Kansas hosts Arkansas in Big12/SEC Challenge

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Game 7: vs. Arkansas
December, 3
2 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Live Stats
Game Notes
 Stats  Kansas  Arkansas
Record 6-0 5-2
Points/GM 72.7 72.0
Field Goal % 43.8 37.6
3-PT Field Goal % 35.0 29.0
Free Throw % 67.2 65.1
Rebounds/GM 46.3 40.9
Assists/GM 16.2 12.3
Blocks/GM 4.3 4.6
Steals/GM 6.8 10.1

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Jayhawks and Razorbacks tip off Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., for the Big 12/SEC Challenge inside Allen Fieldhouse. The matchup will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network. 

Around the Arena
The Jayhawks are celebrating Public Safety Day at Sunday’s game against Arkansas. Fans can see public safety vehicles outside of Allen Fieldhouse. Tables will be set up on the concourse with information about public safety. All first responders can enjoy $5 admission to the game. Sunday is also a Jay Day with concession stands selling hot dogs for $2, popcorn for $2 and $1 fudge bars.

Fast Breaks

  • KU is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 2012-13 season when Kansas won seven-straight games before suffering its first loss of the season.
  • Kansas is one of seven schools (as of 12/1/17) to have both basketball programs start the 2017-18 season undefeated.
  • The Jayhawks rank fourth in the nation for field goal percentage defense, holding their opponents to 31.3 percent shooting from the field.
  • Junior guard Kylee Kopatich’s 22 3-point baskets lead the league for 3-pointers made thus far.
  • The Jayhawks have held their opponents to a league-best 53.7 points and 31.3 field goal shooting percentage.
  • Junior guard Christalah Lyons has netted six-straight double-figure scoring efforts to start the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Three Jayhawks are averaging double digits in the 2017-18 season. In her third season with the Crimson and Blue, Kopatich leads the team with 17.8 points per game. Lyons and junior guard Brianna Osorio follow closely behind, averaging 16.0 points and 11.5 points per game, in their first year with the Jayhawks.
  • Lyons recorded a career-high night in KU’s victory over UMKC. The Dallas, Texas native netted 22 points and six assists, tying her career high.
  • Junior guard Austin Richardson fell one rebound shy of reaching a double-double, netting 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds in Kansas’ win over the ‘Roos.
  • When Brandon Schneider-coached teams are leading with less than five minutes to play, his overall record is 362-12, and 16-0 at Kansas.
  • Kansas Athletics is celebrating the 50-year milestone of women’s varsity sports, including one of the original six sports, women’s basketball. KU enters its 50th season after becoming a varsity sport in 1968-69 and has compiled a 802-614 overall record.

About the Jayhawks
After two successful exhibition games, Kansas opened the 2017-18 season with six-straight victories, marking the first time since the 2012-13 season and first time under head coach Brandon Schneider that the Jayhawks have gotten off to a 6-0 start to the season. 

Junior guard Christalah Lyons has netted double-digit scoring efforts in each of the six games for the Jayhawks. Lyons and junior guard Kylee Kopatich are both shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field. Kopatich leads three Kansas players averaging double figures in 2017-18 with 17.8 points per game. She is also shooting 45.8 percent from long range and averaging just under four 3-point field goals per game. Lyons averages 16.0 points per game, while dishing out an average of 4.3 assists in each of KU’s six contests thus far. 

Lyons is coming off a career-high night against UMKC where she netted 22 points, six assists and five rebounds. Her 22 points are her highest point total to date, while tying her career-high in assists with six.

Junior guard Brianna Osorio rounds out the trio of double-digit scorers for Kansas, averaging 11.5 points per game and nabbing a team-best 11 steals  through the Jayhawks’ first six games.

Kansas is shooting 43.8 percent from the field and seven Jayhawks are sinking 40 percent or higher of their shots. Redshirt-sophomore forward Tyler Johnson leads the team after making 63.0 percent of her attempts from the floor. 

Kopatich leads the team and the Big 12 in long-range baskets with 22 of KU’s 42 3-pointers. The Olathe, Kansas native has knocked down 45.8 percent of her 3-point attempts.

Defensively, KU is holding its opponents to just 53.7 points per game and limiting the opposition to a 31.3 field goal percentage, leading the Big 12 in both scoring defense and defensive shooting percentage.

Scouting the Razorbacks
The Razorbacks have jumped out to a 5-2 start to the 2017-18 season, after finishing 13-17 in the 2016-17 campaign. Junior guard Malica Monk has dominated for Arkansas thus far in the season, leading the team in scoring, steals and assists. Monk’s 18.9 points per game ranks third in the Southeastern Conference for points per game. The North Little Rock, Arkansas native leads the SEC with 2.6 steals per game. 

Senior guard Devin Cosper has been pivotal in the Razorbacks’ season, leading the team in 3-point field goals made with 25 through even games. Cosper has brought down 51 rebounds this season, while ranking second on the team in points per game with 18.1. The Coffeyville, Kansas native follows closely behind Monk, sitting in fourth in the SEC for points per game.

These two upperclassmen play a key role in Arkansas’ offensive game with Monk leading the team for six out of seven games with Cosper leading the team in scoring in the other game.

This Day in Kansas Women’s Basketball History
Record on Dec. 3: 8-7
When playing on Dec. 3, KU has compiled an 8-7 record. During the 2005-06 season on Dec. 3, the Jayhawks routed New Orleans, 100-50. In Kansas’ 50-point victory, six players scored in double digits and 12 different players scored for the Jayahwks.

National Leaders
The Jayhawks rank in the top 20 in the nation in five different categories through their first six games of the season. KU sits fourth in field goal percentage defense, keeping their opponents to shooting 31.3 percent. Kansas ranks 18th in rebounding margin (+12) and 19th in both defensive rebounds per game (31) and rebounds per game (46.3). The Jayhawks come in at 20th in scoring defense (53.7) to round out their list of accomplishments.

After six games in 2017-18, Kansas’ tough defense has been on display inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have limited their opponents to an average of 53.7 points per game, putting them atop of the league’s shooting defense standings. KU has also held its opponents to just 31.3 percent shooting from the field, ranking fourth in the nation for field goal percentage defense, while leading the Big 12. 

Up Next
The Jayhawks continue their nine-game homestand against Nebraska on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s matchup with the Cornhuskers will air on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.




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