Kansas vs Texas Tech Open Game Thread: 3.4.13
No. 6/5 Kansas plays host to Texas Tech in its regular-season home finale Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Since 1983-84, Kansas has won 29-straight home finales, including 28 consecutive Senior Nights. In 2006-07, Kansas did not have a senior on its roster.
Kansas' seniors who will be honored include Elijah Johnson (Las Vegas, Nev.), Travis Releford (Kansas City, Mo.), Jeff Withey (San Diego, Calif.) and Kevin Young (Perris, Calif.). Additionally, KU senior managers Kelli Blacklock (Derby, Kan.), James Cox (Kansas City, Kan.) and Greg Youncofski (Middletown, N.J.) will be recognized Monday.
The legacy the four senior players will leave at Kansas is quite impressive. Entering the final two regular-season games of their careers, fifth-year senior Travis Releford has a 152-25 record for an 85.9 winning percentage when wearing the Crimson and Blue. Fourth-year seniors Elijah Johnson and Jeff Withey have a 125-17 (88.0 percent) record, while senior transfer Kevin Young is at 57-11 (83.8 percent).
Releford has been a part of four Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, while Johnson and Withey three and Young one. Additionally, in the last four seasons, Kansas has won two Big 12 postseason championships (2010, 2011), advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice and one Final Four, including last year's run to the NCAA championship game in New Orleans. Combined these seniors are 16-4 in postseason play.