OU basketball notebook: Different year, same result
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Sunday, January 27, 2013
1/27/13 at 7:07 AM
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Kansas' 67-54 victory over Oklahoma marked its 33rd in a row at Allen Fieldhouse, equaling the fourth-longest homecourt streak in school history. The Jayhawks have won their last 12 games against OU in their venerable home, dating back to 1993, when the unranked Sooners upset No. 6 KU 80-77.
The Jayhawks have beaten OU 10 straight times overall. Bill Self has gone 12-1 against the Sooners as KU coach.
Cold spell: The Sooners went 8-for-28 in the first half, and were lucky to be within 29-21 at the intermission. They wanted to isolate Romero Osby outside against Jeff Withey, but Osby went just 2-of-7 against the KU center.
Amath M'Baye missed all five of his first-half shots, while freshmen Buddy Hield, Je'lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins combined to go 1-of-7.
Kansas came in as the nation's leader in field goal percentage defense, while OU was the best-shooting team in Big 12 games. Only one of those statistical trends held up.
New number one?: Duke's midweek loss at Miami cleared the way for KU to become No. 1 in the next coaches' poll.
"I think they're great," OU coach Lon Kruger said of the Jayhawks. "They've got terrific athletes on the perimeter, a big shot-blocker inside. They're very unselfish. Bill (Self) does a terrific job. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played. They move the ball.
"Yeah, they deserve it. I hope they are number one."
Lon Kruger: OU coach says Kansas deserves top ranking