Kansas hits the road to meet Iowa State Saturday
Junior center Udoka Azubuike
|GM 14: vs. Iowa State|
|4 p.m. (CT)|
|Hilton Coliseum (14,384)|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 5/6 Kansas (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) continues conference play at Iowa State (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday Jan. 5. The Jayhawks, the 14-time defending Big 12 champion, is coming off a 70-63 win against Oklahoma, while the Cyclones topped the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 69-63, on the league’s opening night Wednesday. The contest is set for 4 p.m., on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.
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- Kansas is 12-1 for the eighth time in Bill Self’s 16 seasons at KU, including three of the last four seasons.
- Kansas leads the overall series with Iowa State, 93-16 but the series is 5-5 in last 10 meetings with seven of those outcomes being decided by seven points or less and five by five points or fewer.
- In Bill Self’s 15-plus seasons at Kansas, 11 of the 15 KU-ISU matchups in Ames have been decided by 10 points or less with five of those by five points or less.
- With its win versus Oklahoma (1/2), Kansas has won a mind-boggling 28-straight conference openers dating back to the 1991-92 season with 11 of those in Allen Fieldhouse and 17 on the road.
- Kansas is 82-for-109 (75.2 percent) from the free throw line in its last five games. For the season, KU is 68.4 percent from the line and prior to the last five contests, KU was shooting 64.2 percent from the line.
- Kansas has had five different players lead the team in scoring in each of the last five games. Those have been Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson, Charlie Moore and Lagerald Vick.
- Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 with two players ranked in the top five in the league in scoring. RS-junior F Dedric Lawson is third in scoring at 19.1 ppg, while senior G Lagerald Vick is fifth at 15.5 ppg.
- Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 in rebounding at 11.1 rpg. He is vying to become the first Jayhawk to lead the league in rebound average since All-American Thomas Robinson in 2011-12.
- The Jayhawks closed out the first two months of the season with one or fewer losses for the eighth time in Bill Self’s 16 seasons. KU has entered January undefeated on four occasions, and with just one loss three times.
No. 5/6 Kansas is 12-1 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play after its 70-63 win against No. 23/25 Oklahoma on Jan. 2. Through 13 games, Kansas ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (second at 80.8), rebounding (third at 39.7), steals (tied for first at 7.7) and assists (tied for third at 15.2). KU has a +11.5 scoring margin, +3.6 rebound margin and has outrebounded nine of 13 opponents this season. KU also averages 6.8 3-pointers made and 3.8 blocked shots per game.
Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson has five double-doubles in his last six games and a Big 12-leading nine for the season, which is tied for fourth nationally. Dedric Lawson has scored 20 or more points in seven of his last 10 games. He is third in the Big 12 in scoring at 19.1 ppg and leads the league in rebounding at 11.1 rpg. He is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (11/12, 11/26, 12/26) and two-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17), Lawson is third on the team with 31 assists.
|NCAA DI DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS|
|1||Mike Daum (South Dakota St.)||16||11|
|t2||Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)||13||10|
|t2||Demajeo Wiggins (Bowling Green)||13||10|
|t4||Dedric Lawson (Kansas)||13||9|
Senior G Lagerald Vick is next in scoring at 15.5 points per game, which is fifth in the league. He is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.3, which is 30th nationally, and third in the conference in 3-point field goals made per game at 3.0. Vick is second on the team lead with 21 steals this season.
After missing four-plus games due to a sprained ankle, junior C Udoka Azubuike tied his season high with 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the win versus Eastern Michigan (12/29). Azubuike scores 13.4 points per game and pulls down 6.8 rebounds per game. Azubuike’s 70.5 field goal percentage is first on the team as are his 14 blocked shots, on ahead of Dedric Lawson’s 13.
Freshman G Devon Dotson is coming off a 16-point, four-steal performance against Oklahoma (1/2). He leads KU with 38 assists and 22 steals. Dotson has led KU in steals six times this season and averages 11.5 points per game. Freshman G Quentin Grimes has averaged 15.0 points in his last two games and averages 8.5 for the season. He is second on the team with 14 3-pointers made and has 27 assists this season.
Sophomore G Marcus Garrett has started five games and is third on the team lead with 19 steals. He has nine thefts in the last five games. Garrett is averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds and is second on the team with 33 assists. Redshirt sophomore G Charlie Moore has made nine 3-pointers in his last four games and his 12 treys are third most on the team. Moore scores 4.6 points per game.
Other KU regulars include freshman F David McCormack (2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg), redshirt sophomore G K.J. Lawson (2.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and junior F Mitch Lightfoot (2.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Lightfoot leads KU with five charges taken and is third on the team with eight blocked shots.
|BIG 12 SINGLE-SEASON REBOUND LEADERS
|Season||Player (national rank)||Rbs/GM|
|2011-12||Thomas Robinson (2)||11.9|
|2010-11||Markieff Morris (68)||8.3|
|2004-05||Wayne Simien (7)||11.0|
|2001-02||Drew Gooden (4)||11.4|
|1997-98||Raef LaFrentz (3)||11.4|
ABOUT IOWA STATE
Located in Ames, Iowa, with an enrollment of 34,922, Iowa State is 11-2 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play after its 69-63 win at Oklahoma State Jan. 2. The Cyclones are coached by Steve Prohm who is 71-43 in his fourth season at ISU and 175-72 in his eighth season overall. Iowa State is 7-0 at Hilton Coliseum this season with a +28.3 scoring margin on it home floor. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in scoring at 82.5 points per game. The Cyclones also rank in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring margin (second at +17.7), field goal percentage (second at 48.5), 3-point field goals made (second at 8.7), 3-point field goal percentage (third at 34.9), blocked shots (tied for third at 4.8), assists (second at 16.8), steals (third at 7.6), turnover margin (second at +4.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (second at 1.6).
Redshirt senior G Marial Shayok leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.8 points per game. His 23 3-pointers made are first on the team and he pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game. A preseason All-Big 12 selection, Sophomore G Lindell Wigginton has played in three games this season with one start and scores 15.0 points per contest. Redshirt junior F Michael Jacobson is a starter who leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game to complement his 14.5 scoring average. Freshman G Talen Horton-Tucker is second on the team with a 5.9 rebound average and 20 steals. He scores 13.6 points per game and his 39 assists are third on the team. Redshirt senior G Nick Weiler-Babb is second in the Big 12 with 4.3 assists per game, just ahead of teammate freshman G Tyrese Haliburton’s 4.2. Weiler-Babb averages 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Haliburton is tied for the conference lead in steals at 2.1 per game and he averages 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Other ISU regulars include sophomore G Terrence Lewis (6.2 ppg), redshirt sophomore F Cameron Lard (3.8 ppg), redshirt senior F Zoran Talley Jr. (2.3 ppg) and freshman F George Conditt IV (1.5 ppg, team-high 18 blocked shots).
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 181-64, dating back to 1908. Kansas holds a 5-3 series edge in the last eight meetings with ISU winning two of those contests in the Big 12 Championship (88-73 in the 2014 semifinals and 70-66 in the 2015 title game). Prior to ISU’s recent success, KU posted an 18-1 record versus the Cyclones from 2006 until 2014. KU is 70-39 versus ISU in games played in Ames, including 26-21 in Hilton Coliseum.
Eleven of the 15 matchups in Ames in the Bill Self era have been decided by 10 points or less with five of those by five points or less. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 35-13 against Iowa State with a 33-11 record in regular-season play and a 3-2 mark in the Big 12 Championship. Self is 25-8 all-time versus Iowa State, including 24-8 while at KU, while ISU’s Steve Prohm is 2-4 against Kansas. The series is 5-5 in last 10 meetings with seven of those outcomes being decided by seven points or less and five by five points or fewer.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 13-1 and 2-0 in Big 12 play for the 14th time in the 16-year era under head coach Bill Self … Give Kansas a 182-64 all-time series record against Iowa State, including a 27-21 record in Hilton Coliseum … Give KU its third straight win in Hilton … Make KU 36-13 against Iowa State in the Big 12 era … Make Self 460-97 while at Kansas, 667-202 overall and 25-8 all-time versus Iowa State (25-8 while at KU) … Make Kansas 2,261-850 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 12-2 and 1-1 in conference play for the second straight season … Make the KU-Iowa State series 181-65 in favor of Kansas, including a 26-22 KU edge in games played in Hilton Coliseum … End a KU two-game winning streak in Hilton … Make Bill Self 459-98 while at Kansas, 666-203 overall and 25-9 all-time versus Iowa State (24-9 while at KU) … Make Kansas 2,260-851 all-time.
LAST TIME OUT
Four Jayhawks scored in double-figures as No. 5 Kansas outlasted No. 23 Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener, 70-63, Jan. 2inside Allen Fieldhouse. Freshman guard Devon Dotson scored a game-high 16 points, while redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson posted his ninth double-double of the year with a 13-point, 15-rebound effort as KU claimed its 28th-consecutive conference-opening victory.
The Jayhawks were unable to carry that momentum from a 40-25 halftime lead over into the second half, as KU went without a field goal over the first seven minutes following the restart. Oklahoma used this Kansas cold span to whittle down its deficit to just five points, 49-44, with 10:52 to play. Lawson again gave the Jayhawks the lift they needed, connecting on three buckets during a 9-1 KU run get the lead back into double-figures at 58-45.
Oklahoma refused to let the Jayhawks coast to an easy victory as the Sooners again managed to cut the Kansas lead to six points with an 11-4 spurt the had the once comfortable Allen Fieldhouse crowd back to the edge of their seats.
But a key momentum-breaking play from Dotson just seconds later gave the Jayhawks the final push they needed to close out the visitors once and for all. Following a Grimes steal on OU’s end, Dotson took it to the hole for two points and was fouled before completing the 3-point play and pushing the KU lead to 65-56 with 2:35 to play.
From there, five clutch free throws from Charlie Moore and Dotson finished the 70-63 win, the Jayhawks 12th-straight victory in Allen Fieldhouse.
Dotson led the Jayhawks in scoring for the first time in his young career, scoring 16 points to go along with five rebounds and four steals. Grimes scored in double-figures for the second-straight outing with his 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Lawson tallied his 45-career double-double, pulling down a season-high 15 rebounds along with 13 points. Lagerald Vick was the fourth Jayhawk in double-figures, adding 12 points, nine of which came in the first half.
OKLAHOMA LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- Kansas improved to 12-1 and 1-0 in Big 12 play for the 28th-straight season, a streak which started in 1991-92.
- The victory gave the Jayhawks’ their fourth win over an Associated Press Top-25 team this season, marking the 13th time in Bill Self’s 16 seasons that KU has won four or more games against ranked foes.
- KU tied its season high with 11 steals, contributing to a +8 margin (22-14) in points off of turnovers over OU.
- The Jayhawks’ 42 rebounds marked the seventh time in the 13 games this season that they have recorded 40+ rebounds in a game, matching their total from last season.
- The Sooner’s quick 7-0 lead in the early minutes marked the largest deficit the Jayhawks have faced to start a game since Kansas trailed Temple 7-0 on Dec. 22, 2014 in Philadelphia.
- Sooners Christian James and Brady Manek both registered double-doubles. The last time an opponent posted a pair of double-doubles against KU was by Iowa State on Jan. 9, 2018 (Cameron Lard and Nick Weiler-Babb).
- Freshman G Devon Dotson posted a career-high four steals and tied for the most by a Jayhawk this season (Marcus Garrett also had four against Villanova and Stanford).
- Dotson scored in double figures for the ninth time this season.
- Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson tied his season-high with 15 rebounds and scored 13 points on his way to record his ninth double-double of the season and 11th time scoring in double figures.
- Lawson also tied his season-high in blocks with three. His 15 rebounds in both the Stanford (12/1) and Oklahoma games mark the most by a Jayhawk in a game this season.
- Freshman G Quentin Grimes recorded 14 points, his first time scoring in double figures in back-to-back contests this season.
- Senior G Lagerald Vick tied his season-high with three steals.
- Vick also recorded 12 points, moving him just 24 points shy of 1,000 in his career.
- Sophomore G Marcus Garrett’s five assists led the team and tied his season-high.
Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 with eight double-doubles this season, including five in his last six outings. 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 44 career double-doubles are third on the NCAA Division I active list. Lawson is the only non-senior on the NCAA Division I top-10 list.
|ACTIVE NCAA DI CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS|
|1||James Thompson VI (E. Mich.)||113||63|
|2||Jordan Murphy (Minnesota)||109||54|
|3||Dedric Lawson (Memphis/Kansas)||77||44|
|t4||Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington)||110||43|
|t4||Mike Daum (South Dakota State)||120||43|
|t4||Jordan Konchar (Purdue-FW)||117||43|
|Through games played on Jan. 2, 2019|
AN INCREDIBLE 2018 FOR THE JAYHAWKS
The 2018 calendar year will go down as one of the most memorable in program history. It started on a sour note with a 73-85 loss to Texas Tech in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 2, the Red Raiders’ first-ever win in Lawrence. But after that, 2018 proved to be a highlight-filled year for the Jayhawks. Here are just a few of the achievements that came the Jayhawks’ way over the last 365 days:
- KU won its 61st overall and 14th-straight regular-season league title, both figures are NCAA DI records.
- Kansas also won its 15th postseason conference tournament title.
- Devonte’ Graham claimed both Big 12 Player of the Year and Consensus First Team All-America honors.
- KU was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time and advanced to the Final Four for the 15th time.
- Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk became KU’s 81st and 82nd NBA Draft selections, each getting picked in the second round of the June draft.
- Kansas found itself ranked No. 1 in the 2018-19 Associated Press preseason poll, marking the third time in the AP poll’s history KU has entered a season at No. 1.
- The Jayhawks won the NIT Season Tip-Off in November, giving KU its fifth-straight in-season tournament championship.
- Kansas won 31 games in the 2018 calendar year (31-7), marking the 10th time under Bill Self the Jayhawks have won 30 or more games in a calendar year.
KANSAS VS TOP-25 TEAMS
Kansas is 3-1 against top-25 teams in 2018-19. Under head coach Bill Self, KU is now 93-46 against AP-ranked opponents. In his first 15 seasons at KU, Self’s Jayhawks have collected four wins or more over top-25 ranked foes in 12 of those seasons, which includes a 38-17 record from 2014-present.
KU’s record against top-10 ranked opponents is even more impressive. KU is 18-4 against foes ranked inside the top-10 of the AP poll since 2013-14, including 4-1 in 2017-18. Last season, KU’s top-10 wins included Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Duke. 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|
Kansas enters conference play having won 18 of the 22 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties), including the last 14, which is an NCAA record. 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 active streak in NCAA Division I and the longest streak in school history.
|CONSECUTIVE REG. SEASON TITLES|
The Jayhawks return home to take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday, Jan. 9 on ESPN2. Tip-off from Allen Fieldhouse is set for 8 p.m.
Kansas is 16-2 all-time against TCU, including a 7-0 advantage in Lawrence. The Jayhawks won the last clash a season ago, a 71-64 win on Feb. 6 at Allen Fieldhouse.
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