Kansas has looked dominant in most of its previous 12 games this season. Maybe none more so than its last outing.
The third-ranked Jayhawks look to close out 2007 with another decisive effort as they host Yale on Saturday night.
Kansas (12-0) beat Miami (Ohio) 78-54 at home last Saturday in its most recent contest. While the win extended the Jayhawks’ best start since going 14-0 in 2004-05, they also became the first team to score 70 or more points in 45 games against Miami’s tough defense.
Though Kansas scored below its 83.3 season average, it shot 57.9 percent— its second best shooting day—and dominated from start to finish against a team that has beaten Xavier, Mississippi State and Illinois, while losing to Southern California, Dayton and then-No. 12 Louisville by a combined eight points.
“That’s a remarkable deal, nobody’s hung 70 on you, and they play games away from home,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “But we’re playing pretty good.”
The Jayhawks used an early 13-0 run to take control in their return to Allen Fieldhouse after hanging on for a 71-66 win at Georgia Tech on Dec. 18. Leading scorer Darrell Arthur had 14 points with 10 rebounds, while Darnell Jackson also had 14 points for Kansas, which shot better than 50 percent for the fourth straight game.
Arthur, who averages 13.3 points, bounced back after being held to a season-low six against Georgia Tech.
Kansas, which is second in the nation shooting 52.4 percent, has a chance to improve on that mark the next two weeks. After Yale, the Jayhawks visit Boston College on Jan. 5 and host Loyola (Md.) before opening Big 12 play at Nebraska on Jan. 12.
“We can’t get too happy with ourselves right now,” said guard Mario Chalmers, who had 10 points versus Miami. “We have a lot more work to do. We have to keep focusing in and try to keep our winning streak. We have to take it game-by-game.”
Chalmers had 13 points in Kansas’ 87-46 home win over Yale on Jan. 4, 2006, in the teams’ most recent meeting. The Jayhawks look to improve to 3-0 versus the Bulldogs and win their 19th straight contest over a non-conference opponent at Allen Fieldhouse.
Yale (3-6) returns to action for the first time since a 76-67 loss to Boston University on Dec. 11. Leading scorer Eric Flato scored 15 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 51.1 percent, but committed a season-high 21 turnovers.
“We had opportunities that we did not convert,” Yale coach James Jones told the school’s official Web site.
Flato, a senior guard who averages 12.2 points, scored a team-high 10 in the most recent meeting with Kansas.
The Bulldogs, picked to finish second in the Ivy League, face their second ranked opponent after losing 81-47 at then-No. 2 UCLA on Nov. 23. Yale has also lost at Massachusetts and Stanford this season.