• Key play: Ben McLemore got free for a three-pointer that pushed the lead to 18-9.
• Key stat: Texas had just five field goals.
• Key play: McLemore gave Kansas a 68-34 lead with a highlight-worthy 360 dunk.
• Key stat: Texas had more turnovers (16) than field goals (12).
Self helps with viral video shoot
Coach Bill Self played a supporting role in the filming of KU’s “Harlem Shake” dance video, which was shown during Saturday night’s game. The video, which is a takeoff of a popular and strange Internet phenomenon (Parents: Ask your kids), has gone viral in Internet circles. One other spoiler: It includes Ben McLemore dancing in a chicken costume.
“They wanted me to dance,” Self said. “And that wasn’t gonna happen. If I would have known I could wear a chicken head, (and) nobody (would) know who I was, I might have done it. But I didn’t know what the ‘Harlem Shake’ was.
“I do think it shows kind of team unity, and the other thing is, I think our fans like seeing that our guys are real.”
• After breaking the Kansas record for blocked shots against K-State, senior center Jeff Withey can now lay claim to the Big 12 record. Withey had two blocks against Texas, which pushed him one past former Texas center Chris Mihm’s record of 264 career blocked shots.
“I put a lot of hard work into getting it,” Withey said. “But I have a lot more games to play. So hopefully I can put some distance onto it and make sure it doesn’t get touched for 20-something years.”
• With NBA All-Star weekend here, the rows behind the KU bench were packed with former KU standouts. Among those NBA players in attendance: Nick Collison, Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus and Markieff Morris and Xavier Henry. They all joined Mario Chalmers, who was in town to get his No. 15 jersey retired.
“To get all those cats back,” Self said. “… I think that that team would be a unanimous No. 1 if that was a college basketball team.”
Top recruit Julius Randle of Plano, Texas, was also sitting behind the bench Saturday night on his official visit.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com.