With three regular season games remaining Kansas clinched at least a share of its sixth straight Big 12 regular season title. In addition KU posted its 123rd victory, for its most in a four-year period in school history.
Kansas improved to 27-1 on the season and a perfect 13-0 in Big 12
Conference play. The Jayhawks have won 13 straight games this
year, as well as 58 consecutive home games, the longest active streak
in the nation and second longest in school history (62 from
1993-98). Oklahoma fell to 13-14 overall and 4-9 in league
play while losing its fifth straight game.
Xavier Henry made each of his first eight shots from the field en route
to his second-straight 20-plus point game and fourth this
year. In the last five games Henry has averaged 18 points per
Sherron Collins added 17 points for the Jayhawks, including 10 in the
second half, while Tyshawn Taylor scored 11 in his second straight
start. Marcus Morris chipped in 10 and Cole Aldrich, who was
named the Academic All-American of the year earlier in the day, had
seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Oklahoma was led by Tommy Mason-Griffin, who finished with 17
points. Andrew Fitzgerald added 16, while Cade Davis chipped
The Jayhawks shot better than 50 percent from the field for the second
straight game, hitting 51.7 percent. Defensively, KU held the
visitors to just 41.3 percent shooting.
Kansas led by as many as 23 points early in the second half before
Oklahoma whittled the margin down to 12 twice in the final three
minutes. However, KU pulled away at the end en route to the
Henry scored 18 points in the first half to help Kansas to a 44-29
advantage at halftime. The freshman made all seven of his
shots, including two three-pointers.
Oklahoma started out slow missing its first 11 shots from the field as
KU jumped out to a 9-0 lead six and one-half minutes into the game
despite hitting just four of its first 11 attempts.
Eight different Jayhawks scored the first nine baskets of the game as
only Henry had more than one hoop. After Thomas Robinson made
consecutive baskets to put KU up 22-7, Oklahoma responded with just its
third basket - all by Fitzgerald - to go three of 17 from the field
with eight minutes left.
Trailing 26-9, the Sooners went on a 10-0 run to pull within 26-19 with
5:54 left in the period. Oklahoma hit four of six shots in
the run before Henry drilled a three-pointer and then scored on a
traditional three-point play on the following possession to push the
margin to 32-19 at the 5:20 mark.
Kansas will have a few days off before playing at Oklahoma State on
Saturday. That game will be televised on CBS with tipoff time
set for 3 p.m.
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