Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sherron Collins Speaks to Team Following KU's 68-57 Victory over K- State ; KU: Collins Understands Mason Comparison

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sherron Collins Speaks to Team Following KU's 68-57 Victory over K- State ; KU: Collins Understands Mason Comparison

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LAWRENCE -- Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins wore a wide grin just outside the Jayhawks' locker room following No. 9 KU's 68-57 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

"It's always good to get a win against a rival," Collins said. "We had so many meetings and tough games against them, so it's good to see the guys winning against them."

The 2010 consensus first-team All-America selection -- along with former teammate Mario Little -- also went into the locker room after the game to help KU coach Bill Self with the postgame talk.

His main message to the team? Play with energy every day, because you never know when it might be your last time on the court.

"I think they can go all the way. They've just got to put it together at the right time," Collins said. "By March, Coach will have them playing unbelievable. They've got a chance."

Collins was part of the team that started KU's current nine-game home winning streak against K-State, as the guard won four consecutive games against the Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse from 2007- 10.

Sitting next to former teammate Tyrel Reed two rows behind KU's bench, Collins reminisced about past matchups against K-State, with a second-half technical by Devonte' Graham also jogging memories of trash talk between the two schools.

"We just didn't get caught, but we did it," Collins said with a smile. "Yeah, we did it."

Collins, who shared an embrace with Self on the court after the game, witnessed an impressive start for KU in the opening eight minutes.

The Jayhawks jumped out to a 20-5 advantage, with 14 points coming in the paint and the other six on consecutive 3-pointers from Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden.

"We played good in spurts today," Self said.

That was good enough to keep K-State from threatening. The Wildcats never trimmed the deficit under single digits after that while falling to 18-45 all-time at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU (18-3, 7-1 Big 12) prevailed despite up-and-down play from point guard Frank Mason. The sophomore scored 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting and was yanked from the game a few times by Self because of blown assignments. …

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