No. 10 Jayhawks welcome Iowa State to Lawrence Tuesday

Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot 

 GM 14: vs. Texas Tech
  Jan. 9
  8 p.m.
  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
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 Stats KU ISU
 Record 12-3 9-5
 Pts/GM 86.9 75.9
 FG% 51.3 43.8
 3FG% 41.6 34.8
 FT% 73.2 73.7
 Reb/GM 37.5 38.9
 Ast/GM 18.7 13.6
 Blk/GM 4.6 4.0
 Stl/GM 7.4 5.6
 Pts Allowed/GM 69.5 73.1
 FG% Defense 39.3 43.0
 3FG% Defense 31.9 35.7
 Rebound Margin +2.2 +2.5
 Ast-TO Ratio 1.6 1.2


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Coming off its second top-25 victory of the season, the 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will look to continue to build momentum when the Iowa State Cyclones come to Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 9. KU (12-3, 2-1) is looking to avenge an overtime loss to ISU (9-5, 0-3) in Lawrence last season. The contest will begin at 8 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen (analyst), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Holly Rowe (reporter) calling the action.

  • Kansas is tied for third in the 2017-18 Big 12 race with Oklahoma (12-2, 2-1). The two are one game behind conference leaders Texas Tech (14-1, 3-0) and West Virginia (14-1, 3-0).
  • Kansas is the only league school that has three players ranked in the top 10 in scoring in the Big 12 led by senior G Devonte’ Graham at second with 18.6 ppg. Senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is seventh at 16.5 ppg, while junior G Lagerald Vick is 10th at 15.7 ppg.
  • Senior G Devonte’ Graham is the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top five in scoring, free throw percentage, assists, steals, 3-point field goals made and assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike leads the Big 12 and is second in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 76.5 percent after his 6-for-6 effort at TCU (1/6). He is one of only three players nationally to shoot 70 percent or better with a minimum of five field goals made per game.
  • Kansas has had four different players score 26 points or more in a game this season – Udoka Azubuike, Devonte’ Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Lagerald Vick.
  • In the last five games, senior guards Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk have combined 40.0 points per game, including 38 of Kansas’ 56 3-pointers made. The Jayhawks are averaging 87.4 points in their last five outings.
  • Kansas is scoring 86.9 points per game. The last KU team to average that many was the 2001-02 Final Four team at 90.9 and before then, it was the 1989-90 team at 92.1 ppg.
  • Kansas has tied or surpassed its previous single-game 3-point record three times this season, including a new mark of 19 treys versus Texas Southern (11/21). The previous record was 16 treys at Baylor in 2005.
  • Kansas has made 11 or more 3-pointers in nine games this season with an 8-1 record in those contests.
  • Kansas has won 60 all-time conference titles, which is more than any school in NCAA Division I history. Kentucky is next at 54 and Pennsylvania third at 37.

Kansas is ranked No. 10 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ polls, released Jan 1. The Jayhawks average 86.9 points per game and their plus-17.3 scoring margin is third in the conference and 11th in NCAA Division I. KU leads the conference in field goal percentage (51.3), 3-point field goal percentage (41.6) and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.6). KU also ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (third at 86.9), scoring margin (third at 17.3), field goal percentage defense (third at 39.3), 3-point field goal percentage defense (third at 31.9), assists (second at 18.7) and 3-point field goals made (second at 10.9). Kansas pulls down 37.5 rebounds per game, has a plus-2.2 rebound margin and averages 4.6 blocked shots per contest.
Senior G Devonte’ Graham has averaged 26.0 points in his last three games and leads KU with an 18.6 scoring average, which is second in the Big 12. Graham leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.8 and is third in assists (7.4), third in free throw percentage (88.9) and tied for third in steals (1.9), leading KU in those stats. Graham’s 49 3-pointers are second on the team to senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s 51. Mykhailiuk is second on the team, seventh in the Big 12, in scoring at 16.5 points per game. He is second in the conference in 3-point field goals made (3.4) and 3-point field goal percentage. Mykhailiuk also pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game. Junior G Lagerald Vick is next in scoring at 15.7 points per game, which is 10th in the Big 12. He is second on the team with a 5.9 rebound average and third with 29 3-pointers made.
Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike has a team-high four double-doubles this season and also leads KU with a 7.8 rebound average which is fifth in the Big 12. Azubuike’s 14.9 scoring average is 13th in the conference and he leads the Big 12 and is second nationally with a 76.5 field goal percentage. Freshman G Marcus Garrett has started the last three games for Kansas. He averages 3.9 points and is third on the team with 5.1 rebounds per contest. Garrett is second on the team with 22 steals and his 1.5 thefts per game are tied for 10th in the Big 12.
Redshirt sophomore G Malik Newman has started 11 games this season and is scoring 9.9 points per contest with 21 3-pointers made. Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot leads Kansas with 28 blocked shots, including a career-high six at TCU (1/6). He averages 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and his 1.9 blocks per game are fifth in the Big 12.
Located in Ames, Iowa, with an enrollment of 36,321, Iowa State is 9-5 on the season and 0-3 in Big 12 play after its 96-87 overtime loss at Oklahoma State Jan. 6. The Cyclones have lost three straight with two of those in overtime. ISU is coached by Steve Prohm who is 56-28 in his third season at Iowa State and 160-57 in his seventh season overall.
After losing its first two games, Iowa State won nine straight heading into Big 12 play. The Cyclones average 75.9 points per contest and have a plus-2.8 scoring margin. They are outrebounding opponents 38.9 to 36.4 and make 7.7 3-pointers per game. ISU also averages 13.6 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.0 blocked shots and have a 73.7 free throw percentage.
Iowa State is deep with nine players averaging 12.0 minutes or more per game. Senior G Donovan Jackson leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game which is fifth in the Big 12. He has made a team-high 47 3-pointers and is third in the conference with 3.4 treys made per game. Jackson leads the league with a 92.9 free throw percentage. Freshman G Lindell Wigginton is next in scoring at 14.8 points per game, which is 15th in the Big 12. He is second on the team with 25 3-pointers made and with 32 assists. He averages 4.7 rebounds per contest. Redshirt junior G Nick Weller-Babb leads ISU in rebounds with 7.6 per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Weller-Babb scores 12.3 points per game and leads the team with 105 assists and 17 steals. His 7.5 assists per game are second in the Big 12. Redshirt freshman F Cameron Lard has a team-high 23 blocked shots and he is second on the squad with 6.5 rebounds per outing. Lard scores 11.1 points per game. Sophomore F Solomon Young (7.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Jeff Beverly (5.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg) join Jackson, Wigginton and Weller-Babb in the starting lineup. Other main ISU contributors include redshirt junior F Zoran Talley Jr. (4.1 ppg), senior F Hans Brase (4.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg), freshman G Terrence Lewis (4.1 ppg) and sophomore G Jakolby Long (2.8 ppg).
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 179-64, dating back to 1908. Last season, Iowa State ended a Kansas 54-game home court winning streak, 51 in Allen Fieldhouse, with a 92-89 overtime win becoming the first program to win twice inside Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era (2003-04 to present). This series is tied at 3-3 in its last six meetings with ISU winning two contests in the Big 12 Championships (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 92-16 versus ISU in games played in Lawrence, including 51-10 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with ISU in Allen Fieldhouse starting in 2006. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 33-13 against Iowa State with a 31-11 record in regular-season play and a 3-2 mark in the Big 12 Championship. Bill Self is 23-8 all-time versus Iowa State, including 22-8 while at KU, while ISU’s Steve Prohm is 2-2 against Kansas. Seven of the last 13 meetings have been decided by nine points or less with three of those in overtime.
Make Kansas 13-3 or better for the four-straight year beginning in 2014-15 … Make Kansas 3-1 or better in conference play for the 12th-striaght season, beginning in 2006-07 … Make the Kansas-Iowa State series 180-64 in favor of the Jayhawks, including a 52-10 record in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Kansas 6-2 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 226-12 under Bill Self and 763-112 all-time in the venue … Make Self 24-8 all-time against Iowa State (22-8 while at Kansas), 429-91 while at KU and 636-196 for his career … Make Kansas 2,230-844 all-time.
Make Kansas 12-4 on the season … Make Kansas 2-2 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-06 season … Make the Kansas-Iowa State series 179-65 all-time … Give Iowa State its second straight win in Allen Fieldhouse becoming the first team to win three in the venue in the Bill Self era … Make Kansas 6-3 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, giving KU three losses in the venue for the first time since 1998-99 when KU was 10-3 in the building … Make Kansas 226-13 in Allen Fieldhouse under Bill Self and 763-113 all-time in the venue … Make Bill Self 24-8 all-time versus Iowa State (23-8 while at KU), 428-92 while at Kansas and 635-197 as a head coach … Make KU 2,229-845 all-time.

  • Kansas improved to 80-11 following a loss in the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04. Since 2013-14, KU is now 30-3 following a loss.
  • Both KU’s 23 free throws and 33 free throw attempts were season highs.
  • The Jayhawks led 72-71 with 5:00 remaining in regulation. Kansas is now 11-0 this season and 396-14 under Bill Self in games when they take a lead into the final five minutes of a game.
  • TCU’s 21-of-22 clip (95.5 percent) from the free throw line was the best by a KU opponent with a minimum of 10 attempts since Colorado also was 95.5 percent from the charity stripe on Feb. 21, 2001.
  • Senior G Devonte’ Graham converted on his first two free throws of the game, bringing his string of consecutive free throws made to 19. The stretch of 19-straight made free throws was the longest by Jayhawk since Sherron Collins hit a program record 36-straight charities during the 2008-09 season.
  • Graham’s three 3-pointers moved him past Sherron Collins to No. 4 alone on the school’s all-time three chart, now with 235 career treys.
  • Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike shot 6-of-6 from the field, marking the third time this season he has been perfect from the field in a game.
  • Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot collected a career-highs with six blocked shots, 26 minutes played and six offensive rebounds.
  • Lightfoot’s six blocked shots were the most by a Jayhawk in a conference game since Joel Embiid also swatted six against Texas on Feb. 22, 2014, and his four second-half blocks were the most by a Jayhawk in a single half since Landen Lucas tallied four blocks against Siena on Nov. 18, 2016.


  • Here are some jaw-dropping notables for Kansas basketball heading into league play:
  • Kansas holds the longest active streak of 169-consecutive weeks ranked in the Associated Press poll, a streak which started Feb. 3, 2009.
  • With its 92-86 win at Texas (12/29), Kansas has won 27-straight conference openers, a streak which started in 1991-92 during the Big Eight era.
  • Kansas has a current run of 265-consecutive sellouts in Allen Fieldhouse, a streak which started the second game of the 2001-02 season.
  • Kansas has won an NCAA-record-tying 13-straight conference regular-season titles, a streak which began in 2004-05.
  • Kansas has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 28-consecutive seasons, the longest streak, active and all-time, in NCAA history.
  • Kansas has notched 25 or more victories for each of the last 12 seasons (starting in 2005-06) and 20 or more wins for 28 seasons (beginning in 1989-90). Both are the longest active streaks in the NCAA.
  • Kansas has won at least 12 league games for 17-straight seasons, the longest active streak in the nation.

Power forward Silvio De Sousa was cleared to come to KU and practice. De Sousa joined the team Dec. 26.
De Sousa, who will wear jersey No. 22 at Kansas, signed a National Letter of Intent to play at KU during the early signing period in November. He then pursued graduating from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, early to join the Jayhawks and play the spring semester. De Sousa was ranked No. 18 nationally by, No. 28 by ESPN100 and No. 31 by the national recruiting services. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Luanda, Angola, native was living in Florida for nearly four years.

  • Kansas is ninth nationally in field goal percentage at 51.3 percent and eighth in assists per game at 18.7. KU also ranks in the top-15 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (ninth at 1.6), scoring margin (11th at +17.3), 3-point field goal percentage (12th at 41.6) and 3-point field goals made per game (15th at 10.9).
  • Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike is second the NCAA in field goal percentage at 76.5 percent, while senior G Devonte’ Graham is eighth nationally in assists per game at 7.4.

Kansas is averaging 10.9 3-point field goals made per game with a 41.6 3-point field goal percentage. Last season, KU set the school single-season 3-point record, making 318 from beyond the arc for 8.8 per game. Three of the last eight Jayhawk squads have averaged more than seven treys per game, with both of the last two KU teams hitting an average of eight or more threes per contest.
Udoka Azubuike ranks second in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 76.5 percent going 104-of-136 through 15 games of the 2017-18 season.
History has shown that it isn’t easy to lead the nation in a statistic. In fact, checking the NCAA Records Book of annual leaders, only twice has a Jayhawk led the country in a season stat and both were KU All-Americans. KU legend Clyde Lovellette led the NCAA in scoring average in 1951-52 at 28.6 points per game. More recently, Thomas Robinson led the country in double-doubles with 27 during the 2011-12 season. Under Lovellette’s leadership KU won the 1952 NCAA National Championship and Robinson led the Jayhawks to a runner-up finish in 2012.
With a minimum of 175 attempts, the Kansas single-season field goal percentage record is 64.6 percent by Mark Randall in 1988-89. Last year, Landen Lucas shot 63.1 percent from the field, which ranks fourth on the KU single-season list. On the NCAA level, with a minimum of five makes per game, there have been only 12 players who have shot 70 percent or better in a season, with the most recent being Devontae Cacok of UNC-Wilmington, who set the NCAA record last season (2016-17) at 80.0 percent.
The senior pairing of Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is beginning to establish itself as one of the top long-range shooting duos in KU history. Already this year, the two Jayhawk guards have combined for 100 of KU’s 163 3-pointers. The prolific outside shooting from these two is nothing new as they continue to move up the all-time KU 3-point charts.
Since the advent of the 3-point line prior to the 1986-87 season, only two other Kansas duos have tallied more threes over a three-year stretch than the 376 that Graham and Mykhailiuk have combined for since the 2015-16 season. That mark is the third most for a duo in a three-year stretch. Jeff Boschee and Kirk Hinrich are the most prolific 3-point shooting duo in school history as they netted 405 treys while they played together from 2000-02. Graham is also one half of another sharp-shooting pair after he and Frank Mason III combined for the fourth-most threes (353) among KU duos during the last three seasons (2015-17).
Graham and Mykhailiuk are also among the most-accurate Jayhawk pairs. They have teamed up to shoot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc in that same three-year span, the third-best mark among KU teammates who have combined for 700 or more attempts. Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers boast the best combined percentage with a 42.7 percent (385-of-901) clip coming during their three seasons in Lawrence from 2006-08.
Bill Self surpassed yet another coaching milestone early this season. Now in his 15th year at the helm of the Jayhawks, Self has amassed 428 victories, which is second-most among the eight men who have roamed the sidelines in Lawrence. Self’s 427 wins surpassed his predecessor, Roy Williams, who reached 418 victories in 15 years (1988-2003) at KU. Self sits only behind the all-time winningest coach in Kansas history, Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen, who amassed 590 victories in 39 seasons with the Jayhawks. 
Kansas is 2-2 against ranked foes this season with a wins over then-No. 7 Kentucky on Nov. 14 in the Champions Classic and at then-No. 16 TCU on Jan. 6 and losses to No. 16/17 Arizona State on Dec. 10 and No. 18 Texas Tech on Jan. 2. Under head coach Bill Self, Kansas is 84-43 against Associated Press ranked opponents. In his first 14 seasons, Self’s Jayhawks have collected four wins or more over top-25 ranked foes in 11 of those seasons, which includes a 29-14 record from 2014-present.
Kansas’ record against top-10 ranked opponents is even more impressive. KU is 13-3 against foes ranked inside the top-10 of the AP poll since 2013-14. This number includes the Jayhawks’ victory over Kentucky on Nov. 14. Since Bill Self’s first season, the Jayhawks are 13-2 against AP top-10 teams inside Allen Fieldhouse, which includes KU’s current streak of nine-straight home victories against top-10 foes.
Kansas men’s basketball enters this week at No. 10 in the Associated Press and No. 10 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ polls released on Jan. 1.
Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 170 AP polls dating back to Feb. 3, 2009, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Kansas was preseason No. 4 by AP entering 2017-18. Under 15th-year and Hall of Fame head coach Bill Self, this is the 12th time that Kansas entered the season ranked seventh or higher in the Associated Press preseason poll and historically, the No. 4 ranking marks the 20th time since the 1992-93 season that Kansas entered the season seventh or higher.
At No. 3 in the coaches’ preseason poll, 2017-18 marked the fourth-straight year the Jayhawks have opened the season in the top five in the coaches’ poll. Kansas is ranked in the preseason for the 26th time in time in the 29-year history of the coaches’ poll. The No 3 ranking marked the eighth time KU has been preseason No. 3 or higher in the coaches’ poll. Additionally, it is the 12th time in the Self era the Jayhawks have been preseason seventh or higher, including each of the last six seasons. In 2016-17 Kansas opened the year No. 2 in the preseason coaches’ poll and ended No. 4.
At No. 3 in the coaches’ preseason poll, 2017-18 marked the fourth-straight year the Jayhawks have opened the season in the top five in the coaches’ poll. Kansas is ranked in the preseason for the 26th time in time in the 29-year history of the coaches’ poll. The No 3 ranking marked the eighth time KU has been preseason No. 3 or higher in the coaches’ poll. Additionally, it is the 12th time in the Self era the Jayhawks have been preseason seventh or higher, including each of the last six seasons. In 2016-17 Kansas opened the year No. 2 in the preseason coaches’ poll and ended No. 4.
Kansas Athletics will host numerous events throughout the 2017-18 season to celebrate 120 years of KU men’s basketball and other Jayhawk basketball milestones. The first celebration will be for 120 years of Kansas basketball. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 when KU hosts Oklahoma State in Allen Fieldhouse. Players, coaches and staff from every era of KU basketball will be recognized during the game; the weekend’s festivities will also celebrate the 30-year anniversary of KU’s 1988 NCAA National Championship team.
The 2017-18 season marks the 10th anniversary of the 2008 NCAA National Championship team, which will be honored when KU hosts West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 17. That weekend, which is also the NBA All-Star Game weekend, KU will retire the jersey of former Jayhawk All-American Cole Aldrich. Additionally, plans are in place to retire the jersey of 2010 Consensus All-America First-Team selection Sherron Collins on KU’s ESPN Big Monday game against Oklahoma on Feb. 19.
Kansas head coach Bill Self, along with 10 others, was officially enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sept. 8 at Springfield Symphony Hall in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
Joining Self in the evening’s enshrinement festivities were the other 10 Class of 2017 inductees: Zack Clayton (player, posthumous), Nick Galis (player), Robert Hughes (coach), Mannie Jackson (contributor), Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Jerry Krause (contributor, posthumous), Tracy McGrady (player), Rebecca Lobo (contributor), George McGinnis (player) and Muffet McGraw (coach).
Self becomes the 19th person associated with Kansas basketball to be inducted, the last being coaching legend John McClendon, who was inducted in 2016 for the second time. As only the eighth coach in KU history, Self is the fifth KU mentor to be inducted into Hall joining James Naismith, Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen, Larry Brown and Roy Williams. Kansas has the highest percentage of coaches in the Hall of Fame, 63 percent, than any other school. KU’s five matches North Carolina’s five for the most inducted in college coaching with St. John’s third with four.
Including 2016-17, Kansas has won 17 of the 21 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties), including the last 13, which is tied for the NCAA record. Kansas’ 60 conference titles are the most in NCAA Division I. Kentucky is second with 54 and Penn third at 37. KU’s 13-straight league titles are the longest active streak in NCAA Division I and the longest streak in school history. Kansas is now tied with UCLA, which from 1967-79, also won the NCAA record of 13 straight, which was under two coaches. Kansas’ current run has been under head coach Bill Self.

  • Senior G Devonte’ Graham is quickly moving up the school’s all-time career lists. Graham entered his senior season No. 45 on the KU scoring list with 1,075 points. Against Texas Tech (1/2), Graham became the 31st player in KU history to score 1,300 career points. He currently sits 29th with 1,354 points and is 17 from No. 28 Marcus Morris’ 1,371 from 2009-11.
  • Against Syracuse on Dec. 2, Graham became only the sixth player in KU history to have made 200 threes for his career. His 235 3-pointers are fourth all-time at KU and one from third (236 by Kirk Hinrich from 2000-03). Jeff Boschee (1999-2002) is first at 338 and Billy Thomas (1995-98) is second at 269.
  • Graham is 235-563 (41.7 percent) all-time from 3-point range. His 3-point attempts are fourth on the KU career list and his 3-point field goal percentage is ninth.
  • Graham has 461 career assists, which is 13th on the KU career assists list. Additionally, his 163 steals are 14th on the KU career list. He is two steals from catching former teammate and KU All-American Frank Mason III who had 165 from 2014-17.
  • Entering 2017-18 with a 247-48 (83.7 percent) record since 2010, Kansas is the winningest program, by percentage, this decade: 1. KANSAS (247-48, 83.7%); 2. Gonzaga (239-47, 83.6%); 3. Kentucky (249-53, 82.5%); 4. Wichita State (233-53, 81.7); 5. Duke (238-56, 81.0%).
  • The Jayhawks are pursuing their 14th-conseuctive Big 12 regular-season championship. A 14th-league title would break UCLA’s NCAA record mark of 13-consecutive conference championships from 1967-79.
  • Should Kansas advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament it would be its 29th-consecutive NCAA tourney appearance. The current 28 straight is the NCAA Tournament longest -consecutive appearance streak with North Carolina (1975-2001) second at 27

Kansas will play host to Kansas State in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2. KU has won the last five meetings with Kansas State and leads the overall series 193-93. The Jayhawks are 47-18 against the Wildcats in Allen Fieldhouse and have won the last 11 meetings in the venue starting in 2007.



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