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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson pass around Howard guard Glen Andrews during the first half on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson pass around Howard guard Glen Andrews during the first half on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

December 30, 2011

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 89-34 victory over Howard on Dec. 29, 2011.

KU vs. Howard

Kansas head men's basketball coach Bill Self addressed the media after defeating Howard on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Howard University’s 34 points scored were the fewest by a Kansas University opponent since Alcorn State totaled 31 in KU’s 98-31 win on Dec. 2, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse.

It marked the third-fewest points allowed in the Bill Self era. Dartmouth scored 32 points in a 83-32 loss to KU on Nov. 28, 2006, in Allen.

Kansas held Howard to 13 points in the first half. It was the second-straight game that KU has held its opponent to 13 points in the first half, the other at USC. It marked the first time the Jayhawks have held back-to-back opponents under 20 points in a half since the 2007 season (Washburn, 18; Northern Arizona, 10).

The 81 points allowed by KU over the last two games mark the fewest in a two-game stretch since before the 1988-89 season.

Howard’s 22.2 percent shooting (12 of 54 overall, 3 of 18 from three) was lowest by a KU opponent since Dayton shot the same percentage in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Howard’s 12 total field goals were fewest by a KU opponent since Alcorn State had 12 in a game on Dec. 2, 2009. Howard also set a season-low by a KU opponent in free throws (seven) and three-point field-goal percentage (16.7).

More team stats

KU’s 55-point victory was largest since a 98-41 victory over Ohio on Nov. 26, 2010. ... The Bison’s 24 turnovers and 16 offensive rebounds were season-highs by a Jayhawk opponent.

In the house

“Saturday Night Live”/big-screen actor Jason Sudeikis attended with his date, actress Olivia Wilde. Sudeikis wore a KU baseball cap and Wilde a KU stocking cap. ... Future KU guard Conner Frankamp, a 6-1 junior point guard from Wichita North, attended and sat behind KU’s bench. Frankamp orally committed to KU in July following an unofficial campus visit on June 30.

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