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History in the making: KU home-court winning streak hits record 63

Kansas forward Markieff Morris, left, and his teammates come together over a game ball presented after their 82-41 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. The win set the record for the most consecutive home wins by a Jayhawk team at 63.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris, left, and his teammates come together over a game ball presented after their 82-41 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. The win set the record for the most consecutive home wins by a Jayhawk team at 63.

November 24, 2010

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Perry Clark

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Perry Clark talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 82-41 victory the Islanders.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 82-41 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 23, 2010.

KU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Kansas men's basketball players Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar and Thomas Robinson discussed their 82-41 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University interim athletic director Sean Lester presented the game ball to basketball coach Bill Self in a short ceremony immediately following the Jayhawks’ 82-41 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Self immediately flipped the rock to senior Brady Morningstar, who hot-potatoed it over to fellow senior Mario Little.

One thing is for sure: KU’s coach wanted to deflect the credit to his players for home victory No. 63 in a row — one more than the previous school record of 62 set from 1994-98.

“That’s just coach,” junior guard Tyshawn Taylor said after dishing nine assists, two off a career high. “Last year when we got the 2,000th win (in school history), he didn’t want to get the recognition, either.

“Coach is real happy about it. He expressed his emotion to us in the locker room. We’ve got a lot of games left. We’ve just got to maintain it.”

Larry Brown’s Jayhawks won 55 in a row, surpassed by Roy Williams’ teams’ total of 62.

“I thought it was great, well deserved,” Taylor said of the postgame presentation. “Coach has been putting a lot of work in. I’m just glad to be part of it, glad I could help him win some of those games here.”

The Jayhawks (4-0) — who put away the Islanders (1-4) following a 17-4 run to close the first half — set the homecourt win record in similar fashion to so many wins before: by blowout.

In all, 55 of the 63 victories in the streak have been by 10 or more points. Thirty-four of the victories have been by 20 or more points.

“I think we’re cheating, actually, with this crowd. I mean, I don’t see how anybody could come in here and be completely calm with our crowd basically on top of you every second of the game,” KU sophomore forward Thomas Robinson said after scoring 15 points off 7-of-8 shooting with five rebounds in 16 minutes.

“So I definitely feel like the crowd has something to do with it,” added Robinson, who had three of KU’s eight dunks, including two off feeds from Taylor late in the first half.

“It’s good for my name to be a part of it, but it’ll be even better for my name to be the one who kept it. I'm looking forward to this team keeping the streak.”

Morningstar — the only player on the team to have experienced a loss in Allen (69-66 to Texas A&M his freshman year) — said he enjoyed the postgame accolades, which included the players huddling together as one with the game ball high in the air.

“Pretty sweet ceremony,” said Morningstar, who had four steals, all in the first half. KU had 10 steals in all.

“I almost shot it,” he added of the pass from Self. “Coach told me, Tyrel (Reed) and Mario (Little) to go get the ball, but then they called coach’s name so he had to go out there. He had to go get it. He threw it to me. I was like, ‘What do I do with it?’ I handed it to Mario.”

On a serious note, Morningstar added: “Everyone who has ever won a game at Allen Fieldhouse as a Jayhawk knows how cool it is to play here. To have a streak like this and be a part of it and keep it going, it’s pretty cool.”

Self acknowledged that, “It (streak) is nice to have. It’s nice the fans recognized the fellas. I’m not going to downplay it. It’s not something that should be on our mind every time we play at home. We just need to go play. There is no extra pressure having the streak here.”

The Jayhawks came to play on the defensive end Tuesday, holding the Islanders to 31.0 percent shooting, including miserable 3-of-17 from three.

Robinson led the Jayhawks in scoring, followed by Marcus Morris (12 points, 5-of-10 shooting) as well as Mario Little (11) and Travis Releford (career-high 11).

“We played pretty well defensively,” Self said. “That’s what Perry (Clark, A&M coach) said after the game. We guarded them pretty well. We’ve improved in that area 50 percent at least since 10 days ago. We’ve gotten a lot better.”

Morningstar was pleased to provide the early spark with his steals.

“It’s a good way to get going up-tempo,” Morningstar said.

The Jayhawks will meet Ohio University at 7 p.m. Friday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Comments

rabbit 4 years, 6 months ago

KU needs to get out of Allen Fieldhouse and get on the road. This is the reason they perform so BAD in away games and cannot maintain their ranking.

BigAl 4 years, 6 months ago

Ask KSU how bad KU is on the road. I forget, what is KU's record at the Octagon of Doom? How many conference championships has KU won? What has been their record on the road? Last year, KU went 33-3. That is just terrible.

rgh 4 years, 6 months ago

KU consistently has one of the top RPI's in the nation (even early on before Big XII play. Valpo, A&M, and North Texas weren't as bad as people thought. This schedule is well thought out by Bill to get them to where they need to be in March. Contending for a national title. The naysayers can go root for K-State or Misery if they would rather. I'm with you and will take my Hawks!!

kujayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

Nice try rabbit, way to show your ignorance. You don't win 6 Big XII titles in a row (or whatever it is) by not being able to take care of teams on the road. I'm sure you are probably referring to the NCAA tournament. If you are a top seed enough, and you are in the tournament year after year after year, upsets are going to happen. Even as a #1 seed, odds are not in your favor that you are going to reach the Final Four, much less win a national title. The regular season shows what type of team you are, the tournament is all about who gets hot at the right time and matchups.

BigAl 4 years, 6 months ago

In the next few weeks, KU will play Arizona and Memphis on the road. They will play UCLA at home. When these games were scheduled, these 3 teams were highly ranked. At the end of every year, KU always plays a tough schedule.

jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

I assume that you are familiar with the time of year known as "Conference Play?"

rgh 4 years, 6 months ago

I loved seeing Bill Self immediately hand the game ball to Brady after the game during the short ceremony! Great gesture and even better by Brady huddling the whole team up with the game ball held high.

JustNoticed 4 years, 6 months ago

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, go KU! And I STILL say Roy Williams can kiss my ass.

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 6 months ago

KU always does better tourney time when they schedule some REAL teams, not convents. Maybe they should go to Hinkle Field House or Gonzaga to toughen up. Then the NIU's of the world wouldn't be a surprise.

jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

"KU always does better tourney time when they schedule some REAL teams, not convents."

KU's non-conference schedule, 2007-2008

UMKC Washburn Northern Arizona Arizona Florida Atlantic USC Eastern Washington DePaul Ohio Georgia Tech Miami (Ohio) Yale Boston College Loyola

One top 25 team at time we played (USC #25)

Trying to remember how deep a Tournament run we had in 2008. . . . . Can't quite remember.

(Hint: We, as do most teams not named UK under Calipari, do the best tournament time with an experienced cadre of Juniors or seniors that have played together and gelled as a team)

(2nd hint: When the schedules were made, only an idiot would look at a schedule that included Memphis, Arizona, and UCLA and say that it was anything other than one of the toughest non-con schedules in the nation)

Not that I expect any of this to sink in, but I'm bored today.

cg1029 4 years, 6 months ago

KU clearly needs to get out on the road where they have trouble winning games... It is not like KU HAS A WINNING RECORD AGAINST EVERY TEAM IN THE BIG 12 AT THE OPPONENTS ARENA (Only OSU and Texas are close)! They also have a winning record against every team in the big 12 on a netural court.

Gregory Newman 4 years, 6 months ago

In 2008 there were 4 #1 seeds the first time in NCAA history and Kansas won. Plus UCLA had an 88 game win streak and 11 or 12 national titles and they can't match that. Plus Kentucky and North Carolina has those all-time wins because of Kansas transplants Rupp and Smith so quiet on the set

rabbit 4 years, 6 months ago

I said Ku performs BAD on the road.

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