News and Notes: KU – UTA

A pre-game edition of News and Notes, while wondering how Josh Selby will respond to his inevitable insertion into the starting lineup.

* The Kansas Jayhawks (11-0) take on the UT-Arlington Mavericks (5-5) at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, in Lawrence, Kan.

* The Jayhawks are 11-0 for the second-straight season and fourth time under Head Coach Bill Self. Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.

* Two games in to his college career, freshman Josh Selby sure looks as good as advertised. He's averaging 19.5 points per game thus far, and was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Dec. 20.

* Marcus Morris is second on the team in scoring right now with 15.5 ppg, and is shooting a Big 12-leading 60.4-percent from the field.

* The Mavericks are going through some serious road woes thus far in 2010. They're 4-0 at home and just 1-5 on the road. Still, they're a high-scoring team, averaging 72.9 ppg.

* Junior forward LaMarcus Reed III leads UTA with a 15.5 ppg scoring average.

* UTA coach Scott Cross is in his fourth season at the helm of the Mavericks, owning a 71-62 record. During his tenure they visited the program's only appearance in the NCAA tournament, winning the Southland Conference tournament in 2008 and earning the automatic bid.

* This is the first time the two programs have met on the hardwood.

* Kansas is one of eight NCAA D-1 teams that remain undefeated as of Dec. 26.

* The Jayhawks bench is doing some serious damage, scoring 33.6 points per game. Their opponents average just 19.3.

* A win would extend the program's home-court winning streak to 66 games. For those keeping score at home, that's still the longest active streak in the nation.

* Look for three new faces in the starting lineup Wednesday night. Elijah Johnson, Josh Selby and Thomas Robinson replace Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar and Marcus Morris. Morris' benching is a result of his ejection from last week's road contest with the California Golden Bears. Johnson replaces Taylor, who until Tuesday night was stranded in his home state of New Jersey due to winter storms on the East Coast. Top Stories