2006–07 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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2006–07 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
Big 12 Regular Season Champion
Big 12 Tournament Champion
NCAA Elite Eight vs. UCLA, L, 68–55
Conference Big 12 Conference
2006–07 record 33–5 (14–2 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Self
Assistant coach Tim Jankovich
Assistant coach Joe Dooley
Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend
Home arena Allen Fieldhouse
Seasons
« 2005–06 2007–08 »
2006–07 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Kansas† 14 2   .875     33 5   .868
Texas A&M 13 3   .813     27 7   .794
Texas 12 4   .750     25 10   .714
Kansas State 10 6   .625     23 12   .657
Texas Tech 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
Missouri 7 9   .438     18 12   .600
Oklahoma State 6 10   .375     22 13   .629
Nebraska 6 10   .375     17 14   .548
Oklahoma 6 10   .375     16 15   .516
Iowa State 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Baylor 4 12   .250     15 16   .484
Colorado 3 13   .188     7 20   .259
2007 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll • Through March 27, 2011

The 2006–07 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas Jayhawks for the NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate basketball season of 2006–2007. The team was led by Bill Self in his fourth season as head coach. The team played its home games in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Jayhawks' won the regular season championship with fourteen conference wins—the third straight season in which the team has claimed a share of the championship. In postseason play the team defeated its conference opponents to claim its second straight title. In the NCAA Division I tournament, the Jayhawks were defeated in the Elite Eight.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Darrell Arthur
PF
Dallas, TX South Oak Cliff HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 217 lb (98 kg) May 9, 2005 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Sherron Collins
PG
Chicago, IL Crane Technical Prep Common HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 16, 2005 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Brady Morningstar
SG
Lawrence, KS The New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Oct 4, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8   Rivals: 12  ESPN: N/A
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Season Synopsis[edit]

After returning every key player from the 2006 team that shared the Big 12 regular season title with the Texas Longhorns and defeated Texas for the conference tournament title, the Jayhawks expected to repeat as Big 12 champs and contend for the national title in 2006–07. ESPN's Andy Katz had ranked the Jayhawks as the second best team in the nation for the preseason, while Dick Vitale had the Jayhawks ranked third. The starting lineup included Russell Robinson (guard), Mario Chalmers (guard), Brandon Rush (small forward), Julian Wright (power/small forward), and Sasha Kaun (Center). Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins were the nucleus of Bill Self's recruiting class for the 06–07 season and provided valuable minutes coming off the bench. Some key returnees included Darnell Jackson and Jeremy Case.

One early-season casualty was C.J. Giles. He was suspended in early November for failure to attend practices, for poor showing in the classroom, and because of unpaid child support. He was to have been reinstated for the Winston-Salem State game, but another incident involving charges of assault and battery against his ex-girlfriend left Bill Self with no choice but to dismiss the troubled center from the team. Giles transferred to play for the Oregon State Beavers. His problems, however, persisted to a degree that he was dismissed from OSU in January 2008.

Following the victory over #1 ranked and defending National Champion Florida in Las Vegas, athletic director Lew Perkins announced that he had extended Coach Bill Self's contract through 2011.

Until February 3, no team from the Big 12 South division had ever beaten Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse since the conference's formation in the 1996 offseason. That streak came to an end when Texas A&M came from 11 down to beat KU 69–66; this also marked the first time ever that the Aggies had beaten the Jayhawks. As it turned out, that would be the last time until 2011 that anyone would beat the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse, as KU would go on to post a school and conference record 69-game homecourt winning streak.

There were two streaks that remained intact. Kansas extended its streak of consecutive home wins against Colorado to 24 with a 97–74 victory on January 27, 2007. KU also maintained the 24-game on-the-road win streak against Kansas State in Manhattan with a 71–62 victory in Bramlage Coliseum on February 19, 2007. KU won the final five games with KSU in Ahearn Fieldhouse and the first 19 meetings in Bramlage through 2007.

Kansas won the 2007 regular season Big 12 championship, finishing in first place with a 14–2 record in conference play. In doing so, they clinched their third straight regular season title and their first outright Big 12 title since 2003, having settled for ties with Oklahoma and Texas the previous two seasons. They came from down 16 against Texas to win 90–86, leading by as many as 10 at one point and holding on for the four-point win. The title is the Jayhawks' 50th all-time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 1907–08. It is also KU's fifth outright Big 12 championship and seventh overall.

The outright title gave Kansas the top seed for the Big 12 Tournament and a bye for the preliminary rounds of play. In the quarterfinal, KU faced ninth-seed Oklahoma and prevailed 64–47. In the semifinal, KU faced fourth-seed Kansas State and prevailed 67–61. Finally, in the title game, KU defeated Texas 88–84 in overtime to win the Big 12 Tournament. They pulled off an even bigger comeback than in the regular-season meeting, coming from down 22 to win. The 22-point comeback is the biggest in KU history, eclipsing the 19-point comeback in an 85–70 win over UCLA in 1995.

Kansas earned the top seed for the West Region of the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In subregional action at the United Center in Chicago, KU defeated Niagara 107–67 and Kentucky 88–76.

In the Sweet 16, KU escaped a tough defensive stance from Southern Illinois, winning 61–58 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The victory sent KU to the Elite Eight against the second-seeded UCLA Bruins, but they lost 68–55, their largest margin of defeat all season. KU has never won a game against UCLA in NCAA Tournament play, losing all five meetings. The loss also left Bill Self at 0–4 all-time in Elite Eight games, having lost with Tulsa, Illinois, and Kansas (twice), a problem he eliminated the following season.

Kansas finished the season 33–5, winning the Big 12 regular-season and postseason championships, reaching the Elite Eight, and achieving the seventh 30-win season in school history.

On April 9, 2007, sophomore forward Julian Wright announced that he would forgo his junior and senior seasons, hire an agent (therefore forfeiting his amateur status and college eligibility), and enter his name into the NBA Draft. Teammate and fellow sophomore Brandon Rush had originally chosen to follow suit, announcing on April 26, 2007 his plan of entering his name into the NBA Draft, but decided to not hire an agent (therefore allowing him to return to KU if he decided to withdraw his name from the draft). However, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a pickup game of basketball, Rush changed his mind and decided to return for his junior season at KU. Rush's surgery was successful; and, as it turned out the following season, the injury was a blessing in disguise for Rush and the Jayhawks.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Weight Year Home Town
Darrell Arthur 00 Forward 6–9 230 Freshman Dallas, TX
Brennan Bechard 11 Guard 6–0 183 Sophomore Lawrence, KS
Jeremy Case 10 Guard 6–1 182 Junior McAlester, OK
Mario Chalmers 15 Guard 6–1 195 Sophomore Anchorage, AK
Sherron Collins 4 Guard 5–11 200 Freshman Chicago, IL
Darnell Jackson 32 Forward 6–8 250 Junior Oklahoma City, OK
Sasha Kaun 24 Center 6–11 245 Junior Melbourne, FL
Matt Kleinmann 54 Center 6–10 247 Sophomore Overland Park, KS
Brady Morningstar 12 Guard 6–3 185 Freshman Lawrence, KS
Russell Robinson 3 Guard 6–1 200 Junior New York City, NY
Brandon Rush 25 Guard 6–6 210 Sophomore Kansas City, MO
Rodrick Stewart 5 Guard 6–4 205 Junior Seattle, WA
Brad Witherspoon 40 Guard 6–1 180 Junior Humboldt, KS
Julian Wright 30 Forward 6–8 225 Sophomore Chicago Heights, IL

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Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 2*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#3 Washburn
exhibition
W 99–69  1–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 7*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#3 Emporia State
exhibition
W 90–55  2–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Regular season
November 11*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#3 Northern Arizona W 91–57  1–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 15*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#3 Oral Roberts L 71–78  1–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 19*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#3 Towson
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 87–61  2–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 21*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#10 Tennessee State
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 89–54  3–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 24*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#10 vs. Ball State
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 64–46  4–1
Orleans Arena (8,500)
Las Vegas, NV
November 25*
10:00 p.m., ESPN2
#10 vs. #1 Florida
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 82–80 OT 5–1
Orleans Arena (8,500)
Las Vegas, NV
November 28*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#5 Dartmouth W 83–32  6–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 2*
1:00 p.m., ESPNU
#5 at DePaul L 57–64  6–2
Allstate Arena (16,922)
Rosemont, IL
December 4*
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
#5 USC W 72–62  7–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 9*
12:00 p.m., ESPN2
#12 vs. Toledo
American Century Investments Shootout
W 68–58  8–2
Kemper Arena (16,488)
Kansas City, MO
December 19*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#11 Winston-Salem State W 94–43  9–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 23*
1:00 p.m., CBS
#11 Boston College W 84–66  10–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 28*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#9 Detroit Mercy W 63–43  11–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 30*
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#9 Rhode Island W 80–69  12–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 7*
3:30 p.m., CBS
#9 at South Carolina W 70–54  13–2
Colonial Center (14,713)
Columbia, SC
January 10
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
#6 #9 Oklahoma State W 87–57  14–2 (1–0)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 13
1:00 p.m., ESPN
#6 at Iowa State W 68–64 OT 15–2 (2–0)
Hilton Coliseum (13,226)
Ames, IA
January 15
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#6 Missouri W 80–77  16–2 (3–0)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 20
3:00 p.m., ESPN
#5 at Texas Tech L 64–69  16–3 (3–1)
United Spirit Arena (11,469)
Lubbock, TX
January 24
7:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#8 at Baylor W 82–56  17–3 (4–1)
Ferrell Center (8,102)
Waco, TX
January 27
12:30 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
#8 Colorado W 97–74  18–3 (5–1)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 29
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#8 at Nebraska W 76–56  19–3 (6–1)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (12,262)
Lincoln, NE
February 3
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#6 #10 Texas A&M L 66–69  19–4 (6–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 7
8:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
#9 Kansas State W 97–70  20–4 (7–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 10
2:30 p.m., ABC
#9 at Missouri W 92–74  21–4 (8–2)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
February 14
8:00 p.m., KU-ESPN+
#9 at Colorado W 75–46  22–4 (9–2)
Coors Events Center (6,608)
Boulder, CO
February 17
3:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
#9 Nebraska W 92–39  23–4 (10–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 19
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#9 at Kansas State W 71–62  24–4 (11–2)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Manhattan, KS
February 24
5:00 p.m., ESPN
#6 Iowa State W 89–52  25–4 (12–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 26
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#6 at Oklahoma W 67–65  26–4 (13–2)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,192)
Norman, OK
March 3
11:00 a.m., CBS
#3 #15 Texas W 90–86  27–4 (14–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Big 12 Tournament
March 9
11:30 a.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
ESPNU
#2 vs. Oklahoma
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 64–47  28–4
Ford Center (18,879)
Oklahoma City, OK
March 10
1:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
/ESPN2
#2 vs. Kansas State
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 67–61  29–4
Ford Center (18,879)
Oklahoma City, OK
March 11
2:00 p.m., ESPN
#2 vs. #15 Texas
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 88–84 OT 30–4
Ford Center (18,879)
Oklahoma City, OK
NCAA Tournament
March 16
6:10 p.m., CBS
#2 (1) vs. (16) Niagara
NCAA Div. I Tournament West Subregional
W 107–67  31–4
United Center (19,274)
Chicago, IL
March 18
4:05 p.m., CBS
#2 (1) vs. (8) Kentucky
NCAA Div. I Tournament West Subregional
W 88–76  32–4
United Center (20,916)
Chicago, IL
March 22
6:10 p.m., CBS
#2 (1) vs. #14 (4) Southern Illinois
NCAA Div. I Tournament West Regional Semifinal
W 61–58  33–4
HP Pavilion (18,049)
San Jose, CA
March 24
6:05 p.m., CBS
#2 (1) vs. #7 (2) UCLA
NCAA Div. I Tournament West Regional Final
L 55–68  33–5
HP Pavilion (18,102)
San Jose, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Awards[edit]

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
Mario Chalmers (Sophomore, Guard)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Julian Wright (Sophomore, Forward), November 27 and March 5 (co-winner)
All-Big 12 First Team
Brandon Rush (Sophomore, Guard)
Julian Wright
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team
Brandon Rush
Julian Wright

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KU Men's Basketball Quick Facts" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

External links[edit]