Kansas Wraps up the Regular Season with a Trip to Columbia

No. 2 Kansas (28-2) closes out the 2009-10 regular season at Border Showdown foe Missouri (22-8, 10-5) Today. The Jayhawks are coming off an 82-65 win against No. 5 Kansas State Wednesday. The victory was KU's 27th-straight home finale win and 26th-consecutive Senior Night win. KU's 28 wins in 30 games is the second best 30-game record in school history (29-1 in 1996-97). Missouri won at Iowa State Tuesday 69-67 in overtime. The Tigers have won 10 league games for the second straight season.



PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas KU 82.4 48.8 69.7 40.2 40.4 13.2 27.2 17.2 12.6 8.7 6.5 18.7
Missouri MIZZ 78.9 44.7 72.5 38.1 36.1 13.1 23.0 15.6 13.4 11.1 4.7 19.3
Kansas KU Opponents 63.8 37.7 67.5 34.1 34.0 12.9 21.1 12.3 14.6 6.2 3.6 20.3
Missouri MIZZ Opponents 65.1 40.1 69.3 29.7 37.8 13.8 23.9 10.9 19.9 6.2 3.1 19.2
Rank and Records KU
MIZZ
RPI #1
#31
Strength of Schedule #15
#52
Overall 28-2
22-8
Conference 14-1
10-5
Home 18-0
16-1
Away 8-2
4-6
Top 25 5-1
3-4
RPI Top 50 10-2
5-5

About Kansas

For the second-straight year, Kansas will enter a season with the nation's longest active home court winning streak, currently at 59 games heading into 2010-11. The streak ranks as the second longest in Kansas men's basketball history. Kansas is 28-2 on the season, 14-1 in conference play, and has won its sixth-straight, 10th Big 12 and NCAA-leading 53rd overall league title. KU averages 82.4 points per game and gives up 63.8 ppg for a Big 12-leading +18.6 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 79.7 points per game and holds a +11.9 scoring margin. Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game and has scored in double figures 24 times this season following his 17-point performance against Kansas State Wednesday.

About Missouri

Missouri has won four of its last five games with the lone loss at then-No. 6 Kansas State (Feb. 27). The Tigers are 22-8 on the season and 10-5 in Big 12 play after their 69-67 overtime win at Iowa State Tuesday. MU is is 16-1 at home this season. The Tigers average 78.9 points per game and give up 65.1 points per game for a +13.7 scoring margin, which ranks second in the Big 12 behind Kansas' +18.6. Missouri uses a pressure defense that forces 19.9 turnovers per contest and its +6.5 turnover margin leads the league. The Tigers also lead the Big 12 in steals with 11.1 per game, while Kansas is next at 8.7.

Sophomore guard Kim English leads MU in scoring at 14.1 points per game. He is second on the team with 43 steals and 59 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Marcus Denmon is scoring 11.3 points per game and has a team-high 67 three-pointers. Sophomore forward Laurence Bowers is shooting 56.2 percent from the field. He averages 10.1 ppg and his 5.2 rebounds are second on the team. Bowers has a team-high 39 blocked shots.

Senior forward Keith Ramsey is second in rebounds with a 5.8 rpg average. Ramsey is scoring 5.9 points per outing. Senior guard J.T. Tiller is a starter who averages 8.7 points and has a team high 86 assists this season. Freshman guard Michael Dixon scores 7.3 points, while senior guard Zaire Taylor scores 8.4 ppg and his 1.8 steals per game are second in the Big 12.

Junior forward Justin Safford (8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) has missed the last two games due to a knee injury.

 


 

The Series

Kansas leads the all-time series with Missouri, 168-94, including an 63-53 record in games played in Columbia. Missouri has won three of the five meetings in Mizzou Arena. Overall, Kansas has won seven of the last eight and 11 of the last 14 meetings with Missouri. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU holds a 21-9 series advantage against Missouri - 19-8 in regular-season play and 2-1 in the conference postseason championship. Today's game will mark the 40th KU-MU game with one or both of the teams ranked. The Jayhawks lost the first-ever meeting with Missouri, 34-31, on March 11, 1907, in Lawrence. On Jan. 25, Marcus Morris scored 17 points and Cole Aldrich had 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Kansas' 84-65 win over MU in Allen Fieldhouse. Justin Safford led MU with 19 points, while Zaire Taylor had 11. KU outrebounded MU 56-28 and also doubled the Tigers in points in the paint, 36-18.




GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas #4 S. Collins 30 30 32.9 15.367 41.9 85.1 36.8 2.033 0.133 1.9 4.333 2.3 1.2 0.067 1.533
Kansas #1 X. Henry 30 30 27.533 14.167 46.1 77.7 41.0 4.233 1.233 3.0 1.633 1.933 1.567 0.467 1.967
Kansas #45 C. Aldrich 30 30 26.733 11.367 55.2 68.3 0.0 9.8 3.067 6.733 0.933 1.4 0.8 3.633 2.533
Kansas #22 M. Morris 30 27 24.9 12.433 55.5 68.4 33.3 6.1 2.733 3.367 1.1 1.067 1.0 0.333 2.567
Kansas
T. Taylor 30 19 22.633 7.5 46.7 70.7 40.0 2.367 0.433 1.933 3.233 1.8 1.133 0.2 2.333
Kansas #21 M. Morris 30 2 16.467 6.567 56.7 58.7 52.9 5.333 1.767 3.567 1.033 1.267 0.467 0.867 2.667
Kansas #12 B. Morningstar 21 9 22.714 4.381 41.6 66.7 39.0 2.524 0.762 1.762 3.095 1.0 1.19 0.19 1.476
Kansas #14 T. Reed 30 0 15.067 4.4 47.5 85.7 43.8 1.333 0.133 1.2 1.167 0.367 0.867 0.067 0.833
Kansas #0 T. Robinson 28 1 7.643 2.786 50.0 40.0 0.0 2.75 1.107 1.643 0.321 0.857 0.25 0.464 1.393
Kansas #15 E. Johnson 20 2 7.4 2.8 56.8 66.7 30.8 1.2 0.4 0.8 1.45 0.75 0.35 0.05 1.15
Kansas #13 C. Henry 12 1 8.25 4.083 53.1 50.0 50.0 1.0 0.167 0.833 0.417 0.5 0.5 0.083 1.167
Kansas #2 C. Teahan 14 0 4.929 1.357 33.3 66.7 37.5 1.286 0.714 0.571 0.429 0.286 0.143 0.071 0.5



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Missouri #11 Z. Taylor 30 26 26.567 8.367 39.3 77.5 37.2 3.1 1.033 2.067 2.6 1.267 1.833 0.2 2.4
Missouri #15 K. Ramsey 30 30 26.267 5.933 58.3 63.6 50.0 5.733 2.267 3.467 1.367 1.867 1.633 1.233 2.067
Missouri #24 K. English 30 25 23.733 14.067 40.5 72.8 37.3 3.533 0.933 2.6 1.2 2.033 1.433 0.1 1.6
Missouri #12 M. Denmon 30 4 21.367 11.267 44.8 71.0 44.1 3.133 0.867 2.267 1.4 0.9 0.9 0.133 1.467
Missouri #21 L. Bowers 30 7 21.3 10.133 56.2 66.7 43.5 5.6 2.4 3.2 1.2 1.167 1.067 1.3 2.433
Missouri #4 J. Tiller 27 27 23.185 8.741 41.8 76.2 22.9 3.074 1.148 1.926 3.185 2.296 1.407 0.074 2.37
Missouri #23 J. Safford 28 23 20.0 8.607 42.0 75.8 43.3 4.107 1.357 2.75 1.214 1.357 0.821 0.643 2.25
Missouri #10 M. Dixon, Jr. 30 8 16.967 7.333 46.6 85.4 34.3 1.167 0.167 1.0 1.7 1.0 1.1 0.0 1.567
Missouri #3 M. Paul 28 0 12.536 3.571 44.9 62.5 40.5 0.714 0.143 0.571 1.714 0.786 0.536 0.036 1.036
Missouri #32 S. Moore 30 0 9.967 1.2 34.3 75.0 0.0 1.6 0.333 1.267 0.4 0.567 0.4 0.8 1.9
Missouri #35 J. Underwood 13 0 4.0 0.692 12.5 58.3 0.0 1.923 0.923 1.0 0.077 0.385 0.154 0.462 1.308
Missouri #33 T. Stone 11 0 3.909 2.0 64.7 0.0 0.0 0.818 0.273 0.545 0.182 0.273 0.182 0.091 0.364
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