Top Overall Seed Kansas Begins their Journey with Lehigh

Kansas No. 1 Seed in NCAA Championship
Here are some No. 1 Kansas quick hits heading into its 39th NCAA Tournament:
  • Kansas holds the longest active NCAA Tournament appearance streak at 21 years.
  • Kansas is a No. 1 seed for the ninth time since the seedings started in 1979.
  • In the win against Texas A&M (March 12), Bill Self picked up his 200th win while at Kansas, joining Phog Allen (590-219 in 39 seasons), Ted Owens (348-182 in 19 seasons) and Roy Williams (418-101 in 15 seasons). Self is 200-42 in his seventh season. Self is the fastest coach in KU's rich history to reach the 200-win mark doing it in 242 games on the Jayhawks' sidelines. Williams won 200 at Kansas in 252 games, Allen in 265 games and Owens in 287 games.
  • Kansas won its 2,000th all-time game with the 80-68 win against Texas Tech (March 11). Only Kentucky and North Carolina have also won 2,000 games. 
  • Kansas posted its 30th victory of the season against Texas A&M (March 11). Kansas has now won 30-plus games nine times, including three of the last four seasons.


PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Lehigh LEH 75.1 45.6 71.6 40.0 36.5 10.2 26.3 15.1 13.0 6.2 2.5 17.9
Kansas KU 81.8 48.8 70.1 40.9 40.5 12.9 27.6 17.1 13.0 8.4 6.4 18.3
Lehigh LEH Opponents 70.0 42.2 71.2 34.4 34.9 10.8 24.1 14.4 13.7 6.5 3.2 20.6
Kansas KU Opponents 63.8 37.7 67.7 33.0 33.8 12.8 20.9 12.5 14.1 6.4 3.8 20.2
Rank and Records LEH
KU
RPI #145
#1
Strength of Schedule #309
#7
Overall 22-10
32-2
Conference 10-4
15-1
Home 15-2
21-0
Away 7-8
9-2
Top 25 0-0
7-1
RPI Top 50 0-1
12-2

About Kansas

Kansas is 32-2 on the season and has won five straight and 18 of its last 19 games. Kansas is tied with Kentucky for the nation's best winning percentage at 94.1 and leads the nation in scoring margin at +18.0. KU averages 81.8 points per game and gives up 63.8 ppg.

Senior guard Sherron Collins was named the Big 12 Championshp MOP where he averaged 19 points and 6.7 assists in KU's three victories. Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game and he has seven games
with 20 points or more this season.

Xavier Henry is scoring 13.6 points per game on the season. He averages 4.2 rebounds per game and leads KU with 50 steals.

Junior center Cole Aldrich, who was named 2010 Academic All-American of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has eight double-doubles in his last 16 games and 14 DDs in 2009-10. He is averaging nearly a double-double with 11.2 ppg and 9.9 rebounds per game. Aldrich's 118 blocked shots are a KU single-season record.

Sophomore forward Marcus Morris is third on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg and second in rebounds at 6.1 rpg. Sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor moved back into the starting lineup against Colorado (Feb. 20) and has started 23 games this season. He is second on the team with 114 assists and is scoring 7.4 ppg for the season.

Junior guard Brady Morningstar is scoring 4.3 points per game and averaging 3.0 assists per contest. Sophomore forward Markieff Morris, twin of Marcus, is a top reserve who averages 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 2009-10. Junior guard Tyrel Reed averages 4.9 points per game, has 38 three-pointers and 67.9 percent of his field goals are from behind the arc.

About Lehigh

Located in Bethlehem, Pa., with an enrollment of 4,700, Thursday will mark the first time Lehigh (22-10) has played in the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and it will be Lehigh's fourth NCAA appearance in school history (1985, 1988, 2004). The Mountain Hawks are coached by Brett Reed, who is in his third season, have won a school record 22 games this season, including five straight, with their latest win coming on Friday evening over archrival Lafayette in the 2010 Patriot League championship game.

Freshman guard C.J. McCollum leads the team in scoring with an 18.9 ppg. McCollum also leads Lehigh with 70 three-point field goals and 40 steals. His 76 assists are second on the squad behind senior guard Marquis Hall's 182. Hall is second on the team scoring 11 points per game, 53 three-pointers and 37 steals.


Senior forward Zahir Carrington leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and 39 blocked shots to complement his 10.8 ppg. He and freshman forward Gabe Knutson shoot a team-best 51.9 percent from the field. Knutson scores 9.6 ppg and is second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per outing. Senior guard Dave Buchberger (6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg) rounds out the starters.

Junior guard Michael Ojo is a top reserve who scores seven points per game. Freshman forward Holden Greiner (3.6 ppg), junior guard Rob Keefer (3.6 ppg) and sophomore forward John Adams (3.0 ppg) each average more than nine minutes per game for the Moutain Hawks.

 


 

 

Kansas vs. the Postseason Field

In 2009-10, Kansas played 14 games against 11 teams in this year's NCAA Tournament field: Baylor, California, Cornell, Kansas State, Missouri, Oakland, Oklahoma State, Temple, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M. KU went a combined 12-2 against those 11 squads in 2009-10.

Seed Notes
  • Kansas is the No. 1 seed for the ninth time since the NCAA Tournament started seeding in 1979 - 2010,2008, 2007, 2002, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1992 and 1986. This is the third time KU has been a No. 1 seed under Bill Self (2007-08-10). Kansas is 23-7 as a No. 1 seed and 8-0 against the No. 16 seed. The last time Kansas was a No. 1 seed was in 2008 when it went on to win the NCAA National Championship. Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Kansas' 39th NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • Kansas' 21-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, from 1990-2010, is the nation's longest active list and ranks second-best all time. North Carolina had 27 straight from 1975-2001. Note: Arizona had an actual streak of 25 consecutive appearances from 1985-2009 but its 1999 appearance was later vacated.
  • Kansas is making its fourth NCAA Tournament trip to Oklahoma City and is 3-2 in the event in Oklahoma City. This will be Kansas' first trip to Oklahoma City since 2005 when it lost to Bucknell in the opening round. KU played in the Myriad Convention Center in 1998 and the Ford Center in 2003 and 2005. The 2003 KU squad advanced to the Final Four and the NCAA Championship game.
  • Under head coach Bill Self, Kansas is 14-5 (73.7 percent) in the NCAA Tournament, with four Sweet 16s, three Elite Eights, one Final Four and one NCAA National Championship.
  • In the last eight NCAA Tournaments, Kansas has a 23-7 (76.7 percent) record with one NCAA National Championship (2008), three Final Four (2002-03-08) and five Elite Eight (2002-03-04-07-08) appearances.
  • The Jayhawks' 39 NCAA Tournament appearances are fourth nationally behind only Kentucky (50), UCLA (41) and North Carolina (41).
  • Kansas sports an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 84-37 and the Jayhawks' 84 wins rank fifth behind North Carolina (102), Kentucky (98), UCLA (94) and Duke (88).
  • The Jayhawks will play their 122nd NCAA Tournament game on Thursday, which ranks fourth all-time in NCAA history - Kentucky (142), North Carolina (141) and UCLA (128).
  • KU is one of six schools that has won at least three NCAA Championships. The Jayhawks won the
    NCAA crown in 1952, 1988 and 2008.
  • The Jayhawks have appeared in the Final Four 13 times - making KU one of just six schools to reach
    the Final Four 10-plus times.
  • Kansas has won 11 games in the Final Four, which is sixth-best all time.
  • Five different Jayhawks have been named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, including B.H.
    Born in 1953 and Wilt Chamberlain in 1957, who won the award even though KU lost in the finals. Clyde Lovellette (1952) and Danny Manning (1988) also won the honor. Mario Chalmers won the Most
    Outstanding Player Award for the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
  • Former Jayhawk player and coach Dick Harp is the only person to play in the Final Four and later coach his alma mater in the Final Four.
KU is the Cradle of Tournament Coaching Legends

Seven head coaches who have enjoyed NCAA Tournament success graduated from the University of Kansas. In fact, the 120 combined NCAA Tournament wins by those six men are easily the most by graduates of any one school. Dean Smith (KU '53), Adolph Rupp (KU '22), Phog Allen (KU '06), Ralph Miller (KU '42), Dick Harp (KU '40), Frosty Cox (KU '30) and Mark Turgeon (KU '87) have collectively compiled a record of 120-68 in NCAA Tournament play.




GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Lehigh #3 C. McCollum 32 30 31.719 18.906 46.6 81.2 42.9 4.938 1.312 3.625 2.375 1.906 1.25 0.188 1.469
Lehigh #1 M. Hall 32 32 31.469 11.031 37.3 72.2 37.1 3.562 0.531 3.031 5.688 2.188 1.156 0.094 2.281
Lehigh #42 G. Knutson 32 31 27.594 9.594 51.9 76.3 0.0 5.625 1.75 3.875 0.906 1.031 0.406 0.219 1.75
Lehigh #10 Z. Carrington 29 29 27.793 10.793 51.9 48.8 0.0 6.69 1.966 4.724 1.31 2.69 1.069 1.345 3.31
Lehigh #32 D. Buchberger 31 31 23.323 6.194 48.1 80.0 45.2 2.806 1.0 1.806 1.71 0.71 0.548 0.097 1.387
Lehigh #23 M. Ojo 32 1 18.406 6.969 41.1 79.5 36.7 3.281 0.781 2.5 1.062 1.312 0.781 0.125 2.281
Lehigh #20 H. Greiner 28 1 11.357 3.25 50.0 87.5 17.6 1.857 0.429 1.429 0.25 0.5 0.286 0.25 1.214
Lehigh #15 R. Keefer 31 2 9.065 3.645 37.5 79.4 61.5 0.839 0.097 0.742 0.355 0.774 0.129 0.097 0.71
Lehigh #5 P. Small 30 0 8.667 1.7 35.6 57.6 0.0 0.567 0.133 0.433 1.367 0.667 0.3 0.0 0.933
Lehigh #4 J. Adams 20 2 9.25 2.95 48.7 75.0 42.9 2.05 0.65 1.4 0.2 0.7 0.4 0.1 1.7
Lehigh #31 J. Maneri 18 0 8.444 2.5 68.2 65.2 0.0 1.667 0.389 1.278 0.111 0.444 0.167 0.056 1.556
Lehigh #44 J. Hamilton 14 0 5.643 1.714 45.0 66.7 25.0 0.786 0.286 0.5 0.143 0.429 0.0 0.286 0.929



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas #4 S. Collins 34 34 32.765 15.588 43.0 85.1 38.0 2.0 0.176 1.824 4.441 2.324 1.118 0.059 1.559
Kansas #1 X. Henry 34 34 27.529 13.647 45.2 78.9 41.5 4.206 1.206 3.0 1.529 1.912 1.471 0.529 1.882
Kansas #45 C. Aldrich 34 34 26.794 11.235 55.9 67.9 0.0 9.882 3.029 6.853 0.882 1.5 0.765 3.471 2.618
Kansas #22 M. Morris 34 31 24.559 12.265 55.7 67.1 32.1 6.059 2.588 3.471 1.029 1.235 0.971 0.353 2.559
Kansas #15 T. Taylor 34 23 22.971 7.412 45.3 70.9 39.6 2.441 0.441 2.0 3.353 1.765 1.176 0.206 2.294
Kansas #21 M. Morris 34 2 17.441 6.794 56.6 61.3 55.6 5.441 1.765 3.676 1.088 1.412 0.471 0.912 2.529
Kansas #12 B. Morningstar 25 9 22.16 4.28 41.8 65.0 40.0 2.52 0.72 1.8 3.04 1.08 1.2 0.16 1.48
Kansas #14 T. Reed 34 0 15.235 4.853 49.1 83.3 46.3 1.382 0.118 1.265 1.147 0.382 0.824 0.059 0.824
Kansas #0 T. Robinson 32 1 7.156 2.594 48.5 40.5 0.0 2.656 1.031 1.625 0.281 0.812 0.219 0.5 1.312
Kansas #15 E. Johnson 22 2 6.818 2.545 55.3 66.7 28.6 1.091 0.364 0.727 1.318 0.682 0.318 0.045 1.045
Kansas #13 C. Henry 12 0 6.0 3.333 60.9 50.0 55.0 0.75 0.083 0.667 0.333 0.167 0.417 0.083 1.0
Kansas #2 C. Teahan 16 0 4.438 1.25 31.8 60.0 33.3 1.188 0.625 0.562 0.375 0.25 0.188 0.062 0.438
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