Kansas University coach Bill Self was furious at halftime despite the fact the Jayhawks, who led by 18 early, held a 38-25 lead. He didn't like the fact KU was outboarded, 25-23 the first half. CU had 13 offensive rebounds to KU's four.
"He was very disappointed," KU's Wayne Simien said of Self. "The last few games we've been killed on the offensive glass."
"They whipped us on the glass," Self confirmed. "If they get 12 offensive rebounds instead of 22 (to KU's 17), they don't come back like that. It's effort. It's concentration. We had a chance to blow the game open and didn't take advantage of it."
No altitude woes
Simien said he wasn't bothered by the high altitude.
"They always say it's a myth," Simien said with a laugh.
Matt Bouldin, a 6-foot-5 junior guard from Denver who is considering KU, CU and others, attended. Former KU forward Mark Randall, now involved in community relations for the Denver Nuggets, also was on hand. ... Matt Kleinmann, Rodrick Stewart and Jeremy Case were the three Jayhawks not to make the trip. Only 15 are allowed on road trips in accordance with NCAA rules. ... CU had averaged just 3,158 fans in its other home games before drawing 11,057 Saturday. ... Alex Galindo made his first start, but picked up two quick fouls and had no points in nine minutes. He fouled out. ... Self lauded the play of inside players Sasha Kaun, Darnell Jackson and Christian Moody, who combined for 19 points and eight boards. ... CU coach Ricardo Patton is 1-20 versus KU. ... KU wouldn't have suffered a record-setting loss had CU prevailed. KU's largest blown lead in a loss is 20 versus Arizona in 2003. ... Colorado last opened 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference in the 1999-2000 season. ... It was the 100th victory for Kansas University's seniors. ... Moody became fired up when, during a timeout, a CU yell leader grabbed the microphone and screamed, "We're only down by four points to the No. 2 team in the country. Let me hear you."
Kansas leads the all-time series with CU, 108-39, and has won 31 of the last 32 meetings, including four in a row.
"KU has dominated the Buffaloes since the beginning of time," read a memorable line in the Buffs' official press notes put out by the media-relations office.
Men, women twinbill
There was a rare doubleheader at Coors Events Center on Saturday. The Buffs' men's team played KU at 2 p.m. local time. The CU women's team met Texas Tech at 7 p.m., with both games on TV.
Both teams appeared on TV the same day at home 11 times during the last 10 years.
Losing new for Roby
Richard Roby had a stellar 89-15 mark during four seasons at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass. His Buffs are 8-6 and 0-3 in the Big 12.
"It's eating at me bad," Roby told the Boulder Daily Camera. "At night after games I can't sleep. Even if we do win, I can't sleep it feels like."
Plans remain in place for KU and Kansas State players to wear retro jerseys in the KU-KSU contest on March 2 at Allen Fieldhouse. That game will mark KU's official recognition of Allen Fieldhouse turning 50 years old. The teams will not wear the old short shorts, instead wearing the current style of baggy, long shorts.