It has been a rough year for Kansas fans but these ten moments made it all worthwhile.
10. Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry get drafted
Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry left KU early to enter the NBA Draft. Both were rewarded with lottery selections. Aldrich ended up with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Henry ended up with the Memphis Grizzlies.
9. Danielle McCray gets drafted by the Connecticut Sun
McCray’s senior year at Kansas was cut short with an injury. It was a devastating blow to the women’s team that was projected to go to the NCAA tournament. McCray couldn’t play her first year with the WNBA but she has played overseas and done very well. She’ll be back with the Sun this year and should have a good career if she can stay healthy.
8. Kansas defeats Georgia Tech in football
A week after Kansas fell to North Dakota State, the Jayhawks somehow pulled an upset over #15 Georgia Tech. They ended up 6-6 and went to a bowl game, but at the time, the defending ACC-Champions were an overwhelming favorite. It was one of the few joys of the football season for KU fans.
7. Kansas wins Big 12 for sixth straight time and wins Big 12 tournament
Kansas won the Big 12 by four games (15-1 record and Baylor/KState were 11-5), so they won the Big 12 with ease. KU beat Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Kansas State to win the Big 12 tournament for the fourth time in five years.
6. New home win streak record set
From 1994-1998, Kansas won 62 straight home games. In 2010, Kansas broke that school record with its 63rd straight home victory, beating Texas A&M Corpus Christi. #64 and #65 were tough one and two point victories…The streak seems safe until January 22nd and 29th when Texas and Kansas State comes into town.
5. Josh Selby debuts for Kansas, hits game-winner vs. USC
Christmas 2010 came early for Kansas fans as they got to see Josh Selby play for the first time in a Jayhawk uniform. He rewarded the KU faithful with a 21-point performance, including a three-pointer to put Kansas up for good.
4. Kansas football with miracle comeback over Colorado
The game wasn’t on TV. Kansas was losing 35-10 at halftime and most of the fans were gone. Somehow…Kansas won. Down 45-17 in the fourth quarter, KU made a comeback for the history books. From 11:18 to 1:00, Kansas scored five touchdowns to win 52-45.
3. 2,000th Kansas victory and Bill Self’s 200th victory
Kansas beat Texas A&M in the semi-finals of the 2010 Big 12 Tournament but it wasn’t the actual game that was a big moment, it was the milestones that KU and Self reached. Kansas became the third program in the history of the NCAA to reach 2,000 wins (Kentucky and North Carolina) and Bill Self got his 200th win at Kansas (he reached 400 victories in February of 2010). Self got to relax the last minutes of the game as KU went on a 21-2 run in the second half.
2. Sherron’s Senior Night
Kansas beat Kansas State for the second time of the season but this game was extra special for Kansas fans as they said goodbye to Sherron Collins, the winningest Jayhawk of all time.
1. Kansas beats Kansas State in overtime in Manhattan
Probably the most anticipated game in the history of the state of Kansas took place when College Gameday came to Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas was ranked #2 and Kansas State was ranked #13 and it was their first of three match-ups of the season. Collins had back spasms all game and hit the floor hard with 2:44 left in overtime. Collins came back in to score a lay-up with nine seconds left to give Kansas the victory.