|G17: TCU at #1/1 Kansas
||Jan. 16, 2016/1 p.m. (Central)
||Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
||Kansas leads 10-1
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Jayhawks Return Home to Host Horned Frogs
No. 1/1 Kansas (14-2, 3-1) returns home to host TCU (9-7, 1-3) on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. (Central) on ESPN. Kansas had its 13-game winning streak snapped and is looking to bounce back from a 74-63 loss at No. 11/10 West Virginia on Jan. 12. TCU is coming off an 82-54 loss at No. 22/22 Baylor Jan. 13. Kansas will be the second-straight ranked teams the Horned Frogs will play with both being on the road.
Kansas has won 32-straight games in Allen Fieldhouse. A victory against TCU would tie KU for its fourth-longest home court winning streak in school history and tie for the second longest in the Bill Self era at 33 games.
Kansas is 30-6 when following a conference loss under Self with only one of those losses coming in Allen Fieldhouse, Feb. 19, 2005 vs. Iowa State.
Ranked No. 1 for the 22nd week (Jan. 11) under head coach Bill Self, Kansas ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring at 86.8 points per game. The Jayhawks lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.2 percent, which is also second in NCAA Division I, and is second in scoring margin at +19.1. KU pulls down an average of 39.4 rebounds per game, which helps give the Jayhawks a +6.0 rebounding margin. The Jayhawks also average 17.6 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.3 blocked shots per contest.
Senior F Perry Ellis is averaging 21.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last three games after his 21 points and seven boards at West Virginia (1/12). His two double-doubles on the season have come in the last three games and Ellis is the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top six in both scoring (fourth at 16.3 ppg) and rebounding (sixth at 6.9 rpg). Junior G Wayne Selden Jr. has four 20-point efforts this season and his 15.2 points per game are seventh in the Big 12. Selden is second in the league with 2.7 3-pointers made per game and fourth with a 50.6 3-point field goal shooting percentage. Junior G Frank Mason III is 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from 3-point range in his last two games. He is scoring 13.4 points per game which is 13th in the Big 12 and is third in the league with a 5.3 assist average and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.7. Sophomore G Devonte’ Graham is scoring 10.6 points per game. Graham and Mason is tied for the team lead with 27 steals and their 1.7 average are tied for ninth in the Big 12. Senior F Hunter Mickelson rounds out the KU starters, averaging 3.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and a team-high 20 blocked shots with his 1.3 blocks per game ranking eighth in the Big 12.
Junior G Brannen Greene is a 3-point specialist who scores 7.5 points per game off the bench. He is 17-for-29 (58.6 percent) from beyond the arc this season. Junior F Landen Lucas scores 4.6 points per game and is second on the team with a 4.9 rebound average, which is 20th in the league. Senior F Jamari Traylor (3.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg) has started seven games in 2015-16. Sophomore G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has made 18 3-pointers made this season, helping him average 6.1 points per game. Freshman F Cheick Diallo scores an average of 4.5 points per contest and grabs 2.5 rebounds. Freshman F Carlton Bragg Jr. (4.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg) rounds out the KU regulars.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, with an enrollment of 10,033, is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 play after its 82-54 loss at No. 22/22 Baylor Jan. 13. The Horned Frogs are coached by Trent Johnson who is 47-65 in his fourth season at TCU and 273-250 in his 17th season overall. TCU is 1-3 in true road games this season. The Horned Frogs average 69.9 points per game and have a +2.4 scoring margin. TCU is outrebounding foes 35.4 to 34.8 and shoots 42.8 percent from the field. TCU makes 5.3 3-pointers per game and averages 12.9 assists, 6.0 steals and 4.1 blocked shots per game.
Sophomores Vladimir Brodziansky and Malique Trent lead TCU in scoring at 11.7 points per game. Brodziansky is a forward who is second on the team with a 4.9 rebound average and second with 18 blocked shots in 2015-16. Trent is a guard who leads TCU with 26 steals and his 1.7 thefts per game are eighth in the Big 12. Sophomore G Chauncey Collins has seven starts this season and averages 9.9 points per game. He is tied for the team lead with 24 3-pointers made along with junior G Brandon Parrish. Parrish averages 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds and is making 52.2 percent from 3-point range. Junior F Karviar Shepherd is a starter whose 6.5 rebounds per game lead TCU and rank ninth in the Big 12. Shepherd scores 9.1 points per contest. Junior G Michael Williams (4.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg) has started every league contest and leads TCU with 47 assists. Other TCU regulars include senior F Devonta Abron (5.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and freshman F JD Miller (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Though this is just the eighth conference meeting between Kansas and TCU, the men’s basketball series between the two schools dates back to 1952 when the Jayhawks defeated the Horned Frogs, 68-64, on March 21 in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas is 10-1 against TCU and has won six straight against the Horned Frogs. Three series games on neutral floors winning all three contests: the 1952 game, a KU 94-78 win vs. TCU on Dec. 20, 1997, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, and a KU 64-59 win in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Big 12 Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City. KU swept a home-and-home series with TCU in 2003 and 2004 with an 85-66 win in Fort Worth on Dec. 1, 2003 and a 93-74 victory on Dec. 9, 2004 in Allen Fieldhouse. As members of the Big 12, KU leads the series 6-1, including a 3-0 record inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 14-4 all-time against TCU, including 7-1 while at Kansas. TCU head coach Trent Johnson is 2-6 against Kansas, 1-6 while at TCU. In Self’s first season at Kansas, Johnson’s Stanford team defeated KU, 64-58, on Dec. 6, 2003, in Anaheim, California, in the Wooden Classic.
West Virginia Leftovers
• The loss ended a Kansas 13-game winning streak, the longest since an 18-game winning streak during the 2012-13 season.
• The Jayhawks ended the game by making three 3-pointers in the last 1:16 of regulation.
• KU’s 10 3-point field goals marks the seventh game the Jayhawks have total 10 or more treys in a game this season. The Jayhawks entered Tuesday ranked second in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (9.0).
• KU shot 41.7 percent from the field, and held WVU to 33.3 percent shooting from the field. Kansas fell to 14-1 on the season and just 346-32 during the Bill Self era when recording a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.
• KU committed a season-high 22 turnovers to West Virginia’s 11 turnovers. It is KU’s largest turnover deficit of the season (-11) and just the third time KU has recorded more turnovers than its opponent.
• Kansas has lost its last three games played in Morgantown, West Virginia. It is just the third time Kansas has lost three consecutive times on the road to the same conference opponent during the Big 12 era. KU lost three straight in Austin, Texas, against the Longhorns (2004, ’06, ’08) and lost three straight in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech (2005, ’07, ’09).
• For the second consecutive game, Kansas has recorded 30 or more defensive rebounds. KU recorded 32 against both West Virginia and Texas Tech (1/9).
• West Virginia had just six assists to set a season low for a KU opponent this season.
• KU tied a season-low seven offensive rebounds, which also occurred against UCLA (11/24) in the Maui Invitational.
• Kansas held deficits in all five miscellaneous scoring statistics for the first time this season (points in the paint, 18-32; points off turnovers, 8-18; second-chance points, 9-16; fast-break points, 0-4; points off the bench, 10-40).
• West Virginia’s 14-point lead with 2:46 remaining in the second half tied KU’s largest deficit of the season with Oregon State’s 14-point lead with 1:48 remaining in the first half on Dec. 12. KU rallied to defeat Oregon State, 82-67, at Sprint Center.
• WVU’s 33 free throws made are the most by a KU opponent since Texas made 30 Feb. 1, 2014.
• Senior F Perry Ellis led Kansas with 21 points (8-14 FG, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 38 minutes of action. Ellis has five 20-point games this season and 18 for his career.
• Kansas ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (second at 86.8), scoring margin (second at +19.1), field goal percentage (second at 49.7), 3-point field goal percentage (second at 46.2), 3-point field goals made (second at 9.1), assists (second at 17.6), turnover margin (second at +2.9), steals (second at 8.1), rebounding defense (third at 33.4), and assist-to-turnover ratio (third at 1.4). KU’s 46.2 3-point field goal percentage is second nationally and is on pace to break the KU season record of 43.3 set in 1989-90. Its 86.8 scoring average is the best in the Self era and the highest since a 90.9 scoring average in 2001-02.
• Out of its 14 victories of the season, Kansas has won by 10 or more points in 11 of those wins. Five of those wins have been by 30 points or more.
• Kansas has outshot 15 of 16 opponents this season. The Jayhawks have also outrebounded 12 of 16 foes. KU’s +16 rebound margin at Texas Tech (1/9) was its third widest of the season.
• Kansas was 10-for-20 from 3-point range at West Virginia (1/12). KU has shot 40 percent or better from 3-point range in 13 of its last 15 games. KU is 41-for-83 (49.4 percent) from beyond the arc in its last four games.
• Kansas shot 87.5 percent at the free throw line (14-for-16) at Texas Tech (1/9). The Jayhawks have shot 75 percent or better at the charity stripe for six of its last seven games.
• The KU bench has outscored its opponents’ bench in 10 of 16 games this season.
• KU has made seven or more three-pointers in 13 of 16 games this season. KU has made 10 or more 3-pointers seven times, including 15 threes vs. Northern Colorado (11/13) and Chaminade (11/23), which were one off the school record.
• Senior F Perry Ellis is one of five players in the Big 12 to average 20 or more points in conference games.
• In his last eight games, Ellis is 9-for-12 (75.0 percent) from 3-point range, 32-for-36 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line.
• Junior G Wayne Selden Jr. is second the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game at 2.7 and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage at .506 for all games. He has made 12 3-pointers in his last four games.
• Sophomore G Devonte’ Graham is fourth in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.5, while junior Frank Mason III is fifth at 2.7. Kansas is the only in Big 12 school to have two ranked in the top five in assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Mason is 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from 3-point range in his last two games.
• Senior F Perry Ellis scored 21 points at West Virginia (1/12) an in the process became the 24th Jayhawk to reach the 1,400 point plateau. Ellis has 1,418 career points and is 15 shy of passing KU legend Wilt Chamberlain who is 23rd with 1,433 points. Earlier this month, Ellis became the 16th player in KU history to reach 700 career rebounds, currently 16th at 722. Ellis is on pace to become the eighth player in KU history to rank in the top 15 in both career points and career rebounds: Danny Manning (2,951 points/1,187 rebounds), Nick Collison (2,097 points/1,143 rebounds), Raef LaFrentz (2,066 points/1,186 rebounds), Clyde Lovellette (1,979 points/839 rebounds), Dave Robisch (1,754 points/815 rebounds), Mark Randall (1,627 points/723 rebounds) and Wayne Simien (1,593 points/884 rebounds).
• Ellis is 14th on the KU all-time double-doubles list with 15.
• Junior G Wayne Selden Jr. has scored 922 points and is 78 shy from becoming the 57th Jayhawk to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Selden already ranks 16th on the KU career 3-pointers made list at 131 and 17th on the 3-pointers attempted list at 339.
• Junior G Frank Mason III is also approaching two milestones with 299 career assists and 95 steals.
In the Polls
In the most recent national rankings released on Jan. 11, Kansas is ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll for the first time since Feb. 14, 2011. Kansas is No. 1 in the AP poll for the second straight week and No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll for the first time since Jan. 28, 2013. KU has been ranked in each of the last 133 AP polls which is the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I behind Duke’s 165. The last time Kansas was not ranked by AP was during the 2008-09 season. Under coach Bill Self, Kansas has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 219 weeks, which includes 157 weeks in the Top 10, 90 times in the Top 5 and 22 times at No. 1. In the coaches’ poll, under Self, Kansas has been ranked 232 times with 170 in the top 10 and 104 in the top five.
Kansas entered the 2015-16 season ranked No. 4 by AP and No. 5 in the coaches’ polls. This season’s AP poll is the highest ranking for the Jayhawks since 2009-10 when they entered the season No. 1 in the country. The preseason ranking is the 10th time in the Bill Self era that the Jayhawks enter the season slotted seventh or higher, including each of the last four seasons – No. 5 in 2015-16 and 2014-15, No. 6 in 2013-14, and No. 7 in 2012-13.
Last season, KU entered the year No. 5 nationally in the coaches’ poll and ended up No. 17. The Jayhawks were ranked in the top 10 in 12 times during the 2014-15 season.
Kansas will travel to Oklahoma State on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m., on ESPN2. KU will host Texas on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. and head to Iowa State Jan. 25 for an ESPN Big Monday battle on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. KU will host Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. (Central) on ESPN in the Big 12/ESPN Challenge.
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