Dec. 22, 2012
NO. 9/8 KANSAS 74, NO. 7/7 OHIO STATE 66
SERIES INFO: Kansas leads 8-3
• Gave KU its ninth-straight victory
• Made Kansas 1-0 in true road games and 4-1 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse this season
• Handed KU a 1-1 record against ranked opponents in 2012-13
• Improved KU to 8-3 all-time against OSU
• Gave Kansas its sixth-straight win against Ohio State
• Moved Coach Self to 279-54 at Kansas and 486-159 overall
• Made KU 2,080-807 all-time
TEAM NOTES: • A three-pointer for junior forward Deshaun Thomas put Ohio State ahead, 24-23, marking the first time in eight games that the Jayhawks have trailed in a game. Thomas' shot ended KU's streak at 306:05-consecutive minutes dating back to the Nov. 15 win over Chattanooga.
• Kansas opened the game with a 9-6 lead, keeping the trend of fast starts this season. The Jayhawks are outscoring opponents 116-56 in the opening five minutes of their games this year.
• KU fell behind (31-23) due to an 11-0 OSU scoring run and immediately regained the lead (32-31) with its own 9-0 scoring run. In the last 6:13 of the first half, the Jayhawks outscored the Buckeyes, 14-4.
• The 37-35 first-half score in favor of the Jayhawks marked the first time this season that Ohio State has trailed at halftime. Prior to Saturday, OSU led Duke, 31-23, at the half before ultimately falling to the Blue Devils.
• Kansas held Ohio State to a season-low 30.8 shooting percentage, while the Jayhawks themselves shot over 50 percent for the fifth-straight game.
• OSU's 6-for-13 from three-point range in the first half is just third time KU has surrendered six or more threes in a half (6 vs. Saint Louis, 2nd half; 8 vs. Chattanooga, 1st half).
• KU's 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) from the free-throw line in the first half tied a season-low (vs. Chattanooga, 1st half). The Jayhawks went on to shoot a much improved 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) for the second half.
• Kansas finished the afternoon shooting 25-for-49 (51.0 percent), marking the fifth-straight game KU has shot 50 percent or better.
• Withey collected one block on Saturday to raise his total to 55 rejections on the year and 220 for his career for fifth all-time on the KU career blocks list.
• Withey has now recorded at least one block in 21-consecutive games.
• Withey grabbed his sixth rebound of the game - and 400th in his career - at the 5:17 mark in the first half. He finished the afternoon with 10.
• Freshman G Ben McLemore went 3-for -5 from three-point territory on Saturday. He has now connected on multiple threes in five-straight contests, going 14-for-23 (61 percent) during that stretch.
• For the sixth time in 11 games, McLemore scored KU's first points. Saturday's was a three-point bucket at the 19:26 mark.
• McLemore's 22 points mark his fourth 20-plus scoring performance of the year and the 10th-straight time he's scored in double-figures.
• Senior G Travis Releford, the Big 12 free-throw percentage leader, missed his first free throws in more than a month (5-for-6 vs. Saint Louis, 11/20). After going 2-for-4 from the line on Saturday, Releford has only missed four free throws all year (28-for-32).