Game Day with the Sooners

It's another Big 12 battle of heavyweights as Kansas (20-3, 10-2) takes on Oklahoma (19-6, 8-4) on ESPN's Big Monday at Norman, Okla., at 8 p.m.<br>

The Kansas Jayhawks have finished either first or second in the Big 12 race in all but one season the conference has existed. KU has won four league titles and three Big 12 Tournaments. Oklahoma has also won three league tournaments and has finished no lower than third in the Big 12 regular season in six of the eight years of the conference. Kansas ranks first in Big 12 league game wins with 116, while Oklahoma tied with Texas for second at 96. KU looks to rebound from two overtime losses last week. The Jayhawks fell at No. 25 Texas Tech in double overtime 80-79 on Monday, then lost to Iowa State 63-61 in OT Saturday. OU has won two straight heading into the KU contest. The Sooners are coming off a 69-68 win at Kansas State on Saturday. Last week Kansas was ranked No. 2 by both national polls while Oklahoma was No. 21 in Associated Press and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls.

About Kansas

Kansas has lost two straight games by a total of three points with both losses in a combined three overtimes. Last Monday, KU fell by one point - 80-79 - in double overtime at Texas Tech. On Saturday, the Jayhawks lost to Iowa State 63-61 in one overtime. KU is looking to break a three-game losing streak on ESPN Big Monday road contests dating back to last season. KU is 29-6 (82.9 percent) in its last 35 games dating back to last season. Named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, senior Wayne Simien leads KU and the Big 12 in scoring at 18.7 points per game, including 19.8 ppg in Big 12 play. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year recorded his fifth straight and conference-leading 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Iowa State on Saturday. Also named to the Midseason Wooden Award watch list is senior Keith Langford who is averaging 15.3 ppg overall and 16.1 in Big 12 play. Langford has averaged 19.6 points in his last five games. The go-to guard has led KU in scoring in three if its last five games. Sophomore J.R. Giddens is next in scoring at 10.7 ppg and has made three or more three-point field goals in three of his last four games. Giddens is averaging 2.6 three-point field goals per game in his last nine contests. He has made multiple three-pointers in nine of his last 12 games. Senior Aaron Miles has crushed every KU and Big 12 assists record and is averaging a league-best 7.5 assists per game. Last week his 7.4 average was sixth in the nation. At Texas Tech last Monday, Miles became only the 12th player in NCAA Division I history to record 900 career assists. His 911 assists are 11th all-time. Miles has averaged 8.5 assists in his last eight games. Junior Christian Moody is another starter who is averaging 6.1 ppg and is second on the team with five rpg. Moody has pulled down six or more rebounds 10 times this season and has averaged six rebounds in his last five games. Moody missed the Iowa State game due to injury. Freshman Sasha Kaun (3.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg) started in Moody's place.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self recorded his 250th career win at Kansas State on Feb. 9. His win against Colorado on Feb. 12 marked Self's seventh straight 20-win season as a head coach and his eighth overall. He is 44-12 in his second season at KU and 251-117 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 1-2 against Oklahoma.

Last Game - Iowa State 63, at No. 2 Kansas 61 (ot)

No. 2 Kansas rallied to force overtime, but fell 63-61 in the extra session to Iowa State, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. ISU sophomore Curtis Stinson scored a game-high 29 points, which included all seven of the Cyclones overtime points. KU senior Keith Langford forced overtime in the waning seconds of regulation with a floater in the lane. KU hit only one field goal in the extra session as junior Jeff Hawkins knocked down a three from the top of the key. Stinson connected on a 12-foot jumper in the lane with 5.4 seconds remaining to give the Cyclones a two-point lead. Kansas had one last shot at the victory, but Langford's three-point attempt hit the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded. Senior Wayne Simien led the Jayhawks with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Langford added nine points and six boards, while freshman Sasha Kaun, senior Aaron Miles and sophomore J.R. Giddens each scored seven points in the loss. Miles dished out a game-high 10 assists.

KU-Iowa State Leftovers

Senior Aaron Miles tied Nick Collison for fourth for the most games started in a career with 130... Miles recorded his third 10-assist game of the season. It was his 20th double-figure assist game of his career... Miles passed Orlando Smart of San Francisco for 11th place on the all-time NCAA career assists list, currently at 911... Miles' four steals moved him into sole possession of second place on the all-time Kansas steals list at 254... Senior Wayne Simien recorded his 800th rebound. He now has 806 boards in his career... Simien recorded his 12th double-double of the season and the 34th of his career... With 11 boards, Simien tied Eric Chenowith for fifth on the all-time double-figure rebound list with 35... Simien made all of his free throws for the third-straight game and has made 27 straight... Senior Keith Langford has played and scored in each of his 131 games while at Kansas... With nine points, Langford moved into seventh place on the all-time scoring list with 1,759 points passing Kirk Hinrich and Dave Robisch... Freshman Sasha Kaun recorded his first career start... Kaun has made at least one field goal in each of his last four games... Kaun's seven rebounds were a career-high... Freshman C.J. Giles made his first field goal since he went 2-for-3 at Iowa State on Jan. 12... Freshman Darnell Jackson hit his first bucket since Jan. 22 against Villanova... Kansas' 34.5 field goal percentage and 17.4 three-point percentage were season-lows for the Jayhawks. KU's four three-point field goals tied a season-low... The last time KU played back-to-back overtime games was during the 1996-97 season when KU defeated Nebraska 82-77 (2-1-97) and lost a double overtime game at Missouri, 96-94 (2-4-97)... The Jayhawks moved to 50-52 in OT games all-time including 1-2 this season.

About Oklahoma

Last week Oklahoma was ranked No. 21 by Associated Press and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. The Sooners (19-6, 8-4) have won two straight games after losing three of its previous four outings. OU won a 69-68 thriller at Kansas State Saturday and defeated Nebraska 83-60 last Wednesday. The Sooners are tough at home posting a 12-1 record at the Lloyd Noble Center. Junior forward Taj Gray leads Oklahoma with a 15.3 scoring average and 8.4 rebounding average. Gray also paces OU with 2.2 blocked shots per game. Junior forward Kevin Bookout is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg and rebounding at 6.6 rpg. He leads OU with a 61.1 field goal percentage. Junior guard Terrell Everett is next in scoring at 12.1 ppg and leads the team in assists with 5.0 per contest. Sophomore guards Drew Lavender -- 10.1 ppg -- and Lawrence McKenzie -- 9.4 ppg -- rank fourth and fifth in scoring for the Sooners.

Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson

Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson is in his 11th season at OU with a 253-98 record. Entering this season the Sooners have won an average of 23.4 wins per season and have advanced to postseason play all 10 seasons - nine NCAAs, one NIT - under Sampson. Included was the 2002 NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight in 2003. Sampson is in his 22nd year as a head coach with a 429-246 record.

Series History

Kansas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 129-63... OU has won three of the last five meetings, yet KU leads 8-3 since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997... Last meeting saw the Jayhawks defeat the Sooners, 79-58, on Feb. 29, 2004, in Lawrence, Kan... Kansas coach Bill Self is 1-2 against the Sooners and OU head coach Kelvin Sampson is 5-10 versus the Jayhawks... KU is 44-39 all-time against the Sooners in Norman and 12-14 against Oklahoma in the Lloyd Noble Center... The Jayhawks won the first-ever meeting with Oklahoma, 33-28, on March 5, 1920 in Lawrence, Kan.

The Last Meeting

No. 20 Kansas got 26 points from junior forward Wayne Simien and 22 from junior guard Keith Langford as they defeated Oklahoma, 79-58, at Allen Fieldhouse to break a two-game winning streak by the Sooners in the series. In the contest, KU point guard Aaron Miles and Langford each played in their 100th career game as a Jayhawk. Miles dished out a game-high 10 assists. Junior guard Michael Lee was the only other KU player in double-figures, scoring 12 points on a 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman guard Lawrence McKenzie lead the Sooners with 15 points, coming off the bench to connect on 6-of-13 shots. Senior guard Jason Detrick was the only other Sooner in double-figures, tallying 10 points.

KU All-Time Versus Oklahoma

Home: 66-16 Road: 44-39 Neutral: 19-8 Overall: 129-63 Self vs. Oklahoma: 1-2

Series Facts

  • Current Streak: KU (won 1) Largest Winning Margin: 31 on Feb. 5, 1963 (86-55)
  • Current Home Streak: KU (won 7) Largest Losing Margin: 28 on Jan. 28, 1989 (95-123)
  • Current Road Streak: OU (won 1) Most Points Scored: 109 on Feb. 23, 1991 (109-87)
  • Last Home Win: 2-29-24 (79-58) Most Points Allowed: 123 on Jan. 28, 1989 (95-123)
  • Last Road Win: 1-13-01 (69-61) Fewest Points Scored: 21 on Jan. 15, 1924 (21-19)
  • Last Home Loss: 2-17-93 (77-80) Fewest Points Allowed: 18 on Feb. 22, 1923 (42-18)
  • Last Road Loss: 2-23-03 (70-79) High Individual Game (KU): 38 Wesley on Feb. 13, 1965 (74-57)

A Kansas Win Would...

Make Kansas 21-3 and give KU 21 wins for the 16th straight season dating back to 1989-90... Make the series against Oklahoma 130-63 in the Jayhawks' favor, including 45-39 in games played in Norman... Give Kansas its fourth win in its last five trips to Norman... Give KU an 11-2 league record which would be its best mark since since the 2002-03 team went 14-2 in winning the Big 12 title... Make Kansas coach Bill Self 45-12 at KU, 252-117 overall and 2-2 all-time versus Oklahoma... Give KU a 30-6 record in its last 36 games... Make KU 1,846-765 all-time... Make KU 117-24 all-time in Big 12 league games.

A Kansas Loss Would...

Make Kansas 20-4 which would be its best 24-game record since the 2001-02 team went 33-4... Be KU's first three-game losing streak since the 1993-94 season... Make the KU-OU series 129-64 in favor of the Jayhawks yet give OU a 4-3 mark against KU in the last seven match ups... Give OU its second straight win against KU in Norman... Make KU 10-3 in league play... Make Bill Self 44-13 at KU, 254-118 overall and 1-3 versus Oklahoma... Make Kansas 1,845-766 all-time.

KU Player Quick Hits

  • Senior Michael Lee has been the first off the bench for KU in 11 games this season and is averaging 15.2 minutes per game. Lee has made 17-of-19 free throws and has made at least one three-pointer in 11 games this season. At Nebraska on Feb. 5 he scored eight points, the most since a 10-point effort against Texas A&M on Jan. 5.
  • Freshman Sasha Kaun's started his first game against Iowa State on Saturday and responded with seven points, a career-high seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. The center is averaging 13.3 minutes in Big 12 play which is up from his 11.3 on the season. Kaun is making 57.1 percent of his shots in league games and 52.8 on the season. Kaun pulled down five rebounds and scored a season-high 11 points at Villanova. He has 12 of his 16 blocked shots in his last 10 outings. Kaun has registered four or more rebounds six times this season and his 16 blocked shots are tied for the most on the team.
  • Junior Jeff Hawkins made the most of his six minutes against Iowa State by going 2-for-3 from three-point range. It marked the fifth time this season he has drained a three and the third time he has hit multiple treys. Hawkins is hitting 55 percent (11-for-20) from beyond the arc. He 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 saw his first action in five games with three minutes at Texas Tech last Monday. He played four minutes and pulled down two rebounds against Iowa State Saturday. Galindo had missed the previous games due to injury. Galindo started the first game of his career at Colorado and at Kentucky. He had five points and four blocked shots at Kentucky. 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 logged seven minutes with one assist and one steal against Colorado Feb. 12. Robinson was a clutch performer against South Carolina as he made his lone field goal and two free throws in the final 38 seconds of the 64-60 win. He earned Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts against USC. Robinson is averaging 4.3 points on the season.
  • Freshman C.J. Giles' 11 minutes against Iowa State were the most since the center played 21 at Iowa State on Jan. 12. Giles missed six games from Jan. 19 until Feb. 12. Against Iowa State, Giles tied his season high with three blocked shots. His four points were the most since the Jan. 12 Iowa State game as well. 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. His eight minutes against Colorado Feb. 12 were the most since he played 12 against Villanova on Jan. 22.

Story courtesy: KUAC Top Stories