No. 3 Kansas hosts Davidson in Jayhawk Shootout presented by Shawnee Mission Health
No. 3/3 Kansas (9-1) is looking for its seventh-straight victory in Sprint Center when it plays host to Davidson (5-3), Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 in the Jayhawk Shootout presented by Shawnee Mission Health. Kansas has won nine-straight games after its 89-72 win against Nebraska, Dec. 10. Davidson is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after its 83-74 loss at No. 7/6 North Carolina Dec. 7.
Kansas is playing its 40th game in Sprint Center. The Jayhawks are 33-6 (84.6 percent) all-time in the venue which opened in Oct. 2007.
Kansas has the nation’s longest active home court winning streak of 48 games, which includes 46 in Allen Fieldhouse and two in Sprint Center. The Davidson contest is considered part of the KU home ticket package.
Kansas’ current nine-game winning streak ties for fourth longest in NCAA Division I. The Jayhawks average 87.9 points per game and have a 19.3 scoring margin. Kansas leads the Big 12 with a 52.8 field goal percentage and a 43.1 3-point field goal percentage. KU averages 40.7 rebounds per contest with a 7.1 rebound margin. The Jayhawks also average 18.3 assists, 7.5 steals and 6.2 blocked shots per game.
The reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, senior G Frank Mason III has led Kansas in scoring in eight of 10 games this season, including each of the last three. He has six 20-point efforts, including two 30-point outings. Mason is averaging 20.5 points per game, which ranks second in the Big 12. Mason also leads KU in 3-point field goal percentage at 54.8 percent, assists at 5.5 per game and his 23 3-pointers are second on the team. Freshman G Josh Jackson leads Kansas in rebounds with 6.1 per game. A two-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Jackson averages 14.8 points per game and also leads the team with 17 steals. His 15 blocked shots are second on the squad behind fellow freshman starter Udoka Azubuike’s 18. At center, Azubuike averages 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds and is making a team-best 60.6 percent of his shots from the field. Junior G Devonte’ Graham has made a team-high 27 3-pointers this season, including 13 in his last three games. He averages 13.7 points and 4.7 assists per game. He is one behind Jackson for second on the team lead in steals with 16. Sophomore G Lagerald Vick has started the last five games and is averaging 9.1 points and shooting 56.3 percent from the field. Included is a career-high 23 points, on 9-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, against Long Beach State (11/29).
Junior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk tied his season high with 15 points against Nebraska (12/10). He has made 13 3-pointers in his last five games and is one of four Jayhawks averaging double figures in scoring at 10.0 points per contest. He pulled down a career-high seven rebounds against UMKC (12/6). Sophomore F Carlton Bragg Jr. has started five games this season and is second on the team with a 5.3 rebound average. Bragg, who averages 7.8 points, missed the Nebraska contest (12/10). Senior C Landen Lucas scored a season-high 12 points against Nebraska (12/10) on 5-for-5 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals. Lucas averages 5.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest and is shooting 59.4 percent from the field for the season. Freshman F Mitch Lightfoot (1.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg) and junior F Dwight Coleby (1.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg) are also KU regulars off the bench.
Located in Davidson, North Carolina, with an enrollment of 1,900, Davidson is 5-3 on the season and 1-2 in true road games. The Wildcats are coached by Bob McKillop who is 521-316 in his 28th season as a head coach, all at Davidson. The Wildcats average 74.2 points per game and have a 4.6 scoring margin. Davidson pulls down 39.9 rebounds per game with a 2.3 rebound margin. The Wildcats make 9.4 3-pointers per game and rank fourth nationally with an 80.7 free throw percentage. They also average 15.5 assists, 4.1 steals and 3.1 blocked shots per outing.
Davidson features two players who average 20-plus points per game. Senior G Jack Gibbs leads the Wildcats in scoring at 24.3 points per game. He has made a team-best 22 3-pointers and also leads the squad with 29 assists. Junior F Peyton Aldridge scores 20.0 points per contest and leads Davidson with a 6.6 rebound average. He is second on the team with 15 3-pointers made and seven blocked shots. Junior F Will Magarity pulls down 5.6 rebounds to go along with his 8.3 scoring average. Freshman G Jon Axel Gudmundsson leads Davidson with 10 steals and is second on the team with 24 assists. Gudmundsson averages 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Junior G Rusty Reigel (5.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 22 assists) rounds out the Davidson starters. Other Wildcat regulars include junior G Jordan Watkins (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg), junior F Nathan Ekwu (2.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and freshman F Dusan Kovacevic (2.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg).
This two-game series (1-1) has had drama. Kansas defeated Cinderella Davidson, 59-57, in the NCAA Championship Elite Eight in Detroit, Michigan, on March 30, 2008. The Jayhawks would go on to win the 2008 NCAA National Championship in San Antonio. Davidson returned the favor with an 80-74 win on Dec. 19, 2011, in the then-Kansas City Shootout at Sprint Center. Later that season, KU would advance to the 2012 NCAA Championship game in New Orleans.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD …
Make Kansas 10-1 or better for the second-straight season and seventh time in the Bill Self era … Give Kansas its 10th-straight win, marking the 15th time in the Self era KU has posted winning streaks of 10 or more … Make the KU-Davidson series 2-1 in favor of Kansas … Make Kansas 34-6 all-time in Sprint Center, including 3-0 this season and seven-straight victories in the venue … Make Kansas 219-80 in games played in Kansas City … Extend the nation’s active home court winning streak to 49 games, including 46 in Allen Fieldhouse … Improve Self to 395-84 at Kansas and 602-189 overall … Make KU 2,196-837 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD …
End an nine-game winning streak, making KU 9-2 on the season … Make the KU-Davidson series 2-1 in favor of the Wildcats with both wins in Sprint Center … End a KU six-game winning streak in Sprint Center and make KU 33-7 all-time in the venue … Make Kansas 218-81 in games played in Kansas City … End the nation’s active home court winning streak at 48 games, including 46 in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Self 394-85 while at KU and 601-190 overall … Make KU 2,195-838 all-time.
• Kansas won its 750th game all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, which opened in March 1955. The Jayhawks are 750-109 all-time in the venue.
• Kansas knocked down 15-of-27 (55.5 percent) shots from beyond the 3-point line, marking the fourth-straight game KU shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc.
• Kansas’ bench contributed 30 points, the highest output by the Jayhawk bench this season.
• The Jayhawks beat Nebraska by 17 points, 89-72, marking the sixth-straight double-digit victory.
• Kansas shot 59.6 percent for the game marking the eighth time this season the Jayhawks have shot better than 50 percent. Kansas is 8-0 in those contests.
• After scoring 54 points in the second half against UMKC, most by KU this season, the Jayhawks matched that in the first half against Nebraska.
• KU’s 12 blocks against Nebraska marked the most by a KU team since 13 blocked shots versus San Diego State (1/5/14).
• Senior G Frank Mason III finished with 18 points. He has scored at least 18 points in nine of 10 games this year.
• Mason recorded seven assists and no turnovers, marking his second-straight game without a turnover.
• Mason gained sole possession of 12th place on the all-time career assist list (444), passing Mark Turgeon (437).
• Mason’s two 3-point field goals moved him into a tie with Steve Woodberry for 17th on KU’s career records at 126.
• Mason started his 84th-consecutive game, tying Jo Jo White for eighth on the Kansas all-time list.
• Junior G Devonte’ Graham shot 50 percent (2-of-4) from three, his fifth-straight game shooting 50% or better from the 3-point arc.
• Freshman G Josh Jackson recorded a season-high five blocked shots, which tied for most by a Jayhawk this year.
• With 17 points, Jackson has scored in double-digits in nine-straight games.
• Junior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk tied his season high with 15 points, his fourth-straight double-digit game and sixth total this year.
• Senior C Landen Lucas scored a season-high 12 points, his second double-digit game of the year.
• Lucas’ seven rebounds tied his season high, recorded against Indiana on 11/11/16.
• Freshman C Udoka Azubuike recorded a season-high four blocked shots.
• Kansas’ nine-game winning streak is tied for the fifth longest in the nation.
• Kansas (9-1) continues to be one of the best shooting teams in the country. KU ranks third nationally in field goal percentage at 52.8 percent and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.1 percent.
• KU’s seven 3-pointers against Nebraska (12/10) ended a four-game streak of 12-plus treys for the Jayhawks. KU averages 9.1 3-pointers per game, which leads the Big 12.
• Kansas has averaged 8.7 blocked shots in its last three games, including a season-high 12 in the win against Nebraska (12/10).
• Senior G Frank Mason III has led Kansas in scoring in eight of 10 games this season, including each of the last three KU contests. Included are two 30-point efforts, including 30 versus UMKC (12/6).
• Mason also has 12 assists and no turnovers in the past two KU outings and 25 assists and three turnovers in his last four games.
• Mason ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring at 20.8 ppg and 3-point field goal percentage (.548). He is third in assists at 5.5 per contest, fourth in field goal percentage (.587) and fourth in 3-pointers made (2.3).
• Junior G Devonte’ Graham has made 13 3-pointers in his last three games. He leads Kansas with 27 3-pointers made this season and his 2.7 3-pointers made per game lead the Big 12.
• Graham is second on the KU team in steals with 16.
• Freshman G Josh Jackson had five of Kansas’ 12 blocked shots against Nebraska (12/10). Jackson’s 15 blocks this season are second on the team, three behind fellow frosh Udoka Azubuike’s 18.
• Jackson’s 19 points and 12 rebounds against UMKC (12/6) was his second double-double of the season. He is the Big 12’s freshman leading scorer at 14.8 ppg.
• Jackson leads Kansas with 17 steals this season.
KANSAS IN KANSAS CITY
Kansas City has been a second home of sorts for Kansas over the years. KU’s first-ever game — a 16-5 loss to Kansas City YMCA on Feb. 3, 1899 — was played in Kansas City. The 2016 Jayhawk Shootout presented by Shawnee Mission Health against Davidson will mark KU’s 299th game played all-time in Kansas City, and its 40th in Sprint Center. KU is 33-6 in Sprint Center including winning the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016 Big 12 Championships in the venue and the 2012 and 2016 CBE Hall of Fame Classics.
KU played 106 games in Kemper Arena with an 81-25 record. KU is 218-80 in games played in Kansas City.
• Kansas went 26-4 in Kemper Arena from 1997 until 2006, when it played its last game in the venue. Included in that run were Big 12 Championship titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
• Kemper Arena was the host of the 1988 NCAA Final Four when the Jayhawks won the national championship.
• Kansas has won a mind-boggling 26 conference tournaments (13 holiday conference tourneys and 13 postseason league titles) with 24 of those in Kansas City. The lone two titles not in KC were in 2006 in Dallas and 2007 in Oklahoma City.
KANSAS IN SPRINT CENTER
Kansas is 33-6 (.846) in Sprint Center. Below is a breakdown of how Kansas has fared in the venue. Not included are two exhibition victories when KU, who represented the USA at the 2015 World University Games, defeated Canada in prepping for the Games.
Senior G Frank Mason III is 29th in KU men’s basketball history with 1,337 all-time points and 12th with 444 career assists. Mason is only the seventh Jayhawk to rank that high in both categories.
Name (KU seasons) Rank/Points Rank/Assists
Sherron Collins (2007-10) 1,888/5th 552/8th
Darnell Valentine (1978-81) 1,821/6th 609/5th
Kirk Hinrich (2000-03) 1,753/11th 668/4th
Kevin Pritchard (1987-90) 1,692/12th 499/10th
Tyshawn Taylor (2009-12) 1,580/15th 575/6th
Adonis Jordan (1990-93) 1,373/26th 568/7th
Frank Mason III (2014-pres.) 1,337/29th 444/12th
IN THE POLLS
Kansas is currently ranked No. 3 both the Associated Press and No. 3 the USA Today Coaches’ polls, released Dec. 12. KU entered the 2016-17 season No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 2 in the coaches’ poll.
Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 146 AP polls dating back to the 2008-09 season, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
Kansas was ranked in the preseason for the 25th time in time in the 28-year history of the coaches’ poll. The No. 2 preseason ranking marked the sixth time KU has been preseason No. 2 or higher in the coaches’ poll.
The AP ranking marked the highest preseason rank for the Jayhawks since entering the 2009-10 season No. 1. This is the fourth-straight season KU has been ranked No. 5 or higher by the AP preseason poll. KU was No. 4 last season in the AP preseason poll and No. 5 in 2014-15 and 2013-14. It is also the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Jayhawks have entered the season No. 7 or higher by the AP.
THIS DATE IN KANSAS BASKETBALL HISTORY
Kansas is 14-7 all-time on Dec. 17.
Dec. 17, 1977: Behind 12 points from Scott Anderson, Kansas defeated St. Louis, 85-65, in Allen Fieldhouse. Anderson and fellow Jayhawk Donnie Von Moore each recorded double-doubles with Anderson pulling down 12 rebounds and Von Moore scoring 11 points and also pulling down 12 boards. KU dominated the glass outrebounding St. Louis 60-37 for the game. Ken Koenigs and Darnell Valentine each scored 11 points, while John Douglas pulled down 11 boards to go along with seven points in the victory. Under head coach Ted Owens, Kansas would go on to post a 24-5 record and finish first in the Big Eight Conference with a 13-1 league mark.
Kansas will play at UNLV on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m., (Central) on the CBS Sports Network. The Jayhawks will then open Big 12 play at TCU on Friday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m., on ESPN2. KU will return home to host Kansas State, Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m., on ESPN2 in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown.
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