RCW: Inside Men's Basketball 3.28

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.
Senior Frank Mason III moved into elite company this past weekend by becoming the eighth Jayhawk in KU history to score 1,800 career points. Mason currently has 1,838 career points, joining Danny Manning (2,951), Nick Collison (2,097), Raef LaFrentz (2,066), Clyde Lovellette (1,979), Sherron Collins (1,888), Darnell Valentine (1,821) and Keith Langford (1,812).


vs. Purdue (March 23)

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  • Kansas will be playing in its 30th round of 16 in the NCAA Championship when it takes on Purdue March 23 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. “Sweet 16” began to be referenced in 1975 when the field expanded to 32 teams. Technically, Kansas has advanced to the round of 16 just 21 times and that includes seven occasions where KU received a bye.
  • Kansas is 34-7 all-time in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, including a 3-1 record in the venue this season. Kansas City has been a second home to KU hoops as the March 23 contest against Purdue will be the 301st all-time game in the city. KU is 219-81 in Kansas City.
  • Senior G Frank Mason III has been named one of four finalists for the 2017 James A. Naismith Trophy for the National Player of the Year. Mason has already been honored with National Player of the Year by Sporting News, USA TODAY, Bleacher Report and NBC Sports.
  • Freshman G Josh Jackson has nine games of 20 or more points this season. In the win against Michigan State (3/19), Jackson broke the Kansas freshman record for field goals made, currently at 211. He surpassed Danny Manning’s 209 set in 1985. Jackson also ranks high on the freshman list in points (third at 547), scoring average (second at 16.6), rebounds (tied for third at 234), blocked shots (seventh at 36) and steals (tied for fifth at 54).
  • Last week, junior G Devonte’ Graham became the 59th Jayhawk to score 1,000 career points. Graham ranks 49th on the list with 1,046 points.

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