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Jayhawks scored at blistering pace

April 7, 2002

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Forgive Kansas University's men's basketball players if they doze off during Monday afternoon's Final Four parade in downtown Lawrence.

The Jayhawks, you see, are used to traveling at breakneck speed on the basketball court, not crawling at a snail's pace in snazzy convertibles. Remember these are the same Jayhawks who never rested in racing up and down court to the tune of a nation-best 90.9 points a game.

It's a style of play that earned rave reviews during a 33-4 season. And a style that will be applauded by appreciative fans during Monday's 4 p.m. procession down Massachusetts Street.

"I don't think you can be a basketball fan and not enjoy the way they play the game," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said of the 2001-02 Jayhawks. "To me they were the most exciting team in the country to watch in terms of style of play and unselfishness. Any one of three to five guys were capable of leading them in scoring on a given night," the former KU assistant added.

"This team was so enjoyable to watch. They play at a frantic pace and yet they play very much under control. They take good shots, make great passes, take care of the ball and play good defense.

"I talked to coach (Roy Williams) during the middle of the season and I told him that anything could happen but it looked like a heck of a team he had going. They proved it on a consistent basis night in and out."

Stallings said he believes KU coach Williams when his former boss says this past season was "the most fun" he's had in coaching.

"I guarantee you he enjoyed it," Stallings said. "Just watching him you could tell he enjoyed coaching this team. The travesty in this business is sometimes when you go (to Final Four) and don't win, people say, 'Why?' The reason why is four great teams advance."

Here are some KU season highlights to discuss at both the parade and Monday night's sold-out awards presentation set for 7 p.m. at the Lied Center.

 Kansas' 33 wins were fourth most in school history and most since the 1997-98 Jayhawks went 35-4.

 KU went 16-0 in the Big 12 to become the first school in Big 12 history to go undefeated and the first Jayhawk team to go unbeaten in conference play since the 1970-71 squad went 14-0 in the Big Eight under Ted Owens.

 The Jayhawks advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1993, third time under Williams and the 11th time in school history.

 Kansas won the regular-season conference title for the first time since 1998, the eighth time under Williams and the 46th time in school history.

 KU finished with a league-record 20-game win streak in Big 12 Conference regular-season games. KU has won 10 straight conference road games.

 Kansas went undefeated at home (13-0) for the first time since 1997-98 (16-0). The Jayhawks, who enter next season with a 16-game home win streak, also set a school record for average home attendance (16,285).

 KU tied a school record by winning nine games over ranked opponents against three losses.

 The Jayhawks scored 100 or more points a school-record 12 times.

 Kansas set school single-season records in points scored (3,365) and steals (357), while ranking second in points per game (90.9), rebounds (1,638), field goals (1,259), free throws (623), three-point field goal percentage (.418), assists (767) and steals per game (9.65).

 Williams, the Big 12 coach of the year, improved his record to 388-93 (.807), leaving him just 12 shy of 400. Williams' winning percentage is the highest among all active Div. I head coaches with at least six years experience. He has won more games in his first 14 years than any Div. I coach in that same time span.

 KU, behind a school and conference record 25 double-doubles from Drew Gooden, set a single-season record with 45 double-doubles. The previous mark was 38, set by the 1996-97 team.

 The Jayhawks, who finished second in the final AP poll, have now been rated in the Top 25 for 464 weeks, including 324 weeks ranked in the Top 10.

 Gooden scored 734 points, ranking sixth on the Jayhawks' single-season scoring list. Danny Manning holds the single-season scoring record with 942 points in 1988.

 Gooden's 285 field goals made rank fifth all-time. Manning's 381 field goals in 1988 marks the school single-season record.

 Gooden's 566 field goal attempts were the fifth-most in a single-season in school history. Clyde Lovellette put up 660 shots in 1952 for the record.

 Gooden grabbed 423 rebounds  second-most in a single-season in KU history. Only Wilt Chamberlain, who posted 510 boards in 1957, grabbed more.

 Gooden's 11.4 rebounds per game rank in a tie for ninth place on KU's single-season list with Raef LaFrentz's 1998 effort. Chamberlain's 18.9 boards per game in 1957 mark the school record.

 Nick Collison's 12 double-doubles tie for sixth on KU's single-season list with LaFrentz's 1996 performance.

 Collison's 83 blocks rank fourth all-time at Kansas. Greg Ostertag holds the Jayhawks' single-season rejections record with 97 in 1994.

 Kirk Hinrich shot 47.8 percent from beyond the arc  the third-best single-season percentage in school history. He holds the record at 50.5 percent which he set in 2000-01.

 Hinrich's 186 assists rank eighth on the single-season assists chart. Cedric Hunter set the record of 278 back in 1986.

 Jeff Boschee nailed 110 three-pointers, one off the school record of 111 set by Terry Brown in 1991.

 Boschee's 237 three-point field goal attempts rank third in a season. Brown holds the record with 277 attempts in 1991.

 Boschee shot 46.4 percent from beyond the arc, good for third on the Jayhawks' single-season three-point percentage chart.

 Aaron Miles dished 252 assists, breaking Jacque Vaughn's single-season freshman assist record of 181 set in 1994 and ranking second on Kansas' all-time single-season assists list.

 Miles' 6.8 assists per game rank fourth on the Jayhawks' single-season assists per game chart.

 Miles had 60 steals, good for second on KU's single-season freshman steals chart. Darnell Valentine had 80 steals as a frosh in 1978.

 Miles started more games than any freshman in KU history (36) and played the second-most minutes (1,017) of any Jayhawk rookie. Danny Manning played 1,120 minutes in 1985.

 Wayne Simien's 5.3 rebounds per game rank in a tie for seventh on Kansas' single-season freshman rebounds list.

 Simien's 27 blocks tie for fifth-most by a KU freshman.

 KU led the league in 10 categories: scoring offense (90.9), scoring margin (+16.2), field goal percentage (.506), three-point field goal percentage (.418), field goal percentage defense (.402), rebounds (44.3), rebound margin (+8.7), assists (20.7), blocks (5.7) and steals (9.7). KU also ranked in the top-five in free throw percentage (third at .719) and assist-to-turnover ratio (second at 1.27-1).

 Gooden led the league in scoring and rebounding (19.8 points, 11.4 boards), while ranking third in steals (1.8). Collison ended the year in fifth place in rebounds (8.4), while ranking third in field goal percentage (.592) and leading the league in blocks (2.2). Jeff Boschee ranked third in three-point field goal percentage (.464) and fourth in three-pointers made per game (3.0). Hinrich dished out the fourth-most assists (5.0), while leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage for the second straight year (.478).

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