No. 2 Jayhawks to host Wofford in Lawrence Tuesday
Freshman guard Devon Dotson
|GM 7: vs. Wofford|
|Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 2 Kansas (6-0) will continue its homestand when it plays host to Wofford (6-2) on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. KU is coming off back-to-back overtime victories, its most recent a 90-84 OT win against Stanford on Dec. 1 inside Allen Fieldhouse. KU and the Terriers will square off for the first time in the contest to be televised on Jayhawk Network and ESPN+. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Chris Piper (analyst) will call the action.
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- KU is coming off back-to-back overtime victories, its most recent a 90-84 OT win against Stanford (12/1). Wofford brings a four-game winning streak to Lawrence after its 79-62 win versus East Tennessee State on Dec. 1.
- Kansas and Wofford are meeting for the first time in men’s basketball. KU is 11-0 all-time against current membership of the Southern Conference.
- Kansas is looking to go 7-0 for the second-straight year and sixth time in Bill Self’s 16 seasons at KU.
- Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 that has two players ranked in the top five in league scoring. Senior G Lagerald Vick leads the Big 12 with a 20.8 ppg, while redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson is fifth at 18.8 ppg.
- Coming off his third-straight double-double, Lawson is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double with an 18.8 ppg and 11.2 rpg.
- Lawson has four double-doubles this season and 40 for his career. He is fourth on the NCAA active double-double career list.
- Vick also leads the league in 3-point field goals made per game at 4.7 and 3-point field goal percentage (59.6).
- Vick is 28-of-43 (65.1 percent) from 3-point range in his last five games. His 28 triples are the most ever by a Jayhawk in a five-game span.
- Kansas is the only school in NCAA Division I that both its men’s (6-0) and women’s (6-0) teams are undefeated.
- Kansas won its fifth-straight in-season tournament by claiming the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off. Beginning with the Orlando Classic in 2014, the Jayhawks have also won the Maui Invitational in 2015, the CBE Classic in 2016 and the Miami Hoophall Invitational in 2017.
- Kansas is 3-for-3 in Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season with Dedric Lawson on Nov. 12 and 26 with Lagerald Vick sandwiched in between on Nov. 19. Additionally, freshman Quentin Grimes was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Nov. 12.
No. 2 Kansas is 6-0 for the second-straight season and sixth time under head coach Bill Self after its 90-84 overtime win against Stanford Dec. 1. Through six games, Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring offense at 86.5 and 3-point field goal percentage at 43.9 percent, which ranks in the top-10 in the NCAA. KU averages 40.5 rebounds per game with a +6.0 rebound margin. KU also has a +9.2 scoring margin and makes 7.8 3-pointers per game.
Senior G Lagerald Vick is the only player in the Big 12 averaging more than 20 points per game at 20.8. He also leads the Big 12 in 3-point field made per game at 4.7 and 3-point field goal percentage at 59.6 percent. Vick is 28-of-43 (65.1 percent) from beyond the arc in his last five outings. Vick, who played his 100th career at KU Dec. 1 versus Stanford, is second on the team lead with nine steals.
Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson, who was named the Big 12 Player of the Week Nov. 26 for the second time this season, has recorded three-straight double-doubles in his last three games and leads the Big 12 with an 11.2 rebound average. Dedric Lawson is the only player in the conference averaging a double-double as his 18.8 scoring average is fifth in the league. He also leads the team with 21 assists and 40 free throws made. Junior C Udoka Azubuike is next in scoring at 15.0 points per game, which is 12th in the Big 12, and his 6.5 rebound average is also 12th in the league. Azubuike just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds against Stanford (12/1) and he leads the team with 10 blocked shots and a 69.5 field goal percentage. Freshmen guards Devon Dotson (10.7 ppg, team high 10 steals) and Quentin Grimes (7.8 ppg, 17 assists) round out the Kansas starters.
Sophomore G Marcus Garrett averages 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and has 11 assists and eight steals. Other KU regulars include redshirt sophomore G Charlie Moore (3.3 ppg, 10 assists), redshirt sophomore G K.J. Lawson (2.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg), freshman F David McCormack (1.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg), and junior F Mitch Lightfoot (1.3 ppg).
|NCAA DI Leaders – Team 3-point FG%|
|Through game played on 12.1.18|
Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with an enrollment of 1,650, Wofford is 6-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Southern Conference after its 79-62 win against East Tennessee State in the league opener on Dec. 1. The Terriers are coached by Mike Young who is 275-241 in his 17th season at Wofford. Wofford brings a four-game winning streak to Allen Fieldhouse and the Terriers have only lost to Power 5 schools North Carolina in its season opener and at Oklahoma on Nov. 18. Picked to finish second to UNC-Greensboro in the preseason Southern Conference poll, Wofford averages 81.2 points per game and has a +20.8 scoring margin. The Terriers pull down 36.5 rebounds per game with a +6.1 rebound margin. Wofford makes 11.0 3-pointers per game and attempt 28.0 per contest. The Terriers also average 15.8 assists, 8.4 steals and 2.8 blocked shots per game.
Senior G Fletcher Magee leads the team in scoring at 17.9 points per game and with 33 3-pointers made per game. Magee is second on the team lead with 12 steals per game. Senior F Cameron Jackson leads Wofford in rebounds with 8.0 per contest and he has a 13.2 scoring average. Jackson also leads the squad with 14 steals and is tied for the team lead with seven blocked shots. Junior G Nathan Hoover is next in scoring at 12.9 points per game and he has made 25 3-pointers this season. Sophomore G Storm Murphy leads Wofford with 29 assists as he scores 8.8 points per game. Sophomore F Keve Aluma rounds out the Wofford starters. He is second on the team with a 7.0 rebound averages and he scores 7.2 points per game.
Other Wofford regulars include: sophomore G Tray Hollowell (5.8 ppg, eight 3-pointers made), senior C Matt Pegram (5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg), freshman G Ryan Larson (4.4 ppg) and sophomore g Chevez Goodwin (4.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Kansas and Wofford are meeting for the first time in men’s basketball. Kansas is 11-0 against current membership of the Southern Conference: 3-0 vs. Chattanooga, 3-0 vs. East Tennessee State, 3-0 vs. Western Carolina, 1-0 vs. The Citadel and 1-0 vs. Furman. The last time KU faced a SoCon team was Nov. 15, 2012, when the Jayhawks defeated Chattanooga, 69-55, in the CBE Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 7-0 for the second-straight season and sixth time in head coach Bill Self’s 16 seasons at KU … Make KU 2-0 in the month of December for the fourth time in the last five seasons … Make Kansas 1-0 all-time versus Wofford and 12-0 against current membership of the Southern Conference … Give Kansas its ninth-straight win in Allen Fieldhouse, including a 4-0 record this season … Make KU 238-13 in Allen Fieldhouse under Self and 777-113 all-time in the venue … Make Self 454-96 while at Kansas and 661-201 overall … Make Kansas 2,255-849 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 6-1, ending a six-game winning streak … Make KU 1-1 in the month of December for the second-straight season … Make the KU-Wofford series 1-0 in favor of the Terriers … End a KU eight-game winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse, making KU 3-1 at home this season … Make KU 237-14 in Allen Fieldhouse under Bill Self and 776-114 all-time in the venue … Make Self 452-97 while at Kansas and 659-202 overall … Make Kansas 2,254-850 all-time.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Lagerald Vick exploded for 19 of his 27 points over the final eight minutes of regulation and overtime to lift the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks to a 90-84 come-from-behind win over the Stanford Cardinal Sunday evening inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas outscored the Cardinal 33-21 over the final 12 minutes of regulation to force it’s second-straight overtime and turn a 12-point second-half deficit into its sixth win of the season.
KU trailed Stanford by as many as 12 in the second half, but a 10-0 Kansas run capped by a Vick 3-pointer put the Jayhawks ahead, 62-60, with under six minutes to play in the game. Stanford battled to keep the game close though, and owned a 75-72 advantage with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.
Vick was the man who had his number called to take the final shot, which he converted to tie the score at 75-75 and send the Jayhawks to their second overtime in as many games. In the extra period, Vick continued what ended a personal 11-0 run with two more 3-pointers and a one-handed slam to seal the KU win.
Four Jayhawks posted double-figure scoring efforts against Stanford, led by Vick who scored a game-high 27 points on 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Vick made all seven of the Kansas’ threes. Redshirt-junior forward Dedric Lawson was the only other Jayhawk to score 20 points, notching his fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
STANFORD LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- Kansas is 2-0 in overtime games this season, 22-9 under Bill Self.
- Kansas is 64-1 under Bill Self when scoring 90 points or more.
- Kansas did not make a 3-pointer in the first half to mark first time that KU has been held without a three in half since the second half vs. Texas Tech (1/2/18).
- Kansas has now trailed by eight or more points in each of the last five games, and went on to win all of them by five points or more.
- Kansas has also trailed by 12 points three times this season, KU came back to win all three games.
- The Jayhawks’ one first half assist were their fewest in a half since Nov. 18, 2014 when KU had zero dimes against Kentucky at the Champions Classic.
- The 35-29 halftime deficit marked the third-consecutive game that Kansas had trailed at the break.
- Kansas played in back-to-back overtime games for the first time since the 2009-10, season when it played Kansas State (1/30/10) and Colorado (2/3/10), winning both.
- The 15 lead changes was a season high and the most since Kansas and Duke traded the lead 18 times in KU’s overtime win over the Blue Devils in the Elite Eight of last year’s NCAA tournament on March 25, 2018.
- Senior G Lagerald Vick made seven 3-pointers, marking the fifth-straight game Vick has recorded multiple threes in a game and third time this season he has tallied seven or more triples.
- Vick scored 19 of his 27 points in the final 7:30 of the second half and overtime. In that span, Vick was 6-of-7 from the field, including a 5-of-6 clip from 3-point range.
- Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson tallied his fourth double-doubles this season with 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was his 40th for his career.
- Dedric Lawson’s 15 rebounds marked a season high and fell one short of his career high 16, which he recorded against Tulane (2/13/16).
- Azubuike’s 9-for-11 (82 percent) from the field was his best shooting game of the season.
VICK ON A ROLL
K Kansas senior Lagerald Vick is in the midst of one of the best shooting stretches in program history. In his last five outings, the Memphis product combined for a 28-of-43 clip from 3-point range, good for 65.1 percent in that span.
His 28 triples are the most in program history for a Jayhawk over a five-game span. Only one other Jayhawk in school history has hit 25 or more threes over a five-game stretch. “Downtown” Terry Brown (1989-91), connected on 25 or more treys over a string of five outings on two occasions during the 1990-91 season.
Vick’s 65.1 percent shooting from deep over his last five contests has also not been matched by another Jayhawk. The two closest are Brown and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. Over five games during last season, Mykhailiuk hit 22-of-41 tries (53.7 percent) in the Jayhawks’ first five outings of conference play.
|MOST 3-POINTERS BY A JAYHAWK IN A FIVE-GAME SPAN|
Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson is tied for the Big 12 lead with three double-doubles this season. He is tied with Brady Manek (Oklahoma) and Dylan Osetkowski (Texas). 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 39 career double-doubles tie for fourth 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.)||109||61|
|2||Jordan Murphy (Minnesota)||104||51|
|3||Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington)||105||41|
|4||Dedric Lawson (Memphis/Kansas)||71||40|
|t5||Mike Daum (South Dakota State)||113||39|
|Through games played on Dec. 1, 2018|
Kansas will meet New Mexico State on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jayhawk Shootout at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Kansas is 3-0 all-time against New Mexico State with the last meeting a KU 75-56 win in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska.
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