No. 12 Kansas set for Dillons Sunflower Showdown Saturday
RS-Sophomore G Malik Newman
|GM 17: vs. Kansas State|
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 12-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will look to make it 12-straight wins inside Allen Fieldhouse against its in-state rival when Kansas State comes to Lawrence for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Saturday, Jan. 13. This will be the 287th meeting between the two programs, with Kansas boasting a 193-93 advantage in the series, which includes 54 wins in the last 59 matchups. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m., on ESPN with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.
- No. 12/12 Kansas (13-3, 3-1) is tied for second in the 2017-18 Big 12 race with Oklahoma (13-2, 3-1) and Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1). The three are one game behind conference leader West Virginia (15-1, 4-0).
- Kansas is the only league school that has two player ranked in the top five in scoring in the Big 12 and five players ranked in the top 16 in scoring. Senior G Devonte’ Graham is second with 18.1 ppg, while senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is fifth at 16.9 ppg, junior G Lagerald Vick is 12th at 15.3 ppg and sophomore C Udoka Azubuike is 16th at 14.6 ppg.
- Graham is the only player in NCAA Division I to average 18.0-plus points, 7.0-plus assists, 2.0-plus steals and 2.5 or fewer turnovers per game.
- Graham is also 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 76.6 percent. He is 10-for-11 in his last two games. Azubuike 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 five different players score 26 points or more in a game this season. Malik Newman’s 27 points against Iowa State (1/9) joined him with Azubuike, Graham, Mykhailiuk and Lagerald Vick as Jayhawks to have scored 26 or more points this season.
- Kansas is one of only five teams in NCAA Division I to have five players averaging 10.9 points or more per game. KU as well as Duke, Marshall, William & Mary and Michigan State each have five players averaging 10.9 ppg or better.
- In their last six games, senior guards Graham and Mykhailiuk have combined 39.0 scoring average, including 46 of Kansas’ 70 3-pointers made. The Jayhawks are averaging 86.7 points in that span.
- Kansas is scoring 86.6 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 is ranked No. 12 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ polls, released Jan 8. The Jayhawks average 86.6 points per game and their plus-16.6 scoring margin is third in the conference and 11th in NCAA Division I. KU leads the conference in field goal percentage (51.1), 3-point field goal percentage (41.4), 3-point field goals made (11.1) and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.6). KU also ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (third at 86.6), scoring margin, 3-point field goal percentage defense (third at 32.5) and assists (second at 18.6). Kansas pulls down 37.2 rebounds per game, has a plus-1.4 rebound margin and averages 4.8 blocked shots per contest.
Senior G Devonte’ Graham KU with an 18.1 scoring average, which is second in the Big 12. Graham leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.9 and is third in assists (7.5), fourth in free throw percentage (87.8) and tied for third in steals (2.0), leading KU in those stats. Graham’s 51 3-pointers are second on the team to senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s 57. After his 23-point performance against Iowa State (1/9), Mykhailiuk is second on the team, fifth in the Big 12, in scoring at 16.9 points per game. He is second in the conference in 3-point field goals made (3.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (47.9). Mykhailiuk’s 3-point field goal percentage is better than his field goal percentage (46.5). Junior G Lagerald Vick is next in scoring at 15.3 points per game, which is 12th in the Big 12. He is second on the team with a 6.0 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 7.7 rebound average which is sixth in the Big 12. Azubuike’s 14.6 scoring average is 16th in the conference and he leads the Big 12 and is second nationally with a 76.6 field goal percentage. Freshman G Marcus Garrett has started the last four games for Kansas. He averages 4.0 points and is third on the team with 4.9 rebounds per contest. Garrett is second on the team with 23 steals and his 1.4 thefts per game are tied for ninth in the Big 12.
Following a career-high 27 points against Iowa State, redshirt sophomore G Malik Newman is scoring 10.9 points per contest. He has started 11 games this season and has made 26 3-pointers. Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot leads Kansas with 29 blocked shots, including a career-high six at TCU (1/6). He averages 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and his 1.8 blocks per game are sixth in the Big 12.
ABOUT KANSAS STATE
Located in Manhattan, Kansas, with an enrollment of 22,795, Kansas State is 12-4 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 play after its 86-82 win against Oklahoma State, Jan. 10. The Wildcats are coached by Bruce Weber who is 112-72 in his sixth season at K-State and 425-227 in his 20th season overall. Kansas State is 3-1 in road games this season and 4-2 in contests not played in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State averages 76.6 points per game and has a plus-10.6 scoring margin. The Wildcats average 32.1 rebounds per game. Kansas State is third in the Big 12 in steals at 8.3 per game and turnover margin at plus-4.0. KSU also averages 15.5 assists, 8.1 3-pointers made and 2.7 blocked shots per game.
Coming off a 38 point performance against Oklahoma State (1/10), junior G Barry Brown Jr. leads Kansas State in scoring at 16.9 points per game, which is tied for fifth in the Big 12 with Kansas’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. He also leads the Wildcats with 34 steals and his 2.1 per game average is third in the league. Brown has made 22 3-pointers this season. Junior F Dean Wade is second scoring 14.6 ppg in all games. Wade’s team-best 6.5 rebound average is 12th in the Big 12 and he is second on the team with 10 blocked shots. Junior G Kamau Stokes (13.4 ppg, team-high 33 3-pointers made) was injured against Texas Tech (1/6) and missed the Oklahoma State (1/10) game. Redshirt-freshman G Cartier Diarra (5.1 ppg, 13 3-pointers) started in Stokes’ place. Sophomore F Xavier Sneed has made 27 3-pointers and he averages 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Sophomore F Makol Mawien (5.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg) rounds out the K-State starters. Mawien has a team best 14 blocked shots.
Other Kansas State regulars include junior G Amaad Wainright (3.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg), graduate transfer F Mawdo Sallah (2.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg), sophomore G Brian Patrick (2.2 ppg) and freshman F Levi Stockard III (1.7 ppg).
Kansas leads the overall series with Kansas State, 193-93 and has won the last five match ups. Since Feb. 12, 1994, Kansas has won 54 of the last 59 meetings with K-State. This series started in 1907 and KU is 88-35 in games played in Lawrence, including 47-18 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have won the last 11 meetings in Lawrence starting in 2007. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, KU is 46-5 against KSU (37-5 in regular-season battles and 9-0 in the Big 12 Championship). Kansas head coach Bill Self is 29-5 all-time against K-State, including 28-5 while at KU. Bruce Weber is 2-11 against Kansas, all while at KSU.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 14-3 or better for the four-straight year beginning in 2014-15 … Make Kansas 4-1 or better in conference play for the 12th-straight season, beginning in 2006-07 … Give Kansas its sixth straight win against Kansas State and make the all-time series 194-93 … Give KU its 12th straight win against K-State in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Kansas 8-2 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 228-12 under Bill Self and 765-112 all-time in the venue … Make Self 30-5 all-time against Kansas State (29-5 while at Kansas), 430-91 while at KU and 637-196 for his career … Make Kansas 2,231-844 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 13-4 on the season … Make Kansas 3-2 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-06 season … End a Kansas five-game winning streak against Kansas State and make the all-time series 193-94 in favor of the Jayhawks … End a KU 11-game winning streak against Kansas State in games played in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Kansas State the second team to win twice in Allen Fieldhouse during the Bill Self era, joining Iowa State … Give KU three losses in Allen Fieldhouse in the same season for the first time since 1998-99 … Make Kansas 7-3 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 227-13 under Bill Self and 764-117 all-time in the venue … Make Self 29-6 all-time versus Kansas State (28-6 while at KU), 429-92 while at Kansas and 636-197 as a head coach … Make KU 2,230-845 all-time.
IOWA STATE LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- KU’s 24 3-point attempts in the first half were the most by a Kansas team in a half since 3-point line was installed in 1986-87.
- Kansas’ 36 3-point attempts were the most ever by a KU team in a conference game.
- The Cyclones’ 44 rebounds tied the most by a Kansas opponent this year. Texas Tech (1/2) and Texas (12/29) each notched 44 rebounds against the Jayhawks this season.
- The game marked the first time in the Bill Self era that Kansas has been out rebounded by its opponents in five-straight games. Previously, the Jayhawks were never out-rebounded in more than three-straight games.
- Redshirt sophomore G Malik Newman’s 27 points (10-of-21) marks a career high and his first 20-plus point performance as a Jayhawk.
- Newman’s 27 points were the most by a non-starting Jayhawk since Terry Brown went for 31 points in KU’s 150-95 win over Kentucky on Dec. 9, 1989.
- With his 27 points, Newman became the fifth different Jayhawk to score 26 or more points in a game this season.
- With his pair of 3-pointers, Graham moved past Kirk Hinrich for third place on the all-time 3-point list. He now has 237 for his career. He also moved past Frank Mason III for 13th on the career steals list. With his four steals he now has 167 for his career.
- Senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s six 3-pointers (6-of-9) tied his career high. His five first half 3-pointers were the most made by a Jayhawk in a half since Devonte’ Graham drained five in the first half against Stanford on Dec. 3, 2016.
- Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike shot 80 percent or better for the ninth time this season, shooting 4-of-5 from the field.
GRAHAM NAMED TO WOODEN MIDSEASON LIST
Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham was named to the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Jan. 11. Last season, KU’s Frank Mason III won the 2017 Wooden Award.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. The ten-man Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6, 2018.
- Kansas ranked in the top 10 nationally in four statistics: field goals made per game (second at 32.8), assists per game (seventh at 18.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (eighth at 1.6) and 3-point field goals made per game (10th at 11.1). KU also ranks in the top-15 nationally in points per game (13th at 86.6), scoring margin (11th at +16.6), 3-point field goal percentage (12th at 41.4) 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 76.6 percent, while senior G Devonte’ Graham is seventh nationally in assists per game at 7.5.
KU FROM DOWNTOWN
Kansas is averaging 11.1 3-point field goals made per game with a 41.4 3-point field goal percentage with both marks leading the Big 12. Kansas has made 11 or more 3-pointers in 10 games this season with a 9-1 record in those contests.
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.
SELF NEARING 200 BIG 12 VICTORIES
What has seemed like a nearly every-week occurrence lately, KU head coach Bill Self is nearing yet another coaching milestone. Now in his 15th year at the helm, Self’s Jayhawks have collected 198 Big 12 regular-season victories. That number ranks Self No. 1 among the league’s all-time coaches, 12 victories ahead of former Texas head man Rick Barnes.
On Kansas’ all-time coaches list, which features five Naismith Hall of Famers, Self’s 198 league wins is second behind Dr. Phog Allen, who collected 334 victories in league play over his 39 seasons when KU was a member of the Missouri Valley, Big Six and Big Seven Conferences.
During Self’s tenure, KU has never won fewer than 12 Big 12 regular-season contests in a season and has claimed 15 or more league wins on four occasions. The Jayhawks have won at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season crown in all but one of Self’s 14 years in Lawrence, his first season in 2003-04, which saw KU claim a runner-up finish that year.
DEVONTE’ + SVI = THREES
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 108 of KU’s 177 3-pointers, which is 61.0 percent of the team’s threes. 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 384 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 twosome in school history as they netted 405 treys while they played together from 2000-02. Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers (2006-08) are second at 385 but will most likely be passed by Graham and Mykhailiuk soon. 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 41.9 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.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Kansas is 22-4 all-time on Jan. 13.
Jan. 13, 2009: Junior Sherron Collins scored 24 points, while freshman Tyshawn Taylor recorded 20 points to lead Kansas to an 87-71 victory against in-state rival Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s victory marked the Jayhawks’ 34th straight home win, the then-third longest in school history. Cole Aldrich added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds. Mario Little, who made his first career start in just his fourth game at Kansas, scored eight points. Kansas raced out to an 18-0 lead to start the game as Aldrich scored six of the game’s first nine points and Collins added five points and two assists in the run. The Jayhawks hit seven of their first 10 shots and scored 11 points off five KSU turnovers in that time. KU would finish the season 27-8 and win the Big 12 regular-season outright with a 14-2 league record. The Jayhawks advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Udoka Azubuike ranks second in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 76.6 percent and is just behind Central Florida’s Tako Fall at 76.8 percent.
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.
KANSAS IN THE POLLS
Kansas men’s basketball enters this week at No. 12 in the Associated Press and No. 12 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ polls released on Jan. 8.
Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 171 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.
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.
BIG 12 RUN NO CAKEWALK
Kansas ended 2016-17 ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and its strength of schedule was 19th nationally. In Self’s first 14 seasons, KU has ranked fifth or higher in the final RPI 10 times, including each of the last eight years. This season the strength of the Big 12 is quite prevalent. Kansas’ RPI is 13th nationally but third in the conference behind Oklahoma (4) and West Virginia (12). Kansas does lead the league in strength of schedule at 10th nationally. Oklahoma is second at 17th.
KANSAS VS TOP-25 TEAMS
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.
CELEBRATING 120 YEARS IN 2017-18
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.
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.
WHAT ELSE TO WATCH FOR…
- 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 1,365 points and 35 points from becoming the 26th Jayhawk to reach 1,400.
- Against Iowa State on Jan. 9, Graham moved into third all-time on the KU 3-point field goal list, currently at 237. He passed Kirk Hinrich who made 236 threes from 2000-03. Jeff Boschee (1999-2002) is first at 338 and Billy Thomas (1995-98) is second at 269.
- Graham is 237-570 (41.6 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 470 career assists, which is 13th on the KU career assists list. Additionally, his 167 steals are 13th on the KU career list. Last game, he passed 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 its first of four ESPN Big Monday games when the Jayhawks head to No. 2/2 West Virginia on Jan. 15. Tip time will be 8 p.m. (Central) from WVU Coliseum. Kansas leads the overall series with West Virginia, 7-4, yet the Jayhawks have lost their last four trips to Morgantown and are 1-4 in the WVU Coliseum.
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