Postgame Notes

Nov. 25, 2007

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Kansas 76, Arizona 72 (OT)

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Postgame Notes

Kansas’ win over Arizona…

…makes Kansas 5-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season, when the Jayhawks opened the year 14-0.

…makes Kansas 7-3 all-time against Arizona in the series, including 2-1 at Allen Fieldhouse.

…marks the 601st win for Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 601-106 all-time in the facility and makes Kansas 5-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season.

…makes Kansas 1,911-782 overall and 54-53 in overtime all-time.

Game Notes

Kansas’ 76-72 win in overtime marked the Jayhawks’ fourth straight overtime victory and first this season. KU won all three of its overtime contests last year, including an 88-84 decision over Texas in the Big 12 Championship game.

— KU is now 24-14 all-time in overtime games at Allen Fieldhouse.

— Guard Brandon Rush’s second of two free throws in overtime marked the 1,000th point of the junior’s career. He is the 49th Kansas player to score 1,000 points or more in his career.

— Rush was one of four Jayhawks to score in double figures Sunday. KU has had at least four players score 10 points or more in four of its five games this season.

— After Arizona scored the first four points of the game, the Jayhawks scored 20 of the next 25, including a 13-0 run. Kansas never trailed the rest of the first half.

— Sophomore Darrell Arthur’s 20 points were a season-high. It marked Arthur’s first game with 20-plus points since he scored a career-high 26 against Towson on Nov. 19, 2006.

— Arthur also matched season highs in field goals with eight and blocked shots with three.

— Senior Sasha Kaun matched a career high with three steals against Arizona. Kaun has not had as many as three steals in a game since Dec. 3, 2005.

— Junior Mario Chalmers’ seven assists set a season-high and were one away from his career high of eight, which has set four times.

— Senior Rodrick Stewart’s 13 points were a season high and as well as his best in a Jayhawk uniform. He scored 14 points in a game twice while at Southern Cal.

— Russell Robinson’s three steals passed Jerod Haase and has tied Alonzo Jameson for ninth all-time at KU with 175 career steals.

— Kansas trailed by as many as four points in the early stages of second half. It marked the first time KU has trailed in the second half of a game this season.

— Kansas forced 23 Arizona turnovers. This marked the fifth game this season where KU has forced at least 18 turnovers in the game. On four occasions, KU has forced 20 turnovers or more.

KU had 46 points in the paint, compared to just 18 for Arizona. The Jayhawks also eclipsed Arizona in fast break points by a 17-2 margin.

Senior center Sasha Kaun has won the opening tip in all five games this season.

— Kansas set season lows for points (76), points in a half (22), field goals (29), field goal percentage (50 percent), three point field goals (two), three-point field goal attempts (10), offensive rebounds (six), total rebounds (29) and assists (17).

— KU’s 15 turnovers is the most by the Jayhawks this season.

— KU has held 76 of its last 79 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.

— Arizona’s five steals were the fewest by a KU opponent this season.