Kansas enters a short holiday break 11-0 for the second-straight season and fourth time in Bill Self’s eight seasons at KU. ... KU is 5-0 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse — 1-0 in true road games ... KU has won 10 in a row over Cal and improved its all-time mark vs. the Bears to 16-3. ... KU is 4-0 versus the Pac-10 and 11-4 against the conference in the Bill Self era ... Self won his 420th game against 148 losses.
Bayhawk talk: Former Lawrence High football player Kris Weidling, who played for the Lions’ 1986 state championship team, was one of a large contingent of KU Bay Area alumni to attend the KU-Cal game in Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion.
The 4,000 alumni in the Bay Area call themselves the “Bayhawks.”
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I bought a block of 20 tickets,” said Weidling, senior human resources business partner for Bayer Health Care in Berkeley. “Some in our block are Cal fans. I told them they have to be KU fans for a day,” added Weidling, who attended a pre-game party for Jayhawk fans at Meridian International Sports Cafe in Berkeley.
“It’s the biggest nonconference game Cal has ever had in Berkeley.”
Weidling has become a big University of San Francisco basketball fan. The Dons are coached by former KU guard Rex Walters and assisted by former KU guard Michael Lee and former KU manager Justin Bauman.
The Dons are in a tournament in Las Vegas this week.
“We had a KU Alumni Night for the San Francisco-Colorado game. It was Rex versus Tad Boyle,” Weidling said of the game pitting teams coached by former KU guards. San Francisco beat Boyle’s Buffs, 82-80, in overtime on Nov. 20.
“We had 36 Jayhawks there. I think the fans were really impressed with the coaching. Rex is very fan-friendly. If you pay $100 you are a member of Rex’s Sixth-Man club. He talks to the fans before the game. It’s a great deal. He’ll discuss his game plan and everything.”
Daniels update: DeAndre Daniels, a 6-8 senior forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will visit the University of Texas on Monday, Rivals.com reports. Daniels has visited KU, Kentucky and Oregon. He told Rivals he likely will take a fifth and final visit. Candidates for that visit: Florida, Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor and North Carolina State. Daniels has said he’d like to attend college second semester of this school year, but just practice and not play in games until the 2011-12 season. He is the No. 9-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2011.
Self attends game of Ashley: Self has been not only coaching his team, but recruiting on this trip to California.
Self on Tuesday attended a game of Brandon Ashley, a 6-8 junior power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland. Ashley, the No. 6-prospect in the Class of 2012, had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a win over previously unbeaten Berkeley High. The Contra Costa Times reported that Cal coach Mike Montgomery and Washington’s Lorenzo Romar also attended.
McLemore MOP: Ben McLemore, a 6-5 senior forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., was named most outstanding player of this week’s Iolani Classic in Hawaii. McLemore, who is Rivals.com’s No. 17-rated player, has said he hopes to orally commit to KU or Missouri over his Christmas break. Recruiting analysts say McLemore wants to attend KU, but his mom has not yet OK’ed the decision.
One big family: KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend, who grew up in the Bay Area and served as an assistant coach at Cal, had several family members and friends in the stands.
“I asked Kurtis, ‘How many tickets do you need?’ He said, ‘I don’t know. Twenty-eight?’’’ Bill Self said in his pre-game radio interview with the Jayhawk Network. “I said 28?’ He has a big family.
“I’m sure it’s been good for him to come out here and spend a couple days with his family before the holidays.”