No. 1 Kansas 94, Colorado 74
Bill Self could kick himself.
In the excitement of the locker room after No. 1 Kansas cruised
past Colorado 94-74 on Saturday, Self neglected to mention the
great milestone reached by the player who he says impacts a game
more than anyone else he ever coached.
With 123 victories in his illustrious career, senior guard
Sherron Collins, along with senior Brady Morningstar, tied the
record for most wins by a player in the storied history of Kansas
basketball. With four games left in the regular season and the
entire postseason also looming for the nation’s top-ranked team, no
one doubts they will shatter the record set by Raef LaFrentz, C.B.
McGrath and Billy Thomas from 1995-98.
“I talk about it all the time but I forget to mention it in the
locker room after the game,” Self said. “It’s a remarkable deal.
I think it’s really cool.”
Cole Aldrich had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots
and Xavier Henry gave notice that his freshman slump is done,
scoring 24 points in a victory that touched and neared many
Tyshawn Taylor, back in the starting lineup after a nine-game
absence, had 17 points and six assists for the Jayhawks (26-1,
12-0), who entered the day with a three-game lead in pursuit of
their sixth straight Big 12 championship.
The Buffaloes (12-14, 3-9), who pushed Kansas into overtime on
their court earlier in the season, were led by Alec Burks with 17
points and Marcus Relphorde with 16.
But they were never competitive Saturday, falling behind by nine
points 5 minutes into the game and getting outrebounded 40-25.
“It seemed like a very different team,” Burks said. “They
played real different at home. They haven’t even lost here in a
couple years so they’re a very different team at home.”
The Jayhawks count Morningstar with 123 wins, although he
redshirted one year.
Collins was not upset that his coach failed to talk about
“I think he is pretty proud of me,” he said. “I am very
appreciative of all the guys that helped me get this. Coach
probably won’t say anything about it until tomorrow in practice. He
was a little upset after the game about how we finished.”
Collins had 13 points as the Jayhawks stretched the nation’s
longest home court winning streak to 57 games, five from the school
Another looming goal is the 2,000th win for the Jayhawks. With
four games remaining in the regular season, they are at 1,996.
One thing Self did address to his players was the Big 12
championship that is at hand. With the Big 12 owning the top RPI
among the major conferences, merely winning the regular-season
title would be an achievement, and the Jayhawks still have a chance
to go through unbeaten.
“It’s a big deal if you’re the best team in a league that’s
supposedly as good as any league in the country, the RPI-rated No.
1 league,” Self said. “But we haven’t won it yet by no
It was Kansas’ highest point total since beating Radford 99-64
on Dec. 9.
“They hit us hard and we were reeling after that,” Colorado
coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “They are an exceptionally good
Henry, the most highly touted prospect Self ever signed, got his
college career off to a sizzling start, scoring in double figures
in 14 of his first 15 games and was even being compared to Kentucky
freshman sensation John Wall.
But just as suddenly, he dropped into what coaches described as
a “typical freshman funk” and struggled for five games.
He seemed to snap out of it with 15 points at Texas on Feb. 8,
and then on Saturday enjoyed by far his finest outing of the
conference season. His second 3-pointer gave the Jayhawks a
nine-point lead just 5 minutes into the game and he wound up
hitting 9 of 16 from the field while adding six rebounds.
“For the past five games, he’s been the most consistent player
we’ve had,” Self said.