Round two of Dillons Sunflower Showdown on tap for Monday
Sophomore G Malik Newman
|GM 22: at Kansas State|
|8 p.m. (CT)|
|Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)|
|Watch – ESPN|
|Record||17-4, 6-2||16-5, 5-3|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 5/5 Kansas Jayhawks (17-4, 6-2) will make the 88-mile journey west to take on Kansas State (16-5, 5-3) for the in-state rivals’ second meeting in 16 days on Monday, Jan. 29 in Manhattan, Kansas. The Jayhawks out-leaned the Wildcats in the first meeting in Lawrence on Jan. 13, 73-72. Tip-off from Bramlage Coliseum is set for 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Holly Rowe (reporter) calling the action.
- Eight games into Big 12 play, Kansas is atop the Big 12 standings at 6-2. The Jayhawks have a one-game lead on four teams at 5-3 – Kansas State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Oklahoma.
- Four of the top eight scorers in the Big 12 will be on the court for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown Monday, including Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham (fifth at 17.3) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (sixth at 16.8). Kansas State’s Barry Brown Jr., is tied for third at 17.3 and Dean Wade is eighth at 16.2.
- Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas is 62-20 all-time on ESPN Big Monday (35-1 at home, 27-19 on the road), including 43-12 under head coach Bill Self (24-0 at home, 19-12 on the road).
- Seven of Kansas’ eight conference games this season have been decided by six points or less with the Jayhawks going 6-1 in those battles. Stretching back to last season, Kansas has played 18 Big 12 games that were decided by seven points or less. Kansas is 16-2 in those outcomes.
- Kansas has won six straight against Kansas State and leads the overall series 194-93. The Jayhawks have won 55 of the last 60 meeting dating back to 1994.
- Senior G Devonte’ Graham is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging 17.0-plus points, 7.0-plus assists, 1.8-plus steals and fewer than 3.0 turnovers per game.
- Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike leads the NCAA in field goal percentage at 76.1 percent. He is one of only two players to have a 70 percent or better field goal percentage with a minimum of five made shots per game (Nick Ward, Michigan State at 70.1).
- Redshirt sophomore G Malik Newman is averaging 19.7 points in his last three games and has boosted his season average to 11.9 ppg. Kansas and William & Mary are the only two schools in NCAA Division I to have five players averaging 11.9 points or better this season.
- In Big 12 play, senior guards Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk have combined to average 36.9 points per game, including 55 of Kansas’ 83 3-pointers (66.2 percent).
Kansas (17-4, 6-2) is ranked No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ polls, released Jan 22. Kansas leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.7 and also ranks in the top three in the conference in scoring (third at 83.8), scoring margin (third at +13.3), field goal percentage (second at 49.8, 16th nationally), 3-point field goal percentage defense (second at 31.7), assists (second at 17.7, 11th nationally), assist-to-turnover ratio (second at 1.5, 12th nationally) and 3-point field goals made per game (second at 10.7, 16th nationally).
Senior G Devonte’ Graham leads KU with a 17.3 scoring average, which is fifth in the Big 12. Graham leads KU and is second in the Big 12 in assists (7.3), fifth in free throw percentage (83.8), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), tied for fourth in 3-point field goals made (3.0) and fifth in steals (1.9). Graham’s 63 3-pointers are second on the team to senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s 74. Mykhailiuk has scored 24 points in each of his last two games and is second on the team, sixth in the Big 12, in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He leads the Big 12 with a 47.4 3-point field goal percentage and is second in the league in 3-point field goals made at 3.5.
Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike is next in scoring at 13.9 points per game, which is 16th in the Big 12. Azubuike leads the nation in field goal percentage at 76.1 percent. His 7.6 rebounds per game are a team best and fifth in the Big 12. After his four blocked shots against Texas A&M (1/17), Azubuike leads KU and is eighth in the Big 12 with 1.7 blocks per game. Junior G Lagerald Vick is next in scoring at 13.4 points per game. He is second on the team with a 5.5 rebound average. Redshirt-sophomore G Malik Newman is averaging 19.7 points in his last three games and his 11.9 ppg are 21st in the Big 12.
Freshman G Marcus Garrett has started six games this season. He averages 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest. Garrett is second on the team with 25 steals and his 1.2 steal average is 14th in the conference. Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot is second on the team with 33 blocked shots and his 1.6 per game are ninth in the Big 12. Lightfoot averages 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
ABOUT KANSAS STATE
Located in Manhattan, Kansas, with an enrollment of 22,795, Kansas State has the longest winning streak in the Big 12 at four games, a run which started after its 73-72 loss at Kansas on Jan. 13. Receiving votes in both national polls, the Wildcats are 16-5 on the season and 5-3 in Big 12 play, log jammed in a four-way tie for second, one game behind KU. K-State is coached by Bruce Weber who is 116-73 in his sixth season at K-State and 429-228 in his 20th season overall. Kansas State is 11-2 inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State averages 76.3 points per game and has a plus-9.7 scoring margin. Kansas State is tied for second in the Big 12 in steals at 8.1 per game and is second in turnover margin at plus-3.9 and free throw percentage (75.2).
Junior G Barry Brown Jr. leads Kansas State in scoring at 17.3 points per game, which is tied for third in the Big 12 with West Virginia’s Jevon Carter. He also leads the Wildcats with 43 steals and his 2.0 per game average is third in the league. Brown has made 29 3-pointers this season. Junior F Dean Wade is second scoring 16.2 ppg, which is eighth in the Big 12. Wade’s team-best 6.5 rebound average is ninth in the conference and he is second on the team with 16 blocked shots. Sophomore F Xavier Sneed has made a team-high 36 3-pointers this season and he averages 11.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest and is third in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 86.5. Redshirt-freshman G Cartier Diarra has started the last six games. Diarra averages 6.9 points per game and has made 20 3-pointers. Sophomore F Makol Mawien (6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg) rounds out the K-State starters. Mawien has a team-best 22 blocked shots. Other Kansas State regulars include junior G Amaad Wainright (3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg), graduate transfer F Mawdo Sallah (2.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg), sophomore G Brian Patrick (2.0 ppg) and freshman F Levi Stockard III (1.6 ppg).
Kansas leads the overall series with Kansas State, 194-93 and has won the last six matchups. Since Feb. 12, 1994, Kansas has won 55 of the last 60 meetings with K-State. This series started in 1907 and KU is 77-47 in games played in Manhattan, including 25-4 in Bramlage Coliseum. Beginning in 1984, Kansas is 31-3 versus K-State in Manhattan, yet the Wildcats have won two of the past four meetings in the Little Apple. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, KU is 47-5 against KSU (38-5 in regular-season battles and 9-0 in the Big 12 Championship). Kansas head coach Bill Self is 30-5 all-time against K-State, including 29-5 while at KU. Bruce Weber is 2-12 against Kansas, all while at KSU. Expect a close game as the last three games have been decided by three points or less and six of the last nine matchups have been single-digit outcomes. The last six meetings in Manhattan have been decided by nine points or less with three of those by four points or less.
Earlier this season, Kansas edged Kansas State, 73-72, on Jan. 13 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s Malik Newman made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining to end the scoring as K-State’s Barry Brown Jr. narrowly missed a jumper as time expired. KU’s Devonte’ Graham led all scorers with 23 points, while teammate Udoka Azubuike had 18 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots in the game. Newman ended the contest with seven points. K-State’s Dean Wade paced the Wildcats with 22 points, while Cartier Diarra had 18. Brown scored 12 points and had a game-high six assists for KSU.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 18-4 or better for the fourth-straight season, starting in 2014-15 … Make Kansas 7-2 or better in Big 12 play for the second-straight year and 13th time in the Bill Self era beginning in 2003-04 … Make Kansas 5-1 in true road games this season and 8-2 in games not played in Allen Fieldhouse in 2017-18 … Give Kansas its seventh-straight win against Kansas State … Make the KU-KSU series 195-93 in favor of KU, including a 78-47 record in Manhattan and 26-4 in Bramlage Coliseum … Make Bill Self 31-5 against Kansas State (30-5 while at KU), 434-92 while at KU and 641-197 for his career … Make Kansas 2,235-845 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 17-5 on the season … Make Kansas 6-3 in Big 12 play for the third time in the Bill Self era (6-3 in 2003-04 and 2015-16) with all the other seasons having no more than two losses … Make Kansas 4-2 in true road games this season and 7-3 in games not played in Allen Fieldhouse in 2017-18 … End a Kansas six-game winning streak against Kansas State … Make the KU-KSU series 194-94 in favor of Kansas … Make KU 77-48 in games played in Manhattan, including 25-5 in Bramlage Coliseum … Make Bill Self 30-6 against Kansas State (29-6 while at KU), 433-93 while at Kansas and 640-198 as a head coach … Make KU 2,234-846 all-time.
TEXAS A&M LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- KU improved to 81-11 following a loss in the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 31-3 following a loss.
- KU was 10-of-19 from 3-point range in the first half, marking the fourth time this season KU has hit 10 or more 3-pointers in a half.
- The Jayhawks outscored the Aggies by a margin of 19 points (24-5) in points off turnovers. It was the sixth time this year Kansas had a double-digit advantage in that category. Over its last six games, KU has averaged 17.7 points off turnovers.
- Kansas hit 12 or more 3-pointers for the ninth time in its 21 outings this season. The Jayhawks are 8-1 in those nine contests.
- KU scored 15 fast break points (13 of which came in the first half). It was the most since KU scored 21 fast break points against Omaha (Dec. 18).
- Kansas pulled down 10 offensive rebounds and turned those into 13 second-chance points, its most since the team recorded 16 against Texas (Dec. 29).
- The nine Jayhawk turnovers were the fewest amount since only posting eight turnovers against Texas (Dec. 29).
- Senior G Devonte’ Graham scored his 1,434th point on a free throw with 13:19 left in first half, passing Wilt Chamberlain for No. 25 on the all-time scoring list.
- Graham increased his career assist total to 504, surpassing Kevin Pritchard and Russell Robinson on the all-time assist list to get to 10th place. Graham is one of only 11 players in program history to have 500 or more assists.
- RS-Sophomore G Malik Newman is averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in his last three games.
- Senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s 24-point outing marked the eighth 20-point game of the season and fifth in his last nine outings. It was also his second-consecutive game with 20 points, marking the third time he has had back-to-back 20-point performance this season.
- Mykhailiuk shot over 50 percent from 3-point for the 11th time this season and his six rebounds tied his second-best rebounding performance on the season.
- It was the sixth time this season Mykhailiuk has hit four or more 3-point field goals inside Allen Fieldhouse. He is shooting 54.2 percent (45-83) from beyond the arc on James Naismith Court in 2017-18.
- Mykhailiuk’s 74 3-pointers made this season are four more than his previous season high of 70 established last year.
- Freshman G Marcus Garrett’s nine points were his most since game since scoring 10 against Oakland on Nov. 24 (16 games).
Through their first 21 games, the Jayhawks have proven they are well versed in starting games off strong. Over the first five minutes of regulation this season, Kansas is shooting 58.5 percent from the field, scoring more than 12 ppg and is holding its opponents to just under eight ppg and 37 percent shooting. Kansas has found itself trailing after the first five minutes in just two of its 21 contests.
Inside Allen Fieldhouse, the opening five minutes have been even more impressive. The Jayhawks have built leads of eight points or more within the first five minutes in six of their 11 contests in Lawrence and shot 63 percent from the field. KU has also been lethal from long range. Kansas is 24-of-37 (65 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc over the opening five minutes in those 11 games at Allen Fieldhouse.
SELF GARNERS 200TH BIG 12 VICTORY
What has seemed like a nearly every-week occurrence lately, KU head coach Bill Self hit yet another coaching milestone. The Jayhawks’ win over West Virginia on Jan. 15 marked Self’s 200th Big 12 regular-season victory as the KU head man, now in his 15th season in Lawrence. That number ranks Self No. 1 among the league’s all-time coaches, 14 victories ahead of former Texas head man Rick Barnes.
On Kansas’ all-time coaches list, which features five Naismith Hall of Famers, Self’s 201 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.
NEWMAN NAMED BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt sophomore G Malik Newman was named the co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 22. Newman averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in KU’s wins at No. 6 West Virginia, 71-66, and versus Baylor, 70-67. The Jackson, Mississippi, guard scored 12 of Kansas’ final 14 points in the comeback win against Baylor. Newman shared the honor with Iowa State freshman F Cameron Lard. This is the third Big 12 weekly honor for a Jayhawk this season. Freshman G Marcus Garrett was named co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Nov. 13 and senior G Devonte’ Graham was the conference player of the week on Dec. 4.
GRAHAM’S MIDSEASON WATCH LIST GROWS
Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham has been named to two national player of the year watch lists. On Jan. 11, he was selected to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25. On Jan. 22, Graham was one of 14 student-athletes named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, present by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). KU’s Frank Mason III won both honors in 2017.
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.
Balloting for the USBWA’s All-America Team, All-District Teams and the association’s individual awards will take place in March. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented at a news conference on Friday, March 30, at the Final Four in San Antonio.
KU FROM DOWNTOWN
Kansas is averaging 10.7 3-point field goals made per game, which is second in the Big 12 and the Jayhawks lead the conference with a 40.7 3-point field goal percentage. Kansas has made 10 or more 3-pointers in five of its last seven games and six of its last nine. The Jayhawks are 11-2 in games where they have made 10 or more threes this season.
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. Only 26 away, historically, KU has made 250 3-pointers five times in a season (318 in 2016-17, 304 in 2015-16, 271 in 2010-11, 271 in 2007-08 and 262 in 2009-10).
DEVONTE’ + SVI = THREES
The senior pairing of Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk recently established itself as one of the top long-range shooting duos in KU history. Already this year, the two Jayhawk guards have combined for 137 of KU’s 224 3-pointers, which is 61.2 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, no other Kansas duo has tallied more threes over a three-year stretch than the 413 that Graham and Mykhailiuk have combined for since the 2015-16 season. At Oklahoma (1/23), Graham and Mykhailiuk passed Jeff Boschee and Kirk Hinrich as the most prolific 3-point shooting twosome in school history. Boschee and Hinrich amassed 405 treys while they played together from 2000-02. In the Bill Self era, since 2003-04, Graham and Mykhailiuk passed Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers (2006-08) who made 385. 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 41.8 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. Rush and 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 KANSAS BASKETBALL HISTORY
Kansas is 22-6 all-time on Jan. 29
Jan. 29, 2005: Kansas defeated Texas 90-65 in front of a sellout crowd in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks, who were ranked seventh in the nation at the time, were led by senior Wayne Simien who poured in a game-high 27-points. Before the game, thousands of fans showed up to Allen Fieldhouse for only the second airing of ESPN’s basketball edition of “College Gameday”. After KU’s 25-point victory, ESPN analyst and Duke graduate Jay Bilas said, “I thought the atmosphere was unbelievable. I can’t say I’ve ever been in a better arena.”
Udoka Azubuike ranks first in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 76.1 percent and he is one of only two players shooting 70 percent or better with a minimum of five shots made per game (Nick Ward, Michigan State, 70.1). Azubuike is on pace to set the Big 12 single-season record of 69.3 percent by Ricardo Ratliffe of Missouri in 2011-12.
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.
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 tops leads the league in RPI at seventh nationally and strength of schedule at second. Oklahoma is second on both (10th in RPI and 14th in strength of schedule.
KANSAS VS TOP-25 TEAMS
Kansas is 3-3 against ranked foes this season with wins over then-No. 7 Kentucky on Nov. 14 in the Champions Classic, at then-No. 16 TCU on Jan. 6 and at No. 6 West Virginia on Jan. 15. The KU losses were to No. 16/17 Arizona State on Dec. 10, No. 18 Texas Tech on Jan. 2 and at No. 12 Oklahoma on Jan. 22. Under head coach Bill Self, Kansas is 85-44 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 30-15 record from 2014-present.
Kansas’ record against top-10 ranked opponents is even more impressive. KU is 14-3 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 and at West Virginia on Jan. 15. 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 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. At West Virginia (1/15), Graham became the 26th player in KU history to score 1,400 career points. He currently sits 25th with 1,438 points and against Texas A&M (1/27) passed KU legend Wilt Chamberlain’s 1,433 in his two seasons in Lawrence.
- Against Iowa State (1/9), Graham moved into third all-time on the KU 3-point field goal list, currently at 249. Jeff Boschee (1999-2002) is first at 338 and Billy Thomas (1995-98) is second at 269.
- Graham is 249-604 (41.2 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 tied for 10th with teammate Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Terry Brown (1990-91).
- Graham has 504 career assists, which is 10th on the KU career assists list. Additionally, his 174 steals are tied for 11th on the KU career list with Jerod Haase (1995-97).
- 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.
Kansas returns home to host Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. (Central) on CBS. The game is part of KU’s 120-year celebration. Kansas is 113-57 all-time against Oklahoma State, including 47-9 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won the last three meetings with OSU.
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