Twenty and Oh! (My)

Just a few Kansas men's basketball factoids to assimilate this morning. Pay special attention to the current 24-game winning streak at Kansas State, as it might come in handy while chatting at the water cooler this week.

At 20-0, Kansas is one of two undefeated teams in the nation. The other is Memphis at 19-0.

Kansas’ 20-0 mark is the best undefeated record since the 22-0 mark in 1996-97 and ranks third best in school history. A win at Kansas State Wednesday would put KU at 21-0 and tie for the second-best undefeated record in school history.

How balanced is Kansas? The John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 list was announced Sunday and Kansas’ Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers were on the list. The Naismith Men’s Mid-Season 30 list has also been recently announced and Kansas’ Darrell Arthur is the lone Jayhawk listed.

More balance: Through 20 games, Kansas has had seven different leading scorers, six different players lead the team in rebounding and eight different in steals (these includes ties). KU has had five different leading scorers in its last six games.

Kansas is 34-1 in its last 35 games and has won 28 straight regular-season contests.

Kansas has won 11 straight true road games (last six of 2006-07 and first five of 2007-08) and is 17-1 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse in that span – with the lone loss to UCLA in last year’s Elite Eight (note: the Dec. 15 Ohio game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City is considered a home game for KU).

For Wednesday, Kansas has won a mindboggling 24-straight matchups at Kansas State (19-0 at Bramlage Coliseum and 5-0 at Ahearn Fieldhouse), dating back to 1984. Since 1984, Kansas State has defeated Kansas seven times, either in Lawrence or at the conference tournament. Kansas has won 35 of the last 36 meetings with Kansas State, dating back to the 1994 season.

Kansas has outshot its opponent in every game this season and has shot 50 percent or better in four of five Big 12 contests and 16 games this season.

Kansas leads the Big 12 in 11 different statistical categories. Through games of Jan. 24, KU ranks in the top 10 nationally in scoring (10th at 83.3), scoring margin (first at +24.3), field goal percentage (second at 51.5), field goal percentage defense (10th at 37.5), assists (first at 19.58), blocked shots (10th at 6.32), steals (sixth at 10.53) and assist-to-turnover ratio (fifth at 1.53).

Kansas ranks 11th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 65.5 for all games. In five league games, the Jayhawks are fourth in the league with a 70.3 free throw percentage.

Junior Brandon Rush is KU’s third leading scorer in all games at 12 ppg. Rush leads KU in its five Big 12 games with 15.2 ppg. Rush’s 7.4 rebounds in league play are second on the team. Rush has made 17 three-pointers in his last five games (i.e. league play) and is 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) from way out in that span. Rush is sixth on the all-time KU three-point field goals list with 160.

Senior Darnell Jackson is averaging 16 points and nine rebounds in his last four games, including 21 points and 11 rebounds against Iowa State last week. Jackson has pulled down eight or more rebounds in each of his last seven games. Jackson leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 65.8. He entered the weekend fourth nationally in field goal percentage.

Junior Mario Chalmers leads the Big 12 in steals at 2.68 per game. KU senior Russell Robinson is next at 2.35 steals per game. Chalmers entered the weekend sixth nationally in steals, while Robinson was 29th. Chalmers has led the league in steals each of the last two seasons, while Robinson finished third both seasons. Chalmers is fourth on the KU all-time steals list at 237, while Robinson is fifth at 215.

Chalmers is third in the Big 12 in assists at 4.89 per game, while Robinson is fourth at 4.55. Robinson is 10th on the KU career assists list at 429.

Sophomore Darrell Arthur leads Kansas with a 13.6 scoring average. He has averaged 17 points in his last two games, including 18 against Nebraska Saturday. Arthur has pulled down seven or more rebounds in three of his last four games and eight times this season.

Kansas redshirt senior Jeremy Case graduated last spring. KU’s other four seniors – Sasha Kaun, Darnell Jackson, Russell Robinson and Rodrick Stewart are on pace to graduate this spring. Kaun has been nominated for Academic All-American each of the last three seasons and will be an Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection for the third straight year in 2008.

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