Ford totaled by Collison!

In a game punctuated by spectacular individual performances, Kansas senior Nick Collison rallies his fellow Jayhawks to defeat T.J. Ford and the rest of the Texas Longhorns in Allen Fieldhouse on Big Monday. Kansas beat Texas 90-87.


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.

The Expected

  • 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 Unexpected

  • 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)

Other Chatter

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 


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