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100 Stats about the 2016 Kansas Jayhawks (Part 2)

The 2015-16 Kansas Jayhawks followed up a tremendously successful regular season with a deep NCAA tournament run. Ultimately, the ride ended just shy of a coveted Final Four appearance, but KU’s overall year should be thought of as a success. As we turn the page on the 2016 squad, we look back on 100 stats about the team, from record-breaking performances to soul-crushing blows.

To return to Part I (#1-50), click here.

51. Though Kansas trails the all-time series with Kentucky 7-22, the two teams have split the last 12 meetings, which dates back to 1985.

52. Kansas had 604 assists this year, which is the most by the team in a single season since 2011.

53. The Jayhawks assisted on 55% of their baskets, which is the highest percentage for KU since 2013.

54. Kansas won its first NCAA tournament game for the 10th straight year, which is the longest active streak in college basketball.

55. Frank Mason, 2014-15: 12.6 points, 44% shooting, 43% three-point, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists to 2.1 turnovers, and 33.5 minutes.
Devonte’ Graham, 2015-16: 11.3 points, 46% shooting, 44% three-point, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists to 1.7 turnovers, and 32.6 minutes.

56. With Frank Mason (175) and Devonte’ Graham (140) running the show, the Jayhawks had at least two players with 140 assists for the first time since 2008 (Mario Chalmers, 169, and Russell Robinson, 162).

57. Frank Mason had 73 turnovers, which led the team. That’s the fewest giveaways by the Jayhawks’ single-season leader since turnovers started being recorded in 1999.

58. Frank Mason had four games with at least four turnovers for the second straight season. Eight games in the last two full years with at least four turnovers.

59. Naadir Tharpe did it seven times in 2013-14 alone. Elijah Johnson committed four or more turnovers 15 times in 2012-13.

60. Devonte’ Graham’s 75 made three-pointers are the most made by a Jayhawk in a single season since Sherron Collins’ 77 in 2009.

61. Kansas had two players (Wayne Selden and Devonte’ Graham) attempt at least 170 three-pointers this year. That had never happened before in Jayhawk basketball history.

62. Frank Mason had 50 steals this year, exactly matching his total from last year.

63. Frank Mason averaged 3.6 seconds fewer per game this year than he did last season. That’s 33.47 minutes in 2016 compared to 33.53 in 2015. 

64. Frank Mason Two-pointers:
2015: 108/242 (44.6%)
2016: 112/244 (45.9%)

65. Of Kansas’ 12 scholarship players, eight of them shot at least 38% from three, while the other four shot 0% from three.

66. After having at least seven rebounds in 12 of his first 78 career games, Landen Lucas did it in 11 of the last 12 games this year.

67. Landen Lucas’ 64% FG rate led the team, and it was the highest mark by a Jayhawk (minimum 110 attempted shots) in the Bill Self era.

68. The last time a Jayhawk took at least 110 shots and shot better than that? Wayne Simien’s 65% rate in 2003.

69. Kansas’ leading rebounder was Landen Lucas with 6.8 boards per game. 

70. That’s the lowest mark from the Jayhawks’ single-season leader in rebounds since 2008 (Darnell Jackson with 6.7).

71. The Jayhawks had just two players average at least five rebounds per game this year. That’s hasn’t happened since 2012.

72. As a team, Kansas had 1,443 rebounds this year, the team’s highest single-season total since 2012.

73. Just four Jayhawks averaged at least 20 minutes per game this year (Ellis, Selden, Mason, Graham). The last time KU didn’t have at least five players average 20 minutes per game was 2006.

74. Three Jayhawks averaged at least 30 minutes per game this year (Mason, Graham, Ellis). The last time KU had at least three players average 30 minutes per game was 2013.

75. Jamari Traylor was Kansas’ leading shot-blocker with 33 blocks. That’s the fewest total for KU’s season-leader in the category since 2005 (J.R. Giddens, 22)

76. As a team, Kansas had 158 blocks this year. That’s the fewest team total since 2011 (153).

77. NCAA tournament Wayne Selden, freshman and sophomore years (four games): 10 points (2.5 PPG), 4/21 FG (19%), 0/5 three-point (0%)

78. NCAA tournament Wayne Selden, junior year (four games): 71 points (17.8 PPG), 26/55 FG (47%), 5/20 three-point (25%)

79. In 2016, Jamari Traylor played 211 fewer minutes than he did in 2015. He is the first Jayhawk to see a 200+ minute decrease since Brady Morningstar went from 1,063 in 2009 to 578 in 2010 (a net of -485 minutes)

80. Brannen Greene’s three-point percentage has increased from 33% as a freshman to 40% as a sophomore to 49% as a junior.

81. Brannen Greene, three-point shooting by month:
November: 100% (5/5)
December: 50% (7/14)
January: 45% (9/20)
February: 53% (9/17)
March: 14% (1/7)

82. Greene played 154 fewer minutes this year than he did in 2015. He made 13 fewer baskets, attempted 51 fewer shots.

83. Despite the fact that Greene attempted 51 fewer shots from the field in 2016 than he did in 2015, he attempted two more free throws.

84. Brannen Greene has missed just 15 free throws out of 117 attempted in his three-year Kansas career.

85. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk increased his shooting percentage from 31% to 45% this year, and his three-point percentage upped from 29% to 40%.

86. Mykhailiuk ended the year by making 15 of his last 23 three-pointers, spanning KU’s final 12 games.

87. Kansas’ three walk-ons (Evan Manning, Tyler Self, and Clay Young) scored 16 points this year, which is the most from KU’s walk-on group since the 2012 season.

88. 11 of the walk-ons’ 13 attempted shots this year were three-pointers.

89. Kansas was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll this season for the first time since February 14, 2011.

90. For the first time since 2010-11, the Jayhawks were ranked in the top 10 in every AP poll this year.

91. For the seventh consecutive season, the Jayhawks were ranked in every week in the AP poll.

92. Kansas has been ranked in the AP poll for 142 straight weeks, which is the longest active streak in the country.

93. By beating Maryland in the Sweet Sixteen, the Jayhawks won their 100th NCAA tournament game in school history, becoming the fourth team to do so after Kentucky, North Carolina, and Duke.

94. The eight likely one-and-done players at Kansas: Xavier Henry, Josh Selby, Ben McLemore, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre, and Cheick Diallo, combined to play in 9 NCAA tournament wins.

95. The recently-retired Kansas announcer Bob Davis went 32-0 in his career calling Senior Day games.

96. Bill Self has still never been swept by a Big 12 team in league play.

97. The Jayhawks were 16-0 at home in 2016, 7-3 in road games, and 10-3 at neutral sites.

98. KU was 9-0 against teams from Texas this season.

99. Kansas has won 24 straight games against teams from Texas, dating back to February 1, 2014.

100. Bill Self won AP Big 12 coach of the year for a record fifth time.

Ryan Landreth

I’m a recent graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University. In addition to writing for Rock Chalk Blog, I host the Inside the Paint podcast that covers KU basketball, and I write for Royals Review in the summer. My grandma has had season tickets to Jayhawk basketball for 30 years, and I have the privilege of going to most games with her.

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