12:00 PM ET, December 18, 2010
Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Josh Selby makes crucial 3-pointer in debut to boost Kansas past USC
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Is it too soon to call him the legendary Josh Selby?Flashing more poise and grit than even his most ardent admirers had a right to expect, the most heralded Kansas freshman since Danny Manning made his collegiate debut Saturday in stunning fashion, drilling a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and lifting the third-ranked Jayhawks past a scrappy USC squad 70-68."Now I think my team trusts me more and my coaches trust me more," said the 6-foot-2 guard who spent the first nine games on the bench, serving an NCAA-ordered suspension while the Allen Fieldhouse crowd chanted, "Free Selby! Free Selby!"
Selby Shines In Debut
Wilt Chamberlain holds the Kansas record for most points in a debut (52 as a sophomore) but Josh Shelby now ranks second all-time for points by a Jayhawk freshman in his first game.
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Division I went from 12 to 9 unbeaten teams Saturday. Baylor lost to Gonzaga, BYU lost to UCLA, and Cleveland State fell at West Virginia. Here are the remaining unbeatens, with their ESPN/USA Today ranking.
|No. 1 Duke||10-0|
|No. 2 Ohio State||10-0|
|No. 3 Kansas||10-0|
|No. 4 Connecticut||8-0|
|No. 5 Syracuse||10-0|
|No. 10 San Diego State||11-0|
|NR Central Florida||10-0|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-51 (.451)||21-54 (.389)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-15 (.467)||7-18 (.389)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-21 (.714)||21-31 (.677)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (1/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Dec 18, 2010||@KU 70, USC 68||Recap|
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Josh Selby had 21 points and 5 rebounds off the bench in his debut for the Jayhawks. The last Kansas player with at least 20 points and 5 rebounds off the bench was Sheron Collins on March 11, 2007 vs Texas (20 pts, 6 reb).
Kansas survives at the Phog once again, extending the nation's longest active winning streak to 65 games. The Jayhawks have won their last 2 home games by a combined 3 points. On December 2nd, they beat UCLA by 1 on a free throw with a 2nd left and today, Josh Selby was the hero, making a 3 with 26 seconds left to give KU the lead for good.[+]
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