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Nuts & Bolts Preview: Kansas vs. Nebraska

Kansas vs. Nebraska

No. 15/18 Kansas (21-5, 10-1) continues its two-game home stand against Nebraska (16-8, 6-5) on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. on the Big 12 Television Network. Kansas improved to 10-1 in Big 12 play with a 72-55 win against Iowa State Wednesday. The victory marked the 15th-straight year the Jayhawks have won 10 or more conference games. The win also extended the nation’s longest home court winning streak to 38 games. On Wednesday, Nebraska defeated Colorado 46-41 to improve to 16-8 on the season and 6-5 in Big 12 play. The Huskers have won three of their last four contests.

Denver's Thoughts...

Well they aren't on the level of Iowa State but this is a game I expect to win and pray we aren't overlooking as we head to Big Monday.  My gut tells me that after a very physical game in Lincoln our players will be looking forward to this one and prepared to give our friend Cookie Miller a warm welcome.  Doc will try to slow it down and make it ugly again the thing is like Iowa State the first time I think we bring a lot more to the table with Marcus Morris this game.  Kansas wins this one fairly easily, at least by our adjusted standards this year.  Meaning a fairly comfortable margin but also one that if our team had the killer instinct it would be much wider.

Final Score: Kansas 73  Nebraska 59

Team Stats

NEB 64.8 44.3 68.1 37.2 31.8 7.8 21.1 13.2 11.8 9.0 1.9 17.4
KU 77.3 48.5 73.4 38.2 41.3 11.9 26.7 16.4 14.9 7.1 4.5 19.5
NEB Opponents 58.2 41.7 70.7 33.0 35.5 9.6 23.8 10.8 17.6 5.4 3.1 17.8
KU Opponents 64.7 38.0 70.9 32.7 34.3 11.5 19.9 12.4 14.2 7.2 3.2 20.1


More Stats, notes and breakdown after the jump...

Records and Ranking

Rank and Records NEB
RPI #65
Strength of Schedule #63
Overall 16-8
Conference 6-5
Home 13-3
Away 3-5
Top 25 1-3
RPI Top 50 2-5

About Kansas

Kansas sits one game behind Big 12-leading Oklahoma in the league standings with the two teams matching up on ESPN's Big Monday following KU’s Nebraska contest. The Sooners are 10-0, while Kansas is 10-1 in Big 12 action heading into the weekend. Kansas is the four-time defending Big 12 regular-season champion and has won or shared eight of the 12 regular-season titles since the league
was formed in 1996-97.

The Jayhawks are averaging 77.3 points per game and giving up 64.1 for a +12.6 scoring margin. KU leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense at 38.1 percent, rebound defense at 31.4 and rebound margin at +7.2. KU at 50.6 percent and Oklahoma at 51.1 percent are the only two league teams to shoot better than 50 percent in league play. Conversely, the Jayhawks also lead the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense in league games at 37.5 percent.

About Nebraska

Nebraska is 16-8 on the season and 6-5 in conference play after its 46-41 win against Colorado Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers have won four of their last five games, with the only loss at red-hot Missouri, 70-47, on Feb. 14. NU is 3-5 in road games this season, including a 2-3 mark in conference road tilts. Nebraska averages 64.8 points per game and has a stifling defense giving up a Big 12 scoring defense-leading 58.2 ppg.

The Series

This series dates back to 1900 and Kansas leads 165-71. Kansas is 85-23 against Nebraska in games played in Lawrence, including 48-7 in Allen Fieldhouse matchups. Kansas has won 12 straight against Nebraska and 21 of the last 22 dating back to the 1998-99 season. The last Nebraska victory in the series was 74-55 on Feb. 15, 2004, in Lincoln, Bill Self’s first season at KU and his only loss to
Nebraska. The previous NU win was 64-59 on Feb. 10, 1999, in Lawrence. Kansas holds a 26-3 record against Nebraska since the inception of the Big 12 and has swept the season series 10 times, including each of the last four seasons. KU and NU have played each other four times in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with the Jayhawks winning all four contests, including last year, 64-54, in the quarterfinals of the event at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

A Kansas Win Would…

Improve Kansas to 22-5 on the season and be KU's 20th-straight season with at least 22 wins dating back to 1989-90…

Make KU 11-1 in Big 12 play, its best conference 12-game record since the 2002-03 team was also 11-1…

Mark the 15th-straight season KU has won at least 11 conference games dating back to 1994-95…

Give Kansas its 13th-straight win against Nebraska and its fifth straight season series sweep…

Make the all-time series with Nebraska 166-71, including 86-23 in games played in Lawrence, 49-7 in Allen Fieldhouse and 26-3 in the Big 12 era…

Add to Kansas’ nation’s longest home court winning streak at 39 games…

Make Kansas 631-106 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 93-6 under head coach Bill Self…

Improve Bill Self to 164-37 while at KU, 371-142 overall and 15-1 against Nebraska, 13-1 while at KU…

Make Kansas 1,965-790 all-time.

Remaining Games


23 *at Oklahoma (ESPN) ............ 8 p.m.


1 *MISSOURI (CBS) ................ 1 p.m.

4 *at Texas Tech (ESPN2) .... 8:30 p.m.

7 *TEXAS (CBS) ...................... 3 p.m.

11-14 ~Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship