Kansas vs. Davidson
WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center
TV/RADIO: ESPN2; KCSP (610 AM)
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Jon Axel Gudmundsson
ABOUT KANSAS (9-1): The Jayhawks are ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll and are coming off last Saturday’s 89-72 win over Nebraska in Allen Fieldhouse. This game concludes a stretch of nine contests for Kansas in either Allen Fieldhouse or Sprint Center. KU heads to UNLV for a matchup on Dec. 22 before beginning Big 12 play against TCU on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Kansas-Davidson series is tied, 1-1. The Jayhawks beat the Wildcats, 59-57, in the 2008 Elite Eight in Detroit. Davidson defeated KU, 80-74, on Dec. 19, 2011 at the Sprint Center. Frank Mason leads Kansas in scoring (20.5 ppg) and assists (55 against 21 turnovers). Mason has 25 assists to three turnovers over the last four games. Mason has led the team in scoring in eight of 10 games. Josh Jackson leads Kansas in rebounding (6.1 per game) and is second in scoring (14.8). He had five of KU’s 12 blocks in the Nebraska game. His 15 blocks rank second on the team to Udoka Azubuike (18). Jackson has made 58.8 percent of his free throws. As a team, Kansas has made 130 of 221 free throws for 58.8 percent. KU has won six straight games in Sprint Center. Kansas is 33-6 in the building, which opened in October of 2007. Kansas is 219-80 in games played in Kansas City.
ABOUT DAVIDSON (5-3): Davidson has dropped two consecutive games. North Carolina beat the Wildcats, 83-74, on Dec. 7 in Chapel Hill, N.C., a game that followed a 76-61 loss to College of Charleston on Dec. 4 in Charleston, S.C. North Carolina led Davidson by three points with two minutes left. Davidson guard Jack Gibbs and forward Peyton Aldridge combined for 52 points against the Tar Heels. Gibbs scored 30 points off 9-of-20 shooting and made five three pointers. Aldridge scored 22 points off 8-of-15 shooting. Gibbs against North Carolina became the 15th player in school history to reach 1,500 career points. He averages a team leading 24.3 ppg. Gibbs has had three games in which he’s scored 40 or more points, his most recent a 43-point outing against UMass last January. Davidson went 2-1 at the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando, Fla. The Wildcats beat Missouri (70-55) and Arizona State (68-60) after falling to Clemson (95-78). Davidson has also beaten Appalachian State (86-74), Mercer (78-57) and Charlotte (79-57). Coach Bob McKillop is 521-316 in 28 seasons at Davidson. The Wildcats are 15-104 all-time when playing a ranked opponent. Davidson’s last win over a top-25 team came on Jan. 20, 2015, when the Wildcats downed No. 22 Dayton, 77-60. Davidson was picked fourth in the 2016-17 Atlantic 10 preseason poll. Dayton placed first, followed by Rhode Island, VCU, Davidson, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, LaSalle, George Washington, St. Joseph’s, UMass, Fordham, George Mason, Duquesne and Saint Louis.