Jayhawks to take on NM State in Kansas City Saturday


LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU release) No. 2 Kansas (7-0) will look to go to 8-0 for the first time since 2010-11 when it plays host to the New Mexico State Aggies (7-1) at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jayhawk Shootout presented by Advent Health. The Jayhawks and Aggies will meet for the fourth time and the first since the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The contest will be televised on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) calling the action.

Jayhawk Gameday Live, a 30-minute pregame show and a 60-minute postgame show, will be live before KU's match-up with New Mexico State starting at 7 p.m. (CT). Full postgame reaction and analysis will follow immediately after the game's conclusion. The show will be available across the country on the ESPN app, as well as regionally on KMCI, Spectrum Sports, Midco Sports Network and Cox Cable. For more information on how to access Jayhawk Gameday Live as well as content from the Jayhawk Network, visit KUAthletics.com/JTV.

The Jayhawks and Aggies are meeting for the fourth time in men's basketball with the last meeting in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, a Kansas 75-56 win in Omaha, Nebraska, in the first round of the event.
Kansas is looking to go 8-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 team opened the season 18-0. An 8-0 record would be the fifth in head coach Bill Self's 16 seasons at KU.

At 7-0, Kansas is one of 11 teams in NCAA Division I still undefeated.
The Jayhawks are 38-9 in games played inside Sprint Center and 224-83 all-time playing in Kansas City. KU has won 25 conference tournament titles in K.C., with five of those coming at Sprint Center.
Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 that has two players ranked in the top five in league scoring. Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson is third at 19.0 ppg, while senior G Lagerald Vick is fifth at 17.9 ppg.
With three double-doubles in his last four games and four-straight 20-point outings, Lawson is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double with a 17.9 ppg and 10.7 rpg.

Dedric Lawson has four double-doubles this season, which leads the Big 12 and is 15th nationally. With 40 all-time, Lawson is fourth on the NCAA active double-double career list.

Lagerald Vick leads the conference in 3-point field goals made per game at 4.0 and 3-point field goal percentage (57.1) and is 28-of-45 (62.2 percent) from 3-point range in his last six games.

Kansas is 4-for-4 in Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season with Dedric Lawson on Nov. 12 and 26 and Lagerald Vick winning the honor on Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. Additionally, freshman Quentin Grimes was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Nov. 12 while Lawson earned the newcomer nod on Dec. 3.

No. 2 Kansas is 7-0 for the second-straight season and sixth time under head coach Bill Self after its 72-47 win against Wofford Dec. 4. Through seven games, Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring offense at 84.4. The Jayhawks also rank in the top three in the league in field goal percentage (third at 49.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (third at 1.3). KU averages 39.9 rebounds per game with a +3.9 rebound margin. The Jayhawks have outrebounded six of seven opponents this season.

Redshirt junior F Dedric Lawson has four-straight 20-point games with three of those being double-doubles. He leads Kansas with a 19.0 scoring average, which is third in the Big 12. With his 10.7 rebounds per game, Lawson is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double. A two-time Big 12 Player of the Week and the conference newcomer of the week last week, Lawson also leads KU with 22 assists.

Senior G Lagerald Vick is next in scoring at 17.9 points per game, which is fifth in the league. He leads the Big 12 in 3-point field made per game at 4.0 and 3-point field goal percentage at 57.1 percent. Vick is 28-of-45 (62.2 percent) from beyond the arc in his last six outings. Vick is tied for second on the team lead with 10 steals.

Junior C Udoka Azubuike left the Wofford (12/4) game with a sprained ankle and is out indefinitely. Azubuike scores 12.9 points per game and his 6.1 rebound average is tied for 11th in the league. Freshmen guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes combined for 30 points against Wofford (12/4) and round out the KU starters. Dotson scores 11.4 points per game and leads KU with 13 steals. Grimes averages 8.7 points per game and he is second on the team with 10 3-point field goals made.

Sophomore G Marcus Garrett started the Wofford contest and recorded a season-high seven rebounds to go along with seven points. Garrett averages 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and has 14 assists. Other KU regulars include redshirt sophomore G Charlie Moore (3.4 ppg, 10 assists), redshirt sophomore G K.J. Lawson (3.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg), freshman F David McCormack (2.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and junior F Mitch Lightfoot (1.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg).

Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with an enrollment of 14,852, New Mexico State is 7-1 on the season and brings a five-game winning streak to Kansas City. The Aggies are coached by Chris Jans who is 35-7 in his second season at NMSU and 56-19 in his third season overall.

New Mexico State is the preseason favorite of the coaches and the media to win the Western Athletic Conference title for the second-straight year. The Aggies average 81.0 points per game and have a +13.1 scoring margin. NMSU also dominates the boards, pulling down 38.5 per contest with a +8.5 rebound margin. The Aggies make 9.0 3-pointers per game and average 13.0 assists, 5.3 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per contest.

New Mexico State is deep as 12 Aggies average 11 or more minutes per game. Redshirt junior G AJ Harris leads team in scoring at 12.3 points per game. He is second on the squad with 19 assists and has made 11 3-pointers this season.

Junior F Ivan Aurrecoechea is next in scoring at 11.6 points per game. He is second on the team with a 5.8 rebound average. Junior G Terrell Brown comes off the bench to score 11.1 points per contest. He leads NMSU with 16 3-pointers made.

Redshirt senior F Eli Chuha has started four games and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per contest. Chuha scores 9.3 points per game and has four blocked shots. Redshirt senior G JoJo Zamora is a starter who averages 8.3 points, while junior G Clayton Henry (6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) has seven starts in eight games.

Other New Mexico State regulars include: junior F Mohamed Thiam (5.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg), redshirt sophomore F Johnny McCants (5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, team-high six blocked shots), redshirt freshman G Jabari Rice (4.9 ppg), redshirt junior F C.J. Bobbit (4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg), junior G Shunn Buchanan (3.0 ppg, team-high 23 assists) and senior G Keyon Jones (2.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg).

Kansas and New Mexico State have met three times previously with KU winning all three matchups. This series dates back 53 years when the Jayhawks defeated the Aggies, 102-51, on Dec. 7, 1965, in Allen Fieldhouse. Fast forward 43 years and Kansas won the second matchup, 100-79, on Dec. 3, 2008. That game was also played in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks and Aggies last met in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region in Omaha, Nebraska. KU went on the win the contest 75-56 behind 17 points from Frank Mason III. Mason tied Landen Lucas for the team lead in rebounds with nine apiece.