By: Drew Franklin
Kansas took down what looked like the Norman, Oklahoma YMCA men's recreational team in a 81-68 "not really that close" game. Xavier Henry had the hot hand for the Jayhawks going 9-13 from the field for 23 points while Sherron Collins backed him up with 17 and 6 assists.
The win tonight clinched at least a share of the Big 12 Conference Championship for Kansas and made Sherron Collins and Brady Morningstar the two all-time winningest Jayhawks. Collins could also reach another milestone soon as he is two tattoos shy of ink poisoning.
But, seriously, congratulations to Collins and Morningstar and to the entire team for their sixth consecutive Big 12 title. They're going to make a long run in March, up until they face Baylor or Bucknell.
Looking back at tonight's game, the storyline is not the 13-0 conference record or how Cole Aldrich will block anything within 50 yards of him - it is how terrible Oklahoma is. I honestly thought the Sooners could go the entire game without scoring. I know they miss Mama and Papa Griffin in the crowd and on the jumbotron during EVERY timeout, and I'm sure they miss Blake too, but how could they could they fall so far in just one season? If I'm Jeff Capel, I'm on the phone with Coach K tonight asking for a seat next to Wojo. The Oklahoma basketball program is falling off faster than Mark Mangino on a mechanical bull.
Outside of the game, I couldn't be anymore impressed with Allen Fieldhouse. I've heard all about it on television and in Scot Pollard's glory day stories, but seeing it first hand was an amazing experience. The people here are nuts. Not just the students, I mean, everyone. Mothers, daughters, grandma, grandpa, the fat guy in 232 in the medium Rock Chalk t-shirt that screams during every free throw, the rich people behind the bench, and everyone in between. It is a VERY hostile environment and it certainly lives up to the hype. Although, I think the Rock Chalk Jayhawk chant is a bit creepy. I feel like everyone is about to put on their black Nike's and drink some kool-aid. Liven that thing up a bit.
As for the road trip, we're off to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We'll be traveling so far over the next two days that NASA has contacted us about assisting the departure and monitoring our travels. Mapquest has it as a 17-hour drive but in my eyes that's just considered hell and I couldn't be anymore excited to feel the flames.
Talk to you soon.