RCW: Inside Men's Basketball 3.11
Get a quick look inside your favorite Kansas Jayhawk programs each week with Rock Chalk Weekly’s Inside Sports pages. Notable statistics, quick hits and the top social media posts get every Jayhawk fan up-to-speed and ready for another week of thrilling competition.
Number BY THE NUMBERS
Entering the Associated Press preseason poll at No. 3, Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 143 polls dating back to the 2008-09 season, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
- Kansas opened the season with a 92-74 win against Washburn in exhibition play on Nov. 1 in a sweltering Allen Fieldhouse.
- Four Jayhawks scored in double figures in the Washburn exhibition win led by senior Frank Mason III who just missed at triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Other Jayhawks who reached double figures included junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with 16, freshman Josh Jackson with 14 and senior Landen Lucas with 10.
- KU enters the season No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Last year KU opened the year No. 5 in the coaches’ poll and ended No. 3. The Jayhawks started 2015-16 No. 4 by AP and finished No. 1. Note: the AP final poll is released just prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.
- A total of 15 Jayhawks were on opening day rosters for the 2016-17 NBA regular season, which began Oct. 25. Entering his 19th season, Paul Pierce has the most tenure of the Jayhawks. Pierce is in his final season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.