Kansas Men's Basketball 2012-13 Wrap Up

April 26, 2013

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–Kansas men’s basketball season ended with an 87-85 overtime loss to eventual NCAA runner-up Michigan in the Sweet 16 in Arlington, Texas.

–The Jayhawks went 31-6, posting 30 or more wins for the 12th time in school history, including each of the last four years and six of the last seven years. The four-straight seasons of 30 or more wins ties for the most consecutive 30-win seasons in NCAA history with Memphis (2006-09) who later vacated the 2007-08 season.

–In 2012-13, KU won its ninth-straight, 13th Big 12 and NCAA-leading 56th all-time conference regular-season title by going 14-4 and tying Kansas State for the league crown.

–Kansas won its ninth Big 12 postseason championship and its 13th overall conference tournament title. KU has won six tourney championships in the Bill Self era.

–The Jayhawks climbed to as high as No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll and No. 2 in the Associated Press poll. Kansas ranked in the top 10 in all but two polls during the season and seventh or higher in 13 polls.

–Kansas led the nation in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 36.1 percent shooting. The Jayhawks have led the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense eight of the 10 seasons under Bill Self. The 2013 season was the second time in the Self era KU has led the nation (2006).

–Early in the season, Kansas won the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. KU would eventually go 8-0 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City during the 2012-13 season.

–Kansas won 18-straight games from Nov. 15-Jan. 28 to mark the 12th time in the Bill Self era that the Jayhawks have won 10 or more consecutive games. The 18-straight wins tied for the eighth longest in school history.

–Kansas head coach Bill Self won his 300th game as Kansas head coach in his 10th season roaming the KU sidelines for an average of 30 wins per season. He became the fastest coach in KU history to reach 300 wins.

–Self also won his 500th career game and tied for the ninth fastest in NCAA Division I history, accomplishing the feat in 662 games.

–Kansas entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed. It marked the 11th time since the NCAA Tournament started seeding in 1979: 1986-92-95-97-98-2002-07-08-10-11-13. It was the fifth time in head coach Bill Self’s 10 seasons at Kansas the Jayhawks were a No. 1 seed.

–Kansas appeared in its 42nd NCAA Tournament, as well as its 24th-consecutive trip to the tournament, the longest active streak in the nation.

–This season was the third-straight year the Jayhawks have advanced to the Sweet 16 and seventh time under 10-year head coach Bill Self. Historically, KU played in its 30th game in the round of 16 in NCAA Tournament history.

–With six losses, Kansas has now 13-straight seasons with single-digit losses. The streak began in 2000-01 when KU went 26-7. KU’s record of consecutive seasons with single-digit losses is 17 twice (its first season in 1898-99 through 1914-15 and from 1929-30 through 1945-46).

–With Kansas’ women’s team advancing to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, KU is the only school to have both its men’s and women’s teams reach the Sweet 16 each of the last two years.



Most Blocked Shots in a Game – 16 vs. San Jose State (11-26-12)

Most Conference Games Played in a Season – 18 – tied four other times

Highest Free Throw Percentage in a Season – 73.7 (596-809)

Most Blocked Shots in a Season – 247

Most Blocked Shots Per Game in a Season – 6.7 (247 blocked shots/37 games)

Fewest Field Goals in a Half – 3 (1st) at TCU (2-6-13) (since 1988-89)

Fewest Field Goals in a Conference Half – 3 (1st) at TCU (2-6-13) (since 1988-89)

Lowest Field Goal Percentage in a Half – 13.6 (1st) at TCU (2-6-13) (since 1988-89)

Lowest Field Goal Percentage in a Conference Half – 13.6 (1st) at TCU (2-6-13) (since 1988-89)

Fewest Assists in a Game – 5 at Oklahoma State (2-20-13) – tied

Fewest Assists in a Conference Game – 5 at Oklahoma State (2-20-13)

Two Teams Combined

Most Blocked Shots in a Game – 19, Kansas (16) vs. San Jose State (3) (11-26-12) – tied


Ben McLemore

Most Points in a Game by a Freshman – 36 vs. West Virginia (3-2-13)

Most Points Scored in a Season by a Freshman – 589

Highest Scoring Average by a Freshman – 15.9 ppg (589 points, 37 games)

Most Free Throws Made by a Freshman – 120

Highest Free Throw Percentage by a Freshman – 87.0 (120-138)

Most Minutes Played by a Freshman – 1,191

Most Games Started by a Freshman – 37

Jeff Withey

Single-Game Blocked Shots – 12 vs. San Jose State (11-26-12) (also Big 12 record)

Kansas’ Second Official Triple-Double – 16 points, 12 rebounds, 12 blocked shots vs. San Jose State (11-26-12)

Most Single-Season Blocked Shots – 146 (also Big 12 record)

Highest Blocked Shots Average for a Season – 3.9 (146 blocks, 37 games) (also Big 12 record)

Most Careeer Blocked Shots – 311 (also Big 12 record)

Career Blocked Shots Average – 2.7 (311 blocks, 117 games)


–Kansas led the NCAA Division I in field goal percentage defense at 36.1 percent and finished second nationally in blocked shots at 6.7 per game. Both stats led the Big 12. KU also led the conference in scoring margin (+13.2), field goal percentage (48.1), rebounding (39.2) and rebound margin (+6.2). The Jayhawks ranked in the top four of the Big 12 in scoring (third, 75.2), free throw percentage (third, 73.7), rebound defense (third, 32.9), assists (fourth, 15.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (fourth, 1.1) and three-point field goals made (fourth, 5.8).

–Kansas held a double-digit lead in all but seven contests. KU held the lead in all but one game in 2012-13.

–Out of its 37 games, Kansas held 21 of its opponents to 60 points or less, including 57 against Western Kentucky and 58 versus North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

–KU outrebounded 28 of 37 opponents in 2012-13. KU had eight games with 10-plus rebounds over its opponent, including a 40-30 advantage against Iowa State (3/15). Kansas’ 50 rebounds against North Carolina (3/24) tied a season high. KU also had 50 boards at Oklahoma State (2/20) and its +22 against Texas Tech (3/4) was its widest margin of 2012-13.

–KU out shot all but five opponents in 2012-13. Additionally, KU shot 50 percent or better in 15 games this season. Kansas shot 53.2 percent or better in five of its last nine games, including a season-best 66.0 percent vs. Texas Tech (3/14) in the quarterinfinals of the Big 12 Championship.

–Kansas held a 40-plus point lead in four different games in 2012-13.


With his 300th KU victory versus North Carolina on March 24, Bill Self further cemented himself as one of KU’s all-time greatest coaches. There have only been eight men’s basketball head coaches at Kansas and Self joined Roy Williams, Ted Owens and Forrest “Phog” Allen as KU coaches with 300 victories. Self is the fastest among them to reach the milestone, as it took Self just 358 games at KU to reach 300 wins. Williams was the next fastest, needing 370 games, while Allen was third, getting to 300 in 387 contests.


With Kansas’ 108-96 overtime win at Iowa State on Monday, Feb. 25, Kansas coach Bill Self won his 500th all-time game. He became tied for the ninth-fastest coach to accomplish the feat, tying John Chaney (Cheyney and Temple) in doing it in 662 games. Additionally, Self is one of only four coaches to reach the milestone in his 20th season or earlier joining Roy Williams, who reached it in his 19th, Jerry Tarkanian (20th) and John Calipari (20th).


In Bill Self’s 10 seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks have led the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense eight times and finished no lower than third. Nationally, Self-coached Jayhawks have ranked eighth or higher in all but one season in field goal percentage defense and have ranked in the top five on eight occasions, including first in 2011-12.


The 2013 four senior players leave Kansas with quite the legacy. Fifth-year senior Travis Releford recorded a 158-27 record for an 85.4 winning percentage when wearing the Crimson and Blue. Fourth-year seniors Elijah Johnson and Jeff Withey were 131-19 (87.3 percent), while senior transfer Kevin Young ended his KU career 63-13 (82.9 percent).

Releford was a part of five Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, while Johnson and Withey four and Young two. Additionally, in the last four seasons, Kansas has won three Big 12 postseason championships (2010, 2011, 2013), advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice and to one Final Four, including 2012’s run to the NCAA championship game in New Orleans.


Under head coach Bill Self, Kansas has won 95.3 percent (161-8) of its games in Allen Fieldhouse (AFH) and is 139-51 (73.2 percent) in games away from AFH. The Jayhawks have posted a better than .500 record away from AFH every season under Self.


Behind back-to-back solid games from senior C Jeff Withey, No. 1 seed Kansas remained perfect in Kansas City during the 2012-13 season with a record of 8-0 in games played at the Sprint Center. In the round of 64, Withey had 17 points, six rebounds and seven blocked shots in Kansas’ 64-57 win over Western Kentucky. Senior G Travis Releford and freshman G Ben McLemore joined Withey in double figures with each adding 11 points. As a team the Jayhawks were 0-for-6 from behind the arc, snapping a streak of 200 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made going back to Feb. 9, 2008, in a win against Baylor. The win pushed KU over the 30-win threshold for the fourth-straight season—an NCAA record.

In the round of 32 Kansas faced North Carolina for the second-consecutive season in the NCAA Tournament after the Tar Heels knocked off Villanova, 78-71, in their first game of the tourney. After struggling through turnovers and missed shots early, the Jayhawks overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Tar Heels, 70-58, and improve head coach Bill Self to 3-0 against UNC while at Kansas with all three wins coming in the NCAA Tournament. Releford led all scorers with 22 points in his final game in his hometown of Kansas City as a Jayhawk. Withey posted his 13th double-double of the season after scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds while adding five blocks to give him 12 for the weekend and 43 in his NCAA Tournament career, moving into second all-time in blocks in NCAA Tournament history behind Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan who finished his career with 50. Sophomore G Naadir Tharpe went 3-for-4 from behind the arc versus UNC. Tharpe’s 12 points gave him his first career double-figure scoring effort in NCAA tourney action.

Kansas played in its 30th Sweet 16 game against Michigan at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the 2014 Final Four. The Jayhawks led by as many as 14 points in the game in the second half but behind Consensus National Player of the Year G Trey Burke, Michigan mounted a comeback, forced overtime and eventually edged Kansas 87-85. McLemore led KU with 20 points and was named to the All-Regional team, while Withey had a team-high eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Withey ended his career with 49 blocked shots in the NCAA Tournament which ranks second all-time in the event.


Tabbed as the battle between the Big 12 Conference regular-season co-champions, then-No. 7/6-ranked Kansas completed the three-game series sweep over then-No. 11/12-ranked Kansas State on March 16 to earn the league’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Senior C Jeff Withey, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, led the way for the Jayhawks with 17 points in a 70-54 title-game victory of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship at the Sprint Center. Earlier in the event, Kansas completed season sweeps of Texas Tech (91-63) in the quarterfinals and Iowa State (88-73) in the semifinals.

For the third time in the last four seasons, Kansas, the nine-time Big 12 Conference regular-season champion, earned both the regular-season and tournament titles. The 2013 tournament championship is Kansas’ 13th all-time league tournament title and ninth Big 12 tourney crown.

Freshman F Perry Ellis had an outstanding tournament leading Kansas in scoring with a 14.3 ppg average in the three games. Included was a career-best 23 points against Iowa State (3/15) in the semifinals. He claimed All-Big 12 Tournament team honors along with Withey.


Down but not out was the theme in Kansas’ run to its ninth-consecutive Big 12 Conference regular-season title in 2013. After opening conference play with a 97-89 overtime win against Iowa State, the Jayhawks would begin conference play 7-0. Oklahoma State ended KU’s 33-game home court winning streak in what was the first of three-straight conference losses (at TCU and at Oklahoma). Kansas would rebound to win seven of its last eight league games and tie Kansas State at 14-4 for the regular-season title.

Kansas has won 13 of the 17 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties), including the last nine, which ranks tied for fifth on the NCAA all-time consecutive list. Kansas’ 56 conference titles are the most in NCAA Division I. Kentucky is second with 51 and Penn third at 37. Kansas’ nine-straight league titles is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I and the longest streak in school history. Including 2013, Belmont (Atlantic Sun/Ohio Valley East) and Murray State (Ohio Valley West) are next at four on the active league title list.


No. – Team, Conference – Seasons

13 – UCLA, Pac-12 – 1967-79

11 – Gonzaga, West Coast – 2001-11

10 – Connecticut, Yankee – 1951-60

10 – UNLV, Big West – 1983-92

*9 – KANSAS, Big 12 – 2005-13

9 – Idaho St., Rocky Mountain – 1953-61

9 – Kentucky, Southeastern – 1944-52

8 – Long Beach St., Big West – 1970-77


Here are some block party notables for Kansas’ Jeff Withey:

–Named the 2013 NABC co-Devensive Player of the Year with Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Withey led the Big 12 and finished second nationally with 3.9 blocked shots per game. He broke his own KU record for single-season blocked shot average of 3.6 set in 2012.

–A Consensus All-America Second Team selection and the 2012 and 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Withey set the KU and Big 12 single-game record with 12 blocked shots versus San Jose State (11/26/12).

–A four-time Big 12 Player of the Week, including three times in 2012-13, Withey’s 146 blocks in 2012-13 broke his KU and Big 12 single-season record of 140 set in 2011-12 and were more than six Big 12 teams this season.

–Withey broke the Kansas and Big 12 Conference career blocked shots record at 311. He passed Greg Ostertag who had 258 blocks at Kansas from 1992-95 and Chris Mihm of Texas’ 264 from 1998-2000.

–For his career, Withey had 12 games with seven or more blocked shots, including five in 2012-13.

–Withey broke the NCAA Tournament record for blocked shots with 31 in the 2012 event. His 49 career NCAA Tournament blocked shots are second all-time to Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan’s 50.


A Consensus All-America Second Team and All-Big 12 First Team member, Kansas G Ben McLemore led the conference freshman class with a 15.9 scoring average, which was third overall in the league. A three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week honoree, McLemore led the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 87.0 and also ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (eighth, 49.5), rebounding (20th, 5.2), three-point field goal percentage (second, 42.0) and three-pointers made (sixth, 2.0). KU’s leading scorer, McLemore had 11 games with 20 points or more this season, including three 30-point efforts: 36 vs. West Virginia (3/2), 33 vs. Iowa State (1/9) and 30 vs. Kansas State (2/11). He is the only freshman in KU history to have three 30-point games in one season. His 36 points against West Virginia (3/2) broke the Kansas freshman record of 35 points set by Danny Manning against Oklahoma State (3/2/1985).

Kansas freshman record-wise, McLemore’s:

…589 points are a Kansas freshman record. He is the only KU freshman to have scored more than 500 points.

…15.9 ppg set the KU freshman record previously at 14.6 ppg held by Danny Manning in 1985.

…87.0 free throw percentage is first on the Kansas freshman list.

…73 three-pointers made in 2012-13 are third on the KU freshman list (Jeff Boschee, 79 in 1999 and J.R. Giddens, 74 in 2004).

…42.0 three-point field goal percentage is fourth on the KU freshman list.

…5.2 rebound average ranks 11th on the KU freshman list.


Redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore logged his third 30-point game of the season with a KU freshman-record 36 points against West Virginia (3/2). Senior G Elijah Johnson became the second Jayhawk to record 30 or more points in 2012-13 with his 39 scored at Iowa State (2/25). This marks the second time in the Bill Self era at Kansas that two different players have scored 30 or more points in a game during the same season. Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry each had 30-point games during the 2009-10 season.


Kansas has played 74 games against Associated Press-ranked opponents in the 10 seasons under head coach Bill Self. Kansas went 5-2 against ranked foes in 2012-13. Under Self, KU is 48-26 (64.9 percent) against ranked competition. That percentage has an upward trend as the last six seasons the Jayhawks are 38-16 (70.4 percent) versus ranked foes.


Since his arrival at KU, Bill Self is 161-8 in games played at Allen Fieldhouse for a 95.3 winning percentage. Self’s Big 12 conference titles (nine) are more than his home losses while at Kansas. Included was a school-record 69-game home-court winning streak which led the nation for more than two seasons and ranks 11th all-time in the NCAA records book as well as a 33-game home-court winning streak that ended Feb. 2, 2013, tied for fourth most in KU history. Kansas is 107-2 in Allen Fieldhouse in its last 109 games. Additionally, Kansas has won 63-consecutive games in Allen Fieldhouse against non-conference foes.


–Kansas has 2,101 all-time victories, second most in NCAA Division I.

–Kansas’ 18-game winning streak earlier this season, from Nov. 15, 2012 to Jan. 28, 2013, was the 12th time in the Bill Self era the Jayhawks have won 10 or more games in a row.

–Including 2013, KU has won at least 12 league games for 13-straight years, which is the longest active streak in the nation.

–Kansas has won 10 or more league games for the last 19 seasons and 51 times overall, including 2013.

–Kansas won its 1,000th all-time conference game with the 83-50 win against Texas Tech on Feb. 18, 2012.

–Kansas has held 213 of its last 221 opponents to under 50 percent shooting.

–KU has held opponents to fewer than 100 points in 410 consecutive games. The last team to score 100 on Kansas was Texas on Feb. 11, 2002, a KU 110-103 overtime victory.

–Kansas has sold out its last 197 games in Allen Fieldhouse, dating back to the second game of the 2001-02 season.

–From 2007 through 2012 Kansas averaged 32.8 victories per year with five 30-win seasons. The 197 wins are the most in a six-year span in NCAA Division I history.

–Kansas’ nine-straight Big 12 titles, from 2005-13, are the longest active consecutive string of conference titles in NCAA Division I. In that run, the Big 12 final RPI has ranked third or higher six times (first in 2010, second in 2008 and third in 2005-09-11-12) and no lower than seventh (fifth in 2006 and seventh in 2007) among the 30-plus leagues.

–Each KU senior class since 1986-87 has won at least 100 games. The 2012-13 class went 131-19.

–Every four-year player under Bill Self at KU has been part of at least one Final Four team. Former Jayhawk Conner Teahan was a part of two in 2008 and 2012. He used a redshirt during his KU career.

–Including 2013, Kansas has won 23 or more games in each of the last 24 seasons dating back to 1988-89 and has 22 victories 29 times in the last 30 years starting in 1983-84.

–Bill Self has won 23 or more games in each of his last 15 seasons as a head coach, including 2013.

–Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 to have a .500 winning percentage or better series record against every conference foe.

–Including 2013, KU has led its league in home attendance each of the last 27 seasons dating back to 1986-87 and 32 times in the last 36 years.

–Kansas’ 2002 team is the only squad in Big 12 history to go undefeated in conference play at 16-0.

–Kansas is first in the conference in wins with a 231-45 record in Big 12 regular-season games. Texas is next at 183-95. Including the league postseason championship, Kansas is tops at 266-53, while Texas is second at 204-111.

–Kansas is the only Big 12 school to have won a regular-season championship with two different coaches (Roy Williams and Bill Self).

–Under Bill Self, Kansas is 77-5 (93.9 percent) in Big 12 home games: 8-0 in 2004, 7-1 in 2005, 7-1 in 2006, 7-1 in 2007, 8-0 in 2008, 8-0 in 2009, 8-0 in 2010, 7-1 in 2011, 9-0 in 2012 and 8-1 in 2013.

–In December 2010, KU alum David Booth bought the original rules of basketball by the inventor of the game and KU’s first coach James Naismith. Booth plans to bring the rules to Lawrence and Allen Fieldhouse. In April 2013, design plans for the DeBruce Center, an addition to Allen Fieldhouse which will include where the rules will be housed, was announced.

–Kansas went 264 games without consecutive losses from the 2005-06 season until the losses vs. Oklahoma State (2/2/13) and at TCU (2/6/13).

–KU’s 33-game home-court winning streak, which ended Feb. 2, 2013, tied for the fourth longest in school history.

–Kansas’ school-record 69-game home court winning streak, from 2007-11, led the nation for more than two seasons and ranks 11th all-time in the NCAA records book.