Kansas plays its third game of the Jayhawk Invitational when it hosts Northern Arizona, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. on Jayhawk TV. The fourth-ranked Jayhawks improved to 3-0 on the season with a 92-60 win against Washburn Nov. 15. Northern Arizona is 2-1 after its 77-62 win against UMKC on Nov. 17 in its third game of the Jayhawk Invitational.
Kansas is 3-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season when KU opened the year 14-0. The Jayhawks have five players averaging in double figures, yet their leading scorer - sophomore guard Sherron Collins - will be sidelined with a foot injury until the New Year. Collins is averaging 16 points per game, while junior guard Mario Chalmers is next with 13.7 points per contest. Chalmers leads KU with eight three-point field goals and is tied for the team lead with seven steals. Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur is next in scoring at 12.7 points per game and he leads KU with seven rebounds per outing. Senior forward Darnell Jackson is scoring 12.3 points per game and he is making a team-high 65.2 percent from the floor. Arthur and Jackson also have seven steals through three games. Senior guard Russell Robinson is next in scoring with 11 points per game and he leads the team with six assists per outing. Junior Brandon Rush made his return from June ACL surgery in KU's last game. Rush had seven points in 12 minutes of action. KU is outscoring opponents by 28 points per game and holds a +6.3 rebound average. Additionally, Kansas has 17 blocked shots through three games compared to its opponents' four.
About Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona brings a 2-1 record to Allen Fieldhouse after its 77-62 victory against UMKC on Nov. 17. The Lumberjacks opened the season with a victory against Adams State College 78-65 on Nov. 11 and a 76-69 loss at then-No. 17 Arizona on Nov. 13. The Lumberjacks are two time defending Big Sky Conference champions and return five letterwinners from last season's team. Senior forward Kyle Landry leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 18.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, including 23 points and 14 boards against UMKC. Junior guard Josh Wilson is next in scoring with an 11.3 average. He leads NAU with 25 assists. Junior guard Nate Geiser is scoring 10.3 points per contest, while senior forward Ryan McCurdy is scoring 10 points per game. NAU is scoring 74.7 points per game and giving up 67.7. The Lumberjacks are dominating the boards with a +10.0 rebound margin advantage.
Kansas has won all three meetings with Northern Arizona in a series which dates back to 1988. In the season following KU's last national championship, the Jayhawks defeated the Lumberjacks 109-59 in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 12, 1988. The following season, KU defeated NAU 84-57 in Flagstaff, Ariz. The two teams met in last year's season opener with the Jayhawks winning 91-57 in Lawrence.
Kansas continues the Jayhawk Invitational against nationally-ranked Arizona, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. The Arizona contest is also part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series which starts this season. Following the Arizona contest, KU will play host to Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Owls are coached by former KU great Rex Walters.
Jayhawk Invitational Schedule
at Kansas 85, UMKC 62
at Northern Arizona 78, Adams State 65
at UMKC 79, Washburn 75
at Arizona 76, Northern Arizona 69
at Kansas 92, Washburn
at Northern Arizona 77, UMKC 62
UMKC at Arizona
Northern Arizona at Kansas
Adams State at Arizona
Arizona at Kansas