Feb 09, 2020 3:52 AM

No. 3 Kansas gets 20th win 60-46 over TCU, No. 700 for Self

Posted Feb 09, 2020 3:52 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bill Self got a basketball marking his 700th career victory, and Kansas matched an NCAA record with its 31st consecutive 20-win season after a powerful performance by 7-footer Udoka Azubuike.

"Amazing," point guard Devon Dotson said of Azubuike. "He worked hard to get his spots down low, and when he did, he converted. He was dominant, finished around the basket ... he was great."

Azubuike had 20 points and 15 rebounds for his 10th double-double this season, and the Jayhawks beat TCU 60-46 on Saturday. He had five dunks in an early 13-3 run that put them ahead to stay.

"The way they defended us, it was a perfect day for Dok to have a big game," Self said. "If we could just throw in the ball more often, I think he could have had a huge game. That was our best offense, just throw the ball to Dok."

As for becoming the second-youngest coach to reach 700 wins, Self said it was special to be able to mark the occasion by taking pictures with his granddaughter.

On joining joined North Carolina (1971-2001) as the only teams to win 20 games in 31 consecutive seasons, Self called the program's consistency "pretty remarkable" but said that 20-game seasons don't mean as much as they did back in the 1980s when fewer games were played.

"I know he's not content. He's going to keep going as he should," guard Devon Dotson said.

Dotson had 18 points and 11 assists for the Jayhawks (20-3, 9-1 Big 12), who have actually won at least 23 games each of the past 30 seasons since a 19-win season in Roy Williams' first season as their coach.

Desmond Bane had 20 points for TCU (13-10, 4-6), which has lost five in a row.

"Stay together. Stay positive. We've lost to all good teams," Bane, a senior, said about what the young Frogs need to do. "A lot of players haven't been through this, haven't hit true adversity like this in high school or at another level. Stick together is the message and I feel like we're doing that.

RJ Nembhard had 11 points and PJ Fuller 10. Kevin Samuel was scoreless but had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Nembhard got the Frogs to within 44-40 with seven minutes left on a 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 run. That spurt included Nembhard's ally-oop pass to Fuller for a flying layup after Dotson's bad pass.

But Kansas scored 12 in a row after that, seven by Dotson.

"When they cut it to 44-40 with the ball, we locked in and guarded then," Self said. "And that was, to me, the biggest difference in the game."

SELF WINS

Self got his 700th win six weeks after his 57th birthday. The only coach to reach that mark sooner was Bobby Knight at age 56.

Self is 700-214 in 27 seasons overall, including his time at Oral Roberts (1993-97), Tulsa (1997-2000) and Illinois (2000-03). He is 493-109 in his 17th season with the Jayhawks.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The Jayhawks got off to a slow start, missing their first eight shots. The go-ahead 13-3 run was part of a longer 20-5 spurt that started when Azubuike made a layup almost five minutes for their first field goal. TCU missed eight shots in a row during a scoring drought of more than 6 1/2 minutes. The game was tied for the last time on a dunk by Azubuike before Dotson had a steal and a breakaway layup. There were then four consecutive Kansas baskets that were dunks by Azubuike.

TCU: Since starting 3-0 in the Big 12 for the first time, the Horned Frogs have lost seven of eight games overall, including a loss at Arkansas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

"We know if you get out-rebounded by 13 and turn it over 17 times, you're not going to have much opportunity to win," coach Jamie Dixon said. "We've got to change a lot of things, improve in a lot of areas, and that's got to be our mentality. We can't keep doing the same things but we are."

UP NEXT

Kansas is at No. 13 West Virginia on Wednesday night. The Jayhawks won 60-53 at Morgantown in their Big 12 opener on Jan. 4.

TCU plays at Texas Tech on Monday night, three weeks after the Horned Frogs beat the then-No. 18 Red Raiders 65-54 at home.

--- Associated Press ---

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Feb 09, 2020 3:52 AM
Griffons hold off UCM 84-80 for sixth straight victory

ST. JOSEPH – The Missouri Western men's basketball team (13-11, 9-4) ran its win streak to six games and moved to 9-0 in the MWSU Fieldhouse with an 84-80 victory over Central Missouri (9-13, 4-9) on Saturday.

The Griffons led for 33 minutes by as many as 16 points, but saw a tough UCM team make things interesting in the closing minute. With 11 seconds left, Will Eames missed the backend of a one-and-one at the free throw line that would have put MWSU up by five. The Mules answered with a quick layup to cut the lead to two before the Griffons turned it over on the ensuing inbounds pass. Eames then stole UCM's inbound, was quickly fouled and made his two free throws to secure the win for the Griffons.

Missouri Western's win and Rogers State's loss to Northeastern State left the Griffons just a half game behind Rogers State for third place in the MIAA standings with a tiebreaker via Missouri Western's win against the Hillcats earlier in the season. It also helped the Griffons match the 2002-03 MWSU team that won six-straight MIAA games.

NOTABLES

- Reese Glover tied Jonathan Phelps' MWSU single-game 3-point record with eight long range makes. The freshman went 8 for 12 from 3-point range and led all scorers with a career-high 26 points.

- Missouri Western shot 63% from the field in the first half, including 52.6% from 3-point range, going 19 for 19 beyond the arc to take a 14-point lead to halftime.

- For the game, MWSU shot 52.5% from the field and 42.9% from 3-point range with 15 makes.

- The lead changed nine times with four ties, but UCM's last lead came with 11:27 left before halftime.

- MWSU totaled 21 assists to just 12 turnovers. Tyrell Carroll and Tyus Millhollin each dished out six assists.

- It was the third time in the Griffons' last four games with five players scoring in double figures.

- Eames registered a double-double, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds and four steals.

- Millhollin scored 16 points.

- Carroll had 10 points.

- Beau Baker was a point away from giving the Griffons six double-digit scorers and two double-doubles, pulling down 10 boards with nine points on 4 of 4 shooting from the field.

UP NEXT

The Griffs hit the road to take on Pittsburg State (9-13, 5-8) on Wednesday.

--- MWSU Athletics ---