Kansas, West Virginia Battle for Big 12 Lead in Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday

 GAME 24
#6/6 KANSAS (19-4, 7-3 Big 12)
vs. #10/10 West Virginia (19-4, 8-2 Big 12
Date Tuesday, Feb. 9
Time 6 p.m. Central
Location Lawrence, Kan.
Arena Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
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83.3 Points 81.0
68.9 Points Allowed 65.4
.488 Field Goal % .461
38.6 Rebounds 40.1
16.5 Assists 15.5
4.0 Blocks 2.5
7.2 Steals 10.3

Notes Links Kansas Game Notes (.pdf)
Notes Links West Virginia Game Notes (.pdf)
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No. 6/6 Kansas (19-4, 7-3) plays host to No. 10/10 West Virginia 19-4, 8-2) in a battle for the Big 12 lead Tuesday, at 6 p.m. (Central) on ESPN2. Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are each 7-3 in conference play, a game behind West Virginia in the 2016 Big 12 race. KU ended a three-game road losing skid with a 75-56 win at TCU Feb. 6. The Jayhawks bring a three-game winning streak into the WVU contest. West Virginia defeated Baylor 80-69 on Feb. 6 and has won four of its last five games.

For the second straight year, Kansas men’s basketball has partnered with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) in the fight for nationwide literacy. For the Feb. 9 West Virginia contest, the Jayhawks are providing an honorary guest experience in exchange for a donation made the local literacy work of the United Way of Douglas County in Kansas. For more information one can go to CoachingForLiteracy.org.

No. 6/6 Kansas is 19-4 overall and one game out of first place in the Big 12 standings at 7-3 in league play. KU is tied for second with Oklahoma and Texas, while West Virginia leads the pack at 8-2. KU averages 83.3 points per game and has a +14.4 scoring margin. KU pulls down an average of 38.6 rebounds per game and has a +5.6 rebound margin. The Jayhawks also average 16.5 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.0 blocked shots per contest.

Senior F Perry Ellis has scored 19 or more points in four of his last five games, including 23 points, with 10 rebounds at TCU (2/6). Ellis is averaging 19.4 points and 7.2 rebounds during Big 12 play, and 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds overall. Ellis is the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top-seven in scoring (third) and rebounding (seventh). Junior G Wayne Selden Jr., fought through illness at TCU (2/6) and still dished out five assists in 22 minutes of action. Selden is seventh in the Big 12 in scoring at 14.5 points per game, third in the league in 3-point  field goals made per game at 2.3 and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.6 percent. Junior G Frank Mason III is scoring 13.0 points per game, which 12th in the Big 12. He is fifth in the league with a 4.7 assist average and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2. Mason and sophomore G Devonte’ Graham are tied for the team high with 33 steals. After his 15 points at TCU (2/6), Graham is scoring 10.7 points per game. He is third in the Big 12 with a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and eighth with a 3.7 assists per game average. Junior F Landen Lucas rounds out the KU starters. He scores 4.3 points per game and is second on the team with a 5.0 rebound average, which is 20th in the Big 12.

Junior G Brannen Greene is a 3-point specialist who scores 6.5 points per game off the bench. He is 22-for-40 (55.0 percent) from beyond the arc this season. Sophomore G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had 10 points against Kansas State (2/3) which is his career high in Big 12 play. He has made 22 3-pointers this season, helping him average 5.8 points per game. Freshman F Carlton Bragg Jr., is averaging 4.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg overall. Freshman Cheick Diallo (3.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg) has 14 blocked shots. Senior F Hunter Mickelson, who has started 10 games this season and has missed two of the last three games due contests due to an ankle sprain, is averaging 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds and his 1.1 blocked shots per game are eighth in the Big 12. Senior F Jamari Traylor (3.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) pulled down a season-high-tying seven rebounds at TCU (2/6). Traylor is a high-energy forward who has started seven games in 2015-16.

Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, with an enrollment of 32,348, West Virginia is 19-4 on the season and sits atop the Big 12 standings with an 8-2 conference record. The Mountaineers are coached by Bob Huggins who is 194-105 in his ninth season at his alma mater and 784-316 in his 34th season overall. WVU is 10-1 at home, 5-2 on the road and 4-1 on neutral courts this season. West Virginia leads the Big 12 in scoring margin at plus-15.6 and averages 81.0 points per game, which is fourth in the league. The Mountaineers lead the nation in steals per game (10.3) and forced turnovers (18.9). WVU is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 29.7 percent, rebounding defense at 30.8 and rebound margin at +9.3. WVU averages 40.1 rebounds, 15.5 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game.

Senior G Jaysean Paige comes off the bench and leads West Virginia in scoring at 14.2 points per game, which is eighth in the Big 12. Paige has made a team-high 33 3-pointers this season and has 33 steals. Junior F Devin Williams is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and his 8.8 rebounds per game are a team high and fourth in the Big 12. Sophomore G Daxter Miles Jr. is a starter who scores 10.8 points per game and is eighth in the Big 12 with a 1.8 steal average. Sophomore G Jevon Carter scores 10.2 points per contest and leads the team with 80 assists and his 1.8 steals per game are fifth in the Big 12. Carter’s 30 3-pointers are second on the team, while Miles’ 26 are third. Senior F Jonathan Holton is second on the team with a 7.5 rebound average which is fifth in the Big 12. Holton scores 9.7 points per game. Freshman F Esa Ahmad is a starter who averages 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. Other WVU regulars include junior G Tarik Phillip (8.3 ppg), sophomore F Elijah Macon (5.4 ppg) and junior G Teyvon Myers (2.2 ppg).

Kansas and West Virginia are meeting for the eighth time, with the Jayhawks owning a 4-3 series advantage. Kansas is 3-0 against West Virginia in Allen Fieldhouse. However, the Mountaineers have won three of the last four meetings with all three of those in Morgantown: 92-86, on March 8, 2014; 62-61 on Feb. 16, 2015; and 74-63 on Jan. 12, 2016. Last year’s second meeting between the Jayhawks and Mountaineers was a KU 76-69 overtime win in Allen Fieldhouse on March 3, 2015. KU head coach Bill Self is 4-3 against West Virginia, while WVU’s Bob Huggins is 3-8 all-time versus Kansas (3-4 while at WVU).

Earlier this season, No. 11/10 West Virginia defeated No. 1/1 Kansas, 74-63, at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia. Senior F Perry Ellis led Kansas with 21 points and seven rebounds, while junior G Frank Mason III had 12 points and junior G Wayne Selden Jr. 11 points. WVU’s Jaysean Paige led all scorers with 26 points, while Devin Williams notched a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. WVU led 37-29 at intermission.

• Kansas ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (second at 83.3), scoring margin (second at +14.4), field goal percentage (second at 48.8), 3-point field goal percentage (second at 42.2), 3-point field goals made (second at 8.3), assists (second at 16.5), rebound margin (third at +5.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (third at 1.3).
• Kansas’ 83.3 scoring average is the best in the Self era (81.6 in 2009-10) and the highest since a 90.9 scoring average in 2001-02.
• Out of its 19 victories of the season, Kansas has won by 10 or more points in 13 of those wins. Five of those wins have been by 30 points or more.
• Kansas has out-shot 19 of 23 opponents this season. The Jayhawks have also out-rebounded 17 of 23 foes, including a +21 at TCU (2/6) and a +11 (42-31) versus Kentucky (1/30).
• Kansas has shot 40 percent or better from 3-point range in 15 of its 23 games.
• The KU bench has outscored its opponents’ bench in 15 of 23 games this season and is 14-1 in those contests.
• KU has made seven or more three-pointers in 16 of 23 games this season. KU has made 10 or more 3-pointers eight 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 the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top seven in scoring (third at 16.7 ppg) and rebounding (seventh at 6.7).
• Ellis has pulled down nine or more rebounds in eight games this season.
• Ellis led KU in scoring in six of 10 Big 12 games, averaging 19.4 points per Big 12 contest.
• Junior G Wayne Selden Jr., is third in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game at 2.3 and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage at .446 for all games. Selden has made three or more 3-pointers in 12 games this season.
• Kansas is 32-6 when following a conference loss under Self with only one of those losses coming in Allen Fieldhouse (Feb. 19, 2005 vs. Iowa State).

In Kansas’ 19 victories this season, the Jayhawks have won by an average of 14.4 points per game. In its four losses, KU lost by 12.2 points per game. Here is a breakdown of statistics when the Jayhawks win compare to when they lose.

Kansas is making 42.2 percent from 3-point range which is sixth nationally and second in the Big 12. At their current percentage pace, the 2015-16 Jayhawks would finish second on the school’s single-season 3-point field goal percentage list.

• Senior F Perry Ellis is only the 20th Jayhawk to reach the 1,500 point plateau reaching the milestone against Kentucky (1/30). Ellis has 1,542 career points, which is 18th on the KU career scoring list. Earlier this month, Ellis became the 16th player in KU history to reach 700 career rebounds, currently 14th at 767. 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).
• Junior G Wayne Selden Jr. had 33 points against Kentucky (1/30) and in the process became the 57th Jayhawk to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He is 55th on the KU scoring list at 1,013 and ranks 15th on the KU career 3-pointers made list at 142 and 13th on the 3-pointers attempted list at 375.
• With his four assists against TCU (1/16), junior G Frank Mason III surpassed the 300 career assists mark, currently at 323, which is 20th on the KU all-time list. Mason has 101 career steals. 

Jayhawks on KU’s Career lists


Rank / Category


Perry Ellis

18th / Points


Perry Ellis

14th / Rebounds


Perry Ellis

t-13th / Double-Doubles


Wayne Selden Jr.

55th / Points


Wayne Selden Jr.

15th / 3-pt FG


Wayne Selden Jr.

13th / 3-pt FG Att.


Wayne Selden Jr.

18th / 3-pt FG %


Jamari Traylor

15th / Blocks


Frank Mason III

18th / 3-pt FG %


Frank Mason III

20th / Assists


Kansas vs. Ranked Teams
With its 90-84 overtime win against No. 20/19 Kentucky (1/30), Kansas improved to 4-3 against nationally-ranked opponents in 2015-16. Four of those seven contests have been versus Big 12 members with KU having a 2-2 record.  In the Bill Self era, Kansas is 68-37 and has had a winning record against ranked opponents each of the last 11 seasons. In 2014-15 KU played an all-time high 16 games vs. ranked foes and its 10 wins last year were also a season best.

In Bill Self’s previous 12 seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks have led the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense eight times and finished no lower than fourth. Nationally, Self-coached Jayhawks have ranked eighth or higher in all but two seasons in field goal percentage defense and have ranked in the top five on eight occasions, including first in 2005-06 and 2011-12.

Under head coach Bill Self, is 169-73 (69.8 percent) in games away from Allen Fieldhouse and 202-9 (95.7 percent) in the historic venue. The Jayhawks have posted a better than .500 record away from AFH every season under Self.

Since his arrival at KU, Bill Self is 202-9 in games played at Allen Fieldhouse for a 95.7 winning percentage, which includes five undefeated home seasons. Self’s Big 12 conference titles (11) are more than his home losses while at Kansas (9). 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 two 33-plus game home-court winning streaks, including KU’s current streak of 36, which is fourth-longest in KU history. Kansas is 148-3 in Allen Fieldhouse in its last 151 games. Kansas is 740-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas basketball is packing arenas throughout the country this season. In addition to playing in front of 100-percent capacity crowds for all games at Allen Fieldhouse thus far this season, Kansas has filled visiting arenas to an average capacity of 96.5 percent.

Kansas will travel to current No. 1/1 Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. For the second time this season KU will be part of ESPN College GameDay which will originate from Norman, Oklahoma, Feb. 13. Two days later, KU will host Oklahoma State on ESPN Big Monday on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. KU will then travel to Kansas State on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.

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