Observations From Allen Field House

If you need to drop a few pounds, Allen Field House was the place to be Saturday where the temperature was about equal to that of the surface of the sun. But it was a dry heat. Wait – no, it wasn't.

KU's won eight straight, their longest streak of the year.

It was nice to see a Kansas coach face his alma mater and not fall to the floor in a fetal position, crying about how hard it is and if he had his "druthers," he'd never do it.

KU has won 37 in a row in Allen Field House. They are an amazing 91-6 in the Phog under Bill Self.

As part of a halftime promotion, two students attempted to catch little basketballs dropped from the Allen Field House catwalk in peach baskets. The winner got a $250 gift certificate to the KU Store. I heard he plans to buy a sweatshirt and hopes to have enough left over to buy a pair of socks.

Oh, good. White Owl's back.

After Saturday's game, Cole Aldrich is averaging a double-double (14.6 ppg and 10.2 rpg). His 18 rebounds are the most by a Jayhawk since Wayne Simien had 20 against Kansas State in 2005. His 16 defensive rebounds are the most by a KU player since Dwight...errrr Drew Gooden had 20 against Texas Tech at the 2002 Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma State backup guard Keiton Page looks like an extra from "Little People, Big World."

Let's just say that Cowboys coach Travis Ford is a fiery competitor. There were several occasions Saturday when his squad gave away a turnover or committed a foul and I thought he was going to turn and punch his lead assistant in the throat.

Prior to the season, the NCAA said that one point of emphasis for officials was going to be cleaning up the pushing and shoving under the basket. From watching Oklahoma State's Marshall Moses, you could've fooled me. He put a shoulder into KU's Cole Aldrich twice every time his Cowboy teammates got him the ball inside.

Unless I'm reading the play-by-play sheet wrong, Oklahoma State didn't score consecutive baskets without KU scoring in between until the 11:12 mark of the second half. That makes it tough to win.

As KU coach Bill Self left the media room after the game, someone asked him if the phone calls from Missouri will start tonight. "They started last night," he replied. We're the calls pleasant? Self grinned: "Sure, very friendly."

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