No. 14 Jayhawks to Meet Blue Devils in Maui Final
Nov. 23, 2011
EA SPORTS Maui Invitational — CHAMPIONSHIPNo. 14 Kansas (3-1) advanced to the championship of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational with a 72-56 win against UCLA at the Lahaina Civic Center Tuesday. KU is appearing in the championship for the second time in the event with the other being in 1996 when the Jayhawks won the Maui Invitational. Kansas will play No. 6 Duke (6-0) which defeated Michigan, 82-75, on Tuesday. Duke will be the second Top 10 team Kansas will have faced in this early season. KU lost to No. 2 Kentucky, 75-65, on Nov. 15 in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. Here are some Kansas-Duke notables for two of the most tradition-rich programs in college basketball:–Kansas in 2008 and Duke in 2010 have won two of the last four NCAA National Championships.–Entering the 2011-12 season, Kansas is the winningest program in each of the last five seasons. Duke is third. Note: A complete yearly list is elsewhere in this release.–Kansas ranks second in all-time victories with 2,041 in NCAA Division I. Duke is fourth with 1,950.–Last season ESPN The Magazine named KU’s Allen Fieldhouse the loudest in college basketball. Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium was second.–Kansas has the longest active streak of 22 straight NCAA Tournament appearances dating back to 1990. Duke is second with 16.–Duke has four NCAA National Championships. Kansas has three NCAA titles (1952, 1988, 2008) and five national championships (1922 and 1923 Helms Foundation).–Duke has played 27 Final Four games which is third most. Kansas is fifth with 23 Final Four games played.–This will be the ninth series meeting between Kansas and Duke and the seventh time in a tournament environment, be it the Preseason NIT, NCAA Tournament and the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational title game. EA SPORTS Maui Invitational CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND – Nov. 21-23 (times are Central)Monday, Nov. 21Game 1 – Michigan 73, Memphis 61Game 2 – Duke 77, Tennessee 67Game 3 – UCLA 92, Chaminade 60Game 4 – KANSAS 67, Georgetown 63Tuesday, Nov. 22Game 5 – Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 (2ot)Game 6 – Georgetown 88, Chaminade 61Game 7 – Duke 82, Michigan 75Game 8 – KANSAS 72, UCLA 56Wednesday, Nov. 23Game 9 – Tennessee vs. Chaminade – 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)Game 10 – Memphis vs. Georgetown – 4 p.m. (ESPN2)Game 11 – Michigan vs. UCLA – 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)Game 12 – KANSAS vs. Duke – 9 p.m. (ESPN) About KansasNo. 14 Kansas is 3-1 on the season after its 67-63 win against Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Monday and its 72-56 win versus UCLA on Tuesday. KU is led by junior forward Thomas Robinson who averages a double-double with 16.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season. Robinson has four double-doubles in four games for the Jayhawks. Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor is next in scoring at 15.8 points per game. Taylor has made 25-of-32 free throws and scored 22 points against No. 2 Kentucky on Nov. 15. Junior guard Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 23 points against UCLA Tuesday. He averages 12.0 points per game and leads KU with eight three-pointers made, 18 assists, nine steals this season. Junior guard Travis Releford averages 9.0 points per game is shooting 56.0 percent from the field in four games. He is second on the team with nine steals. Junior center Jeff Withey rounds out the KU starters. He averages 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, second on the team, and leads KU with nine blocked shots. Senior guard Conner Teahan scores 7.0 points per game and has made six three-pointers. Sophomore Justin Wesley is 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from the field through four games with a 3.8 ppg scoring average. Junior forward Kevin Young (3.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and freshman guard Naadir Tharpe (2.0 ppg, seven assists) are the other KU regulars. The Kansas-Duke SeriesKansas and Duke meet for the ninth time in men’s basketball and Duke leads the series 6-2. Expect a close one as seven of the eight meetings have been decided by seven points or less. Though every game is important, six of the eight meetings between the two schools have had something on the line. In the first meeting Duke defeated Kansas 92-86 on Dec. 1, 1985, in the Preseason NIT finals in Madison Square Garden. That same season the Blue Devils ended Kansas’ season with a 71-67 win in the semifinals of the 1986 Final Four in Dallas. Bill Self was a graduate assistant coach at KU in 1985-86. Two years later, Kansas defeated Duke 66-59 in the 1988 Final Four semifinals en route to the NCAA National Championship in Kansas City. Duke defeated Kansas 72-65 in the 1991 NCAA National Championship game in Indianapolis and the Blue Devils ended the Jayhawks’ season in 2000 with a 69-64 win in the NCAA East Regional in Winston Salem, N.C. Kansas won the last meeting, 69-65, on March 27, 2003, in the NCAA West Regional semifinal in Anaheim, Calif. Kansas in the EA SPORTS Maui InvitationalKansas is participating in its fifth EA SPORTS Maui Invitational where the Jayhawks have won the event once and have a combined 9-5 record. In KU’s 1988 NCAA National Championship season, the Jayhawks placed fourth in the event going 1-2. Kansas won the 1996 Maui Invitational defeating LSU, California and Virginia. Raef LaFrentz was named the MVP of the event. In 2001, KU finished third in the event with a 2-1 record. Drew Gooden was a member of the all-tournament team and is the lone Jayhawk on the Maui Invitational all-tourney list which began in 2000. In Kansas’ only appearance in the invitational under Bill Self, the Jayhawks placed seventh in 2005, losing to Arizona and Arkansas before defeating Chaminade. Hawaii-wise, Kansas has also played in three Rainbow Classics as well in 1986-87, 1992-93 and 1997-98.
Winningest Program for the Past Five Seasons (Prior to 2011-12)
Kansas posted the best win-loss percentage (35-3 for 92.1 percent) in the nation in 2010-11. Heading into the 2011-12 season, KU is the winningest team in the country for the last two, three, four and five seasons. Here is a breakdown:
Most Wins in Past Two Years (2010-11) – 1. KANSAS (68-6, .919); 2. Duke (67-10, .870); 3. Kentucky (64-11, .853); 3. Ohio State (63-11, .851); 5. BYU (62-11, .849) Best Winning Percentage in Past Three Years (2009-10-11) – 1. KANSAS (95-14, .872); 2. Duke (97-17, .851); 3. Utah State (87-17, .837); 4. BYU (87-19, .821) Most Wins in Past Four Years (2008-09-10-11) – 1. KANSAS (132-17, .886); 2. Duke (125-23, .845); 3. North Carolina (119-32, .788); 4. Butler (116-24, .829); 5. BYU (114-27, .809) Most Wins in Past Five Years (2007-08-09-10-11) – 1. KANSAS (165-22, .882); 2. North Carolina (150-39, .794); 3. Duke (147-34, .812); 4. Butler (145-31, .824); 4. Ohio State (144-39, .787) Up NextKansas will return home to host Florida Atlantic on Nov. 30. The game will be televised on the Jayhawk IMG Television Network with a 7 p.m. tip. Complete pregame, in-game and postgame audio for all KU men’s basketball games can be heard on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access via kuathletics.com.