Kansas on the Road to take on Tennessee

Kansas vs. Tennessee
No. 1 Kansas faces its second Top 25 team in eight days when it travels to No. 16/15 Tennessee, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. As of Saturday the Jayhawks are one of only four teams that remain undefeated in NCAA Division I following their 71-66  in against Cornell Wednesday. Both ranked foes in eight days have been on the road as KU won at No. 18/19 Temple 84-52 on Jan. 2. Tennessee is 11-2 on the season and has won three straight and seven of its last eight games. The Volunteers defeated Charlotte 88-71 on Wednesday.



PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas KU 86.3 51.3 68.9 47.7 41.9 12.4 29.6 19.2 12.4 9.5 6.9 17.8
Tennessee TENN 81.9 48.3 69.1 33.7 37.3 12.2 25.2 17.3 13.5 9.6 3.4 21.1
Kansas KU Opponents 58.6 34.4 67.1 27.3 33.9 13.3 20.6 12.2 15.9 6.3 2.8 20.1
Tennessee TENN Opponents 63.6 38.7 71.1 28.9 33.9 10.6 23.3 11.2 20.2 6.5 3.4 20.1
Rank and Records KU
TENN
RPI #5
#29
Strength of Schedule #68
#102
Overall 14-0
11-2
Conference 0-0
0-0
Home 10-0
7-0
Away 2-0
1-1
Top 25 3-0
0-1
RPI Top 50 3-0
2-1

 

About Kansas

Top-ranked Kansas is 14-0 for the third time in the Bill Self era and the first since the 2007-08 NCAA National Championship season when KU opened with a 20-0 record. Kansas was also 14-0 in the 2004-05 season, Self's second year in Lawrence. Kansas averages 86.3 points per game and gives up 58.6 for a NCAA Division I leading +27.6 scoring margin.  The Jayhawks have shot 50 percent or better in six of their last seven games and have held all but two opponents - Radford and Cornell - to under 40 percent shooting in 2009-10.

KU ranks in the top three of all but three Big 12 statistics and leads the conference in scoring margin, field goal percentage (.513), three-point field goal percentage (.431), field goal percentage defense (.344), assists (19.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).

Freshman guard Xavier Henry leads the team with a 16.1 point scoring average. He has shot 50 percent or better in nine of 14 games this season and is making .494 percent of his shots from the field.  Xavier is second in the Big 12 with his 47.1 three-point field goal  percentage. Xavier leads KU with 32 threes and 25 steals.

Senior guard Sherron Collins is coming off a career-high 33 points against Cornell and is averaging 15.1 points on the season. He is second on the team with 28 three-pointers. Collins leads Kansas with 58 assists and is second in steals with 21.

Junior center Cole Aldrich just missed his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds against Cornell. He has six DDs on the year and 28 for his career. Aldrich leads KU in rebounds with 10.0 per game and blocked shots at 3.7. His rebounds are fourth in the Big 12 and his blocked shots are second.

About Tennessee

Located in Knoxville, Tenn., No. 16/15 Tennessee is 7-0 at home this season and 11-2 on the year. UT is 35-2 in non-conference home games under head coach Bruce Pearl. The Vols are scoring 81.9 points per game and give up 63.6 for a +18.3 scoring margin. Tennessee is shooting 48.3 percent from the field and holding opponents to a 38.7 field goal percentage. UT averages 9.6 steals and 17.3 assists contest.

Three Vols (junior guard Melvin Goins, senior guard/forward Tyler Smith, sophomore guard Cameron Tatum and junior center Brian Williams) remain on indefinite suspension from all team-related activities pending the results of a legal investigation stemming from an incident in Knoxville the morning of Jan. 1.

Sophomore guard Scotty Hopson leads the team with a 13.5 scoring average. He has a team-high 24 threepointers and is making 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Smith is next in scoring at 11.7 points per game and leads the team in assists with 44 and is second with 17 steals. Senior forward/center Wayne Chism pulls down a team-best 5.8 rebounds per contest to complement his 11.5 scoring average. He leads the Vols with 13 blocked shots.

Tatum is scoring 8.7 points per game. Senior guard Bobby Maze is a starter who averages 7.9 points per game and is third on the team with 38 assists. Senior guard J.P. Prince is second on the squad with 41 assists and is scoring 6.3 points per game. Goins and Williams are next in scoring at 6.1 ppg, and 5.9 ppg, respectively. Williams is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per contest. 

Freshman guard Skylar McBee comes off the bench to score 4.5 points per game, while sophomore guard/forward Renaldo Wooldridge is at 4.1 ppg.

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Meet the Opposing Coach

Tennessee is coached by Bruce Pearl who is 109-39 in his fifth season at UT. Overall, Pearl is 426-123 in his 18th season. In 17 full seasons as a college head coach, Pearl has led his teams to 15 championships (including four at UT). Tennessee's 46 SEC wins over the last four seasons are the most in the conference over that period. The Vols finished with the second-best record in the SEC in both of Pearl's first two years and captured the SEC title outright last season with a 14-2 record.

 

The Series

Kansas and Tennessee have met only once in men's basketball, but the Jayhawks are no stranger to the Southeastern Conference. KU defeated UT 92-85 last season on Jan. 3, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawks Sherron Collins (26 points, nine assists) and Cole Aldrich (22 points, 10 rebounds) led the way. Tyler Smith led the Vols with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Wayne Chism had 17 points, eight rebounds and tied a school record with six blocked shots. KU has faced 10 of the 12 SEC teams and has a 29-29 record against the conference. KU is 1-0 vs. Tennessee, 3-0 vs. Georgia, 2-0 vs. South Carolina, 1-0 vs. Mississippi, 3-1 vs. Florida, 3-1 vs. LSU, 8-5 vs. Arkansas, 2-2 vs. Vanderbilt, 0-1 vs. Auburn and 6-19 vs. Kentucky. The Jayhawks have yet to play Alabama and Mississippi State. Under Bill Self, KU is 5-1 against the SEC.

What to Look For
  • Sherron Collins is six points from moving into 15th place on the KU scoring list. Collins has 1,542 career points, while Calvin Thomson scored 1,548 points for Kansas from 1983-86. At No. 14 is Kenny Gregory (1,555 points from 1998-2001) and No. 13 is Jeff Boschee (1,560 points from 1999-2002).
  • Collins is seven three-point attempts from becoming only the fourth player in school history to attempt 500 threes. Collins is at 493 three-point attempts.
  • Collins has 190 three-point field goals made and is 10 away from becoming the sixth player in school history to make 200 for his career.
  • Cole Aldrich is four rebounds from moving into 16th on the Kansas career rebound list. Aldrich has 646 all-time boards, while Greg Dreiling (1984-86) is 16th with 650 rebounds. Paul Pierce (1996-98) is No. 15 at 676 career rebounds.
  • Though it is a few games away, Aldrich ranks sixth on the KU career blocked shots list with 180. KU legend and current assistant coach Danny Manning is fifth with 200 blocked shots.
  • Through only 14 games, Xavier Henry already ranks ninth on the KU freshman list for three-point field goals made with 32. Xavier is three from Paul Pierce's 35 threes in 1997. 
  • Xavier Henry's 16.1 scoring average would set a KU freshman record. Danny Manning holds the record at 14.6 ppg in 1985.



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas #4 S. Collins 14 14 30.5 15.143 48.4 83.7 41.8 2.071 0.214 1.857 4.143 1.857 1.5 0.0 1.429
Kansas #1 X. Henry 14 14 27.929 16.143 49.4 75.0 47.1 4.143 0.857 3.286 1.929 2.143 1.786 0.5 1.929
Kansas #45 C. Aldrich 14 14 25.571 11.214 55.4 72.6 0.0 10.0 2.857 7.143 1.143 1.714 0.643 3.714 2.071
Kansas #22 M. Morris 14 12 23.786 10.929 56.2 71.9 30.8 5.143 2.0 3.143 1.0 1.143 1.143 0.429 2.143
Kansas T. Taylor 14 12 23.5 6.857 45.0 69.2 28.6 2.714 0.5 2.214 4.071 1.714 1.286 0.143 2.0
Kansas #21 M. Morris 14 2 15.429 7.0 59.0 66.7 57.1 5.5 1.714 3.786 1.071 0.929 0.714 0.857 2.143
Kansas #14 T. Reed 14 0 14.857 4.5 44.9 75.0 73.0 1.714 0.143 1.571 1.357 0.429 0.857 0.071 0.714
Kansas #0 T. Robinson 14 0 10.5 4.286 47.8 42.1 0.0 4.071 1.643 2.429 0.571 0.857 0.286 0.857 1.857
Kansas #15 E. Johnson 12 2 10.417 4.167 54.5 66.7 33.3 1.667 0.667 1.0 2.333 1.0 0.583 0.083 1.583
Kansas #12 B. Morningstar 5 0 20.0 3.6 53.8 0.0 50.0 2.0 0.6 1.4 3.6 0.6 0.8 0.2 1.2
Kansas #13 C. Henry 8 0 7.75 5.0 66.7 50.0 61.1 1.125 0.125 1.0 0.375 0.25 0.625 0.125 1.25
Kansas #2 C. Teahan 9 0 6.444 2.111 43.8 66.7 42.9 1.444 0.778 0.667 0.667 0.444 0.222 0.111 0.556



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Tennessee #32 S. Hopson 13 13 26.0 13.538 50.7 53.8 42.9 3.692 1.231 2.462 1.538 2.308 1.0 0.308 1.308
Tennessee #1 T. Smith 12 12 26.75 11.667 57.3 69.7 0.0 4.667 1.333 3.333 3.667 1.333 1.417 0.25 2.0
Tennessee #3 B. Maze 13 12 23.231 7.923 39.2 87.0 17.9 2.615 0.385 2.231 2.923 1.077 1.077 0.0 1.769
Tennessee #4 W. Chism 13 13 22.077 11.462 51.4 82.4 35.5 5.769 1.846 3.923 0.769 1.462 1.154 1.0 3.077
Tennessee #30 J. Prince 13 7 20.308 6.308 44.6 60.5 16.7 2.615 0.769 1.846 3.154 1.385 1.462 0.385 2.154
Tennessee #23 C. Tatum 12 6 19.583 8.667 50.0 59.3 40.0 2.417 0.583 1.833 1.667 0.75 0.833 0.167 2.167
Tennessee #33 B. Williams 12 0 16.667 5.917 50.0 56.2 0.0 5.417 2.75 2.667 0.25 1.5 0.5 0.833 2.417
Tennessee #21 M. Goins 12 1 16.25 6.083 42.6 59.3 26.3 2.167 0.417 1.75 2.25 1.75 1.25 0.0 2.25
Tennessee #13 S. McBee 13 0 14.231 4.538 34.8 92.9 35.0 1.462 0.077 1.385 0.846 0.231 0.615 0.0 1.615
Tennessee #0 R. Woolridge 12 1 9.75 4.083 48.6 85.7 36.8 2.75 0.667 2.083 0.417 1.083 0.25 0.25 1.417
Tennessee #20 K. Hall 11 0 9.091 3.818 65.4 80.0 0.0 2.455 1.273 1.182 0.091 0.909 0.273 0.364 1.545
Tennessee #22 S. Pearl 7 0 3.0 0.571 40.0 0.0 0.0 0.429 0.286 0.143 0.143 0.286 0.0 0.0 0.429
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