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

milestones.

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

it.

“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

record.

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

means.”

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

basketball team.”

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.