Kansas Quick Hits

By: From: KU Sports Information
By: From: KU Sports Information

Kansas Quick Hits
--Here are some Kansas men's basketball quick hits as the Jayhawks close out their non-conference portion of the season hosting Loyola (Md.) Tuesday. The Greyhounds play tonight, so notes in the a.m.
--Kansas’ bigs score 45 percent of KU’s points, while its guards score 55 percent. KU’s top two scorers are bigs and its next three are guards.
--KU has shot better than 50 percent in 12 of 14 games this season. Last year, KU shot better than 50 percent in 18 of 38 contests.
--Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring offense (83.6), scoring margin (+25.1), field goal percentage (52.4), blocked shots (6.4), assists (20.1), steals (11.4), turnover margin (+6.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
--At 14-0, Kansas is one of six teams in NCAA Division I to remain undefeated.
--KU’s 14-0 record ties for the fifth best start in school history, with the 2004-05 team (also coached by Bill Self).
--Dating back to last season, Kansas has won 28 if it’s last 29 games, 31 of its last 33 and is 62-7 (89.9 percent) in its last 69 contests.
--Kansas is a combined 37-3 (92.5 percent) in football (12-1), men’s basketball (14-0) and women’s basketball (11-2).
--Kansas opens up Big 12 play at Nebraska Saturday. KU has won seven of the 11 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties) and is three-time defending Big 12 champion. Kansas’ 50 conference titles are the most in NCAA Division I. Amazingly, Kansas will be going for four straight league titles for the sixth time in school history – five straight from 1908-12, six straight from 1922-27, four straight from 1931-34, four straight from 1940-43 and four straight from 1995-98.
--Since 1986-87, each Kansas senior class has won at least 100 games in its four-year run. This year’s seniors are 95-20.
--Senior forward Darnell Jackson has to be one of the most improved players in the country. He leads Kansas in rebounds with 6.7 per game and is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 ppg. He has led KU in scoring each of the last three games and four times this season. Jackson just missed a double-double with 25 points and nine rebounds at Boston College Saturday. It was his second straight and third 20-point effort of the season. He had 20 points against Yale (Dec. 29) and 21 in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. The nine rebounds marked the sixth time this season Jackson has pulled down eight or more boards. Jackson is 41-for-54 (75.9 percent) from the field in his last seven games. In that span, he is averaging 14.1 points. In his last eight games, he is averaging 7.8 rebounds. Last year Jackson averaged 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds as one of KU’s top reserve players.
--The guard duo of Mario Chalmers (3.14 spg) and Russell Robinson (2.64 spg) rank 1 and 3, respectively, in the Big 12 in steals. Sound familiar? Chalmers and Robinson have finished 1 and 3 in the Big 12 in steals each of the last two seasons.


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