RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.13 (Men's Basketball)
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Oftentimes, Kansas men’s basketball public address announcer Eric Danielson bellows “Svi for three”, much to the delight of the 16,300 in attendance in Allen Fieldhouse. Senior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has reputation for making the 3-point shot as his 144 career treys, which are tied for 17th on the KU all-time list, indicate. But Mykhailiuk is not the only Jayhawk draining from downtown so far this season.
Kansas set two school 3-point records in its 114-71 win against Texas Southern on Nov. 21. KU broke the single-half record by draining 12 shots from beyond the arc in the first stanza. The Jayhawks kept the 3-pointers rolling in the second 20 minutes of play to set the single-game mark with 19 against the Tigers. Mykhailiuk set the pace making 5-of-7 3-pointers for the game. In all, six Jayhawks canned a trey with five manufacturing multiple baskets from beyond the arc.
Mykhailiuk leads the Big 12 lead in 3-point field goals made per game this season at 3.7. He is one of three Jayhawks who rank in the top 12, along with junior guard Lagerald Vick, ninth at 2.3, and senior Devonte’ Graham, 10th at 2.2. Kansas is the only school with three players in the top 10 in Big 12 3-pointers made. Just outside the top 10 is redshirt-sophomore Malik Newman who is tied for 12th at 2.0.
Making 3-pointers has been a trend for Kansas the past couple of seasons. In 2016-17, Kansas made a single-season record 318 3-pointers. The 318 treys bested the previous school-record mark of 304 treys from 2015-16, just one season earlier. In both seasons, the Jayhawks shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Kansas averaged 8.0 3-point field goals made per game in setting the single-season record in 2015-16 and 8.8 in breaking that mark last season. Through only six games into 2017-18, it looks like that trend could continue for the Jayhawks, who currently average 11.7 treys made per game.