News and Notes: KU – Mean Green

A pre-game dose of News and Notes, while hoping Texas Tech was the last Big 12 team the Mean Green will beat this week.

* Located in Denton, Texas, the University of North Texas has an enrollment of 36,206. For comparison, the University of Kansas currently has 22,515 students enrolled.

* UNT has started off the season 2-0, after defeating Big 12 opponent Texas Tech 92-83 in overtime Tuesday.

* Got your attention? It should. The Mean Green were the unanimous pick to the Sun Belt Conference West Division by the league coaches, and boast a talented and athletic backcourt. Senior Josh White – younger brother of former Oklahoma standout Quannas White – leads UNT in scoring with 20.5 ppg through two contests. He poured in 32 against Texas Tech.

* North Texas head coach Johnny Jones is in his 10th season at UNT, where he owns a 152-121 record. He's the only coach to lead the Mean Green to two trips to the Big Dance (2007 and 2010).

* This is the first meeting between the two programs in men's basketball.

* A Kansas win would: make KU 3-0 for the fourth-straight season under head coach Bill Self; extend the nation's longest home court winning streak to 62 games, tying the school record; make Kansas 2,006-796 all-time; be generally more favorable than a loss.

* A Kansas loss would: move the Jayhawks to 17-4 against current membership of the Sun Belt Conference; drop KU to 115-7 all-time at Allen Fieldhouse under Bill Self; be a disappointing way to kick off the weekend.

* Junior Marcus Morris leads KU in scoring at 20 ppg through two games. He's shooting 77.3-percent from the floor.

* Junior Tyshawn Taylor leads the Big 12 in assists with 7.5 apg.

* Junior Markieff Morris leads the Big 12 in rebounding with 14 rpg.

* In Monday night's contest with Valparaiso, KU held the Crusaders to just 17 second-half points.

* KU had two players record double-doubles for the second-straight game.

* Senior Tyrel Reed recorded three three-point field goals to move into 16th on KU's all-time list with 109 – passing Paul Pierce in the process.


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