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Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook

January 31, 2009

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Collins carries streak

KU guard Sherron Collins has made 27 consecutive free throws entering today’s game. Only two Jayhawks have had longer streaks — Calvin Thompson (33 in 1984-84) and Wayne Simien (34 in 2004-05).

“They (teammates) talk about it. I try to avoid it. I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t even know what it is,” Collins said. “If I get it I get it. If I don’t I don’t.”

Freshman Markieff Morris has marveled at the streak:

“I think he’s going to make every single free throw. I don’t think he’s going to stop unless he hits 100 or something.”

Streak tops in nation

KU has won 35 straight home games — the longest current home streak in the country. Utah State has won 29 in a row and Davidson 26.

“It’s a nice thing to have. It’s not going to be a burden on us. We will not think about it from that standpoint,” guard Tyrel Reed said of the third-longest streak in KU history. KU won 55 in a row from March 1984 to January ’88 and 62 straight from February of ’93 to December’ of ’98.

“We want to defend that. We feel when we play in the fieldhouse we have that edge, the fans,” Reed said.

Thorne II heating up

CU guard Dwight Thorne II scored a career-high 30 points with five threes in a 77-75 overtime loss to Kansas State on Jan. 24 in Boulder.

Thorne scored 10 in the Buffs’ 73-56 loss to KU on Jan. 17 in Boulder.

Last time...

KU beat the Buffs, 73-56, on Jan. 17 in Boulder. Collins scored 15 of his 18 points the first half. Cole Aldrich had 15 points and 10 boards. CU’s Cory Higgins scored 20 points. He was 12-for-12 from the line.

“He shot 10 the first half. It was out of us not being able to guard the ball,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We have to do a much better job of not putting hands on people when they drive it.”

The series

Overall, KU is 116-39 versus CU and 49-5 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won 12 straight and 39 of 40 versus CU dating to 1991. KU has won 25 straight versus CU in Allen dating to 1983. ... Perry Ellis, a 6-8 freshman forward from Wichita Heights High, will attend today’s game. He’ll visit Oklahoma for a game next weekend.

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