Kansas Basketball: 2018-19 in Review

 2018-19 WRAP-UP

 FINAL STATS (PDF)

THE YEAR AT A GLANCE

  • With a 26-10 record, Kansas posted 23 or more victories for each of the last 30 seasons, beginning in 1989.
  • Additionally, Kansas has won 25 or more games in 14-straight seasons, which is an NCAA Division I record for most consecutive 25 win seasons. The streak started 2005-06.
  • The Jayhawks were 17-0 at home in 2018-19, going undefeated at Allen Fieldhouse (16-0) for the seventh time since 2008 and the 20th time since the building was opened in 1954-55. Under head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have gone seven seasons undefeated at Allen Fieldhouse. Since 2008, KU has a winning percentage of 96.2% (176-7) on James Naismith Court.
  • KU has earned a top-4 seed in 28 of the last 30 NCAA Tournaments, including each of the last 19 years, a streak which is an NCAA record since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
  • Kansas’ 30-consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, beginning in 1990, is the longest active streak and the longest consecutive in NCAA tourney appearances history.
  • Kansas faced 16 different teams in the 2019 NCAA Tournament field with a combined record of 14-8.
  • With the 87-53 win against Northeastern (3/21), Kansas has won its last 13 NCAA Tournament first-round games, a string which started in 2007.
  • Kansas opened the 2018-19 season ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ polls. The top billing was KU’s third time by AP as the Jayhawks were preseason No. 1 in 2004-05 and 2009-10. It was the fourth time in the preseason coaches’ poll joining 1996-97, 2004-05 and 2009-10.
  • With its No. 17 ranking in the final Associated Press poll (released prior to the NCAA Tournament), Kansas has now been inside the top-25 of the Associated Press poll for 200-consecutive weeks, a streak which began on Feb. 2, 2009. North Carolina holds the next-longest active streak at 100 weeks.
  • Kansas won the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off giving KU its fifth-straight in-season tournament championship, a streak which began in 2014 (2014: Orlando Classic; 2015: Maui Invitational; 2016: CBE Classic; 2017: HoopHall Miami Invitational).
  • Kansas went 3-0 in overtime games in 2018-19, extending its OT win streak to five straight. KU improved to 23-9 in overtime games under Bill Self, including 9-2 in its last 11 extra period(s) contests.
  • Kansas went 8-4 vs. Top 25 teams, including 2-1 vs. Top 10 in 2018-19.
  • In the NCAA’s evaluation tool, NET, Kansas’ strength of schedule ranked No. 1 among the 353 schools. The Jayhawks’ opponents had an average NET ranking of 60th, which also led the nation.
  • Also in the NET, Kansas was one of only four schools to have 11 or more wins against Quadrant I teams. The others were Michigan State, Virginia and Duke.
  • Kansas’ freshmen and sophomores accounted for 67.1 percent of the teams’ minutes played and 60.3 percent of the teams’ points scored.
  • Kansas had three players earn All-Big 12 honors with Dedric Lawson, Devon Dotson and Marcus Garrett. Dedric Lawson was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Kansas has an all-time best 119 All-Big 12 honorees in the 23 year history of the league for an average of 5.2 per year.
  • Dedric Lawson was named Consensus All-America Third Team giving Kansas four-straight years with a Jayhawk being named Consensus All-America – Perry Ellis in 2016 (second team), Frank Mason III in 2017 (first team) and Devonte’ Graham in 2018 (first team). Historically, Lawson is the 13th Jayhawk in the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04, to be named Consensus All-America.

KU NAVIGATES THE TOUGHEST SLATE IN THE NCAA
This season, the NCAA Evaluation Tool (“NET”) showed that, not only did the Jayhawks endured the strongest schedule in the nation, but tallied some of the more impressive wins among the 353 teams in Division I. Kansas’s strength of schedule ranked No. 1 in the final NET breakdown, with the Jayhawks playing opponents that have an average NET ranking of 54th, a figure that led the nation.

The Jayhawks also collected some impressive wins during this gauntlet of a schedule, claiming 12 wins against teams in “Quadrant 1” (Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75). KU was one of only seven teams in the nation with 12 or more Quad 1 wins in 2018-19.

TOP-5 STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE RANKINGS
SOS  Team AVG OPP. NET (RNK) Quad 1 Record
1 KANSAS 54 (1st) 12-9
2 Duke 79 (13th) 13-5
3 North Carolina 84 (20th) 11-7
4 Louisville 89 (33rd) 4-11
5 Kentucky 82 (17th) 14-6

 

YOUTH MOVEMENT
Kansas had one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2018-19 having started four freshmen in each of its last eight games. In KU’s 18 conference games, the Jayhawk freshmen accounted for 47.1 percent of the minutes played and 43.7 percent of the scoring.

KANSAS CLASS BREAKDOWN IN BIG 12 PLAY
CLASS % of Min played % of Pts scored
Senior 8.4% 9.7%
Junior 23.5% 30.0%
Sophomore 21.0% 16.6%
Freshman 47.1% 43.7%

STREAKS AND SUCH

  • Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 200 Associated Press polls, a streak which started in 2008-09. The 200 is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
  • With its win against Vermont on Nov. 12, Kansas won its 46th-consecutive home-opening victory, a streak which started in 1973-74.
  • When Kansas defeated Oklahoma on Jan. 2, the Jayhawks won their mind-boggling 28th-straight conference opener, a streak which started in 1991-92 during the Big Eight Conference era.
  • Kansas has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for 30 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1990. The 30 straight is the longest active streak and the longest consecutive in NCAA Tournament appearances history.
  • Kansas led its conference – Big Eight/Big 12 – in home attendance in each of the last 33 seasons, beginning in 1986-87. In 2018-19, the Jayhawks averaged 16,236, which ranked sixth nationally. KU has ranked in the top 10 nationally in home attendance in each of the last 11 seasons.
  • Kansas went 12-6 in Big 12 play, amassing 10 league wins for the 25th straight season, starting in 1995. The 25-straight 10—league-win streak is the longest active in NCAA Division I.
  • With Dedric Lawson being named 2019 All-Big 12 First Team, Kansas has had a least one player named all-conference first team for each of the last 19 seasons.

KANSAS VS. THE 2019 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Kansas faced 16 NCAA Tournament teams in 2018-19 with a 14-8 record. Those include No. 2 seed Kentucky (0-1), No. 2 Michigan State (1-0), No. 2 Tennessee (1-0), No. 3 Texas Tech (1-1), No. 4 Kansas State (1-1), No. 5 Auburn (0-1), No. 5 Marquette (1-0), No. 6 Iowa State (1-2), No. 6 Villanova (1-0), No. 7 Wofford (1-0), No. 9 Baylor (2-0), No. 9 Oklahoma (1-1), No. 11 Arizona State (0-1), No. 12 New Mexico State (1-0), No. 13 Northeastern (1-0) and No. 13 Vermont (1-0).

KANSAS AP RANKED FOR 200TH-STRAIGHT WEEK
With the release of the Associated Press’ final 2018-19 top-25 on March 18, the Jayhawks found themselves among those ranked for the 200th-straight week. That streak ranks as the longest-active in NCAA DI and is 100 weeks clear of the next closest school.

Kansas’ current streak began on Feb. 2, 2009 when KU reentered the AP ranks at No. 21. Since that week, the Jayhawks have not been slotted outside the top-20.

MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS RANKED IN AP TOP-25 (ACTIVE)
TEAM Consecutive weeks Started
KANSAS 200 2/2/2009
North Carolina 100 2/24/2014
Duke 62 2/15/2016
Gonzaga 57 11/2/2016
Michigan State 38 11/3/2017

 

TRIO OF JAYHAWKS EARN ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
Highlighted by Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Dedric Lawson, Kansas was well represented on the men’s basketball 2018-19 All-Big 12 Team selected by the conference coaches.

Lawson was selected the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a unanimous selection for All-Big 12 First Team. The redshirt-junior forward was joined on the all-league team by KU guard Devon Dotson, who was third team honoree and also selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Sophomore Marcus Garrett was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

Lawson is the second-consecutive Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year as Malik Newman earned the honor in 2017-18. Dating back to the Big Eight Conference, Lawson is the 10th Kansas player to be named its conference’s newcomer of the year.

In the 23-year history of the conference, Kansas lays claim to a league-best 119 All-Big 12 selections which includes first-, second-, third-, honorable mention, all-defensive, all-freshman and all-newcomer team honorees. Texas is second with 94. Lawson gives Kansas a first-team selection for the 19th-consecutive season and the 21st time in the history of the league. Kansas has 22 All-Big 12 First Team choices in the 16 seasons under head coach Bill Self.

LOOKING BACK AT “THE STREAK”
With Kansas failing to win this season’s Big 12 regular-season title, it brought an end to one of the more remarkable streaks in the history of collegiate basketball. From 2005-18, the Jayhawks won or shared 14-consecutive league titles, a mark which topped UCLA’s previous collegiate record of 13-straight league championships. Here are some “nuggets” from Kansas’ NCAA record 14-straight conference titles:

  • Kansas won the title outright 10 times and shared it four times (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013). Overall, Kansas has won 18 of the 23 Big 12 regular-season titles (78.2 percent), with those four seasons being the only ties. Texas is second with three titles (13.0 percent), Iowa State third with two, while Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have one each.
  • In the 14-year streak, including the four ties and the two-game edge in 2018, Kansas won the Big 12 regular-season title by an average of 1.4 games. Twice, in 2009-10 and 2016-17, Kansas won the Big 12 regular-season title by four games.
  • In the 14-year streak, 89 Jayhawks saw action during conference play, helping contribute to the run of titles. That list includes five players on this season’s roster: Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa, Mitch Lightfoot, Lagerald Vick and Chris Teahan.
  • In Kansas’ national championship season, 2007-08, the Jayhawks won the fourth of the 14-straight Big 12 Conference titles.
  • In 2005, George W. Bush was beginning his second term as the 43rd President of the United States. Barrack Obama, the 44th President, would serve two terms and current Commander-In-Chief, Donald Trump, the 45th President, giving the streak three sitting U.S. commanders.
  • The last time Kansas failed to claim the regular-season Big 12 title (2004), Facebook was less than a year old, Twitter had not yet been launched, current KU football coach Les Miles was at the helm at Oklahoma State and current KU freshman guard Ochai Agbaji was three years old.

LAWSON COLLECTS NATIONAL ACCOLADES
At season’s end, Lawson was a Consensus All-America Third Team selection, giving a Jayhawk on the consensus AA team for the fourth-straight season.

  • The USBWA named Lawson to its All-America Third Team on March 18. The announcement made Lawson the third-straight Jayhawk to earn a spot on one of the USBWA’s AA teams.
  • Lawson was named to the 2018-19 Sporting News All-America Second Team, the publication announced March 10. It marked the third-straight season a Jayhawk was named to a TSN All-America Team.
  • On March 9, Lawson was named to the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s final ballot by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Kansas has had representation each of the last two seasons at the Wooden Award ceremony as Frank Mason III won the award in 2017 and Devonte’ Graham was a finalist last year.
  • On March 7, Lawson was named one of five finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award by the Naismith Hall of Fame.
  • On March 6, Lawson was one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy, by the Atlanta Tip Off Club. KU’s Frank Mason III won the honor in 2017 as did Danny Manning in 1988.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
After his 25 points and 10 rebounds against Auburn (3/23) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson posted his Big 12-leading 22nd double-doubles this season. Lawson entered the 2018-19 season with 36 double-doubles in his two seasons at Memphis. He had 17 as a freshman in 2015-16 and 19 as a sophomore in 2016-17.

Lawson’s 58 career double-doubles are fourth on the NCAA Division I active list and he is the only non-senior on the NCAA Division I top-10 list.

Lawson also made his impact on the Kansas single-season double-double chart. His 22 DDs ranked tied for second nationally this season and are third on the school’s top-10 list of single-season double-doubles. Thomas Robinson holds the record with 27 DDs in the 2011-12 season, while Drew Gooden is second with 25 in 2001-02.

NCAA DI DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS
Rnk Player (School)  Games Double-Doubles
1 Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington) 33 24
t2 Dedric Lawson (Kansas) 36 22
t2 Jordan Murphy (Minnesota) 36 22
t2 Mike Daum (South Dakota St.) 33 22
t2 Bruno Fernando (Maryland) 34 22

 

ACTIVE NCAA DI CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS
Rnk Player (Team)  Gms Double-Doubles
1 James Thompson VI (E. Mich.) 132 73
2 Jordan Murphy (Minnesota) 133 67
3 Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington) 129 59
4 Dedric Lawson (Memphis/Kansas) 101 58
5 Mike Daum (South Dakota State) 137 54

KANSAS STREAKING AT HOME (AGAIN)
Going 17-0 at home in 2018-19, the Jayhawks are once again building an impressive winning streak on their home court, something that has been a common occurrence in Lawrence over recent decades. KU has won 21-straight home games, 20 of which have come at Allen Fieldhouse (Dec. 8, 2018 win at Sprint Center considered a home game). The streak currently ranks as the fourth-longest active among NCAA DI schools. KU’s last home loss came to Oklahoma State on Feb. 3, 2018. In 2018-19, the Jayhawks wrapped up their 20th undefeated season at Allen Fieldhouse and their first since 2015-16. Since Bill Self took the reins in 2003-04, Kansas as posted seven unblemished records on James Naismith Court. The Jayhawks have won more Big 12 regular-season titles (14) than have lost home games (13) in that span.

Kansas has now posted home-court winning streaks of 20 games or more 15 times, with 11 of those streaks coming at Allen Fieldhouse. The program record is 69-straight home wins from Feb. 7, 2007, to Jan. 22, 2011. That streak is a Big 12 record and the 11th-longest in NCAA DI history.

NCAA DI LONGEST ACTIVE
HOME COURT WINNING STREAKS
Team Streak Started
Tennessee 26 1/06/18
Buffalo 26 12/09/17
Gonzaga 22 1/27/18
KANSAS 21 2/6/18

LAWSON AND DOTSON NAMED TO ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Kansas redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson and freshman Devon Dotson were named to the 2019 U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VI Team with Lawson earning the district’s player of the year.

This is the third-straight year a Jayhawk has been named the USBWA District VI Player of the Year as Devonte’ Graham was last year’s recipient and Frank Mason III the 2017 honoree. Mason went on to win the 2017 Oscar Robertson Trophy, the USBWA’s national player of the year award.

Voted on by the 900-plus USBWA membership, the USBWA District VI includes NCAA Division I players from the states of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The 2019 USBWA District VI Team, consisting of 11 players, includes seven players from the Big 12 Conference.

KANSAS VS. TOP-25 TEAMS
Kansas went 8-4 against top-25 teams in 2018-19. Under Bill Self, KU is 98-49 against AP-ranked opponents. In his 16 seasons at KU, Self’s Jayhawks have collected four wins or more over top-25 ranked foes in 13 of those seasons, which includes a 43-20 record from 2014-present.

KU’s record against top-10 ranked opponents is even more impressive. KU is 18-5 against foes ranked inside the top-10 of the AP poll since 2013-14, including 2-1 in 2018-19 and 4-1 in 2017-18. Since Bill Self’s first season, the Jayhawks are 13-3 against AP top-10 teams inside Allen Fieldhouse, which includes KU’s current streak of nine-straight home victories against top-10 foes.

KU VS. AP TOP-25 TEAMS UNDER SELF
Season Record vs. Top-10
2018-19 8-4 2-1
2017-18 8-4 4-1
2016-17 6-3 5-1
2015-16 12-4 4-1
2014-15 10-6 0-1
2013-14 7-2 3-0
2012-13 5-2 2-1
2011-12 7-5 6-4
2010-11 5-1 1-1
2009-10 8-1 2-0
2008-09 3-3 1-2
2007-08 5-2 3-0
2006-07 5-2 2-2
2005-06 3-3 1-2
2004-05 4-2 3-1
2003-04 2-5 1-2
TOTAL 98-49 40-20

AZUBUIKE, MOORE NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12
Kansas men’s basketball junior Udoka Azubuike and redshirt-sophomore Charlie Moore were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

This is the second-straight season Azubuike, from Delta, Nigeria, has been named Academic All-Big 12 as he was a second-team selection in 2017-18. Moore, from Chicago, earned the honor for his first time, which is also the first time he was eligible.
Kansas has a league-leading 59 all-time Academic All-Big 12 honorees since the inception of the conference in 1996-97. Texas is second with 54 and Oklahoma third with 50. KU has 44 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honorees and 15 second-team selections.

TOUGH COMPETITION
Many talk about how tough the Kansas schedule was for 2018-19. One look at KU’s nonconference opponents shows that six foes were preseason selections in their respective league races, with an additional five picked for second-place finishes. Five teams went on to finish to win at least a share of their 2018-19 league title.

KU’S NONCON OPPONENTS IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLLS
Conference Opponent Pre Pick / Finish
America East Vermont (W, 86-68) 1st / 1st
Big East Villanova (W, 74-71)
Marquette (W, 77-68)
1st / 1st
2nd / 2nd
Big Ten Michigan St. (W, 92-87) 1st / t1st
Mid-American Eastern Michigan (W, 87-63) 1st / 3rd
Pac-12 Arizona State (L, 76-80)
Stanford (W, 90-84 ot)
6th / 2nd
9th / t8th
SEC Kentucky (L, 63-71)
Tennessee (W, 87-81 ot)
1st / t2nd
2nd / t2nd
Southern Wofford (W, 72-47) 2nd / 1st
Summit South Dakota (W, 89-53) 2nd / t5th
Sun Belt Louisiana (W, 89-76) 2nd / 5th
WAC New Mexico St. (W, 63-60) 1st / 1st
Preseason polls included both those from coaches and media panels

CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Kansas has won 18 of the 23 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties), including an NCAA record 14 straight from 2005-18. Kansas’ 61 conference titles are the most in NCAA Division I. Kentucky is second with 54 and Penn third at 37. KU’s 14-straight league titles, all under head coach Bill Self, is the longest streak in NCAA Division I and in school history.

CONSECUTIVE REG. SEASON TITLES
# Team Conference Seasons
14 KANSAS Big 12 2005-18
13 UCLA PAC-10 1967-79
11 Gonzaga West Coast 2001-11
10 Connecticut Yankee 1951-60

TOP-10 TRIUMPHS
The loss at then-No. 8 Kentucky on Jan. 26 ended one of the more remarkable regular-season streaks in the nation. The Jayhawks won 13-straight regular-season games over teams ranked in the top-10 of the AP poll, which included two wins this season (92-87 vs. then-No. 10 Michigan St., 87-81 vs. then-No. 5 Tennessee). Since the 1996-97 season, no other team in the nation has strung together more than seven regular-season wins over top-10 foes. Prior to the Kentucky loss, KU’s last regular-season loss to a top-10 came to then-No. 1 Kentucky in the 2014 Champions Classic (11/18/14).

Even more impressive, prior to its Champions Classic loss to the Wildcats in 2014, the Jayhawks amassed a streak of seven-straight regular-season top-10 victories. This means that Kansas is an astounding 20-2 in its last 22 regular-season contests against top-10 ranked squads. Since Bill Self took the reins of the Jayhawks in 2003, KU is 40-20 against top-10 teams, which includes postseason play.

LONGEST REGULAR-SEASON WIN STREAKS VS. AP TOP-10 OPPONENTS (SINCE 1996-97)
School Consec. wins Dates
KANSAS 13 1/4/16 – 1/26/19
Duke 7 2/28/98 – 2/3/99
Kentucky 7 1/29/02 – 1/3/2004
Syracuse 7 11/20/09 – 12/07/10
KANSAS 7 2/8/12 – 1/18/14