Kansas returns home to host Oklahoma State Saturday
RS-Sophomore guard Charlie Moore
|GM 24: vs. Oklahoma State|
|Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)|
|Record||17-6 (6-4)||9-13 (2-7)|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 13/14 Kansas (17-6, 6-4) will return to the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 9 to host the Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-13, 2-7). Tip-off is slated for 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN with Mike Neely (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) set to call the action.
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- No. 13/14 Kansas (17-6, 6-4) returns home to host Oklahoma State (9-13, 2-7). Kansas is coming off a 74-67 loss at Kansas State on Feb. 5. Oklahoma State lost at TCU, 70-68 on Feb. 6.
- Just over halfway through the 2019 Big 12 race, Kansas is tied for fourth with Texas Tech with a 6-4 league record, two games behind conference leader Kansas State at 7-2. Five teams, including Kasnas, are within two games of first.
- KU leads the overall series with Oklahoma State, 114-59, including a 62-12 record in Lawrence meetings, 47-10 in Allen Fieldhouse.
- Oklahoma State is vying to become the first Big 12 school to win back-to-back games in Allen Fieldhouse since Iowa State did it in 2000 and 2001. Prior to ISU, the previous times were during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons by Oklahoma and Kansas State.
- Kansas is 89-12 following a loss in the Bill Self era, including 4-1 this season. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 39-4 following a loss.
- Redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson has posted four double-doubles in his last six games. Six of his 15 double-doubles have been in Big 12 play. He is tied for second nationally with 15 double-doubles.
- Last weekend, Dedric Lawson took over the Big 12 scoring lead at 19.4. Lawson also is tops in the conference in rebounds with 10.8 per game and he is the only player in the conference averaging a double-double.
- Following his career-high 24 points at Texas (1/29), freshman G Ochai Agbaji recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech (2/2). The two performances earned Agbaji Big 12 Newcomer of the Week accolades, the first weekly award of his career.
- Kansas’ 17 game home court winning streak, which includes 16 victories in Allen Fieldhouse and one at Sprint Center, is tops in the Big 12 and tied for sixth nationally.
No. 13/14 Kansas is 17-6 overall and 6-4 in Big 12 play after its 74-67 loss at Kansas State on Feb. 5. In all games, Kansas ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (second at 76.3), field goal percentage (second at 47.2), field goal percentage defense (third at 40.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (third at 36.2). KU has a +6.2 scoring margin and a +1.3 rebound margin. KU also averages 7.2 3-pointers made, 13.7 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.7 blocked shots per game.
Redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson has four double-doubles in his last six games. A Wooden Award Midseason Late 20 and Oscar Robertson Trophy nominee, he has seven double-doubles in his last 11 games and a Big 12-leading 15 for the season, which is tied for second nationally. Dedric Lawson, a Sporting News Midseason All-America First Team selection, has scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season, including three of the last five contests. He leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.4 ppg and in rebounding at 10.8 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 four-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17, 1/14, 1/28), Lawson leads KU with 28 blocked shots and his 1.2 blocks per game are fifth in the conference and his 50.8 field goal percentage is sixth in the league.
|NCAA DI DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS|
|1||Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington)||24||18|
|t2||Dedric Lawson (Kansas)||23||15|
|t2||Mike Daum (South Dakota St.)||25||15|
|t2||Cletrell Pope (Bethune-Cookman)||23||15|
|t2||Jordan Murphy (Minnesota)||22||15|
|Through games played on Feb. 5, 2019|
Senior G Lagerald Vick is second the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made at 2.9 and third in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.5. He is averaging 14.1 points per game which is 10th in the Big 12. He scored his 1,000th-career point at Baylor (1/2). Vick’s 47.6 field goal percentage is 13th in the conference.
Freshman G Devon Dotson is averaging 16.5 points in his last two games, including a career-high 20 points versus Texas Tech (2/2). Dotson has 25 assists in his is last five games, including a career-high eight assists and no turnovers against Iowa State (1/21). Dotson ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assists at 3.5, 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5 and sixth in steals at 1.5. Dotson averages 11.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He has led KU in assists four of the last five games and six of the last eight contests.
Freshman G Ochai Agbaji pulled his redshirt prior to the TCU game (1/9) and posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech (2/2). The Tech performance came after his first-career start at Texas (1/29), where he posted career highs in points with 24 on 8-of-10 shooting. In just nine games, Agbaji is averaging 23.9 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and is shooting 52.8 percent from the floor.
Freshman G Quentin Grimes is second on the team with 30 3-pointers made this season and has made eight treys in his last four games. Grimes averages 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest and has 40 assists for the season.
Sophomore G Marcus Garrett has missed the last two games due to a sprained ankle. He has 14 steals in his last five games played and ranks second in the Big 12 with 1.8 steals per contest. He has 10 games with multiple steals in 2018-19. Garrett has started his last eight games played and 13 for the season. He averages 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game and has 47 assists.
Other KU regulars include redshirt-sophomore G Charlie Moore (3.3 ppg, 14 3-pointers), redshirt-sophomore G K.J. Lawson (2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg), freshman F David McCormack (1.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and junior F Mitch Lightfoot (1.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg). Moore made two 3-pointers at Kansas State (2/5) and had a season-high six assists against Texas Tech (2/2). Lightfoot had six points and five rebounds at Kansas State (2/5).
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE
Located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with an enrollment of 24,274, Oklahoma State (9-13, 2-7) is looking to end a two-game losing streak after its 70-68 loss at TCU on Feb. 6. The Cowboys are coached by Mike Boynton who is 30-28 in his second season as a head coach with both at Oklahoma State.
OSU leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage at 38.4 percent and 3-point field goals made at 8.7 per game. The Cowboys average 68.9 points per game and give up 70.0. Oklahoma State pulls down 35.4 rebounds per contest and average 13.7 assists, 5.9 steals and 4.1 blocked shots per game.
Junior F Cameron McGriff leads OSU in scoring at 13.0 points per game, which is 11th in the Big 12. McGriff also leads the team in rebounds and his 7.6 boards per contest are third in the league. McGriff is second on the team with 23 blocked shots and has made 30 3-pointers this season. Junior G Lindy Waters leads OSU in Big 12 scoring with 12.7 points per game. Overall, Waters averages 12.2 points. Waters pulls down 4.9 rebounds and leads the nation in free throw percentage at 94.8 percent. Waters is second on the team with 47 3-pointers made and 28 steals this season. Junior G Thomas Dziagwa leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made with 3.1 per outing. Dziagwa averages 10.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. Freshman F Yor Anei is coming off a career-high 20 points at TCU (2/6). He leads OSU and is third in the Big 12 with 2.0 blocked shots per game. Anei averages 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. Junior G Curtis Jones (8.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg) comes off the bench, while freshman G Isaac Likekele (7.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) is a starter who leads OSU with 29 steals.
Other OSU regulars include freshman G Luke Major (1.1 ppg) and freshman F Duncan Demuth (1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg).
The Kansas-Oklahoma State series dates back to 1926 with KU holding a 114-59 all-time advantage. KU holds a 62-12 series lead against OSU in meetings in Lawrence, including a 47-10 mark in Allen Fieldhouse. With Oklahoma State’s win in Allen Fieldhouse last year, the Cowboys are vying to win two straight in the venue for the first time since Iowa State accomplished the feat in 2000 and 2001.
Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 25-12 versus OSU: 19-10 in regular-season play and 6-2 in the Big 12 Championship. KU defeated OSU in each of the teams’ last four Big 12 Championship meetings in 2018, 2014, 2011 and 2006. KU head coach Bill Self is 18-13 all-time against his alma mater, including a 17-10 record at KU. OSU head coach Mike Boynton Jr., is 2-1 against Kansas.
In 2017-18, Oklahoma State became first team to sweep a conference home-and-home series against Kansas in the Self era. The Cowboys won 84-79 on Feb. 3 in Allen Fieldhouse and 82-64 on March 3 in Stillwater. In 104 regular-season Big 12 home-and-home series during the Self era, Kansas has 70 sweeps, 33 splits and has been swept once.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 18-6 and 7-4 in Big 12 play … Make Kansas 115-59 all-time against Oklahoma State, including a 63-12 mark in Lawrence meetings, 48-10 in Allen Fieldhouse … Give Kansas its 17th straight win in Allen Fieldhouse … Make KU 13-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 785-113 all-time in the venue, including 247-13 under Bill Self … Make Self 465-102 while at Kansas, 672-207 overall and 19-13 all-time versus Oklahoma State (18-10 while at KU) … Make Kansas 2,266-855 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 17-7 and 6-5 in conference play, tying last season’s league loss number … Give Oklahoma State two straight wins in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since 1962 and 1963 … Make OSU the first team since Iowa State in 2000 and 2001 two win two straight games against KU in Allen Fieldhouse … End a Kansas 16-game win streak in Allen Fieldhouse … Make KU 12-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 784-114 all-time in the venue, including 246-14 under head coach Bill Self … Make Bill Self 464-103 while at Kansas, 671-208 overall and 18-14 all-time versus Oklahoma State (17-11 while at KU) … Make Kansas 2,265-856 all-time.
LAST TIME OUT
A 21-14 closing run from K-State proved to be the difference as the Wildcats took down the No. 13/14 Kansas Jayhawks, 74-67, Feb. 5 inside Bramlage Coliseum. Redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 18 points and nine rebounds, but 23 KU turnovers, along with some key Wildcat 3-pointers over the final five minutes of regulation, snapped an eight-game Kansas winning streak against its in-state rivals.
The Wildcats started out the game on a torrid pace, jumping out to a quick 8-1 lead with the help from a pair of threes in the first two minutes to feed the already frenzied Bramlage Coliseum crowd. The KSU defense was also fired up in the opening minutes, holding the Jayhawks to just a single field goal over the first 4:47 of the contest.
KSU began the second half much like it did the first, outscoring Kansas 14-5 in the six minutes following the restart. The early second half spurt helped the Wildcats regain the lead at 44-38, still with 14:00 left in regulation.
A Lagerald Vick 3-pointer, followed by Devon Dotson lay-up, got KU within three points, 64-61, with 1:42 to play, but Sneed responded 30 seconds later with his third 3-pointer of the night. From there the Wildcats had enough cushion to close out the Jayhawks once and for all, claiming the 74-67 win.
Lawson ended the night with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while Dotson was the only other Jayhawk to score in double figures, posting 13 of his own. Moore ended his night with eight points with Quentin Grimes, Agbaji and Lightfoot each adding six points apiece.
KANSAS STATE LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- The loss ended a Kansas eight-game winning streak against Kansas State.
- The Jayhawks led 33-30 at the half marking the 14th game this season KU has had the advantage at the break, KU is now 11-3 in those games. Kansas is 379-31 in the Bill Self era when leading at the half.
- Kansas trailed at the 5:00 mark for just the fifth time this season, the Jayhawks are now 1-4 in those contests with a 33-82 record in the Bill Self era.
- KU outrebounded K-State 36-30, the 13th game this season the Jayhawks have outrebounded its opponent. Kansas is 10-3 in those meetings, 344-42 in the Self era.
- Kansas’ 67 points marked the sixth time the Jayhawks have been held to 60-69 points this season, Kansas is now 1-5 in those contests.
- KU’s 23 turnovers were its second-most this season (24 at Iowa State on Jan. 5).
- Kansas outshot the Wildcats 46.2 percent to 43.1 percent, Kansas is now 15-3 when KU has a better shooting percentage than its opponent on the season, 432-37 in the Self era.
- Redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 18 points, including a 5-for-6 mark from the free throw line. Lawson has led Kansas in scoring 11 times this season.
- Lawson also led KU with nine rebounds and has paced KU on the boards 19 times in 2018-19.
- Freshman G Devon Dotson had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. He has three thefts in each of his last two games. His 33 combined points in KU’s last two games are his most scored in consecutive games this season.
- Redshirt-sophomore G Charlie Moore’s eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, 2-for-4 from 3-point range, were his most scored in Big 12 play. Moore has made multiple threes in three games this season.
- Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot racked up six points, on 2-of-2 shooting, while grabbing five rebounds in the opening half. Lightfoot has played 14 minutes in two of KU’s last three contests.
- Freshman G Quentin Grimes was 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Grimes has made multiple threes in each of his last two games and nine times this season.
LAWSON COLLECTION OF MIDSEASON WATCH LISTS GROWS
Redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson has a quickly growing collection of midseason accolades that have him among a small list of players on watch for national awards come season’s end. Here is a quick rundown of the recent announcements that included Lawson:
- Lawson was named to the 2018-19 Sporting News Midseason All-America First Team, the publication announced Jan. 15. Last year, 11 of the 15 players on the midseason team made on the final ballot.
- On Feb. 4, Lawson was named to the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Late Season Top 20 list 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. Lawson is vying to become the third Jayhawk to win the honor with Mason in 2017 and Danny Manning in 1988.
- On Feb. 6, Lawson was named one of 12 to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Final Midseason Watch List by the USBWA. Like the Wooden, the Oscar Robertson Trophy recognizes the national player of the year. Frank Mason was the first KU player to win the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 2017.
- On Feb. 7, Lawson was named one of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year by the Naismith Hall of Fame. Established in 2015, the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year will be narrowed down to five finalist with the winner being named April 12, 2019.
AGBAJI NAMED BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji (OCH-eye, uh-BAH-gee) averaged 17.0 point and 8.5 rebounds in his first two career starts and has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday.
Agbaji pulled his redshirt prior to the TCU game (1/9) and is coming off his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Kansas’ 79-63 win against No. 16 Texas Tech (2/2). The Texas Tech performance came after his first career start at Texas (1/29), where the Kansas City, Missouri, guard posted a career-high 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals. In just eight games, Agbaji is averaging 22.5 minutes, 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor.
Agbaji becomes the fourth different Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week this season, a feat claimed seven times in 2018-19 for Kansas. Redshirt-junior forward Dedric Lawson has been the league newcomer of the week four times (12/3, 12/17, 1/14, 1/28), while Quentin Grimes was named Nov. 12 and Devon Dotson Dec. 31.
Including KU’s five Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season, the Jayhawks have amassed 12 league weekly accolades in 2018-19, which is more than any other league team. The program record for Big 12 weekly awards is 13 earned during the 2016-17 campaign.
BEST AT BOUNCING BACK
Despite setbacks in four their last six games, KU still remains one of the best programs in the nation at rebounding after a loss over the last 16 seasons. The Jayhawks have a winning percentage of over 88 percent in games after a loss under Bill Self, which is the best in the nation since 2003-04.
Kansas is 89-12 following a loss in the Self era, which includes a 4-1 mark this season. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 39-4 following a loss. Under Self, KU has lost two or more consecutive games on just eight occasions and only five times since 2006-07.
|BEST RECORDS IN GAMES FOLLOWING A LOSS
After his 25 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech (2/2), redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 with 15 double-doubles this season, including three of his last four contests and seven in his last 10 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 51 career double-doubles are fourth on the NCAA Division I active list. Lawson is the only non-senior on the NCAA Division I top-10 list.
Lawson is also already making his impact on the Kansas single-season double-double chart. His 15 DDs are just one shy from entering the school’s top-10 list of single-season double-doubles. Thomas Robinson holds the record with 27 DDs in the 2011-12 season.
|ACTIVE NCAA DI CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS|
|1||James Thompson VI (E. Mich.)||122||68|
|2||Jordan Murphy (Minnesota)||119||60|
|3||Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington)||120||53|
|4||Dedric Lawson (Memphis/Kansas)||88||51|
|5||Mike Daum (South Dakota State)||129||47|
|Through games played on Feb. 5, 2019|
KANSAS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Kansas slid two spots in each of the latest national polls released Feb. 4. KU checked in at No. 13 in the Associated Press, and went to No. 14 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ polls.
Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 194 AP polls dating back to Feb. 3, 2009, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. The Jayhawks have also been listed in the top-25 of the Coaches’ polls for 202-straight weeks, a figure which also leads the nation. The Jayhawks have not been ranked outside the top-15 in either poll since Jan. 6, 2014, a streak now measuring over five-plus seasons.
For the third time in poll history Kansas entered the season ranked No. 1 by Associated Press (AP), as the AP released its poll Oct. 22. Three days later, on Oct. 25, Kansas was once again picked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll. KU has been slotted in the top-10 of both the final AP and Coaches’ polls in all but one of the last 10 seasons.
Kansas vs. top-25 teams
With its win versus then-No. 16 Texas Tech (2/2), Kansas is 7-2 against top-25 teams in 2018-19. Under Bill Self, KU is now 97-47 against AP-ranked opponents. In his first 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 42-18 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 this season and 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|
The Jayhawks will meet the TCU Horned Frogs for the second time this season in an 8 p.m. contest in Fort Worth on Monday, Feb. 9. The game will be televised on ESPN.
In the first meeting this season, Kansas got a season-high 31 points from Dedric Lawson and a spark off the bench from freshman Ochai Agbaji (7 pts., 4 rebs.) in his collegiate debut to top then-No. 25 TCU, 77-68, Jan. 9 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU is 6-1 all-time against TCU in Fort Worth and has won five-straight inside Shollmaier Arena.
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