March 29, 2013
KANSAS STARTERS (Career/Season):
– Kevin Young (33/33), Ben McLemore (37/37), Elijah Johnson (83/37), Travis Releford (79/37) and Jeff Withey (77/37).
THE KANSAS LOSS:
– Ends Kansas’ season at 31-6.
– Makes Kansas 15-5 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse this season (7-3 in true road games and 8-2 on neutral courts).
– Makes the KU-Michigan series 6-2 in favor of Michigan.
– Makes Bill Self 300-59 while at Kansas, 507-164 all-time, 35-13 in NCAA Tournament play, 25-9 while at Kansas and 8-1 versus Michigan.
– Makes Kansas 2,101-812 all-time.
– For the first time this season, Kansas lost an overtime contest. The Jayhawks dropped to 3-1 in overtime games.
– Kansas led 40-34 at the break, its first halftime lead in NCAA Tournament play, but 28th time the Jayhawks have led an advantage after 20 minutes this season. The Jayhawks lost for just the second time (26-2) when leading at half.
– Kansas scored a season-high 60 points in the paint, topping a 50 point effort against Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship (March 15).
– Kansas shot a blistering 67.9 percent (19-of-28) in the first half, its second-best, first-half output this season. The Jayhawks hit 69 percent (20-of-29) their first-half attempts in an 89-57 rout of American University (Dec. 29).
– Senior C Jeff Withey swatted five shots to finish one short of the NCAA Tournament career record held by Tim Duncan (50 at Wake Forest). Already the Kansas and Big 12 career blocks leader, Withey extended his KU single-season blocks record to 146 and his KU career total to 311.
– Freshman G Ben McLemore scored 20 points for 11th time this season. It was his highest total since scoring 24 in the opening game of the Big 12 Championship against Texas Tech (March 4). McLemore closed his season as KU’s highest-scoring freshman at 589 points and 15.9 points per game.
– Senior F Kevin Young recorded double digits for the second consecutive game and 11th time this season with 12 points.
– Senior G Elijah Johnson turned in his first double-digit scoring effort of the tournament with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. It was his 15th game this season with 10 or more points and 41st of his career.
– Senior G Travis Releford reached double figures for the third straight game with 16 points, the 25th game in double digits for the year and 47th in his career.