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Posted Nov 23, 2010
Brady Morningstar didn’t really have to hesitate when asked the probing question by a reporter Monday afternoon before practice.
The scribe wanted to know which was a more impressive streak — the 62 straight homecourt victories in Allen Fieldhouse or the six consecutive wins in March and April in 2008 to win the national title.
“I’d rather lose at home than win six in a row to win a national championship,” Morningstar said, “so I’d take a national championship.
“Losing at home would not be fun, but I’d (still) take a national championship,” the senior guard added.
The 2008 national title was indeed a victory for the ages, but make no mistake, Morningstar thinks the current homecourt winning streak is pretty sweet, too.
KU can break the school record set from 1994-98 with a win against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.
“It’s a pretty exciting thing, it’s a pretty impressive streak I’d say at home,” Morningstar said. “It’s going to be cool to get a chance to break the record.”
Morningstar is actually the only current Jayhawk to lose at home. That happened during his freshman season with a 78-71 loss to Oral Roberts on Nov. 15, 2006 and a 69-66 defeat to Texas A&M on Feb. 3, 2007, as the Aggies rallied from a an 11-point second-half deficit for their first win ever against Kansas.
The Lawrence native isn’t about to bring up that last loss against the Aggies to his teammates. He would rather forget that dark evening.
“Guys didn’t say much (afterwards),” Morningstar recalled. “It’s just not a very fun locker room since you’re not use to it at all so you don’t really know how to handle yourself. A loss is a loss. You got to take it and learn from it, and I think we learned from it and it hasn’t happened since (at home). We’re trying not to let that happen (again).”
Morningstar said his fondest memory of all the wins during the streak was the thrilling 90-86 victory over Texas on March 3, 2007. No. 3 KU overcame a 16-point first-half deficit and 25 first-half points from Longhorn star
to claim their third straight Big 12 Championship.
“That was impressive,” Morningstar said. “Watching (Durant) was impressive and our comeback was pretty sweet.”
Morningstar added that “every close game (in the Phog) is fun just because a lot of times our fans see blowouts and games that are over with 10 minutes left, but there’s rarely a time they see a game down to the last possession in the fieldhouse, which there have been a couple. I think those games are the most fun.”
Despite losing twice in Allen Fieldhouse in 2006-07, Morningstar said he can’t imagine losing at home.
“You’re really not supposed to lose here,” he said.
His teammates feel the same way.
“When we come to the fieldhouse,” senior guard
said, “I don’t feel like we can be beat no matter who we are playing.”
And tonight, the Jayhawks will go for their 63rd straight victory in Allen Fieldhouse with history at stake.
“We just want to come out and be known as the team that broke the streak,” sophomore forward
said. “It’s a lot of games to win at home, especially with the competition we have every year. It’s definitely a big deal”
The Jayhawks couldn’t have won 62 straight without 16,300 fans in the Phog cheering their every move.
“There’s nothing like it,” Robinson said. “We’ve been to a lot of other arenas in the country, and I still haven’t seen anything close to the fieldhouse.”
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