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The Cornell Big Red Step into the Phog to Take on the Jayhawks

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Kansas vs. Cornell
Trap game?  Doubtful, I'd suspect the Jayhawks could beat Cornell even if they are looking ahead to Tennessee.  Still Cornell is pretty good as far as Ivy league opponents go and two of the "hottest" teams in the nation square off when No. 1 Kansas (13-0) faces Cornell (12-2). The Jayhawks' 13-game winning streak is tied for the second longest in NCAA Division I. Cornell's current 10-game win streak ranks tied for fifth nationally. Kansas is looking to extend the nation's longest home court winning streak to 51 games against Cornell.

Cornell CORN 76.9 47.2 75.4 43.2 33.5 11.2 22.4 16.9 13.5 6.8 4.0 18.6
Kansas KU 87.5 52.2 67.8 42.9 42.5 12.6 29.8 19.8 12.6 9.3 7.2 17.8
Cornell CORN Opponents 70.8 44.8 67.0 39.4 33.2 11.5 21.7 12.5 14.5 6.5 3.5 17.8
Kansas KU Opponents 58.1 33.8 67.2 26.5 33.8 13.7 20.2 11.8 15.8 6.2 2.9 19.6
Rank and Records CORN
Strength of Schedule #
Overall 11-2
Conference 0-0
Home 2-1
Away 6-1
Top 25 0-1
RPI Top 50 1-2


About Kansas

Kansas is coming off an 84-52 win at No. 18/19 Temple on Saturday.  The 32-point margin of victory was the largest in the Bill Self era for true road games and the largest true road win by KU since Jan. 7, 1995, a KU 97-58 win at SMU. Kansas averages 87.5 points and gives up 58.1 for a NCAA Division I leading +29.4 scoring margin.  The Jayhawks have shot 50 percent or better in each of their last six games and have held all but one opponent this season to under 40 percent shooting. KU ranks in the top three of all but three Big 12 statistics and leads the nation in scoring margin and field percentage defense at .338.

About Cornell

Located in Ithaca, N.Y., with an enrollment of 13,700, Cornell is coming off a 75-49 win at Bryant, where the Big Red made its first eight three-pointers in cruising to its 10th-straight win. The Big Red (12-2) averages 76.6 points per game and give up 69.2 for a +7.4 scoring margin. Cornell makes 9.4 three-point field goals per game, attempts 21.8 threes per contest and shoots 43.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Cornell - whose 18-man roster consists of 12 upperclassmen - also shares the wealth as it averages 17.1 assists per game and is shooting an impressive 74.4 percent from the free throw line. A trio of All-Ivy League performers lead the Big Red with senior forward Ryan Wittman leading the way with an 18.9 scoring average. Wittman also leads the team with 46 three-pointers and is second on the squad with 17 steals.

All-conference performer Jeff Foote, a 7-0 senior center, leads Cornell with 8.7 rebounds per game to complement his 13.6 scoring average. He has a team-high 25 blocked shots. Senior guard Louis Dale is also an all-league performer who scores 9.7 points per game and leads the team with 57 assists and 19 steals in only 11 games played. He missed three games due to an ankle injury.

Sophomore guard Chris Wroblewski is a starter who scores 9.8 points per contest, is second on the team with 52 assists and second with 25 three-pointers made. Senior guard Geoff Reeves (6.9 ppg), senior forward Jon Jaques (6.1 ppg), senior forward/center Mark Coury (4.0 ppg), junior forward Adam Wire (2.9 ppg) and senior forward/center Alex Tyler (2.8 ppg) round out the Cornell regulars.



Meet the Opposing Coach

Cornell is coached by Steve Donahue who is 129-135 in his 10th season, all with the Big Red. Donahue was on the sidelines for his 250th career game during the NCAA first round loss to Missouri in 2008-09. He ranks third at Cornell in games coached (264) and fourth in career wins (129). Has posted a 70-30 (.700) record in his last four seasons, including consecutive Ivy League titles.  Donahue's Cornell teams matched or surpassed its win totals overall and in league play in six straight seasons (only school in the country from 2002-03 to 2007-08).

The Series

Kansas has won both meetings with Cornell in men's basketball. The Jayhawks first defeated the Big Red 75-58 on Dec. 28, 1955 in Kansas City, Mo. KU also defeated Cornell 100-46 on Jan. 2, 1996, in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas is 13-0 all-time versus the Ivy League.

KU last faced an Ivy League team when it defeated Yale 86-53 on Dec. 29, 2007, during its NCAA National Championship season. When the Jayhawks visited the White House, then-President George W. Bush made a comment that the Jayhawks defeated his alma mater earlier that season.

KU-Temple Leftovers
  • Kansas' 32-point margin of victory was the widest in a true road game during the Bill Self era at KU. It was KU's widest true road win margin since a 97-58 (39 points) win at SMU on Jan. 7, 1995.
  • The Jayhawks' 32-point victory is KU's eighth win by 30 or more points this season.
  • KU shot a season-high .895 percent (17-for-19) from the free throw line.
  • KU's 40 first-half points were the most points scored in a half by a Temple opponent this season. The Jayhawks then surpassed that posting 44 points in the second half.
  • KU scored 84 points. Temple entered the game leading the nation in scoring defense at 54.2 ppg.
  • Temple scored just 16 points in the paint, the second fewest points scored in the lane by a KU opponent this season.
  • Senior Sherron Collins scored in double figures for the 10th time this season as he finished with 14 points to move into 17th place on KU's all-time scoring list passing Ron Kellogg with 1,509 career points. Collins also became the 18th player in KU history to reach 1,500 points in his career.
  • Marcus Morris reached double-digit points for the fourth-straight contest as he scored 13 points in his hometown of Philadelphia.
  • Junior Cole Aldrich posted his third straight and sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Aldrich has led the team on the boards 10 times this year and has 10 or more rebounds in each of the last four games and eight times this season.
  • Aldrich added three blocks to his stat line and has at least three rejections in his last five games.