Scouting Tech

News, notes and quotes on No. 3 KU's matchup with Texas Tech at 12:45 p.m. (CT) in Allen Fieldhouse Saturday for the Jayhawks' (15-1) Big 12 home opener.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH

Texas Tech (12-4, 0-2 Big 12) returns four starters off last year's 14-19 team. The Red Raiders are coming off consecutive losses in Big 12 play to Missouri (94-89 OT) on Wednesday and at Oklahoma State (81-52) on Jan. 9. Tech's other two losses this season came at Wichita State (85-83) on Dec. 19 and at New Mexico (90-75) on Dec. 29.

TTU is averaging 79.1 points per game while allowing 72.7. The Red Raiders are shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from three-point range, and 71.9 percent at the free-throw line. They're limiting foes to 41.4 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc, while edging opponents on the boards, 37.9 per game to 37.2. Tech also averages 20.1 free throws made per game and 14 assists per game.

Pat Knight's team is led by 6-6 junior forward Mike Singletary with 15.4 points per game. He also adds 6.6 rebounds a contest. Five-foot-11 junior guard John Roberson is second in scoring (13.8 ppg, team leader with 87 assists, 27 steals and 28 treys), followed by 6-3 junior guard David Tairu (12.1 ppg), 6-1 senior guard Nick Okorie (8.8 ppg, 20 steals), 6-7 junior forward D'walyn Roberts (8.1 ppg, team-high 7.2 rpg and 22 blocks), 6-6 junior forward Brad Reese (7.1 ppg), 6-9 senior forward Darko Cohadarevic (7.1 ppg) and 6-6 junior forward Theron Jenkins (3.9 ppg).

Tech also features a local product, 6-10, 240-pound sophomore forward Robert Lewandowski from Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kan. He averages 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.

Despite TTU's 0-2 Big 12 record, KU coach Bill Self expects a tough challenge.

"They're playing faster," Self said. "Pat has played faster than his dad (Bob Knight, former Tech head coach) since he's been there. They are far more athletic than they have been since I've been in the league. They have a lot of experience with eight or nine juniors on the roster. They're good this year."

READY FOR REMATCH

Texas Tech handed Kansas one of its only two losses in conference play last year, an 84-65 rout in Lubbock on March 4. The Jayhawks still captured a share of the Big 12 title that night. Alan Voskuil lit KU up for 35 points, connecting on 9-of-14 threes. Kansas shot just 33.3 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from downtown.

"I remember going through the game and thinking how badly we played," Self recalled. "We were 13-1 going into that game. We watched the tape the last couple of days and we played poorly, but we tried. They were just better. Voskuil had a great night. I remember chewing on our guys after the game and then saying, `Congratulations, you just won the league.'"

Self sees last year's game as a bit of motivation heading into Saturday's rematch.

"I think the first Big 12 home game should be a motivation, a chance to go 2-0 is motivation, a chance to play at home is motivation and certainly the way they kicked our tail last year should be motivation, because they handled us quite easily last year."
 
SERIES HISTORY

Kansas leads the series with Texas Tech 17-4. The series dates back to 1959. KU is 10-0 against TTU in Allen Fieldhouse. Since the Big 12's inception, KU holds a 10-4 edge.

WELCOME BACK

KU's 1952 NCAA Championship team and the Jayhawks' 1974 Final Four team will be having reunions this weekend. Clyde Lovellette led Kansas in 1951-52 to a 28-3 record and victory over St. John's for the national title. He averaged a nation-leading 28.6 points per game. Other starters on that squad were Bob Kenney (13.1 ppg), Bill Hougland (6.8 ppg), Dean Kelley (6.5 ppg), and Bill Lienhard (5.8 ppg).

The 1974 Final Four squad bounced back from an 8-18 season the previous year to finish 23-7, marking the best turnaround in school history. That was one of the most balanced teams in KU annals, boasting five players who averaged in double figures. Danny Knight led the way at 12.4 points per game, followed by Roger Morningstar (12.3 ppg), Dale Greenlee (11.8 ppg), Norm Cook (11.4 ppg), and Super Sub Rick Suttle (11.3 ppg).

The Jayhawks won nine games that year by five points or less.

"We were really a tight group," Greenlee recalled. "We kind of watched out for each other. Coach (Ted Owens) once said, ‘We played like brothers.' No one really cared who scored."

REMEMBERING NO. 1,500

Exactly 17 years ago on Jan. 16, 1993, KU won its 1,500th victory in school history with a 98-77 rout at Louisville. Rex Walters led the Jayhawks with 20 points, while Adonis Jordan added 18 points and six assists. Kansas advanced to the Final Four that year, posting a 29-6 record and winning the Big Eight regular-season title.

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