RCW: Inside Men's Basketball 3.37
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Number BY THE NUMBERS
Kansas men’s basketball tied a NCAA record by winning its 13th-consecutive conference regular-season title in 2016-17. KU matched UCLA which won 13 straight from 1967-79.
Notes QUICK HITS
- In 2016-17, Kansas went 31-5 posting its 14th 30-win season, including eighth under head coach Bill Self.
- The Jayhawks won the Big 12 league race by four games with a 16-2 record. It was KU’s 13th consecutive, 17th Big 12 and NCAA-record 60th overall conference regular-season title. The 13 straight tied a NCAA record (UCLA, 1967-79).
- KU compiled an 18-game winning streak from Nov. 15 to Jan. 21. The run tied for the second-longest in the Self era and marked the 15th time KU has won 10 or more consecutive games under Self.
- The team opened the season No. 3 in the Associated Press (AP) poll and No. 2 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ poll. Kansas was No. 3 or higher in every poll dating back to Dec. 5 and climbed to No. 1 in the coaches’ poll four times and No. 1 in the AP poll twice. Kansas would finish the year No. 3 by AP and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll, marking the 18th time in poll history the Jayhawks have ended in the top five by AP and the 14th time in the coaches’ poll for the same feat.
- Kansas went 6-3 against ranked foes, including 5-1 versus teams in the top 10.
- Besides winning the Big 12 regular-season title, Kansas also won the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in November behind tourney Most Valuable Player Josh Jackson. Jackson was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Frank Mason III and Devonté Graham.
- The Jayhawks entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the second-consecutive year and 13th time since seeding began in 1979. KU advanced to its 22nd Elite Eight.
- Mason became the most decorated player in KU history in becoming Kansas’ 29th Consensus All-America First Team selection. He was named national player of the year by 10 different entities, including being the first Jayhawk to be named the Associated Press Player of the Year and also the first KU recipient of the Oscar Robertson Award by the USBWA. Mason was also KU’s 14th conference player of the year, seventh in the Big 12 era, and was the first Jayhawk to earn the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.
- Joining Mason on the 2017 All-Big 12 First Team was Jackson, who became the fourth KU freshman to earn first-team honors. Jackson, also on the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team, was a Wooden All-America selection and named to many All-America squads. Additionally, he set a KU record by being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week seven times. In fact, with two Big 12 Player of the Week accolades, Jackson’s nine weekly conference honors during the 2016-17 season were the most ever in a career for a Jayhawk.
- Four of five KU starters earned All-Big 12 recognition as Graham was a second-team honoree and senior Landen Lucas an honorable mention selection. Lucas, fellow senior Tyler Self and juniors Dwight Coleby and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk each were named to the Academic All-Big 12 squad as well.
- Self etched his name into many records books during 2016-17. In KU’s first home win of the season, he became the winningest coach in Allen Fieldhouse passing Ted Owens who had 216 victories in the venue. Self ended 2016-17 with 220 wins in the Fieldhouse and still has won more conference titles (13) than has Fieldhouse losses (10). He also became the ninth-fastest coach in NCAA history to win 600 games in his career, a feat which made him the 46th coach to accomplish the feat all-time. Self won his 400th game while at Kansas in a road win at Oklahoma, Jan. 10, and in April he was named to the Class of 2017 to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Mason, who became the first player in Big 12 and KU history to average 20 points (20.9) and five assists (5.2) in the same season, concluded his career No. 6 on the Kansas scoring list (1,885 points), No. 6 in assists (576), No. 8 in 3-point field goals (185), No. 13 in steals (165) and tied for third in consecutive starts (110). No other Jayhawk in KU men’s basketball history has ranked sixth or higher in both points and assists.
- Jackson broke the KU freshman record with 220 field goals made and tied it with 258 rebounds. Jackson finished in the top five on the KU frosh list in scoring (third at 572), blocked shots (sixth at 37), free throws (third at 98) and steals (fourth at 59).