LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 10/10 Kansas (19-6, 8-4) continues its two-game road trip at Iowa State (13-11, 4-8) on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. Kansas is coming off a 80-64 loss to the hands of Baylor Saturday, while Iowa State will try to claim its fifth-straight Big 12 home win. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Tom Crean (analyst) calling the action.
- Through 12 games into the Big 12 season, Kansas (19-6, 8-4) is one game behind Texas Tech (21-4, 9-3) in the conference standings. West Virginia is in third at 7-5, while Kansas State and Oklahoma are at 6-6.
- In Kansas’ 13-straight Big 12 Championships, the Jayhawks have never been below second place on Feb. 10. KU has sat second five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013) yet overcame and went on to win outright or share the league title in all five of those years.
- Kansas is 82-11 following a loss in the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04. Since 2013-14, KU is 32-3 following a loss.
- At 19-6 (8-4), Kansas is vying to win its 20th game for the 29th-consecutive season, beginning in 1989-90. KU’s current 28-straight 20-win seasons is the longest-active streak in the NCAA.
- Kansas ranks seventh nationally in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and is first in strength of schedule (through games as of Feb. 10).
- Nine of Kansas’ 12 conference games this season have been decided by seven points or less with the Jayhawks going 7-2 in those battles. Stretching back to last season, Kansas has played 20 Big 12 games that were decided by seven points or less. Kansas is 17-3 in those outcomes.
- Senior G Devonte’ Graham is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging 17.0-plus points, 7.0-plus assists, 1.8-plus steals and fewer than 3.0 turnovers per game. Graham is fifth nationally in assists per game at 7.3.
- Graham recently became just the third player in Kansas history to score 1,500 points, dish 500 assists and collect 175 steals in his career. Only Darnell Valentine (1978-81) and Kirk Hinrich (2000-03) accomplished the same feat.
- Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike leads the NCAA in field goal percentage at 75.9 percent. He is the only player to have a 70 percent or better field goal percentage with a minimum of five made shots per game.
- Kansas and William & Mary are the only two schools in NCAA Division I to have five players averaging 11.5 points or better this season (through games as of Feb. 10).
Kansas (19-6, 8-4) is ranked No. 10 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ polls, released Feb. 5. Kansas leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made at 10.2 per game, which is 19th nationally. KU also ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring (third at 81.7), scoring margin (third at +11.2, 23rd nationally), field goal percentage (second at 48.9, 24th nationally), 3-point field goal percentage (second at 39.4, 25th nationally), 3-point field goal percentage defense (second at 32.7), assists (second at 17.3, 15th nationally) and assist-to-turnover ratio (second at 1.5, 15th nationally).
Following his second-straight and eighth 20-point game of the season (23 at Baylor), sixth in Big 12 play, senior G Devonte’ Graham is scoring 19.5 points per game in Big 12 play and 17.7 in all games, which is third in the Big 12. Graham is second in the conference in assists (7.3), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6), eighth in free throw percentage (83.8), fifth in 3-point field goals made (3.0) and fifth in steals (1.8). Senior G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is third in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.8) and third in 3-point field goals made (3.2) as he is the only player in the conference to rank that high in both 3-point stats. Mykhailiuk is averaging 15.8 points per game, which is eighth in the Big 12.
Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike leads the country in field goal percentage at 75.9 percent. He has five double-doubles on the season, two in Big 12 play, and ranks 15th in the Big 12 in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Azubuike’s 7.3 rebound average is sixth in the conference. Junior G Lagerald Vick is averaging 12.7 points per game, which is 19th in the conference. He is tied for second on the team with a 5.1 rebound average, along with redshirt-sophomore G Malik Newman. Newman is averaging 11.9 points for the season and he is third on the team with 42 3-pointers made.
Freshman G Marcus Garrett has started seven games this season. He averages 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Garrett is second on the team with 28 steals, two ahead of Mykhailiuk. Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot has started the last two games. He leads Kansas with 41 blocked and his 1.6 blocks per game are tied for sixth in the conference. Lightfoot averages 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and leads KU with 12 charges drawn this season.
ABOUT IOWA STATE
Located in Ames, Iowa, with an enrollment of 36,321, Iowa State is 13-11 on the season and 4-8 in Big 12 play after its 88-80 win against No. 17 Oklahoma Feb. 10 in Ames. ISU is coached by Steve Prohm who is 60-34 in his third season at Iowa State and 164-63 in his seventh season overall.
Iowa State is 9-4 at home and has won its last two games in Hilton Coliseum, both against ranked foes, then-No. 15 West Virginia and No. 17 Oklahoma Feb. 10. The Cyclones average 73.6 points and 37.4 rebounds per contest. ISU makes 7.7 3-pointers per game. ISU also averages 13.7 assists, 5.2 steals and 4.3 blocked shots oer game while shooting a 71.5 free throw percentage.
Iowa State uses eight players who average 15.0 minutes or more per game. Freshman G Lindell Wigginton leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game, which is sixth in the Big 12. He averages 17.7 ppg in Big 12 play. Wigginton is second on the team with 54 3-pointers made 68 assists and tied for second with 20 steals. Senior G Donovan Jackson is next in scoring at 15.5 points, which is 11th in the conference. Jackson is second in the Big 12 with 3.3 3-pointers made per game and he leads the conference in free throw percentage at 93.1 percent. Redshirt freshman F Cameron Lard leads Iowa State with 8.0 rebounds per game, fifth in the Big 12, and 2.2 blocked shots, which is fourth in the conference. Lard averages 12.9 points per game. Redshirt junior G Nick Weiler-Babb has missed the last four games with a knee injury. He averages 7.1 rebounds, which is eighth in the Big 12, and scores 11.6 points per contest. Sophomore F Solomon Young (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) is a starter who is second on the team with 19 blocked shots. Other main ISU contributors include Jeff Beverly (4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg), redshirt junior F Zoran Talley Jr. (5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg), senior F Hans Brase (2.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg), freshman G Terrence Lewis (2.6 ppg) and sophomore G Jakolby Long (2.2 ppg).
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 180-64, dating back to 1908. Kansas holds a slim 4-3 series edge in the last seven meetings with ISU winning two of those contests in the Big 12 Championships (88-73 in the 2014 semifinals and 70-66 in the 2015 title game). Prior to ISU’s recent success, KU posted an 18-1 record versus the Cyclones from 2006 until 2014. KU is 69-39 versus ISU in games played in Ames, including 25-21 in Hilton Coliseum. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 34-13 against Iowa State with a 32-11 record in regular-season play and a 3-2 mark in the Big 12 Championship. Bill Self is 24-8 all-time versus Iowa State, including 23-8 while at KU, while ISU’s Steve Prohm is 2-3 against Kansas. Eight of the last 14 meetings have been decided by nine points or less with three of those in overtime.
THE LAST MEETING
Earlier this season, Kansas edged Iowa State, 83-78, on Jan. 9, in Allen Fieldhouse. KU redshirt sophomore G Malik Newman had a career-high 27 points, while senior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had 23 and senior Devonte’ Graham added 11. The game was tied at 73-73 with just over four minutes remaining then KU went on a 9-0 run to pull away from the Cyclones. ISU’s Lindell Wigginton led all scorers with 27 points, while teammate Donovan Jackson added 20 points.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 20-6, giving KU 20 wins for the 29th-consectutive season, adding to its active NCAA record streak … Make Kansas 9-4 or better in Big 12 play for the 14th-consecutive season, beginning in 2004-05 … Give KU an 83-11 record in games following a loss during the Bill Self era … Make the Kansas-Iowa Stater series 181-64 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 70-39 in games played in Ames, 26-21 in Hilton Coliseum … Make Kansas 6-2 in true road games this season and 8-3 in games not played in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Bill Self 25-8 all-time against Iowa State (24-8 while at KU), 436-94 while at KU and 643-199 for his career … Make Kansas 2,237-847 all-time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Make Kansas 19-7 on the season … Make Kansas 8-5 in Big 12 play and give KU five conference losses for the first time since 2014-15 and the fourth time in the 22-season history of the conference, matching its most conference losses in that span … Make the KU-ISU series 180-65 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 69-40 in meetings in Ames, 25-22 in Hilton Coliseum … Make Kansas 5-3 in true road games this season and 8-4 in games not played in Allen Fieldhouse … Make Bill Self 24-9 against Iowa State (23-9 while at KU), 435-95 while at Kansas and 642-200 as a head coach … Make KU 2,236-848 all-time.
BAYLOR LEFTOVERS & NOTABLES
- The loss was Kansas’ first in the state of Texas since 2014. KU is now 17-2 inside the Lone Star State over the last five seasons.
- The loss ended a Kansas 11-game winning streak against Baylor and made the KU-BU series 30-5 in favor of the Jayhawks.
- Kansas’ 20 first-half points were its fewest in a half since scoring 18 points, also in the first half, at Baylor on Jan. 7, 2015, a KU 56-55 victory.
- The Jayhawks’ seven first-half field goals were also its fewest in a half since also netting seven against West Virginia on March 3, 2015 in Lawrence.
- KU’s 26.9 percent clip (7-of-26) was its worst shooting percentage in a half since hitting 13.6 percent in the first half against TCU on Feb. 6, 2013.
- Kansas’ 64 points were a season-low and the fewest scored in a regular-season Big 12 game since the Jayhawks were held to 63 points in a loss at West Virginia on Jan. 12, 2016.
- Baylor connected on 65.4 percent (17-25) of its shots in the second half, the highest Kansas opponent field goal percentage in a single half of a conference game since Oklahoma hit 68.4 percent from the field on Jan. 18, 1989.
- For the game, Baylor was 56.6 percent (30-53) from the field, marking the third time this season a KU opponent has shot better than 50 percent. KU is 0-3 in those instances.
- With his 23 points, senior G Devonte’ Graham became the 22nd Jayhawk to score 1,500 career points and he passed Ron Kellogg at No. 21 on KU’s all-time scoring list, now with 1,518 career points.
- Graham’s 23 points marked his second straight 20-point effort and his eighth of the season, with six of those in Big 12 play.
- Graham’s four 3-pointers marked the 13th time this season he has hit three or more treys in a game this season.
- For the second-straight game, redshirt-sophomore G Malik Newman tied his career high for assists with five. He accomplished the five dimes three times this season.
- Sophomore C Udoka Azubuike was perfect from the field (4-for-4) for the sixth time this season, going 4-for-4.
- Sophomore F Mitch Lightfoot recorded his 10th multi-blocked shot game of the season. It marked the 12th time this season Lightfoot has led KU in blocked shots. He also set a career high with two assists.
- Freshman G Marcus Garrett had two steals, giving him 11 games with multiple steals this season, including four in Big 12 play.
- Garrett is 6-for-7 from the field in his last two games, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
RIGHT AT HOME ON THE ROAD
The 2017-18 Jayhawks have shown they are not intimidated by the always-hostile road environments that the Big 12 has to offer. In fact, it appears as though Kansas has performed better in venues other than the friendly fines of Allen Fieldhouse during the first 11 outings of the conference season and the stats back up that up. The Jayhawks have scored more points per game (80.2 vs. 77.5) and are better from 3-point range (42.3% vs. 37.9%) away from James Naismith Court during league action. The KU defense has also stepped up its game on the road, holding opponents to 42.9 percent from the field and just 30.1 percent from long distance.
RECORD BOOK REVIEW
Here are some things to keep an eye on as several Jayhawks continue to make an impact on the career and single-season KU record books:
- Senior Svi Mykhailiuk recently became the 60th player in KU history to score 1,000 points, currently at 1,006. He is the 15th player in Bill Self’s 15 seasons at Kansas to reach the milestone. Mykhailiuk is 39 points shy from cracking the school’s all-time top 50 in scoring.
- Mykhailiuk is already tied for ninth on the KU single-season 3-point field goals made list with 81 (Jeff Boschee in 1999-2000). He is eight threes from the top five and closing in on “Downtown” Terry Brown’s record of 111 treys hit during the 1990-91 season.
- And finally, Mykhailiuk is hoping to continue one of the most accurate 3-point shooting seasons ever by a Jayhawk. He has hit 44.8 percent of his tries from long-range are just outside the KU top 10.
- Last game, senior Devonte’ Graham became the 22nd player in KU history to record 1,500 career points. He currently sits 21st at 1,518. Graham is the third player in school history to tally 1,500 points, 500 assists and 175 steals in a career. Darnell Valentine and Kirk Hinrich are the only other Jayhawks to hit those numbers. Valentine had 1,821 points, 609 assists, 336 steals from 1978-81 and Hinrich recorded 1,753 points, 668 assists, 206 steals from 2000-03.
- Graham is also on pace to became the No. 2 3-point shooter in school history. His 262 treys trail Billy Thomas (269 from 1995-98) for second on Kansas’ career 3-pointers list.
- Graham is logging 37.0 minutes per game this year, which ranks as the sixth most in a single season.
- Sophomore Udoka Azubuike is primed to become the most-efficient shooting Jayhawk in a single season. His 75.9 shooting percentage is more than 10 points better than Mark Randall’s record clip of 64.6 percent achieved during the 1988-89 campaign.
THIS DAY IN KANSAS BASKETBALL HISTORY
KU is 24-5 all-time on Feb. 13
Feb. 13, 1960: Sophomore forward Wayne Hightower topped all scorers with 28 points in a 64-52 victory against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Hightower shot 10-for-16 from the field to lead KU to its third-straight Big Eight Conference win. Junior center Bill Bridges added 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Jayhawks ended the regular season tied for first place in the Big Eight with Kansas State at 10-4, which forced a one-game playoff in Manhattan to determine the conference’s representative in the NCAA Tournament. KU won the playoff game in overtime, 84-82. The Jayhawks advanced to the regional finals before falling to Cincinnati, 82-71.
LET’S TALK CHARITIES
Free throw shooting has been a popular topic for those covering the Jayhawks this season, and for good reason. This year’s Kansas squad began the year averaging less than 12 free throw attempts per game over its first 12 contests, which included 10 games with when it had 10 or fewer. All this after each of the previous 11 KU squads had averaged over 21 FTAs per outing in their respective seasons.
But in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign, the Jayhawks have turned this trend around. In games 13-25, KU has seen 19.6 attempts per outing, with four instances of 26 or more charity tries. The increase in attempts has translated to more points for the Jayhawks, who are getting 13.5 points per game from the stripe in games 13-25, compared 8.6 in the first the first 12 contests. Kansas’ 20.3 FTAs per game in league play is the fourth-most in the conference.
Devonte’ Graham is a big reason for the recent influx of free throws. The senior guard has accounted for 36.1 percent of his team’s free throw attempts during Big 12 play (7.3 per game). In his first 12 outings this year, Graham saw only 3.2 charity tries per game.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RETURNING TO LAWRENCE
ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will return to historic Allen Fieldhouse Saturday, Feb. 17, for the eighth time in advance of that afternoon’s West Virginia-Kansas match-up. The KU-WVU contest will air at 5 p.m. (Central) from Lawrence; the one-hour GameDay show will begin at 10 a.m. Both telecasts will air on ESPN. Doors to Allen Fieldhouse will open at 8 a.m., for fans wishing to attend the morning show. The event is free to the public and tickets are not required. Allen Fieldhouse concessions will be open and interpreter services will be provided.
Feb. 17 marks the 18th time the Jayhawks will be featured on GameDay, with 14 regular-season appearances and three at neutral locations. The Jayhawks are 9-5 in their previous regular-season appearances (12-5 overall).
The weekly-traveling telecast has originated from Allen Fieldhouse in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. KU was the GameDay road team in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. KU was also part of GameDay when it was at the 2006 Big 12 Championship semifinals in Dallas and the 2008 Final Four when Kansas won the title in San Antonio.
KU FROM DOWNTOWN
Kansas leads the Big 12 with 10.2 3-point field goals made per game, which is 19th nationally. The Jayhawks are also second in the conference with a 39.4 3-point field goal percentage. Kansas has made 10 or more 3-pointers in six conference games and 13 total in 2017-18. For the season, the Jayhawks are 11-2 in games where they have made 10 or more threes. KU has also been deadly from long range in Allen Fieldhouse, hitting 42.6 percent of its 3-point tries on its home floor. Both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Jayhawk squads hit better than 44 percent from three on James Naismith Court.
Last year, KU set the school single-season 3-point record, making 318 from beyond the arc for 8.8 per game. Three of the last eight Jayhawk squads have averaged more than seven treys per game, with both of the last two KU teams hitting an average of eight or more threes per contest. This season’s team is only two threes from becoming the sixth KU squad to make 250 3-pointers in a season (318 in 2016-17, 304 in 2015-16, 271 in 2010-11, 271 in 2007-08 and 262 in 2009-10).
DEVONTE’ + SVI = THREES
The senior pairing of Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk recently established itself as one of the top long-range shooting duos in KU history. Already this year, the two Jayhawk guards have combined for 157 of KU’s 254 3-pointers, which is 61.8 percent of the team’s threes. The prolific outside shooting from these two is nothing new as they continue to move up the all-time KU 3-point charts.
Since the advent of the 3-point line prior to the 1986-87 season, no other Kansas duo has tallied more threes over a three-year stretch than the 433 that Graham and Mykhailiuk have combined for since the 2015-16 season. At Oklahoma (1/23), Graham and Mykhailiuk passed Jeff Boschee and Kirk Hinrich as the most prolific 3-point shooting twosome in school history. Boschee and Hinrich amassed 405 treys while they played together from 2000-02. Graham is also one half of another sharp-shooting pair after he and Frank Mason III combined for the fourth-most threes (353) among KU duos during the last three seasons (2015-17).
Graham and Mykhailiuk are also among the most-accurate Jayhawk pairs. They have teamed up to shoot 41.6 percent from beyond the arc in that same three-year span, the third-best mark among KU teammates who have combined for 700 or more attempts. Rush and Chalmers boast the best combined percentage with a 42.7 percent (385-of-901) clip coming during their three seasons in Lawrence from 2006-08.
Udoka Azubuike ranks first in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 75.9 percent and he is the only player shooting 70 percent or better with a minimum of five shots made per game. Azubuike is on pace to set the Big 12 single-season record of 69.3 percent by Ricardo Ratliffe of Missouri in 2011-12.
History has shown that it isn’t easy to lead the nation in a statistic. In fact, checking the NCAA Records Book of annual leaders, only twice has a Jayhawk led the country in a season stat and both were KU All-Americans. KU legend Clyde Lovellette led the NCAA in scoring average in 1951-52 at 28.6 points per game. More recently, Thomas Robinson led the country in double-doubles with 27 during the 2011-12 season. Under Lovellette’s leadership KU won the 1952 NCAA National Championship and Robinson led the Jayhawks to a runner-up finish in 2012.
With a minimum of 175 attempts, the Kansas single-season field goal percentage record is 64.6 percent by Mark Randall in 1988-89. Last year, Landen Lucas shot 63.1 percent from the field, which ranks fourth on the KU single-season list. On the NCAA level, with a minimum of five makes per game, there have been only 12 players who have shot 70 percent or better in a season, with the most recent being Devontae Cacok of UNC-Wilmington, who set the NCAA record last season (2016-17) at 80.0 percent.
Including 2016-17, Kansas has won 17 of the 21 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties), including the last 13, which is tied for the NCAA record. Kansas’ 60 conference titles are the most in NCAA Division I. Kentucky is second with 54 and Penn third at 37. KU’s 13-straight league titles are the longest active streak in NCAA Division I and the longest streak in school history. Kansas is now tied with UCLA, which from 1967-79, also won the NCAA record of 13 straight, which was under two coaches. Kansas’ current run has been under head coach Bill Self.
BIG 12 RUN NO CAKEWALK
Kansas ended 2016-17 ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and its strength of schedule was 19th nationally. In Self’s first 14 seasons, KU has ranked fifth or higher in the final RPI 10 times, including each of the last eight years. This season the strength of the Big 12 is quite prevalent. Kansas tops leads the league in RPI at seventh nationally and strength of schedule at No. 1. Texas Tech is second in RPI at 12th, while TCU is second in strength of schedule at 15th.
KANSAS VS TOP-25 TEAMS
Kansas is 3-3 against ranked foes this season with wins over then-No. 7 Kentucky on Nov. 14, No. 16 TCU on Jan. 6 and No. 6 West Virginia on Jan. 15. The KU losses were to No. 16/17 Arizona State on Dec. 10, No. 18 Texas Tech on Jan. 2 and at No. 12 Oklahoma on Jan. 22. Under Bill Self, Kansas is 85-44 against AP ranked opponents. In his first 14 seasons, Self’s Jayhawks have collected four wins or more over top-25 ranked foes in 11 of those seasons, which includes a 30-15 record from 2014-present.
Kansas’ record against top-10 ranked opponents is even more impressive. KU is 14-3 against foes ranked inside the top-10 of the AP poll since 2013-14. This number includes the Jayhawks’ victory over Kentucky on Nov. 14 and at West Virginia on Jan. 15. Since Bill Self’s first season, the Jayhawks are 13-2 against AP top-10 teams inside Allen Fieldhouse, which includes KU’s current streak of nine-straight home victories against top-10 foes.
WHAT ELSE TO WATCH FOR…
- Senior G Devonte’ Graham is quickly moving up the school’s all-time career lists. Graham entered his senior season No. 45 on the KU scoring list with 1,075 points. At West Virginia (1/15), Graham became the 26th player in KU history to score 1,400 career points. He currently sits at 21st with 1,518 points.
- Against Iowa State (1/9), Graham moved into third all-time on the KU 3-point field goal list, currently at 258. Jeff Boschee (1999-2002) is first at 338 and Billy Thomas (1995-98) is second at 269.
- Entering 2017-18 with a 247-48 (83.7 percent) record since 2010, Kansas is the winningest program, by percentage, this decade: 1. KANSAS (247-48, 83.7%); 2. Gonzaga (239-47, 83.6%); 3. Kentucky (249-53, 82.5%); 4. Wichita State (233-53, 81.7); 5. Duke (238-56, 81.0%).
- The Jayhawks are pursuing their 14th-conseuctive Big 12 regular-season championship. A 14th league title would break UCLA’s NCAA record mark of 13-consecutive conference championships from 1967-79.
Kansas will host West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. (CST) on ESPN. From 10-11 a.m. ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from Allen Fieldhouse for the eighth time in the 15-year history of the show. Kansas leads the overall series with West Virginia, 8-4, including a 71-66 in Morgantown earlier this season on Jan. 15.
The KU-WVU contest will not only feature ESPN College GameDay, but also Kansas will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 NCAA National Championship team and have the jersey retirement of Cole Aldrich.
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