No. 3/2 Kansas 67, Oklahoma 54
Jan. 26, 2013
Final Stats |
NO. 3/2 KANSAS 67, OKLAHOMA 54
January 26, 2013
STARTERS (Career/Season): C Jeff Withey (19/59), G Elijah Johnson (19/65), G Ben McLemore (19/19), F Travis Releford (19/61), F Kevin Young (16/16)
SERIES: Kansas leads 139-64
Makes Kansas 18-1 on the season
Gives KU a 18-1 or better record for the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time in the 10-year Bill Self era
Extends KU's active NCAA-leading winning streak to 17 games
Makes KU 6-0 in conference play for the second-straight season and fourth time under Bill Self
Makes the KU-OU series 139-64 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 70-16 in Lawrence (43-7 in Allen Fieldhouse)
Gives KU its 10-straight win versus OU
Extends Kansas' home-court winning streak to 33 games, tying for the fourth-longest in school history.
Makes Kansas 693-107 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 156-7 under Bill Self
Improves Bill Self to 287-54 while at Kansas, 494-159 overall and 11-3 against Oklahoma, 12-1 while at KU
Makes KU 2,088-807 all-time
Out of its 19 games, Kansas has held 13 of its opponents under 60 points.
Kansas grabbed 41 rebounds to Oklahoma's 31, KU has outrebounded 16 of 19 opponents in 2012-13. It also marked the fifth time the Jayhawks outrebounded their opponent by a double-digit margin.
After jumping out to a 5-2 lead, Oklahoma went 3:21 without a field goal. Kansas took advantage, going on a 10-2 run during the Sooners' drought. Oklahoma's Romero Osby was responsible for the starting and ending buckets of that span.
Oklahoma came in as the best scoring offense in the league in conference-only games (71.6 ppg). Kansas held the Sooners to a season-low 21 points in a half (previously 22 vs. Gonzaga, 1st half, 11/23/12).
In six conference games, Kansas has only broken the 30-point barrier by halftime in three of those games. A year ago, KU broke 30 points by halftime in all six of its first six conference games - but, both seasons resulted in 6-0 starts.
Redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore's 18 points led the floor and marked the seventh-straight contest he has scored in double-digits. Only twice this season (9 vs. SEMO, 9 vs. American) has he not contributed 10 or more points.
McLemore also chalked up three three-pointers (3-for-5), his 11th multi-trey game.
McLemore made all five of his free throws. In Big 12 play, McLemore has missed only three times from the line (23-for-26).
Senior G Travis Releford has contributed double-digit points in 15-straight games, extended by his 10 points against Oklahoma.
Releford also dished out a team-high five assists, his most since handing out a career-high six against Colorado (12/8).
Senior C Jeff Withey and redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore scored 12 of KU's first 14 points.
Withey took sole possession of third-place on KU's career blocked shots list. With four blocks on Saturday, Withey has 247 for his career, just 11 shy of tying Kansas' all-time record (Greg Ostertag, 258).
Senior G Elijah Johnson was charged with his second foul at the 9:42 mark and was replaced by freshman G Anrio Adams for three minutes in the opening frame, the most he's played in a conference game.
For the first time this season, Johnson did not record a point or an assist in the first half. He finished the game, however, with eight points and two assists.
With his two assists, Johnson now has 321 for his career which tied him with Calvin Thompson for 20th place on the KU career assists list.
Senior F Kevin Young broke his career-high in steals by halftime, swiping three passes in the first 20 minutes. The senior has recorded at least one steal in six-straight games and six multi-steal games in 2012-13. His 10 steals in conference-play leads the team.
Sophomore G Naadir Tharpe went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, all in the final minute of the game. He leads the team with a 90 percent (9-for-10) mark from the line in the final five minutes of games.