The postseason has arrived for No. 1-ranked Kansas. The Jayhawks open the Big 12 Tournament, in Kansas City, Mo., against in-state rival Kansas State in a Thursday afternoon quarterfinal. KU swept the Sunflower Showdown in the regular season.
Some Big 12 Tournament factoids for you while we wait for KU vs. K-State at Sprint Center:
KU is 38-10 all-time in the Big 12 tourney
The Jayhawks are 24-6 at the Big 12 tourney in the Bill Self era
KU has won the Big 12 postseason title 9 times (6 under Self)
KU is 16-3 in Big 12 tourney games at Sprint Center (all in the Self era)
The Jayhawks are 27-11 all-time vs. K-State in neutral floor games. KU has won 11 straight vs. the Wildcats on neutral floors.
KU’s Big 12 tourney Most Outstanding Players, through the years:
1997: Paul Pierce
1998: Paul Pierce
1999: Jeff Boschee
2006: Mario Chalmers
2008: Brandon Rush
2010: Sherron Collins
2011: Marcus Morris
2013: Jeff Withey
Baylor beats Texas 75-61 in the first Thursday game. The Jayhawks will face the Bears Friday night — if they take care of business vs. K-State. Tip coming in 30 minutes or so...
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that among KU’s veterans, senior forward Perry Ellis has the best career numbers at the Big 12 Tournament.
7 games, 14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 62% shooting, 57% on 3s, 90% at the FT line
Ellis scored 30 points vs. Iowa State in a 2014 semifinal.
Wayne Selden played well offensively in 2 of 3 games last season at the Big 12 Tournament:
Semis vs Baylor: 20 points, 7/9 FGs, 6/12 FTs, 8 rebounds
Final vs Iowa State: 25 points, 8/12 FTs, 1/2 3s, 8/8 FTs, 5 rebounds
In his 5 career games at the Big 12 tourney, Selden averages 15.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, with 53% shooting from the floor
However, Selden is just an 18% 3-point shooter in Big 12 tourney games — 3 for 17
Significantly louder roar for KU than K-State here a few minutes before tip-off.
Perry Ellis gets going with a jump-hook over Wade inside. Mr. Consistency.
Iwundu drives and kicks for Edwards, who hits the game's first 3. ... Frank Mason answers quickly with a drive and lyup. KU up 4-3 early.
Johnson left Lucas wide open and then recovered to block his shot. Lucas not the quickest guy in the world off the floor.
KU runs. Ellis gets ahead and waits for Selden to catch up. Hits him for a layup. KU leads 6-3.
DJ Johnson already with 2 blocks inside vs. Lucas. Self opts to put in Traylor.