Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Portland State

March 20, 2008

Recap | Box Score | Quotes |

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…Improved KU to 32-3 on the season, the most KU victories since last season’s 33-5 record.

…Extended KU’s winning streak to eight games, the second longest of the season (20-0 to open the year).

…Gave KU its 23rd NCAA Tournament first-round win in the last 25 years dating back to 1978.

…Gave KU a 77-36 record all-time in the NCAA tourney.

…Made KU 4-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of Nebraska.

…Made KU 10-0 against the current membership of the Big Sky Conference, including 3-0 in 2007-08.

…Made KU 4-0 in neutral site games this season and 12-3 away from Allen Fieldhouse in 2007-08 (8-3 away, 4-0 neutral).

…Made Bill Self 137-32 at Kansas, 314-137 all time and 17-9 in the NCAA Tournament (7-4 while at Kansas).

…Made KU 1,938-785 all time.


– Kansas’ 12 made 3-point field goals was the second most made by a KU team in an NCAA Tournament game in school history, tying the Kentucky game in 1999. The KU record is 13 against Niagara in 2007.

– Brandon Rush has averaged 21.7 points over his last three games (28-Texas A&M, 19-Texas, 18-Portland State).

– Rush scored his 1,400th career point is one of only 21 Jayhawks to ever reach that milestone. One spot ahead of Rush on the all-time scoring list is Wilt Chamberlain who tallied 1,433 points in his two-year career (1957-58).

Rush moved into 28th place on the KU all-time rebounding list ahead of Richard Suttle (569, 1973-75). Rush’s six boards pushed his career total to 572.

– Sherron Collins nailed three 3-pointers to increase his career total to 82 and move him past Greg Gurley (81, 1992-95) for 21st place on the KU career list.

– Mario Chalmers continued to climb up the KU single-season steals list. His three thefts increased his total to 83 which ties Alonzo Jamison (1992) for the sixth-highest total in school history. Chalmers’ established the school record last season with 97 steals.

– Chalmers’ attempted his 400th career 3-point field attempt and is only the eighth Jayhawk to ever attempt that at least that many.

– Russell Robinson passed out four assists to make his career total 487 and move him past Ryan Robertson (485, 1996-99) into eighth place on the KU career list.

– KU connected on just 7-of-15 free attempts for 46.7 percent which is the second lowest percentage for a KU team in an NCAA Tournament game. The all-time low was 45.5 percent against UCLA in 2007.

– Through its fourth postseason game of the year (including three Big 12 Championship contests), KU has passed out 76 assists on 106 made field goals – which equals an assist for every 1.4 field goals or an assist 71.7 percent of the time. Kansas has passed out at least 10 assists in all but two games this season.