Kansas-Niagara NCAA Tournament Postgame Notes

March 16, 2007

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March 16, 2007 * United Center * Chicago, Ill.

Kansas Postgame Notes

Kansas‘ Win Over Niagara…

…Improves Kansas to 31-4 on the season and marks the most KU victories since the 2002 Final Four season (33-4).

…Extends KU’s winning streak to 12 games, the second longest during the Bill Self era.

…Gives the Jayhawks their 22nd NCAA Tournament First Round win in the last 24 years dating back to 1978.

…Gives KU a 74-35 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

…Makes KU 3-0 in NCAA Tournament game played in Chicago.

…Makes the Jayhawks 7-0 in neutral site games and 15-2 away from Allen Fieldhouse this season.

…Makes Self 103-28 in four seasons at KU, 310-133 all-time and 14-8 in the NCAA Tournament (4-3 while at KU).

…Makes the Jayhawks 1,904-781 all-time.


– KU is 19-2 this season with the starting lineup of Sasha Kaun, Julian Wright, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Russell Robinson.

– The Jayhawks’ 107 points marked a season high and the most by KU in an NCAA Tournament game since a 108-76 win over ArizonaState on March 22, 2003.

– The Jayhawks have led by 20 or more points at halftime in eight games this season. KU has held a halftime lead in 27 of 31 victories in 2006-07.

– KU has forced 20 or more turnovers eight times this season.

– As the Tournament’s No. 1 seed, the Jayhawks are 6-0 vs. No. 16 seeds and have compiled an overall record of 15-6 as a top seed.

– Kansas scored 52 points in the first half, its best opening half this season. The Jayhawks scored 51 points in their season opener against Northern Arizona on Nov. 11.

– Prior to tonight’s 107-point performance, KU’s single-game season-high was 97 points (on two occasions). The last time Kansas broke the 100-point barrier came on November 23, 2005, when the Jayhawks defeated Chaminade, 102-54. It is the seventh time in 109 NCAA Tournament games that KU has scored 100 or more points.

– KU’s 40-point victory is the second largest in the school’s NCAA Tournament history. The program’s largest margin of victory came in the Jayhawks’ 110-52 win against Prairie View A&M in 1998.

– Kansas made 13 three-point field goals – breaking the school’s previous NCAA record of 12 versus Kentucky in 1999.

– Kansas’ 14 steals matched the school’s NCAA Tournament record of 14 vs. BYU in 1993.

– Seven players on Kansas’ 2006-07 roster have played in at least one NCAA Tournament game. The seven players combined for 56 points prior to today’s game. Today, Jayhawk players scored 107 points.

– Kansas improves to 19-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.

– Not including top-seeded Florida’s game vs. JacksonState, the No. 1 seeds now have a cumulative record of 91-0 over their No. 16-seeded opponents.

– Niagara finished the season 23-12 and is now 2-4 in NCAA Tournament play. Kansas snapped Niagara’s 12-game winning streak.

– Niagara becomes the seventh opening round winner to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The opening round game started in 2001.