No. 1 Kansas 99, Radford 64
Cole Aldrich banged inside with Radford’s Art Parakhouski, had a
couple of shots blocked, and blocked a few of his own.
After facing all those little guys in the preseason, Aldrich
welcomed a chance to face another true center.
Aldrich had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 1 Kansas held
Parakhouski scoreless during a dominating defensive first half to
rout Radford 99-64 Wednesday night.
“There’s very few true centers and it’s always fun to play
against another big guy,” Aldrich said. “Everybody kind of has a
stereotype that we’re big, jolly, doofy kind of guys, but we really
work hard in the post.”
Kansas (8-0) negated Parakhouski with double teams and dominated
the first half with defense, limiting him to two shots while
building an 18-point lead. The Jayhawks couldn’t keep up the
defensive pressure in the second half, but picked it up
offensively, scoring a season-best 63 points for their sixth win of
at least 30 points this season.
Kansas had six players in double figures and its reserves
outscored Radford’s backups 36-10 to extend the nation’s longest
home winning streak to 47 games. Sherron Collins had 15 points and
eight assists, and Xavier Henry added 13 points for the
“I thought we played well,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “To
score 63 points is probably as efficient as we’ve been offensively
the whole year in the second half, and the first half was about as
well as we’ve guarded. We just have to put it all together.”
Radford (4-3) had a rough first trip to Allen Fieldhouse.
The Highlanders lost starting forward Phillip Martin to a hip
injury two minutes into the game and struggled against Kansas’
relentless pressure early to fall into an insurmountable hole. Joey
Lynch-Flohr had a career-high 26 points – most on jump hooks – and
Parakhouski scored all of his 21 points in the second half for the
Highlanders, who allowed 20 second-chance points off 17 Kansas
“The challenge is to be able to play a really strong game as a
team on both sides of the ball,” Radford coach Brad Greenberg
said. “We actually played a pretty good defensive first half and
struggled mightily against their defense, which was excellent in
the first half.”
The marquee matchup of this rout-in-the-making was between the
two NBA-quality centers.
Aldrich was a preseason All-American and averages 10.6 points,
10.1 rebounds and is seventh in the nation with 3.6 blocked shots
Parakhouski was the Big South preseason player of the year and
is averaging 22.3 points to go with a nation-best 14.8
Aldrich took a few hurried shots after getting a left-handed
hook swatted by Parakhouski early before settling into a rhythm.
The junior finished 5 for 9 from the floor after scoring seven
points on 1-of-6 shooting Saturday against UCLA.
With the burly Big 12 just a month away, Aldrich needed
“It’s good for us because these early tests with these big guys
will set us up for those guys in the Big 12,” Aldrich said.
Kansas doubleteamed Parakhouski on nearly every touch in the
post in the first half, and he had a hard time figuring it out.
The big senior missed both of his shots in the half and didn’t
score until powering through Aldrich two minutes into the second.
Parakhouski found a little more room after Kansas dropped the
double teams, finishing 8 for 12 with 13 rebounds.
“I thought they were just going to guard me with Cole
Aldrich,” Parakhouski said. “I didn’t expect at all to see the
double teams, so I was a little bit shocked.”
Unlike some of the other small-conference programs to visit
Allen Fieldhouse this season, Radford had the size to match up with
Parakhouski is a sturdy 6-foot-11, and athletic forwards
Lynch-Flohr and Lazar Trifunovic are both 6-8. The big Highlanders
gave Kansas a little trouble early in their first game against a
No. 1 team.
Lynch-Flohr and Trifunovic had the all-angles jump hooks
working, while the Jayhawks struggled to shake the cobwebs out,
including a hung-up-on-the-rim dunk attempt on a breakaway by
The Jayhawks quickly put an end to any thoughts of an upset,
though, ripping off a 12-2 run and extending the lead to double up
Radford 36-18 by halftime.
Lynch-Flohr was the lone bright spot for Radford in the first
half with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The rest of the
Highlanders spent most of the half shooting airballs and shots off
the side of the backboard, combining to go 2 for 16 from the floor
as Kansas ran away with it.
“There were some positives, but you can’t take too many when
you lose a game by that much,” Lynch-Flohr said.