No. 7 Jayhawks play host to No. 25 Horned Frogs Wednesday
Freshman guard Quentin Grimes
|GM 15: vs. TCU|
|Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)|
|Record||12-2 (1-1)||12-1 (1-0)|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 7/9 Kansas Jayhawks will look to rebound from their first Big 12 loss when they welcome the No. 25/rv TCU Horned Frogs to Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Kansas, which is 86-11 under Bill Self in games following a loss, will meet a TCU squad in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. The contest will be televised on ESPN2, with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Kris Budden (reporter) calling the action.
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Jayhawk Gameday Live, a 30-minute pregame show and a 60-minute postgame show, will be live before KU’s match-up with TCU starting at 7:30 p.m. (CT). Full postgame reaction and analysis will follow immediately after the game’s conclusion. The show will be available across the country on the ESPN app, as well as regionally on KMCI, Spectrum Sports, Midco Sports Network and Cox Cable. For more information on how to access Jayhawk Gameday Live as well as content from the Jayhawk Network, visit KUAthletics.com/JTV.
- Kansas is 86-11 following a loss in the Bill Self era. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 36-3 following a loss. When the game following a loss is in Allen Fieldhouse, KU is 47-3 in the Self era.
- Kansas leads the overall series with TCU, 16-2, including a 7-0 record in Lawrence and 6-0 in Allen Fieldhouse.
- KU leads TCU 2-1 in the last three meetings with all three outcomes being decided by seven points or less.
- Kansas has had six different players lead the team in scoring in each of the last six games. Those have been Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson, Charlie Moore and Lagerald Vick.
- Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 with two players ranked in the top five in the league in scoring. RS-junior F Dedric Lawson is third in scoring at 18.6 ppg, while senior G Lagerald Vick is fifth at 14.8 ppg.
- Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 in rebounding at 11.1 rpg. and is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. He is vying to become the first Jayhawk to lead the league in rebound average since All-American Thomas Robinson in 2011-12.
- Vick is 18 points from hitting the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He is looking to become the 61st player in KU history and the 16th in the Bill Self era (since 2003-04) to hit the 1K scoring mark.
- The Jayhawks closed out the first two months of the season with one or fewer losses for the eighth time in Bill Self’s 16 seasons.
- On Jan. 6, Kansas head coach Bill Self announced that junior center Udoka Azubuike will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to an injured right wrist that will require surgery.
No. 7/9 Kansas is 12-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play after its 77-60 loss at Iowa State on Jan. 5. Through 14 games, Kansas ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (third at 79.3), rebounding (third at 39.8), steals (second at 7.6) and assists (third at 14.9). KU has a +9.4 scoring margin, +4.4 rebound margin and has outrebounded 10 of 14 opponents this season. KU also averages 6.8 3-pointers made and 3.8 blocked shots per game.
Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson has two straight and six double-doubles in his last seven games and a Big 12-leading 10 for the season, which is tied for second nationally. Dedric Lawson has scored 20 or more points in seven of his last 11 games. He is third in the Big 12 in scoring at 18.6 ppg and leads the league in rebounding at 11.1 rpg. He is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (11/12, 11/26, 12/26) and two-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17), Lawson is third on the team with 31 assists.
|NCAA DI DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS|
|t1||Mike Daum (South Dakota St.)||17||11|
|t1||Demajeo Wiggins (Bowling Green)||14||11|
|t3||Dedric Lawson (Kansas)||14||10|
|t3||Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)||14||10|
Senior G Lagerald Vick is next in scoring at 14.8 points per game, which is fifth in the league. He is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game at 2.9 and third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.6 percent. Vick is second on the team lead with 23 steals this season.
Freshman G Devon Dotson is coming off a season-high seven rebounds at Iowa State (1/5). He has scored 12 or more points in three of his last four games. Dotson leads KU with 41 assists and 24 steals. Dotson has led KU in steals seven times this season, including each of the last three games, and averages 11.3 points per game.
Freshman G Quentin Grimes is coming off his best back-to-back games where he has averaged 16.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. His 19 points at Iowa State (1/5) were his second most this season. Grimes is second on the team with 17, has 27 assists and averages 9.3 points per game this season.
Sophomore G Marcus Garrett has started six games and is third on the team lead with 19 steals. He has nine thefts in the last six games. Garrett is averaging 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds and is third on the team with 33 assists. Redshirt sophomore G Charlie Moore has made nine 3-pointers in his last five games and his 12 treys are tied with Dotson for third most on the team. Moore scores 4.4 points per game.
Other KU regulars include freshman F David McCormack (2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg), redshirt sophomore G K.J. Lawson (2.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and junior F Mitch Lightfoot (2.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg). Lightfoot leads KU with five charges taken and is third on the team with eight blocked shots.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, with an enrollment of 10,394, TCU is 12-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12 after its 85-81 win to Baylor on Jan. 5 in its league opener and is receiving votes in both national polls. The Horned Frogs have won nine straight and are 7-1 at Schollmaier Arena this season.
TCU is coached by Jamie Dixon who is 57-28 in his third season at TCU and 385-151 in his 16th season overall. TCU leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (49.9), assists (20.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7). The Horned Frogs also rank in the top three in the conference in scoring offense (second at 80.5), scoring margin (third at +14.5), 3-point field goal percentage (third at 35.0) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (second at 28.1).
Junior G Desmond Bane leads TCU in scoring at 14.4 points per game which is seventh in the Big 12. Bane pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 41 assists. He has made 18 3-pointers this season. Senior G Alex Robinson leads the Big 12 in assists with 8.7 per game and his 1.8 steals per contest are tied for fourth in the league. Robinson scores 13.5 points per game and has made 11 3-pointers this season. Sophomore F Kouat Noi is next in scoring at 13.2 points per game and he is second on the team with 22 3-pointers made and 11 steals.
Junior G Jaylen Fisher leads TCU with 30 3-pointers made in nine games played. Fisher averages 12.2 points per contest. Senior F JD Miller is a starter who averages 11.5 points per game and he is second on the team with a 6.5 rebound average. Redshirt freshman C Kevin Samuel leads TCU with 6.8 rebounds per game and he has a team-high 22 blocked shots to go along with his 8.2 scoring average. Freshman G Kenric Davis comes off the bench and averages 5.5 points per game.
Other TCU regulars include redshirt freshman G RJ Nembhard (3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, five stars), junior F Yuat Alok (3.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg), redshirt freshman F Lat Mayden (2.3 ppg) and freshman F Kaden Archie (2.1 ppg).
Kansas is 16-2 all-time against TCU in a series which dates back to 1952 when the Jayhawks defeated the Horned Frogs, 68-64, on March 21 in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas has won two straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Horned Frogs dating back to Feb. 23, 2013. TCU last defeated Kansas, 85-82, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Big 12 Championship. As members of the Big 12, KU leads the series 12-2, including a 7-0 record in Lawrence, with all seven games in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 20-5 all-time against TCU, including 13-2 while at Kansas. TCU head coach Jamie Dixon is 1-4 versus Kansas.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 13-2 and 2-1 in Big 12 play for the second straight season … Give Kansas a 17-3 all-time series record against TCU, including a 8-0 record in Lawrence (all in Allen Fieldhouse) … Make KU 13-2 against TCU in the Big 12 era … Give KU its 13th-consecutive win in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Kansas 9-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 243-13 under head coach Bill Self and 781-113 all-time in the venue … Make Self 460-98 while at Kansas, 667-203 overall and 21-6 all-time versus TCU (14-2 while at KU) … Make Kansas 2,261-851 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 12-3 and 1-2 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-06 season … Make the KU-TCU series 16-3 in favor of Kansas … Give TCU its first win in Allen Fieldhouse in eight tries … End a Kansas 12-game win streak in Allen Fieldhouse … Make KU 8-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 242-14 under Bill Self and 780-114 all-time in the venue … Make Bill Self 459-99 while at Kansas, 666-204 overall and 20-6 all-time versus TCU (13-3 while at KU) … Make Kansas 2,260-852 all-time.
LAST TIME OUT
A season-high 24 turnovers was too much to overcome as the No. 5/6 Kansas Jayhawks fell to Iowa State, 77-60, Jan. 5 inside Hilton Coliseum. Freshman guard Quentin Grimes led the Jayhawks with 19 points, however 13 3-pointers and 20 points off the 24 Jayhawk miscues proved enough to push the Cyclones to their first win over KU in Ames since 2016.
Despite a sloppy opening 20-minutes of play, the Jayhawks managed to keep the Cyclones within arm’s reach. The shooters were cold to start on both sides, combining to go 2-of-13 over the first five minutes of action. The Jayhawks’ early struggles were compounded by posting six of their 14 first-half turnovers all within the opening 5:16 of the game.
It appeared the game would stay tight after the early minutes of the second half, with Grimes connecting on his second 3-pointer to pull his team within three points at 38-35, but that is as close as KU would be able to get.
Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, who ended the night with a game-high 24 points, responded with a three of his own before Nick Weiler-Babb connected on a triple on ISU’s next possession, kick starting the Cyclone offense and giving their team some breathing room.
For the third-straight game, Grimes scored in double-figures, leading the Jayhawks with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Dedric Lawson posted his 10th double-double of the year as the redshirt junior tallied 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Garrett and Devon Dotson posted eight points apiece.
IOWA STATE LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- The Jayhawks 14 first-half turnovers were the most in a half since KU gave it away 14 times in the second half versus Oklahoma State on Jan. 18, 2014.
- Kansas finished with 24 turnovers marking the most turnovers in a game since KU also tallied 24 turns at Iowa State on Jan. 13, 2014.
- Kansas’ four-point deficit at half is just the fifth time that the Jayhawks have trailed at the break. KU drops to 4-1 when trailing at halftime.
- The Cyclones’ 19-point lead (75-56) with 2:46 remaining marked the Jayhawks’ largest deficit of the season.
- Kansas’ 60 points at Iowa State was the fewest points scored by the Jayhawks this season and just the third time in 2018-19 that KU has been limited to 70 or less points.
- Iowa State’s Marial Shayok’s 5-of-5 clip from 3-point range marked the first time a Jayhawk opponent has been perfect from beyond the arc with at least five attempts since Oklahoma State’s Desmond Mason also went 5-of-5 against KU on Feb. 7, 2000.
- Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson notched his 10th double-double of season and 46th of career his career after recording 13 points and 12 rebounds.
- Freshman G Quentin Grimes recorded a double-digit scoring effort for the third-straight game after netting 19 points, two points shy of his career high. Grimes has scored in double figures six times this season.
- Grimes scored 14-straight points for the Jayhawks, starting at the 6:16 mark of the first half and ending at the 18:53 mark in the second half.
Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 with 10 double-doubles this season, including six in his last seven outings. 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 46 career double-doubles are third 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.)||114||64|
|2||Jordan Murphy (Minnesota)||111||54|
|3||Dedric Lawson (Memphis/Kansas)||79||46|
|4||Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington)||112||45|
|t5||Mike Daum (South Dakota State)||122||43|
|t5||Jordan Konchar (Purdue-FW)||118||43|
|Through games played on Jan. 6, 2019|
AZUBUIKE TO MISS REMAINDER OF 2018-19 SEASON
Kansas junior center Udoka Azubuike will miss the rest of the 2018-19 season due to surgery required to repair ligament damage in his right hand, KU announced Jan. 6.
“Udoka had an MRI done this morning and the MRI revealed he tore the same ligament in his right hand that he tore in his left hand his freshman season (Dec. 2016),” said Kansas head coach Bill Self. “This occurred in practice on Friday (Jan. 4) and although the initial x-rays did not reveal the extent of the injury, the MRI did and it will require season-ending surgery. The surgery date will be set early this week. The doctors expect a complete recovery and Udoka will be able to assume full basketball activities at some point this summer.”
Azubuike saw action in nine games this season, averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He was a named as a candidate for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award prior to the start of the season and was also on the preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention list.
VICK ON THE VERGE OF 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Senior Lagerald Vick is 18 points shy from scoring his 1,000th-career point, sitting with 982. Vick has averaged 9.1 ppg in his 108 outings as a Jayhawk and 12.8 ppg since the start of his junior season. He will look to become the 61st Jayhawk and the 16th player in the Bill Self era (since 2003-04) to hit the 1,000-point plateau. Kansas has had at least one player hit 1,000 points in nine of the last 11 years, including each of the last four seasons.
|1,000 POINT SCORERS IN THE BILL SELF ERA|
|Sherron Collins (2007-10)||143||1,888||13.2|
|Frank Mason III (2014-17)||145||1,885||13.0|
|Keith Langford (2002-05)||136||1,812||13.3|
|Perry Ellis (2013-16)||144||1,798||12.5|
|Devonte’ Graham (2015-18)||142||1,750||12.3|
|Wayne Simien (2002-05)||106||1,593||15.0|
|Tyshawn Taylor (2009-12)||146||1,580||10.8|
|Brandon Rush (2006-08)||109||1,477||13.6|
|Marcus Morris (2009-11)||109||1,371||12.6|
|Mario Chalmers (2006-08)||110||1,341||12.2|
|Wayne Selden Jr. (2014-16)||109||1,202||13.8|
|Aaron Miles (2002-05)||138||1,183||8.6|
|Svi Mykhailiuk (2015-18)||136||1,181||8.7|
|Cole Aldrich (2008-10)||111||1,038||9.4|
|Thomas Robinson (2010-12)||105||1,026||9.8|
|Lagerald Vick (2016-Pres.)||108||982||9.1|
KANSAS VS TOP-25 TEAMS
Kansas is 4-1 against top-25 teams in 2018-19. Under head coach Bill Self, KU is now 94-46 against AP-ranked opponents. In his first 16 seasons at KU, Self’s Jayhawks have collected four wins or more over top-25 ranked foes in 13 of those seasons, which includes a 39-17 record from 2014-present.
KU’s record against top-10 ranked opponents is even more impressive. KU is 18-4 against foes ranked inside the top-10 of the AP poll since 2013-14, including 4-1 in 2017-18. Last season, KU’s top-10 wins included Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Duke. Since Bill Self’s first season, the Jayhawks are 13-3 against AP top-10 teams inside Allen Fieldhouse, which includes KU’s current streak of nine-straight home victories against top-10 foes.
|KU VS. AP TOP-25 TEAMS UNDER SELF|
WHAT ELSE TO LOOK FOR IN THE REMAINDER OF 2018-19
- Lagerald Vick has 982 career points and is 18 from becoming the 61st Jayhawk to score 1,000 career points.
- Vick has 142 career 3-pointers made which ranks 19th on the KU career list. His seven against Stanford (12/1) moved him into the KU top 20.
- Dedric Lawson is already making his mark on the KU record books, now with 10 double-doubles as a Jayhawk. That figure ranks 20th on the school’s all-time single-season list. Thomas Robinson holds the single-season record with 27 double-doubles during the 2012 season.
- Lawson has also pulled down 780 career rebounds (624 at Memphis and 156 at Kansas). A mark that ranks him 17th on the NCAA DI active list. Since 1996-97, only 14 players in NCAA DI have collected their 800th rebound within their first 82 games.
- Kansas is 10 wins shy from winning its 1,100th conference game. All-time, the Jayhawks are 1,090-364 in league play, including 303-64 in the Big 12 era which started in 1996-97.
- The Jayhawks have featured the Big 12’s Player of the Year each of the last two seasons (Frank Mason III – 2017, Devonte’ Graham – 2018). Since the league’s inception in 1996-97, no team has featured the conference player of the year in three-consecutive seasons.
- KU will look to feature a consensus First Team All-American for the third-straight year, something that has not occurred in the program 1922-25. Since 1990, only six NCAA DI programs have boasted a consensus First Team AA in three-straight seasons.
The Jayhawks hit the road to take on the Baylor Bears on Saturday, Jan. 12 on ESPN. Tip-off from Ferrell Center is set for 3 p.m. Kansas is 30-5 all-time against Baylor, including a 12-3 advantage in Waco with all 15 meetings in the Ferrell Center. The Bears won the last meeting, 80-64, on Feb. 10, 2018, in Waco, ending a Kansas 11-game series winning streak.
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