Jan 14, 2020 8:13 PM

KU men begin two-game road stint at Oklahoma tonight

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LAWRENCE -- No. 6/7 Kansas (12-3, 2-1) will begin a two-game road trip when it journeys to face Oklahoma (11-4, 2-1) in Norman tonight.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (CT) from Lloyd Noble Center on ESPN. Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst) will call the action.

TIPOFF

Kansas leads the overall series with Oklahoma, 148-68, including a 52-44 in games played in Norman. The series is tied at 19-19 in meetings in Lloyd Noble Center.

Kansas is 95-13 following a loss in the Bill Self era, which started in 2003-04, including 2-0 this season. Incredibly, KU has been even more efficient over the last six seasons, amassing a record of 44-5 after losses. This includes an 8-1 mark last season.

KU is ranked No. 5 in the NET rankings through games of Jan. 12. The Jayhawks’ strength of schedule is No. 1 nationally.

Kansas is the only school with six Quadrant 1 wins. KU is 6-3 against Q1.

The Jayhawks have also played the most difficult slate of defensive teams in the nation, ranking No. 1 in opposing defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com. Despite this, KU ranks fourth in the NCAA in field goal percentage (50.3%) and eighth in scoring margin (+16.5).

The Jayhawks are 134-59 (69.3%) on the road in Big 12 play since 1996-97, which includes a 1-0 mark so far this season.

The team with the next highest winning percentage is Texas, which is 86-108 (44.3%) in conference road games since the league formed.

Kansas is No. 6 and No. 7 in the latest national polls. Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 211 Associated Press polls, the longest streak in the nation. The Jayhawks have also been inside the top-10 in 96 of the last 110 AP polls.

Kansas’ three losses in 2019-20 have been to ranked teams with two by the then-No. 4 teams – No. 4 Duke on Nov. 5 and No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 11.

Through 15 games, five different Jayhawks – Devon Dotson, Isaiah Moss, Udoka Azubuike, Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack – have posted 20 or more points in a game this season.

THE KANSAS-OKLAHOMA SERIES

The series between Kansas and Oklahoma dates back to 1920 when both schools were members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Kansas leads, 148-68. KU has won six of the last eight meetings and, since 2006, the Jayhawks have won 19 of the last 23 matchups against the Sooners.

Kansas is 52-44 against Oklahoma in games played in Norman and the series is tied at 19-19 in Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma has won the last two meetings in Lloyd Noble. In the Bill Self era at Kansas, beginning in 2003-04, KU is 8-5 versus OU in Norman.

Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 26-9 against Oklahoma; 24-7 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 20-7 all-time against Oklahoma, including 20-5 while at KU. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger is 9-22 versus Kansas, 4-12 while at OU.

UP NEXT

Kansas will continue its two-game road trip at Texas on Saturday. The game will start at 1 p.m. (Central) and be televised on ESPN.

Kansas leads the overall series with Texas, 33-9, including a 10-7 in games played in Austin with all 17 battles in the Erwin Center. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, KU has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with UT claiming a 73-63 win last year in Austin.

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K-State women host Oklahoma State Wednesday night

MANHATTAN -- K-State opens a two-game home stand this week, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. K-State has won seven of the last nine meetings in the series.

Wednesday’s game can be seen live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Anna Christianson (sideline) will have the call.

The Wildcats will look for consecutive wins for the first time since mid-November, as the Wildcats have alternated between wins and losses over the last eight games.

K-State is the only team in the nation with a pair of players to average a double-double this season, led by redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee at 15.6 points on a .577 field goal percentage and 10.7 rebounds. Lee is also averaging 2.9 blocks.

Senior Peyton Williams joins Lee in averaging a double-double with 15.5 points on a .490 field goal percentage and a team-high 11.7 rebounds. Williams, a candidate for every national award, has notched seven double-doubles this season.

Starting 5

Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women’s basketball

1. Harris Heating Up

Senior Angela Harris has scored in double figures in five of the last six games. In her first two Big 12 games, Harris is averaging 16.5 points and ranks tied for 12th in the Big 12 for league-only games.

2. Williams Moving Up Career Scoring List

Peyton Williams is on the verge of accelerating her place on the K-State scoring list. Williams currently ranks 17th on the K-State career scoring list with 1,308 points. With 14 points, Williams will jump from 17th to 13th on the list and passing Marlies Gipson (2005-09; 1,313 pts), Angie Finkes (1996-00; 1,314 pts), Gayla Williams (1977-81; 1,320 pts) and Kimberly Dietz (2004-08; 1,321 pts).

3. Lee Pacing Big 12 Freshmen

Redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (10.7 rpg), blocks (2.9 bpg) and offensive rebounds (4.3 orpg). She is second among the league’s freshmen in field goal percentage (.577).

4. Scoring Up

Kansas State has scored 70 or more points in eight games this season and are averaging 72.9 points per game. K-State is 7-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points. The last time K-State averaged 70 or more points a game for an entire season came in the 2005-06 season (70.2 ppg).

5. Helping Hand

Kansas State is third in the Big 12 and 34th in the nation for assists per game at 16.5. The Wildcats are paced by senior Angela Harris with 4.2 assists per game.

Last Time Out

Kansas State 76, Texas Tech 72 (January 11, 2020; Lubbock, Texas)

K-State extended its Big 12 road winning streak to six games, tying the school record for consecutive conference road wins.

The trio of Peyton Williams, Ayoka Lee and Angela Harris combined for 58 of K-State’s 76 points.

K-State made six 3-pointers against the Lady Raiders. The six connections were the most by the Wildcats since December 3.

Number to Know -- 200 | 35

Redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee is the second freshman in program history with 200 or more points and 35 or more blocks in a freshman season.

Lee joined Marlies Gipson (2005-06) in the exclusive club during K-State win at Texas Tech.

Lee surpassed the 200-point mark in her 13th career game (203 points). Lee tied Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for the second-fastest player in program history to score 200 or more career points.

At a Glance: Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) has lost two straight including a 94-48 loss at (6/6) Baylor on Sunday. The Cowgirls opened Big 12 play with a 67-49 win over Kansas on January 4.

On the sidelines, the Cowgirls are led by ninth-year head coach Jim Littell. During his time in Stillwater, Littell has led the program to a 171-100 (.631) record.

On the floor, Oklahoma State features two players averaging double figures: juniors Vivian Gray and Natasha Mack.

Gray, a forward from Argyle, Texas, is averaging 19.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. At Baylor, Gray tallied 15 points on 5-of-20 shooting.

Mack is averaging 17.1 points on a .529 field goal percentage and 12.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. The forward from Lufkin, Texas, has leads the Big 12 in double-doubles with 12 including a 25-point, 20-rebound, nine block effort against the Jayhawks.

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