Kansas vs. Nebraska
No. 1 Kansas (21-1, 7-0 Big 12) returns home to face Nebraska (13-9, 1-6 Big 12) on Saturday. The Jayhawks, who are ranked No. 1 for the 10th time this season, won at Colorado Wednesday 72-66 in overtime. Nebraska has lost six of its last seven games, including a 76-57 loss to No. 10 Kansas State Tuesday in Lincoln, Neb.
A quick note, Saturday is a junior day for Kansas football recruiting. From the sounds of things they are hosting more than one junior day this year because there are some relatively solid recruits in the KC area that aren't aware or attending this one. We do know however that there will be several in attendance, most notable Gardner quarterback Bubba Starling. Also the Big Lewandowski's teammate, offensive lineman Dylan Admire who was offered by the Huskers yesterday. 2011 is underway folks, not much time to rest.
|Rank and Records||NEB||KU|
|Strength of Schedule||#124||#18|
|RPI Top 50||1-4||7-1|
Kansas has the nation's longest home court winning streak at 54 games. After winning back-to-back overtime games, KU averages 84.1 points per game and gives up 62.6 ppg for a Big 12-leading +21.5 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 82.1 points per game and holds a +13.4 scoring margin.
Nebraska is 13-9 and 1-6 in Big 12 play. The Huskers are 11-3 at home and 2-6 away from the Bob Devaney Center in 2009-10. NU averages 66.4 points per game and is giving up 61 for a +5.5 scoring margin. The 61 points allowed leads the Big 12, as does Nebraska's 32.3 rebounding defense average (or rebounds opponents average per game). NU averages 7.0 steals per game and 14.3 assists.
Senior guard Ryan Anderson is scoring 10.7 points per game and leads the Big 12 with 2.0 steals per game. His 28 three-pointers are second on the team and his 4.9 rebound average is a team best. Sophomore guard Brandon Richardson scores 8.8 points per contest and he is second behind Anderson with 25 steals.
Freshman center Jorge Brian Diaz leads the Huskers with 31 blocked shots to complement his 8.5 points per game. He has a team-best 52.8 field goal percentage. Freshman forward Christian Standhardinger sat out the first 15 games of the season due to NCAA regulations and is averaging 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in his six games played.
Senior guard Sek Henry is a starter scoring 7.5 points per game and he is second on the team with 60 assists. Junior guard Lance Jeter leads the team with 87 assists to complement his 6.8 scoring average. Freshman guard Eshaunte Jones comes off the bench to score 6.6 points per contest and he leads NU with 33 three-pointers.
Freshman forward Brandon Ubel (4.9 ppg) and freshman guard Ray Gallegos (3.7 ppg) are other Husker regulars who average 15-plus minutes per game.
The Kansas series with Nebraska dates back to 1900 and Kansas leads 167-71. Kansas is 86-23 against Nebraska in games played in Lawrence, including 49-7 in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas has won 14 straight against Nebraska and 23 of the last 24 dating back to the 1998-99 season. The last Nebraska victory in the series was a 74-55 decision 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 28-3 record against Nebraska since the inception of the Big 12 and has swept the season series 11 times, including each of the last five seasons. KU and NU have played each other four times in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with the Jayhawks winning all four contests.
Earlier this season, Kansas opened up its Big 12 slate with an 84-72 win at Nebraska on Jan. 13. Sherron Collins led KU with 22 points, while Marcus Morris added 19 points and seven rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor and Tyrel Reed scored 11 points apiece, while Cole Aldrich led all rebounders with nine to go along with eight points. Nebraska jumped out to a 12-1 lead and led 44-43 at intermission. KU outscored NU 41-28 in the second half.
- Kansas played its first overtime versus the Buffaloes since March 2, 1964, a KU 73-71 win. It was also KU's first overtime in Boulder since losing 50-48 on Feb. 6, 1950.
- The Jayhawks played their first back-to-back overtime games since the 2004-05 season. It was the fifth time in KU history the Jayhawks have played back-to-back OT contests - Dec, '76; Dec, '86; Feb, '97; Feb, '05; Jan-Feb, '10. KU has never had 3 consecutive OT games.
- It was the first time since Dec. 20 and Dec. 28, 1976, that KU has won back-to-back OT games when the Jayhawks beat Saint Louis University 69-68 in double overtime in St. Louis and then outlasted Oklahoma 74-70 in Kansas City in the Big Eight Holiday Tournament.
- KU held Colorado to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and has held 17 of 22 opponents to under 40 percent shooting this season.
- KU shot a season low 47.4 percent from the free throw line.
Kansas senior Sherron Collins is one of the final 11 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday (Feb. 5). The annual award is given to college basketball's top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list of 73 candidates made up of players from Division I, II and III schools was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20 and now 11. Beginning February 5, via the Bob Cousy Award's website - www.cousyaward.com - fans will be able to vote for the top point guard. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run one month. Other candidates include Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), Devan Downey (South Carolina), Trevon Hughes (Wisconsin), Jeremy Lin (Harvard), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Ronald Moore (Siena), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Jon Scheyer (Duke), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and John Wall (Kentucky).