Saturday’s box score
No. 3 Kansas 67,
Percentages: FG .356, FT .643. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Pledger 2-4, Osby 1-1, M’Baye 0-1, Cousins 0-1, Hield 0-5). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 2 (Hornbeak, Osby). Turnovers: 11 (Hornbeak 3, Clark 2, Pledger, Grooms, Cousins, M’Baye, Osby, Fitzgerald). Steals: 7 (Hield 3, Pledger 2, Osby, M’Baye). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .436, FT .632. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (McLemore 3-5, Johnson 2-6, Tharpe 1-2, Releford 1-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 6 (Withey 4, Traylor, Releford). Turnovers: 14 (Johnson 4, Releford 3, McLemore 2, Young 2, Tharpe 2, Withey). Steals: 8 (Young 3, Withey 3, Johnson, Releford). Technical Fouls: None.
2133–54Kansas 29 38 – 67
Att.–16,300. Officials–Joe DeRosa, Gary Maxwell, Bert Smith.
Kruger says ‘yes’
Kansas coach Bill Self was clear in saying he doesn’t believe his team is worthy of the No. 1 ranking when the polls come out on Monday. Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, however, had no problem proclaiming Kansas as a team worthy of the lofty perch.
“I think they’re great,” Kruger said. “They got terrific athletes on the perimeter and a great shot-blocker inside. The guys are very unselfish; Bill does a terrific job.”
Kruger added: “They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played; and they move the ball, and they’re great defensively … yeah, I hope they are No. 1.”
It’s a party
KU announced this week that it will celebrate two anniversaries on Feb. 23 at Allen Fieldhouse: its 115th-year celebration and the 25th anniversary of its 1988 NCAA title team.
Former Kansas coaches and players will be recognized at halftime of the Saturday matchup with TCU, and the current KU squad will wear retro 1988 uniforms. The anniversaries also come as the NCAA prepares to hold its 75th NCAA Tournament, and Kansas celebrates the fifth season since its third NCAA title in 2008.
Kansas held its 13th opponent under 60 points, but the Jayhawks needed the stingy defense. For the third time in six Big 12 games, KU didn’t surpass 30 points before halftime.… KU extended its home-winning streak to 33, tying for the fourth longest in school history.… Senior center Jeff Withey took over sole possession of third place on KU’s all-time blocked shots list. After four blocks on Saturday, he now has 247 for his career, 11 behind Greg Ostertag’s all-time record of 258.
— Rustin Dodd