🏀 GAME PREVIEW: vs. Milwaukee
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 2/3 Kansas (7-1) will take the court at Allen Fieldhouse for the final time in 2019 when the Milwaukee Panthers (5-4) come to Lawrence on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Jayhawks and Panthers are slated to tip off from Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. (CT) on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play), Chris Piper (analyst) and Kennetra Pulliams (reporter) will call the action.
TEDDY BEAR TOSS
Following last season’s successful introduction of a new holiday tradition, Kansas Athletics will once again hold the Teddy Bear Toss at Allen Fieldhouse to benefit Toys for Tots. The Teddy Bear Toss will be held during halftime of the Kansas Men’s Basketball game versus Milwaukee on Tuesday, December 10th.
Fans are encouraged to bring brand new teddy bears, or any plush toys, to throw onto James Naismith Court when instructed to do so during halftime. All of the teddy bears and plush toys will be collected and donated to Toys for Tots to be distributed to children in the local community. Preferred maximum height for the teddy bears is 24 inches.
Click HERE for more details on Tuesday’s Teddy Bear toss.
- No. 2/3 Kansas takes a seven-game winning streak into its Dec. 10 battle against Milwaukee. KU has tallied a win streak of 8-games or more 21 times during the Bill Self.
- The Jayhawks are looking to become just the second NCAA DI team to claim 300 wins during this decade. KU sits at 299-67 in the 2010’s, good for an .817 win percentage. The figure trails only Gonzaga (304-54, .849) and makes Kansas the second-winningest program since Jan. 1, 2010.
- KU will play its 158th and final contest in Allen Fieldhouse in this decade on Tuesday. The Jayhawks have amassed a record of 150-7 (95.5 percent) on James Naismith Court during the 2010’s.
- The Jayhawks are coming off their eighth-straight win against a ranked foe in Allen Fieldhouse after defeating No. 20/21 Colorado, 72-58, on Dec. 7. The Jayhawks are 45-6 (88.2 percent) versus ranked foes in Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era.
- Kansas has won 12-straight games against non-conference foes in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to the 2017-18 season. KU is 126-5 (96.2 percent) versus non-league foes in Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era.
- KU is 4-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season and has a 25-game homecourt winning streak, which is third-longest active nationally behind Tennessee (31) and Gonzaga (28). VCU is fourth at 18.
- Kansas ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage at 52.0 percent. KU is one of only 16 teams shooting above 50 percent in 2019-20.
- Senior Udoka Azubuike leads the nation in field goal percentage at 80.3 percent. Azubuike also led the nation in 2017-18 at 77.0 percent.
- Azubuike has a career 75.3 field goal percentage (341-for-453). The NCAA career record for field goal percentage (min. 400 attempts and four made per game) is 67.8 by Steve Johnson of Oregon State (1977-81).
- Sophomore guard Devon Dotson leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.5 points per game. He is vying to be the second-straight Jayhawk and fifth overall to lead the Big 12 in scoring as Dedric Lawson averaged 19.4 ppg in 2018-19.
- KU is ranked No. 2 in the Dec. 9 Associated Press top-25. KU has been ranked in each of the last 206 AP polls, the longest streak in the nation. The Jayhawks have also been inside the top-10 in 90 of the last 105 AP polls.
KU WRAPPING UP IMPRESSIVE DECADE
As the Jayhawks head into the final weeks of the calendar year, its time to reflect on arguably the most impressive decade in program history. Kansas currently sits just one victory shy of claiming its 300th victory since Jan. 1, 2010, and would become just the second team in NCAA DI to hit the 300-win plateau this decade (Gonzaga, 304). This would also mark the first time the program has tallied 300 wins in a decade. KU’s 81.6 winning percentage during the 2010’s trails only the run by the Jayhawks in the 1990’s, when KU posted a 82.0 win percentage with a 283-62 mark.
The 2010s saw the Jayhawks reach two Final Fours, claim nine Big 12 regular-season championships and win five Big 12 Tournament titles. KU was also slotted as a No. 1 seed in six of the 10 NCAA Tournaments played. Kansas found itself ranked among the top-10 in 156 of the 191 Associated Press polls released during this decade, spending a mind-boggling 82 percent of the 2010’s as a top-10 team.
The decade has not been kind to those playing the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse. KU enters Tuesday’s contest with a 150-7 mark (95.5 percent) playing on James Naismith Court this decade.
The program saw four Consensus First Team All-Americans, four Big 12 Players of the Year, 14 All-Big 12 First Team selections, as well as a National Player of the Year, all in the last 10 years.
Located in Milwaukee, Wis., with an enrollment of 24,836, Milwaukee is 5-4 on the season after its 56-53 loss at Drake on Dec. 3. The Panthers are coached by Pat Baldwin who is 30-43 in his third season as a head coach, all at MKE. Milwaukee opened the season 4-1. MKE averages 74.7 points per game and has a plus-7.4 scoring margin. The Panthers make 8.0 3-pointers per game and attempt 24 threes per contest. MKE also averages 12.6 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.4 blocked shots per game.
Redshirt junior guard Te’Jon Lucas leads Milwaukee in scoring at 15.0 points per game and is tied for the team lead in rebounds with a 5.3 average. Lucas also leads the team with 36 assists, 15 steals and 38 free throws made. Senior guard Darius Roy is second on the team with 14 3-pointers made and 30 assists. Roy averages 13.9 points per game. Junior guard Josh Thomas scores 12.0 points per outing and pulls down 5.0 rebounds. His five blocked shots are second-most on the team. Redshirt senior guard DeAndre Abram has started all nine games and he is tied for the team lead in rebounds at 5.3 per game. Abram scores 10.8 points per outing.
LET’S GET DEFENSIVE
The 2019-20 Jayhawks are have turned in some impressive defensive numbers through their first eight games of the season, something that has been a staple for Bill Self’s KU squads. Kansas has held five of its first eight opponents this season to below 40 percent shooting from the field and has also seen five opponents manage less than 30 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Jayhawks are also forcing nearly 17 turnovers per game and nabbing 9.6 steals per game.
In Bill Self’s first 16 seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks have finished among the top-three Big 12 teams in field goal percentage defense 14 times and finished lower than fourth just once. Nationally, Self-coached Jayhawks have ranked eighth or higher nine times in field goal percentage defense and have ranked in the top five on eight occasions, including first in 2005-06 and 2012-13.
- Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring margin (+17.8) and field goal percentage (52.0).
- Four different Jayhawks – Devon Dotson, Isaiah Moss, Udoka Azubuike and Ochai Agbaji – have posted 20 or more points in a game this season.
- After their win over Dayton on Nov. 27, the Jayhawks are 29-4 in overtime games under Bill Self and have won their last six OT contests. The six-straight rank fourth nationally. KU’s 24 overtime wins are the most by any NCAA Division I school since the 2003-04 season.
- Six of seven Kansas victories have been by 12 points or more with two margins being by 30-plus points.
- The Jayhawks’ 112 points against Monmouth (11/15) were their most since KU tallied 114 against Texas Southern on Nov. 21, 2017, and tied for the fourth-most in the Bill Self era.
- Senior center Udoka Azubuike is 30-for-36 (83.3 percent) from the field in his last four games, averaging 16.8 ppg in that span. Azubuike has seven blocked shots in his last two games.
- Sophomore guard Devon Dotson has scored 17 or more points in seven of eight games this season. He has nine steals in his last three games.
- Junior guard Marcus Garrett has 18 assists and 10 steals in his last four games.
- Senior guard Isaiah Moss has four games of multiple 3-pointers made.
Kansas continues its homestand when it plays host to Kansas City in the Jayhawk Shootout at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. (Central). The game will be televised on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.
Kansas is 7-0 all-time against Kansas City with the last meeting a KU 105-62 win on Dec. 6, 2016, in Allen Fieldhouse.