Hinrich shoots over Harris (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A Night for Seniors
Three seniors important to the Kansas basketball program were on display tonight in Allen Fieldhouse, two you might expect, and one - you might NOT.
- Kansas senior forward Nick Collison erupted for 24 points and 23 rebounds
in a career performance against Texas.
"I just made up my mind that I was going to be very aggressive,'' said Collison, who fouled out with a little more than 1 minute left. "We really needed a win. We really needed a lot of rebounds against a big, physical Texas team. I think it might be my best game.''
"I don't know if I've ever seen a person be so relentless on the backboard as Nick Collison was,'' [Kansas Coach] Williams said. "If those NBA scouts sitting over there tonight say there's anybody in the world with a bigger heart, then they're just blind.''
Repeating: 24 points, 23 rebounds - and one standing ovation by Dick Vitale on national television for the gutty performance by Collison.
- Fellow senior Kirk Hinrich's 25 points was almost lost in the hoopla surrounding Collison's effort, but the box score doesn't lie: 25 points on 7-14 shooting from the field to go along with four assists in another gutty performance.
- The third senior (early apologies to this gentleman for the "senior"
reference) you might NOT expect to see honored at Allen Fieldhouse - Former
Missouri Coach Norm Stewart.
Stewart was honored in a pregame ceremony by Kansas Coach Roy Williams. By the way, Norm finally took the students' advice - and sat down.
Former Mizzou coach Norm Stewart finally sits down (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
In the anticipated point guard battle between Jayhawk Aaron Miles and Texas' T.J. Ford, Ford put on a spectacular performance scoring 25 points and 10 assists on 8-23 shooting from the field. Miles added 15 points of his own, and tallied 9 assists and just 1 turnover in 30 minutes.
Boxscore and Other Info
- Boxscore from kuathletics.com.
- Game wrapup from Yahoo Sports.
- Kansas improves to 14-5 overall, and 4-1 in league play.
- KU's next game is on the road at Nebraska on Saturday, February 1. Gametime is 1:00 pm (CST).
- Discussion about this win is available at Phog Net Talk.
Special thanks to GAPeachHawk for the catchy headline! - Editor