LAWRENCE — 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 issues proclaiming Kansas as a team worthy of the lofty perch.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
“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.”
• KU will celebrate two anniversaries 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.
• 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, tied 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 record of 258.
• Key play: With 1:31 left, Jeff Withey recorded a block that turned into a transition dunk for Travis Releford, pushing KU’s lead to 29-18.
• Key stat: Oklahoma shot just eight of 28 from the field.
• Key play: Moments after Naadir Tharpe hit a three, Ben McLemore drained another three-pointer, extending the lead to 49-35 with 8:46 left.
• Key stat: McLemore finished with 11 points in the second half.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com