Jan. 19, 2008
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Postgame Notes At Missouri, Jan. 19, 2008
With the win KU… Improved to 18-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season… Improved to 3-0 (including 2-1 on the road) in Big 12 play for the second straight year… Won its 26th straight regular season game… Won its ninth straight regular season road contest… Won its fourth straight against Missouri… Won its second straight at Mizzou Arena… Made KU head coach Bill Self 11-2 all-time against Missouri, including an 8-2 mark while at Kansas.
O – Kansas entered the game leading the nation in field goal percentage at 52.3 percent, but shot just 40 percent on the night. It was the second worst field goal percentage of the year by the Jayhawks (37.9 at USC) and just the fourth time on the year KU was below 50 percent from the field.
O – Kansas entered the game having made 30 of 34 free throws in its previous two games, including a 17 of 18 mark against Oklahoma on Monday. The Jayhawks made just seven of 14 in the first half, but hit 21 of 31 in the second half.
O – Kansas’ 38 first half points were its fewest at the break in the last seven games (had 36 at Georgia Tech – led 36-29 in that game).
O – Missouri’s 36 first-half points were the second most KU allowed in the first half this season (Arizona scored 40 as the Wildcats and KU were tied at 40).
O – Brandon Rush grabbed at least six rebounds for the third straight game (he had 14 in the previous four games combined). Rush had six at Nebraska and nine vs. Oklahoma prior to tonight. His nine rebounds were just one shy of his season best.
O – Rush was just two of 14 shooting from the field, but hit nine of 14 free throws, including seven of 10 in the second half.
O – Darnell Jackson scored in double figures for the second game in a row (had 17 vs. Oklahoma on Monday) after netting a combined 17 in the previous two games.
O – Jackson matched his second-best rebound total of the year (had 13 at USC) and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
O – Mario Chalmers scored in double figures for the eighth time in his last nine games. His 18 points were his third most this season (23 vs. UMKC and 20 at USC).
O – Chalmers became the fourth different KU player to lead the team in scoring in the last four games.
O – Chalmers had his 14th multiple steal game of the season.
O – Darrell Arthur scored in double figures for a team-best 16th time in 19 games. He was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine caroms.
O – Russell Robinson recorded at least five assists for the fourth time in the last six games.
O – KU held Missouri’s leading scorer DeMarre Carroll to below his team-leading 14.9 scoring average.
O – Missouri entered the game averaging 82.1 points per game, but KU held the Tigers to 12 points below their average.
O – The six-point victory margin was the third-closest game of the year for Kansas, which won by four (76-72) at home vs. Arizona in overtime and by five (71-66 at Georgia Tech).