Kansas Versus Missouri Postgame Notes

Feb. 4, 2008

Recap | Box Score | Quotes |

Kansas 90, Missouri 71

February 4, 2008 * Allen Fieldhouse * Lawrence, Kan.

Postgame Notes

Kansas’ Win Versus Missouri …

… Makes Kansas 22-1 on the season, it’s best 23-game record since the 1996-97 team was also 22-1, and 30-1 in its last 31 regular-season contests.

… Makes KU 7-1 in league play.

… Makes Kansas 16-0 at home this season and marks the 20th-straight home win for the Jayhawks.

… Gives Kansas its fifth-straight win over Missouri and marks the second-straight season series sweep over the Tigers for the Jayhawks. KU has now swept the season series five times since 2002.

… Makes the all-time series with MU 166-93 in favor of the Jayhawks.

… Makes KU 611-106 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including nine-straight wins over Missouri.

… Improves Kansas head coach Bill Self to 127-30 while at Kansas, 334-135 overall and 12-2 against Missouri.

… Makes KU 1,928-783 all-time.

Game Notes

— Five Kansas players scored in double figures for the third time this season. The Jayhawks are 3-0 in those games.

— Eight of nine Jayhawks who attempted a shot in the first half, made their first attempt.

— Missouri only committed eight turnovers in the game, a season-low by a Kansas opponent. The Tigers own the two lowest outputs in the turnover column by a Kansas opponent this season, as they had just 10 miscues in the previous match-up.

— Kansas held Missouri scoreless from the three-point line. The Tigers were 0-of-10 for the game, marking the first time a KU opponent has not knocked down at least one three-point basket in a game since Colorado on March 9, 1996. The last time a Kansas opponent was held without a three-point field goal in conference play was Missouri on January 19, 1991.

— Junior Brandon Rush scored 19 points to lead the Jayhawks, marking his eighth-straight double-figure scoring game and tying a season high in points. Rush has hit double digits in points in 16-of-21 games this season.

— Rush has made at least two three-pointers in seven of his last eight games. He knocked down 3-of-7 from beyond the arc versus Missouri, making him 25-of-50 (50 percent) from three-point field goal range over the last eight games.

— Rush’s seven three-point attempts moved him into seventh place on the KU all-time chart for three-point attempts. He now has 380 three-point attempts in his career. He passed Kevin Pritchard who finished his career with 379 career three-point attempts.

— Junior Mario Chalmers finished with a team-high six assists to go along with his 15 points. He has dished out six or more dimes in four of his last five outings.

— Chalmers finished with two blocks for the second-straight game. He has now recorded seven blocks in his last four games.

— Senior Sasha Kaun scored in double figures for the second-straight game and the seventh time this season with 12 points in the win. Kaun had a strong first half of play, pouring in nine of his points in the opening frame.

— Kaun was 2-for-2 from the free throw line and is 34-for-50 (68.0 percent) in his last 17 games from the charity stripe.

— Senior guard Russell Robinson moved into ninth place on the Kansas career assists chart with his four helpers in the game. He now has 440 career assists. He passed Mark Turgeon, who finished his KU career with 436 dimes in his four-year career.

— Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur scored nine consecutive points for KU during a three minute stretch in the second half to push him into double figures for the 20th time this season. Arthur, who finished with 13 points, played just two minutes in the first half after picking up three quick fouls.

— Freshman center Cole Aldrich pulled down a career-best nine rebounds.

— Kansas’ three steals tied a season-low. The Jayhawks have recorded just three steals in each of their last three games.

— Kansas out-rebounded MU 48-25 (+23), marking its biggest advantage on the boards this season. The Jayhawks have out-rebounded their opponent in 19-of-23 games this season, including seven of eight conference games.

— KU pulled down a season-high 19 offensive rebounds.

— MU’s 28 field goals marked a KU opponent season high. The Tigers connected on 28-of-60 shots on the evening.

— The Jayhawk bench outscored their Tiger counterparts 30-13.

— Kansas has held its opponent to under 50 percent shooting in 22-of-23 games.