 40-9 49
BILL SELF (2004-present) 40-10 50
Ted Owens (1964-83) 40-12 52
Roy Williams (1989-2003) 40-13 53
Larry Brown (1984-88) 40-14 54
Phog Allen (1907-09; 1919-56) 40-17 57
Dr. James Naismith (1898-1907) 40-47 87

Last Game - at No. 3 Kansas 89, Colorado 60

No. 3 Kansas shot 57 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from the Colorado Buffaloes, 89-60, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Wayne Simien notched his 10th double-double of the season with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Simien was 11-of-11 from the free throw line. KU led 18-7 early in the first half, but took a 40-33 lead into the locker room after Colorado ended the half with a last-second basket by sophomore guard Marcus Hall. The Jayhawks came out firing and outscored the Buffs, 49-27 in the second half. With the win the Jayhawks improved to 20-1 overall and remain unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 10-0 record. KU held Colorado to 35 percent from the field. KU shot 79 percent from the free throw line, while Colorado managed just 46 percent from the charity stripe. Senior Aaron Miles added 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out a game-high nine assists, while sophomore J.R. Giddens netted 11 points. Senior Keith Langford lit it up in the second half for 12 points to give him 14 for the game. Junior Christian Moody scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds, including six offensive boards in the win. The Jayhawks did not allow the Buffaloes a field goal in the final 6:33 of the game, while Kansas outscored Colorado 19-7 on second chance points. Colorado was led by freshman Richard Roby who scored 14, while Hall added 10 in the loss.

KU-Colorado Leftovers

Senior Wayne Simien's 11 first half free throws were the most in a half by a Jayhawk since Simien himself made 11 free throws in the second half against UAB on March 26, 2004... Simien's perfect game from the line (11-for-11) marked the most free throws made without a miss in a single game since Rex Walters went 11-for-11 against Oklahoma on March 14, 1992. It also marked the most free throws in a conference game without a miss since the 1988-89 season... With his 25 points tonight, Simien passed Adonis Jordan and Richard Scott on KU's all-time scoring list with 1,383 points. He now sits in 20th position with 1,383 points... Simien has scored 20-plus points in two-straight games and four out of his last five. It marked his ninth 20 point game of the season and the 26th of his career... Simien (25 points, 12 rebounds) recorded his 10th double-double of the season and the 32nd of his career.. Senior Aaron Miles (17 points) passed Charlie Black for 35th on KU's all-time scoring list with 1,091 points... With his nine assists, Miles passed Frank Smith of Old Dominion and Jim Les of Bradley on the NCAA all-time career assists list. He now sits in 14th place at 892. He is one shy of Chico Fletcher of Arkansas State and two shy of Andre LaFleur of Northeastern... Miles shot 75 percent from the floor (6-for-8), which tied an individual season-high for field goal percentage in a game. He accomplished this feat twice earlier this season against Texas A&M and Pacific... Junior Christian Moody's six offensive boards tied a season-high for KU. Simien had six offensive rebounds agianst South Carolina... After missing six games, freshman C.J. Giles saw his first action since Jan. 19 against Nebraska... Senior Keith Langford has played and scored in all 129 games since his arrival at KU... KU has hit at least one three-pointer in 167 straight games... The Jayhawks have held their opponents under 100 points for 105 straight games... Prior to the game, freshman Jamie Weaver of Manhattan, Kan. won a free year's rent at Jefferson Commons for hitting a half-court shot.

About Texas Tech

Texas Tech has won four of its last five games and seven of its last nine. Both losses were on the road at Texas (80-73) on Jan. 25 and at Iowa State (81-68) on Saturday. Tech is 10-3 in since January 1. The Red Raiders are 11-1 at home this season with the lone loss to current No. 10 Oklahoma State (76-66) on Jan. 8. Tech is averaging a Big 12-leading 82.4 points and giving up 68.7 points per game. Senior guard Ronald Ross paces the Red Raiders with a 17.1 scoring average. Ross leads the team with 30 three-point field goals made and in steals with 54. He is also second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Jarrius Jackson is next in scoring at 15.2 ppg. Jackson leads the team in assists with 77. Freshman Martin Zeno is next in scoring at 12.9 ppg. He leads the team with 89 free throws shot this season. Senior Devonne Giles rounds out the double-figure scorers for Tech at 12.4 ppg. Giles leads the team with a 6.5 rebound average and in blocked shots with 38.

Texas Tech Head Coach Bob Knight

The NCAA Division I active wins leader with 847 victories, Bob Knight is in his fourth season at Texas Tech where he has amassed an 83-39 record. Knight is 847-328 overall in his 38th season as he is only the fourth coach in NCAA Division I history to win 800 career games. Knight has guided Texas Tech to three straight postseason tourneys - two NCAAs, one NIT. A three-time national coach of the year honoree while at Indiana (1975, 1976 and 1989), Knight is the last coach to post an undefeated season while guiding the Hoosiers to a 32-0 record in 1975-76.

The Series

Kansas leads the all-time series with Texas Tech 15-1... Last meeting saw the No. 20 Jayhawks defeat the Red Raiders, 96-77, in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 7, 2004... KU is on a six-game winning streak against TTU... Kansas coach Bill Self is 2-3 against Texas Tech, and TTU head coach Bob Knight is 4-10 all-time versus KU, and 0-4 while at Texas Tech... Texas Tech's lone win in the series was after a 41-point performance by Rayford Young in a 90-84 win in Lubbock on Feb. 13, 1999 at Municipal Coliseum - home of Tech prior to United Spirit Arena in 1999-00... Kansas is 94-17 all-time versus schools from the state of Texas, which includes a 4-0 mark this season... The Jayhawks won the first-ever meeting with Texas Tech, 85-71, on December 7, 1959, in Lawrence, Kan.

The Last Meeting

No. 20 Kansas defeated No. 19 Texas Tech, 96-77, Feb. 7 in Allen Fieldhouse. The win improved the Jayhawks' record to 15-4 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders fell to 17-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12. The win also gave the Jayhawks a 23-game win streak in Big 12 home games. KU junior forward Wayne Simien led KU with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field to go with a career-high 17 rebounds. Freshman guard J.R. Giddens chipped in with a career-high tying 18 points, while freshman center David Padgett added 16 points and five rebounds. Simien scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead KU in the first stanza. The Jayhawks were a sizzling 5-of-7 from three-point range and shot 54.5 percent from the field for the half. The Crimson and Blue defense held the Red Raiders to 40.6 percent shooting and led at the half, 44-36. The Jayhawk defense held Texas Tech to 38.3 percent shooting for the game and held the Red Raiders scoreless for nine minutes of the second half. KU scored a season-high 52 points in the second half and totaled a season-high 96 points for the game. TTU's Andre Emmett led all scorers with 29 points on 8-of-20 shooting to go with eight rebounds. Texas Tech made a KU opponent season-high 26 free throws, and its 31 attempts tied an opponent season-high.

A Kansas Win Would...

Make Kansas 21-1, which would be the best record since the 1996-97 season when KU went 22-1... Make the series against Texas Tech 16-1 in the Jayhawks' favor... Gives KU at least 21 wins for the 16th straight season... Give Kansas its third straight win against Texas Tech in games played in Lubbock and a 3-0 record at the United Spirit Arena... Make KU 11-0 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 45-10 at KU, 252-115 overall and 3-3 all-time versus Texas Tech... Give KU a 30-4 record in its last 34 games... Make KU 1,846-763 all-time... Make KU 117-22 all-time in Big 12 league games... Extend Kansas' Big 12 road winning streak to 7-0 dating back to last season.

A Kansas Loss Would...

Make Kansas 20-2 for the first time since the 2001-02 season when KU went 29-2... Snap a KU six-game winning streak against Texas Tech and make the series 15-2 in favor of the Jayhawks... Make KU 10-1 in league play for the first time since the 2002-03 team went 10-1... Give Texas Tech its first win against KU since Feb. 13, 1999, snapping six straight KU wins against the Red Raiders... Make Bill Self 44-11 at KU, 254-116 overall and 2-4 versus the Red Raiders... Snap a KU six-game Big 12 road-winning streak... Make Kansas 1,845-764 all-time.

Simien Still Rolling

Senior Wayne Simien continues to roll for Kansas. In his last six games, the Leavenworth, Kan., forward is averaging 22.2 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 55.2 percent from the field and has nine steals and five blocked shots in his last six outings. Against Colorado, he recorded his second straight and ninth 20-point effort of the season with 25 points. Additionally, he had 12 rebounds for his third straight and 10th double-double of the season. His 10 DDs are tied for first in the league with Oklahoma's Taj Gray. Simien is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double as his 18.7 ppg and 10.9 rpg ranked first in the league. Simien has led KU in scoring in seven of the last nine games. He has shot 50 percent or better in 15 of his 17 games this season. 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.

Aaron Miles Having Solid Season

Senior Aaron Miles is having a solid season. His 17 points against Colorado Saturday were the second highest output of the season for Miles and the most in conference play. He scored 19 against Pacific on Dec. 4, 2004. As for the past three seasons, Miles leads the team in assists, currently with 154 for a Big 12-leading 7.3 per game. The Portland, Ore., guard is second on the team with 26 three-point field goals made and he is making 54.2 from beyond the arc. Averaging 8.9 ppg, Miles has one double-double on the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Missouri and has nine double-figure scoring games in 2004-05. He also leads the team in steals with 36 on the year.

Story courtesy: KUAC


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