|No. 2 KANSAS 61, WEST VIRGINIA 56|
KU streak hits 18
Kansas’ 61-56 victory over West Virginia helped the Jayhawks stretch their winning streak to 18 games, tying the mark for the second-longest winning streak since Bill Self arrived at Kansas. KU also recorded an 18-game winning streak during the 2010-11 season. The record remains a 20-game winning streak recorded from Nov. 9-Jan. 30, 2008.
Kansas improved to 19-1 or better for the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time in Self’s 10 seasons.
Tough out for Huggins
West Virginia Bob Huggins, who caused a bit of a stir by reportedly having a $25,000 incentive clause in his contract for victories against Kansas, dropped to 0-5 in his career against KU.
So maybe Kansas wasn't exactly playing with the weight of the No. 1 ranking in the latest USA Today/Coaches poll. According to senior center Jeff Withey, most of KU's players didn't even realize the Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 in the poll until a reporter brought it up after Monday's game. The Jayhawks, apparently, had seen their No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll and moved on.
"I thought we were No. 2," Withey said. "Obviously, I didn't even know. So there's not much of a reaction."
** Kansas sported some all-blue, alternate jerseys on Monday that, predictably, caused a bit of a stir. The numbers and names were hard to see, and the immediate reaction in social-media circles swung toward the negative. The players, however, gave them a thumbs up.
"We liked them a lot," Withey said. "I don't know if we're gonna be wearing them too often, but they were pretty cool."