No. 4/3 Kansas set to take on Jackrabbits Friday in Lawrence
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas will tip-off a four-game homestand when the No. 4/3-ranked Jayhawks play host to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits inside Allen Fieldhouse on Friday, Nov. 17. The game will be televised on Jayhawk Television Network and can also be seen via the internet by visiting KUAthletics.com/ESPN3. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Chris Piper (analyst) will call the action.
- No. 4/3 Kansas (2-0) begins a four-game homestand when it plays host to Summit League favorite South Dakota State (3-0). The Jayhawks are coming off a 65-61 win against No. 7/4 Kentucky on Nov. 14 in the State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago.
- Kansas enters the week No. 4 in the Associated Press poll. Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 163 AP polls dating back to Feb. 3, 2009, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
- Kansas is looking to go 3-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season when KU opened the year 5-0. Kansas has been 3-0 in the Bill Self era seven times.
- The Jayhawks will face South Dakota State for the second team in program history and the first time since 1984, an 85-72 KU win in Lawrence.
- With Kansas’ win against Kentucky (11/14) in the Champions Classic, KU head coach Bill Self moved into a tie for second on the all-time win list for KU coaches, tying Roy Williams. Self is 418-88, while Williams was 418-101 in 15 seasons from 1989-2003. Phog Allen is No. 1 at 590-219.
- Four Jayhawks are averaging in double figures in scoring with senior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and junior Lagerald Vick leading the way at 16.0 points per game.
- When No. 4 Kansas defeated No. 7 Kentucky, 65-61, the Jayhawks won their 75th game against Associated Press (AP) ranked foes under head coach Bill Self, who is in his 15th season on the KU sidelines. In the Self era, KU is 75-41 against AP ranked foes and has only had one non-.500 record, that being his first in 2003-04. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, KU has played a season-high 16 games vs. ranked foes.
- Kansas added another five-star standout to its 2018 signing class when combo guard Quentin Grimes committed to the Jayhawks this week via a National Letter of Intent. KU now has four commits for 2018, each of which rank inside the top-35 of the ESPN100 recruiting rankings.
Kansas is 2-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season when the Jayhawks opened the year 5-0. KU is coming off a 65-61 win against No. 7/4 Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 14 at the United Center in Chicago. Kansas averages 78.5 points per game and has a plus 20 scoring margin. The Jayhawks are outrebounding foes 42.0 to 31.0 and shooting 46.9 percent from the field. KU averages 20.0 assists, 10.0 steals and 4.5 blocked shots per game.
Kansas uses a small lineup with only seven scholarship players available for the fall semester. Junior G Lagerald Vick and senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk lead KU in scoring at 16.0 points per game. Mykhailiuk had made a team-high six 3-pointers through two games and averages 4.0 rebounds per contest. Vick is next in threes made with five and he is also second with eight assists and averages 5.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike leads Kansas with a 7.0 rebound average and with a 91.7 field goal percentage (11-for-12) and four blocked shots. Redshirt-sophomore G Malik Newman is tied for second on the team with 6.5 rebounds to contest and he averages 12.0 points per game. Newman has made four 3-pointers and has three steals. Senior G Devonte’ Graham leads KU with 17 assists and five steals. He averages 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Freshman G Marcus Garrett averages 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds with one start, while sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot (3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg) rounds out the KU regulars.
ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Located in Brookings, South Dakota, with an enrollment of 12,613, South Dakota State is 3-0 on the season after its 94-63 win against Alabama State on Nov. 14. The Jackrabbits are coached by T.J. Otzelberger who is 21-17 in his second season as a head coach with both at SDSU. Last year, SDSU won the Summit League Tournament advancing to the NCAA Tournament and losing to eventual runner-up Gonzaga.
South Dakota State is the preseason pick for the 2017-18 Summit League title and entered the year No. 14 in the Collegeinsider Preseason Mid-Major Top 25. The Jackrabbits averaged 79.0 points per game and have at plus-22 scoring margin. SDSU pulls down 43.0 rebounds per game with a plus7.0 rebound margin and average 13.0 3-pointers made per game with a 44.8 3-point field goal percentage. SDSU also for 14.0 turnovers per game and average 17.3 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.3 blocked shots.
South Dakota State is deep with nine players averaging 10 or more minutes per game. Junior F Mike Daum is on most every preseason national player of the year watch list and was the Summit League Player of the Year in 2016-17. Through three games Daum leads the team with 21.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals. He is second on the team with eight 3-pointers and is 20-for-22 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line. Freshman G David Jenkins Jr. comes off the bench and leads the team with 11 3-pointers made. Jenkins makes 55 percent from beyond the arc and averages 16.3 points per game. Senior G/F Reed Tellinghuisen is second on the team in rebounds at 7.3 per game and with three blocked shots. He is a starter who averages 9.7 points per game. Senior G Skyler Flatten (6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg), junior G Tevin King (5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and junior G Brandon Key (5.0 pgg) round out the SDSU starters. Key leads the team with 15 assists through three games. Other key players include senior F Ian Theisen (7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), junior G Chris Howell (3.0 pgg, 2.3 rpg) and senior G/F Lane Severyn (2.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg).
Kansas won the only meeting with South Dakota State, 85-72, way back on Dec. 4, 1984. Ron Kellogg led KU with 22 points, while Cal Thompson added 22. Kansas led 39-35 at halftime and didn’t gain control of the game until the five-minute mark. Kansas is 13-5 all-time against current membership of the Summit League: 7-4 vs. Oral Roberts, 3-1 vs. Denver, 1-0 vs. North Dakota State, 1-0 vs. South Dakota State and 1-0 vs. Western Illinois. South Dakota State is first of two Summit League opponents on the Kansas 2017-18 schedule. Omaha will also visit Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 18.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 3-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season and the eight time under Bill Self … Make the KU-South Dakota State series 2-0 in favor of the Jayhawks … Make KU 14-5 all-time against current membership of the Summit League … Make Kansas 2-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 759-110 all-time in the venue, including 222-10 under head coach Bill Self … Make Self 419-88, moving him into sole possession of second on the KU all-time victory list … Make Self 626-193 for his career … Make Kansas 2,220-841 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 2-1 for the fourth-straight season and seventh time under Bill Self … Tie the Kansas-South Dakota State series at 1-1 … Make KU 13-6 against current membership of the Summit League … Make Kansas 1-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 758-11 all-time in the venue, including 221-11 under head coach Bill Self … Make Self 418-89 while at Kansas and 625-195 as a head coach … Make KU 2,219-842 all-time.
- This was the sixth meeting between Kansas and Kentucky in the last seven seasons, with three of those games coming as part of the Champions Classic.
- With the win, Kansas became the only school to beat Kentucky three times over the last three seasons.
- Kansas has now won six of its nine contests against Kentucky during the Bill Self era (since 2005).
- Though the series is 22-9 in favor of Kentucky, Kansas’ third straight win versus UK matches it’s longest winning streak in the series (2005-07).
- The win made coach Bill Self 418-88 while at Kansas, tying him for second on the KU coaching list with Roy Williams (418-101).
- The Jayhawks pulled down 13 offensive rebounds over the first 13 minutes of the game. KU tallied just 10 offensive boards in the entire 40 minutes of its season-opener against Tennessee State on Nov. 10 and amassed an exhibition season-high of 15 against Pittsburgh State.
- Kansas ended the game with 18 offensive rebounds, its most since it collected 21 offensive boards against UMKC on Dec. 6, 2016.
- Kansas shot just 35.3 percent (24-of-68) in the game, just the fourth time KU has shot under 40 percent in its last 72 outings. KU is 2-2 in those contests with the wins coming against Georgia (38.7 percent) on Nov. 22, 2016 and West Virginia (34.4 percent) on Feb. 13, 2017.
- With his 7-for-18 clip from beyond the arc, senior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has now hit at least one 3-pointer in his last eight outings dating back to last season. He has hit multiple treys in six of those contests
- Mykhailiuk moved into 19th on the KU career 3-point field goals made list, currently at 128. He passed Steve Woodberry (126 from 1991-94).
- Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike posted double-figure scoring for the second-consecutive game to kick-off his sophomore campaign. He tallied one double-figure scoring effort in his 11 appearances as a freshman.
- Azubuike was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field. He is now 11-of-12 from the field after the first two games of the season.
- Senior G Devonte’ Graham moved into seventh on the KU 3-point field goals attempted list, currently at 462. He passed Jerod Haase (461 from 1995-97).
SELF MOVES TO NO. 2 IN ALL-TIME WINS AT KU
Bill Self finds himself on the brink of another coaching milestone. Now in his 15th season at the helm of the Jayhawks, Self has amassed 418 victories, which is tied for second-most among the 10 men who have at one time roamed the sidelines in Lawrence. Self’s 418 wins is tied with his predecessor, Roy Williams, who also reached 418 victories in 15 years (1988-2003) at KU. The Jayhawks’ next win will move Self to second alone on the all-time wins list.
He 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 IN THE POLLS
Kansas men’s basketball enters the 2017-18 season No. 3 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ poll released Oct. 30 and No. 4 in the Associated Press poll announced Nov. 1. The Jayhawks remained fourth in the AP poll released Nov. 13. There has not been a coaches’ poll since the preseason.
Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 163 AP polls dating back to Feb. 3, 2009, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. The AP ranking marks the fifth-consecutive year the Jayhawks have been preseason ranked fifth of higher and the third straight at No. 4 or higher. Under 15th-year and Hall of Fame head coach Bill Self, this is the 12th time that Kansas enters 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 will enter the season seventh or higher. Last season, KU entered the year No. 3 nationally in the Associated Press poll and ended at No. 3.
This is 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 marks 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.
GARRETT NAMED CO-BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Freshman G Marcus Garrett was been named the co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 13. Garrett recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Kansas’ 92-56 win against Tennessee State on Nov. 10. The Dallas guard was 4-for-6 from the field, had two assists and two steals as he started the contest. His double-double was the first in a Jayhawk debut since the 2003-04 season.
PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12
Kansas guards Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk each garnered recognition on the 2017-18 Preseason All-Big 12 Team as voted on by the league’s men’s basketball coaches, the conference office announced Oct. 12.
Graham was named the 2017-18 Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, while Newman was dubbed the league’s preseason newcomer of the year. Graham was also a preseason all-conference first-team selection, while Newman and Mykhailiuk securing preseason honorable mention honors. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes in the selection process.
PRESEASON BIG 12 POLL
For the 16th time in the 22-year history of the Big 12, Kansas men’s basketball has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference regular-season championship as the league released its coaches’ preseason poll Oct. 18.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams in the poll and KU received a unanimous nine first-place votes and a total of 81 points. West Virginia was second in the poll receiving 71 points, followed by TCU (64). Three teams – Texas (49), Baylor (47) and Oklahoma (43) – were clumped in spots 4-6, followed by Texas Tech (36), Kansas State (27), Iowa State (22) and Oklahoma State (10).
Kansas has won, or tied for, 17 of the 21 Big 12 regular-season titles, including the last 13 consecutive, a streak which ranks tied for first all-time in NCAA Division I history with UCLA (1967-79).
Historically, the preseason favorite has gone on to finish first in the regular season 14 times, which does not include 1996-97 as a coaches’ poll was not conducted. Kansas has been the preseason favorite in 13 of its 17 Big 12 regular-season titles, missing 1996-97 (no poll), 2005-06 (third) and 2010-11 (second).
PRESEASON NATIONAL HONORS
Kansas guards Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman have both been named to preseason watch lists by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Graham is one of 20 candidates for the 2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, while Newman is one of 20 on the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch lists for each award.
Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor, now in its 15th year, recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. Graham is vying to become the second-straight Jayhawk to win the award as Frank Mason III was KU’s first-ever Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award winner last season.
Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor, in its fourth year, recognizes the top shooting guard in Division I men’s college basketball.
On Nov. 6, the USBWA named Graham one of 32 on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, an award also won by Mason last season.
KANSAS SIGNS FOUR
Guard Devon Dotson, forward/center David McCormack, forward Silvio De Sousa and guard Quentin Grimes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play with Kansas.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dotson (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) is ranked No. 17 by Rivals.com, No. 24 by 247Sports.com and No. 26 by ESPN100.
As a junior, Dotson averaged 24.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game at Providence Day School for coach Brian Field. In 2016-17, the Chargers won their fifth-straight CISAA conference title and were nationally ranked for the fourth-consecutive season. As a sophomore, Dotson helped guide Providence Day to the 3A state championship. This past summer, Dotson averaged 19.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Team Charlotte AAU.
From Norfolk, Virginia, McCormack (6-foot-10, 285 pounds) is playing his senior year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. He is ranked the No. 4 center in the 2018 class. Overall, he is No. 33 by ESPN100, No. 35 by Rivals.com and No. 39 by 247Sports.com.
McCormack averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game at Oak Hill his junior season and 14.8 points (on 60 percent shooting) and 9.8 rebounds for Team Loaded AAU last spring and summer. McCormack played for Norfolk (Va.) Academy his sophomore year of high school.
Ranked No. 18 nationally by Rivals.com, No. 28 by ESPN100 and No. 31 by the 247Sports.com national rankings, De Sousa plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The 6-foot-9, 245-point Luanda, Angola, native has been living in Florida for nearly four years.
Last season, De Sousa averaged 13.0 points and a 7.0 rebounds for IMG Academy and shot 61 percent from the floor. IMG went 28-2 and lost in the quarterfinals of the Dick’s High School National Championship. This past summer, De Sousa represented Angola in the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 in Tunis, Tunisia, where his team advanced to the quarterfinals and he led Angola with 17.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
Grimes is ranked No. 11 by Rivals.com, No. 13 by ESPN100 and No. 16 by 247Sports.com. From The Woodlands, Texas, Grimes (6-foot-5, 195 pounds) averaged 28.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game his junior year at College Park High School in 2016-17.
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.
BILL SELF INDUCTED INTO NAISMITH BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
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.
In 2016-17, Kansas made a single-season record 318 3-pointers, besting the previous school-record mark of 304 treys from just one season earlier. In both years, the Jayhawks shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.
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 TO LOOK FOR IN 2017-18
- Bill Self needs just one more wins to move to No. 2 on Kansas’ all-time wins list. Self, entered the season with 416 victories as the head coach at KU. Roy Williams amassed 418 wins in his 15 seasons in Lawrence. Phog Allen is the Jayhawks’ all-time wins leader, tallying 590 victories in his 39 seasons.
- 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.
- Senior G Devonte’ Graham ranks seventh on KU’s career 3-point field goal list, currently with 186 career 3-pointers. Jeff Boschee holds the school record at 338-career treys and Billy Thomas is second with 269.
- Graham also enters the season at 45th on KU’s career points list with 1,075. If he maintains his career average (10.4 ppg) for the regular season, he would reach approximately 1,400 career points, which would move him near the top-25 of KU’s all-time scorers.
JAYHAWKS TAKE PART IN SHOWDOWN FOR RELIEF
The Showdown for Relief, the Oct. 22 charity exhibition basketball game between the universities of Kansas and Missouri at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, generated $2.011 million for victims of recent natural disasters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kansas won the exhibition, 93-87.
The donations are a combination of ticket sales ($1.15 million), the Pay-per-View stream ($768,000) and text-to-give contributions ($68,000). Donations from other entities totaled approximately $25,000, bringing the total donation to some $2.011 million. The funds will be directed to “One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief,” a joint appeal launched by all five living former U.S. Presidents. The following organizations will benefit from the game: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On the floor the old conference rivals did not upset the capacity crowd of 18,951 in the first KU-MU battle since 2012. Kansas built an eight-point lead, 27-19, midway through the first half behind five 3-pointers from senior Devonte’ Graham. Graham ended the contest with 25 points and 10 rebounds, all defensive. He was one of five Jayhawks in double figures for the game along with sophomore guard Malik Newman with 17 points, sophomore center Udoka Azubuike with 16, junior guard Lagerald Vick with 13 and freshman forward Billy Preston with 12.
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.
The Jayhawks kickoff the HoopHall Miami Invitational when they host the Texas Southern Tigers in Lawrence on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on Jayhawk TV and ESPN3. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Chris Piper (analyst) will call the action.
Kansas will face TSU for the fourth time but for the first time since a 78-74 overtime win in Lawrence in 1985. Mike Davis’ squad is coming off an NCAA Tournament season that saw the Tigers go 23-12 and claim the regular-season SWAC title.
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