? Jayhawks Top Wildcats, 59-41, in Dillons Sunflower Showdown – Kansas Jayhawks


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks claimed its 10th conference win of the season, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 59-41 in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown inside Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.

Kansas’ 10 wins marked the 27th consecutive season with 10 or more wins in conference play, leading all of NCAA Division I. Kansas’ run dates back to the 1994-95 season, while Gonzaga holds the second longest at 24 consecutive seasons (1997-98 to current).

The Jayhawks were led by two players in double figures, including a team-high 14 points from senior Marcus Garrett, who shot 5-of-9 from the field in 30 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson joined Garrett in double figures with 11 points, his 17th double figure scoring effort this season, including his seventh straight.

The story of the game for the Jayhawks was defensive play, holding Kansas State to a season-low 41 points. The Wildcats’ 41 points are the fewest the Jayhawks have allowed in a conference game since holding Nebraska to 39 points inside Allen Fieldhouse on February 17, 2007.

Kansas held Kansas State to shoot just 31% (18-of-58) from the field on Wednesday, the lowest shooting percentage KU has allowed in a conference game this season and the fewest overall since holding Omaha to shoot 27.4%. On the offensive end, the Jayhawks shot 38% (22-of-48), while scoring 32 points in the paint.

STAT OF THE GAME

27 – Kansas’ win on Wednesday marked the 27th consecutive season with 10 or more wins in conference play, leading NCAA Division I. Kansas’ run dates back to the 1994-95 season, while Gonzaga holds the second longest at 24 consecutive seasons (1997-98 to current).

NOTES

  • Kansas’ win gave the Jayhawks their fifth-straight win against Kansas State and made the series 201-94 in favor of the Jayhawks.
  • Head Coach Bill Self improved to 517-116 while at Kansas, 724-221 all-time and 37-6 against Kansas State, all while at KU.
  • Kansas allowed only 17 points in the first half, the fewest allowed in any half this season. Kansas previously allowed 19 points in its win over TCU on January 28.
  • The Wildcats’ 41 points are the fewest the Jayhawks have allowed in a conference game since holding Nebraska to 39 points inside Allen Fieldhouse on February 17, 2007.
  • Kansas and Kansas State combined for 100 points on Wednesday, the fewest points since combining for 90 points (53-37) against Oklahoma State on March 7, 1999.
  • Kansas held Kansas State to shoot just 31% (18-of-58) from the field on Wednesday, the lowest shooting percentage KU has allowed in a conference game this season and the fewest overall since holding Omaha to shoot 27.4%.
  • Ochai Agbaji started his 70th career game on Wednesday, starting all 70 games consecutively.
  • Kansas senior Marcus Garrett scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 from the floor, marking his 33rd career game in double figures and ninth this year. Garrett has now led the Jayhawks in scoring in six career games, four of which have come this season.

UP NEXT

Kansas returns home to host No. 15/11 Texas Tech, Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Kansas leads the overall series with Texas Tech, 38-6, including a 19-1 mark in Lawrence, with all 20 meetings in Allen Fieldhouse. Earlier this season, Kansas defeated Texas Tech, 58-57, on Dec. 17, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas.





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? McCormack and Braun Lead Jayhawks to Victory in Dillons Sunflower Showdown – Kansas Jayhawks


LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 23 Kansas defeated Kansas State thanks to a double-double from junior forward David McCormack paired with double figure scoring from sophomore guard Christian Braun, junior guard Ochai Agbaji and redshirt freshman guard Jalen Wilson in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas win moves them to 12-6 overall this season and 6-4 in Big 12 play, while Kansas State falls to 5-14 overall and 1-9 in the conference.

McCormack and Braun each had 18 points in Tuesday’s matchup. Additionally, McCormack had 10 rebounds which made for his fifth career double-double and fourth this season.

The Jayhawks started Tuesday night’s game with a 9-0 run and did not look back for the entirety of the game. Kansas was in control of the game and dominated in the paint. Kansas also shot 43.3% (29-67) from the field and out rebounded the Wildcats 41-34.

In the first half, Agbaji and McCormack put in work to give the Jayhawks a 33-25 lead heading into the locker room. KU came out of the locker room continuing to work and were able to add to their lead as Braun drained three 3-point field goals.

In addition to finding some rhythm on offense, the Jayhawks continued to guard well. Kansas held Kansas State to 34.0% (18-53) from the field and just 23.8% (5-21) from behind the arc. The Jayhawks also forced 13 turnovers while only giving up six.

STAT OF THE GAME

200 – Tuesday night’s win marks the Jayhawks’ 200th overall win over Kansas State, the most all-time victories over an opponent in NCAA Division I history. The series record, which started in 1907, moved to 200-94 and 36-6 in the Bill Self era.

NOTES

  • KU’s win gave Kansas 15-straight wins against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse, a streak which started in 2007.
  • Four Jayhawks scored in double figures this season, marking the fifth time KU had four or more scorers in double digits. When having four or more players with 10+ points, Kansas is 3-1 this season.
  • The Jayhawks outrebounded the Wildcats, 41-34, marking the 12th time this season Kansas has outrebounded its opponent. The Jayhawks are 11-1 in those games.
  • Kansas held Kansas State to 51 points, marking the sixth time this season the Jayhawks held their opponent to 59 points or less. Kansas is 6-0 in those games.
  • Kansas only turned the ball over six times on Tuesday, the lowest amount this season and the fewest in a conference game since turning the ball over four times on January 14, 2019.
  • Redshirt freshman DaJuan Harris was 5:0 in assist-to-turnover ratio on Tuesday, while in his last four games he has recorded 13 assists 0 turnovers, while he has recorded 43 assists and 13 turnovers on the season.
  • Junior Ochai Agbaji scored 15 points on 6-of-10 from the field, marking his 16th double-figure scoring game this season and 38th of his career.
  • Junior David McCormack scored 18 points, marking his 23rd-career game in double-figures, including his third-straight and 10th game this season.
  • Paired with his 18 points, McCormack grabbed 10 rebounds, marking his fourth double-double this season and the fifth of his career.

 

UP NEXT

Kansas hits the road to take on West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 6. Tip from WVU Coliseum will be at 1 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on CBS.





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