Everything you wanted to know about Kansas University men’s basketball, but were so mind-numbed by the repetitive CBS commercials you forgot to ask …
Question: They say Cole Aldrich’s triple-double against Dayton was the first in school history. What about Wilt Chamberlain? Didn’t he ever have a triple-double?
Answer: Aldrich recorded the first “official” triple-double in school history Sunday. When Chamberlain played, blocks and assists were unofficial statistics and rarely kept. However, fellow graybeard Bill Mayer, who covered Chamberlain’s KU career, did some research and found Wilt the Stilt produced at least two triple-doubles. The most impressive was a 39-point, 22-rebound, 14-block performance against Marquette in December of 1956.
Question: Sherron Collins will wind up as the Jayhawks’ scoring leader this season. When was the last time a sub-6-footer could make that claim?
Answer: You have to go all the way back to the 1961-62 season when Jerry Gardner, who like Collins is listed at 5-foot-11, led the Jayhawks with a 20.7 average. Gardner, in fact, is the only KU player under 6 feet who has averaged more than 20 points a game in the 63 years records have been kept.
Question: Are Gardner and Collins the only undersized guards who led a KU team in scoring?
Answer: There is one other. Dallas Dobbs, also 5-11, was the Jayhawks’ leader in 1955 (16.0) and 1956 (15.9). Incidentally, Collins’ current scoring average is 18.9, so he is the second-highest sub-6-foot points producer in KU annals.
Question: What about Darnell Valentine? He wasn’t very tall.
Answer: Valentine, the only guard who ever has led KU in scoring for three seasons, was listed at 6-2. Notably, Valentine would have had a four-year sweep if he hadn’t been edged by Tony Guy during his senior year. Guy averaged 15.8 points per game in 1981, just .2 better than Valentine.
Question: Has anyone ever led KU in scoring for four straight years?
Answer: Not since records have been kept. The other three-timers are Clyde Lovellette, Dave Robisch, Danny Manning and Brandon Rush. Of the five three-time leaders, Valentine and Manning are the only ones who had four varsity seasons.
Question: Who prevented Manning from a sweep?
Answer: Manning averaged 14.6 points in 1985 — still the highest total by a KU freshman in the nearly 40 years since freshmen became eligible — but Ron Kellogg, then a junior, was the team leader at 17.6.
Question: How long have they being counting blocked shots, and who is KU’s single-season leader?
Answer: The NCAA began logging blocks 34 years ago. Greg Ostertag established the Kansas record in 1994 with 97 swats. Ostertag is also second on the list with 91 in ’95.
Question: Where does Aldrich stand?
Answer: With 90 blocks so far, Aldrich has an outside chance of overhauling the 7-2 Ostertag, who posted his 97 rejections in 35 games. Aldrich has played in 34.
Question: Have we seen the last of that CBS commercial showing water spewing from the man’s armpits?
Answer: We can only hope.