|No. 2 KANSAS 61, WEST VIRGINIA 56|
Percentages: FG .541, FT .529. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Releford 1-1, Johnson 1-2, McLemore 1-3, White III 0-1, Tharpe 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 4 (Withey 4). Turnovers: 16 (Johnson 3, McLemore 3, Releford 3, Young 2, Withey 2, White III, Tharpe, Traylor). Steals: 8 (Johnson 3, Releford 2, McLemore, Withey, Young). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .370, FT .800. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Murray 3-5, Noreen 1-2, Henderson 0-1, Hinds 0-1, Browne 0-2, Harris 0-4). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Murray 2). Turnovers: 9 (Kilicli 3, Staten, Henderson, Hinds, Rutledge, Murray, Brown). Steals: 9 (Browne 4, Harris 2, Murray 2, Hinds). Technical Fouls: None.
3823–61West Virginia 30 26 – 56
Att.–12,402. Officials–John Higgins, Tom O’Neill, Terry Oglesby.
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."