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Particulars of Kansas and Texas Tech 17-game winning streaks

Thomas Robinson (0) looks at Ricardo Ratliffe (10) after Robinson made a layup to bring the Jayhawks within one point of the Tigers with  two and a half minutes left in regulation. The Jayhawks went on to win 87-86 against the Missouri Tigers, Saturday, Feb 25, 2012..

Thomas Robinson (0) looks at Ricardo Ratliffe (10) after Robinson made a layup to bring the Jayhawks within one point of the Tigers with two and a half minutes left in regulation. The Jayhawks went on to win 87-86 against the Missouri Tigers, Saturday, Feb 25, 2012.. by Mike Yoder

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has a chance to run his record in Big 12 regular-season payback games to 19-0, but in order to do so he'll have to score road victories against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

So far, 15 of the 17 payback victories have come in Allen Fieldhouse.

The years and scores involved in Self's 17-0 payback record:

Year
Opponent
Loss score
Payback score
2004 @Iowa State
68-61 90-89 (OT)
2004 @Nebraska 74-54 78-67
2006 KANSAS STATE
59-55 66-52
2006 @Missouri 89-86 79-46
2008 @Oklahoma St.
84-75 88-74
2009 @Missouri 62-60 90-65
2012
@Missouri 74-71 87-86 (OT)
2013 OKLAHOMA ST.
85-80 68-67 (OT)
2013 @TCU 62-55 74-48
2014 @Texas 81-69 85-54
2015 @Iowa State
86-81 89-76
2015 @West Virginia
62-61 76-69 (OT)
2016 @West Virginia
74-63 75-65
2016 @Oklahoma St.
86-67 94-67
2016 @Iowa State
85-72 85-78
2017 @West Virginia
85-69 84-80 (OT)
2018 @Oklahoma 85-80 104-74

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard argues a call with the referee during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard argues a call with the referee during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) by Brad Tollefson (Associated Press)

Texas Tech puts its own 17-game winning streak on the line Saturday. The Red Raiders have won their last 17 games in United Supermarkets Arena, eight in Big 12 conference games, nine against nonconference opponents.

Tech coach Chris Beard is attempting to upgrade the nonconference schedule, but will have a tough time lining up big-name opponents because it will be a tough place to pick up a road victory.

A look at details of the Red Raiders' 17-game home winning streak:

Date Opponent Score
March 1, 2017
Texas 67-57
Nov. 10, 2017
South Alabama
75-50
Nov. 14, 2017
Maine 83-44
Nov. 22, 2017
Wofford 79-56
Nov. 25, 2017
Savannah St.
103-69
Dec. 5, 2017
Nevada 82-76 (OT)
Dec. 13, 2017
Kennesaw St.
82-53
Dec. 16, 2017
Rice 73-53
Dec. 19, 2017
Florida Atlantic
90-54
Dec. 22, 2017
Abilene Christian
74-47
Dec. 29, 2017
Baylor 77-53
Jan. 6, 2018
Kansas State
74-58
Jan. 13, 2018
West Virginia
72-71
Jan. 23, 2018
Oklahoma St.
75-50
Jan. 31, 2018
Texas 73-71 (OT)
Feb. 7, 2018
Iowa State
76-58
Feb. 13, 2018
Oklahoma 88-78
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A closer look at Big 12 basketball standings

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) tries to squeeze between Texas Tech guard Brandone Francis (1) and Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) tries to squeeze between Texas Tech guard Brandone Francis (1) and Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The Big 12's reputation as a deep league is unassailable. The anybody-can-beat-anybody cliche that is overused most years actually applies this season. Second-place Texas Tech lost at last-place Iowa State in a rout. First-place Kansas lost at home to Oklahoma State, which is in a three-way tie for seventh, or second-to-last.

An examination of the combined records of opponents in each team's losses and a look at each team's record against the four Big 12 teams with winning records revealed interesting traits about Texas Tech and Kansas State.

All four of Tech's losses have come to schools with losing records in conference play. Yet, the Raid Raiders are undefeated against the other three teams with winning records.

K-State has been the most predictable team in the Big 12, winning every game it plays against members who now have losing records and losing every game to schools with winning records.

It's also interesting that Oklahoma State has a 4-3 record against the four schools with winning records and 2-6 against the five other schools with losing records.

School
Losses Combined record
of vanquishers/record
vs. winning teams
Kansas (11-4)
TT, @OU, OSU, @BU
29-31...4-1
Texas Tech (10-5)
@OU, @UT, @ISU, @BU, @OSU
29-46...4-0
Kansas State (9-6)
vs. WVU, @TTU, @KU,
vs. KU, @WVU, vs. TT
60-30...0-6
West Virginia (9-6)
@TT, KU, @TCU,
@ISU, OSU, @KU
49-41...2-3
TCU (7-8)
OU, KU, @UT, @OU,
@KSU, TT, @KU, @WVU
68-52...0-4
Baylor (7-8)
@TT, TCU, @WVU, @ISU,
@KU, KSU, @OU, WVU
65-55...2-5
Oklahoma (6-9)
@WVU, @KSU, @OSU, @UT, WVU,
@ISU, @TT, UT, @KU
70-65...2-5
Oklahoma St. (6-9)
WVU, @OU, @KSU, @BU, @TT,
TCU, BU, KSU, @TCU
71-64...4-3
Texas (6-9)
KU, @BU, @OSU, @WVU, @TT,
KSU, @TCU, BU, @KSU
75-60....1-5
Iowa St. (4-11)
KSU, UT, @OSU, @KU, @TCU, @UT
@BU, @TT, KU, @KSU, TCU
89-76...2-5
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Bill Self has coached 100 Big 12 home-and-home series without being swept a single time

Kansas head coach Bill Self pleads for a call during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self pleads for a call during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

When the final buzzer sounded Monday night on a 104-74 Kansas victory against Oklahoma, Bill Self had officially completed his 100th home-and-home, regular-season Big 12 series.

And he hasn't been swept yet.

Self has swept 69 of those series and split 31. That's 69 sweeps without being swept a single time.

Kansas has three regular-season games remaining and the non-sweep streak will be on the line in two of them. Texas Tech defeated Kansas, 85-73, Jan. 2 in Allen Fieldhouse. The rematch is set for 3 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock.

KU finishes its regular season Saturday, March 3rd, another 3 p.m. tipoff. In between, KU plays host to Texas, 8 p.m. Monday. The Jayhawks defeated the Longhorns in Austin, so if KU defeats Texas Tech, the non-sweep streak will reach 102, regardless of the outcome of the Texas game.

A look at how Self has fared in home-and-home regular-season series during his 15 years as Kansas basketball head coach:

School Sweeps Splits Swept
Baylor 5 2 0
Colorado 8 0 0
Iowa State
9 6 0
Kansas State
10 5 0
Missouri 5 4 0
Nebraska 7 1 0
Oklahoma 4 3 0
Oklahoma St.
2 4 0
Texas 5 1 0
Texas A&M
1 0 0
TCU
5 1 0
Texas Tech
6 0 0
West Virginia
2 4 0
Totals 69 31 0
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Graham climbs up Kansas basketball career charts

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three in front of Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three in front of Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Devonte' Graham continued his move up several Kansas basketball career statistical charts with his Monday night performance in a 104-74 rout of Oklahoma.

Graham moved into 17th in scoring with 23 points, stayed in 10th place in assists, creeping to one behind Sherron Collins with seven assists, and passed Billy Thomas into second place with five 3-pointers.

A look at the top 20 in points and top 10 in assists and 3-pointers:

POINTS

Player Points Years
1 - Danny Manning
2,951 1985-88
2 - NIck Collison
2,097 2000-03
3 - Raef LaFrentz
2,066 1995-98
4 - Clyde Lovellette
1,979 1950-52
5 - Sherron Collins
1,888 2007-10
6 - Frank Mason III
1,885 2014-17
7 - Darnell Valentine
1,821 1978-81
8 - Keith Langford
1,812 2002-05
9 - Perry Ellis
1,798 2013-16
10 - Paul Pierce
1,768 1996-98
11 - Dave Robisch
1,7854 1969-71
12 - Kirk Hinrich
1,753 2000-03
13 - Kevin Pritchard
1,692 1987-90
14 - Mark Randall
1,627 1987, 89-91
15 - Wayne Simien
1,593 2002-05
16 - Tyshawn Taylor
1,580 2009-12
17 - Devonte' Graham
1,569 2015-present
18 - Jeff Boschee
1,560 1999-2002
19 - Kenny Gregory
1,555 1998-2001
20 - Calvin Thompson
1,548 1983-86

ASSISTS

Player Assists Years
1 - Aaron Miles
954 2002-05
2 - Jacque Vaughn
804 1994-97
3 - Cedric Hunter
684 1984-87
4 - Kirk Hinrich
668
2000-03
5 - Darnell Valentine
609 1978-81
6 - Frank Mason III
576 2014-17
7 - Tyshawn Taylor
575 2009-12
8 - Adonis Jordan
568 1990-93
9 - Sherron Collins
552 2007-10
10 - Devonte' Graham
551
2015-present

3-POINTERS

Player 3-pt FG
Years
1 - Jeff Boschee
338 1999-2002
2 - Devonte' Graham
270
2015-present
3 - Billy Thomas
269 1995-98
4 - Kirk Hinrich
236 2000-03
5 - Sherron Collins
232 2007-10
6 - Svi Mykhailiuk
210 2015-present
7 - Brandon Rush
205 2006-08
8 - Terry Brown
200 1990-91
9 - Frank Mason III
185 2014-17
10 - Mario Chalmers
180 2006-08
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OU guard Trae Young fading in Big 12 POY race

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives against Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives against Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

A point guard’s primary job is to see that his team puts up as good a shot as possible every time down the floor.

Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans and Devonte’ Graham of Kansas do a terrific job of that by scoring, setting up teammates and keeping the ball moving in a productive fashion.

Oklahoma’s Trae Young?

Fourteen games into the Big 12 season, Young has launched 155 3-pointers and made them at a mediocre .335 rate. He also has averaged 6.4 turnovers per game, a ridiculously high number even for someone leading the conference with 8.4 assists per game.

Young leads the Big 12 with a 30.1 scoring average in conference play. But does he deserve to be named player of the year in the Big 12?

No.

In my mind, Young’s battling fellow freshman Mohamed Bamba of Texas for fifth, behind co-leaders Evans and Graham, plus Kansas State’s Dean Wade. Evans, Graham and Wade are tied for second in the conference in scoring with 18.7 points per game.

That’s not to say Young’s not the most talented player in the Big 12. He and Bamba lead that discussion, but as freshmen they aren’t as schooled in the art of consistently making winning plays as more experienced players.

How can it possibly be a good idea for a player who shoots .335 on 3-pointers to launch 11.1 a game? And 6.4 turnovers a game? Young deserves credit for getting to the line so often (148 times in Big 12 play) and cashing in on his opportunities (.858), but Evans and Graham have done a better job of ensuring their teams have productive possessions.

Evans and Graham play for teams with 10-4 records, Wade 8-6, Bamba and Young 6-8. The Sooners have lost five in a row.

A statistical look at the five players most deserving of first-team, all-conference honors to this point in the season:

Player
PPG—RPG—APG A/TO
BPG eFG
Mohamed Bamba (UT)
14.9—11.8—0.6 0.3 3.9 .582
Keenan Evans (TT)
18.7—3.1—3.1 1.5 0.4 .509
Devonte' Graham (KU)
18.7—4.3—6.9 2.5 0.0 .478
Dean Wade (KSU)
18.7—6.3—3.1 1.6 1.0 .617
Trae Young (OU)
30.1—4.5—8.4
1.3 0.3 .488
Reply 8 comments from Jaylark Len Shaffer Zabudda Krohnutz Jayhawkmarshall Tom Keegan Plasticjhawk

ESPN Game Day hosts Jay Bilas, Rece Davis agree Allen Fieldhouse second to none

From left, ESPN College GameDay analysts Rece Davis, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas film at Allen Fieldhouse, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, hours before the tip-off between KU and Kentucky men's basketball game 6 p.m.

From left, ESPN College GameDay analysts Rece Davis, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas film at Allen Fieldhouse, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, hours before the tip-off between KU and Kentucky men's basketball game 6 p.m. by Mike Yoder

Say two words and men who talk about college basketball on TV for a living take it from there: Allen Fieldhouse.

“It’s my favorite place to see a game and I’m not pandering because we’re here,” ESPN Game Day host Rece Davis said. “There’s such great history here. There’s a vibe and a feel in the building that is not evident in a lot of other places. It’s not the only great place, but I tell everybody who asks that question if I could see only one more college basketball game or only pay for one place to go this would be it.”

Davis mentioned a few other venues as special.

“I love Cameron. I love Mackey Arena at Purdue,” Davis said. “I think those are in that ethereal realm with the others, Assembly Hall in Bloomington also, but if you forced me to rank them, and you are since you asked the question, I’d put Allen Fieldhouse at the top.”

Bilas played his college basketball for Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“We love coming here. Allen Fieldhouse is a gem,” Bilas said. “I’ve said it before, it’s the St. Andrew’s of college basketball. There is nowhere better. There’s nowhere better.”

Why?

“When you’re here for a game and you walk into that building, it’s got a feel like none other, and even when you walk in and it’s empty, it just echoes history,” Bilas said. “Every road in this game comes back to Lawrence, Kansas. It’s a magnificent place. We’ll never say no to coming here.”

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Bill Self: Kansas far from reaching ceiling

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts up a three from the corner over Texas A&M forward DJ Hogg (1) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts up a three from the corner over Texas A&M forward DJ Hogg (1) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

If you think Kansas, ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press college basketball poll, hasn’t earned the No. 2 seed it was assigned in the CBS mock selection show, you won’t get an argument from coach Bill Self.

“I don't know that we played to either one of them here in the last couple weeks,” Self said. “I mean, I would say right now, I should be probably happy with both of those. I think we have a chance to certainly solidify and maybe improve on at least our ranking. It would be hard to improve on a 2 seed. That's not going to happen. That's the best we could probably hope for. We have also opportunity to definitely slide based on who our opponents are coming up.”

Self went on to say Kansas has the potential to play far better than it has so far.

“I think if you looked at us back in December, late November at times, you thought the team had a ridiculously high ceiling,” Self said. “I do not feel we have played to that. When we were playing to that, it's primarily because our five starters were playing well, we were shooting the ball well. … You could see that the ceiling is still pretty high if we can get everybody on the same page and playing well. I mean, my thoughts have always been the same. We got a chance to be in every game. We got a chance to win every game. Why should we settle for anything less than that.”

In a 16-point loss at Baylor, Malik Newman, Lagerald Vick and Svi Mykhailiuk, shooting with one-and-a-half eyes open, combined to go 2 for 19 from 3-point range.

In a six-point victory at Iowa State, Kansas overcame Devonte’ Graham and Svi combining to shoot 3 for 13 on 3-point shots and 3 for 13 from inside the arc.

“The reality is, I think there's potential to play a lot better than we have in the last two or three weeks without question, if we can just get everybody playing well at the same time,” Self said. “It’s amazing to me that we’ve won some games,” Self said. “If you said we were going to go to Ames, those two would go 6 of 26, we would have no shot.”

A month-by-month look at the percentages of KU's four 3-point shooters:

Player Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.
Devonte' Graham
.361 .508 .350 .414
Svi Mykhailiuk
.564 .382 .507 .182
Malik Newman
.500 .265 .381 .280
Lagerald Vick
.519 .464 .273 .278
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More parity than ever in Big 12 basketball this season

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) puts a shot over Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) puts a shot over Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

When Big 12 coaches say any team can beat any other conference member anywhere, this year it's not just coaches spewing platitudes. It's the truth. The best evidence of that lies in the fact that all three of first-place Texas Tech's losses (Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State) came against schools with losing conference records.

A look at some Big 12 numbers during Bill Self's time at Kansas demonstrate that the difference between schools at the top and bottom is smaller than ever.

Year First place
Last place
Games
Behind
17-18 Texas Tech (10-3)
Iowa State (4-9)
6 (5 left)
16-17
Kansas (16-2)
Texas (4-14)
12
15-16 Kansas (15-3)
TCU (2-16)
13
14-15 Kansas (13-5)
Texas Tech (3-15)
10
13-14 Kansas (14-4)
TCU (0-18)
14
12-13
KU/K-St. (14-4)
TCU (2-16)
12
11-12 Kansas (16-2)
Texas Tech (1-17)
15
10-11 Kansas (14-2)
Iowa State (3-13)
11
09-10 Kansas (15-1)
Nebraska (2-14)
13
08-09 Kansas (14-2)
Colorado (3-13)
11
07-08 KU/Texas (13-3)
Baylor (4-12)
9
06-07
Kansas (14-2)
Colorado (4-12)
10
05-06 KU/Texas (13-3)
Baylor (4-12)
9
04-05 KU/Oklahoma (12-4)
Baylor (1-15)
11
03-04 Oklahoma State (14-2)
Texas A&M (0-16)
14

The shrinking gap between the school with the highest average scoring margin and the lowest has narrowed greatly the past two seasons.

Year Top
Scoring
Margin
Bottom
Scoring
Margin
Difference
17-18
WVU +6.7 OSU -4.6 11.3
16-17 WVU +6.7
UT -6.1
12.8
15-16 KU +8.5 TCU -13.4
21.9
14-15 KU +6.8
TT -13.5
20.3
13-14 KU +10.2
TCU -17.8
28
12-13 KU +9.7
TT -14.7
24.4
11-12 KU +11.9
TT -15.9
27.8
10-11 UT +13.1 ISU -8.6
21.7
09-10
KU +12.4
NU -10.1
22.5
08-09 KU +10.5
CU -11.9
22.4
07-08 KU +16.8
CU -7.8
24.6
06-07 KU +17.3
CU -13.1
30.4
05-06 UT +15.1
MU -9.8
24.9
04-05 OU +9.3
BU -14.8
24.1
03-04 OSU +10.4
BU -11.6
22
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Making redshirts out of six juniors can correct class imbalance for Kansas football

Kansas offensive lineman Antione Frazier (75) and the Jayhawks head out to the field through the smoke prior to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas offensive lineman Antione Frazier (75) and the Jayhawks head out to the field through the smoke prior to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

The NCAA allows Football Bowl Subdivision schools to carry 85 players on full scholarships. When schools fall short, they award scholarships to walk-ons. The limit for any one class is 25.

Because of career-ending injuries, academic flameouts, transfers to other schools, etc., most schools have rosters with fewer than 80 players who originally came to the program on scholarship.

Kansas, for example, has 77 players on the roster who originally came to school on football scholarships, although that number includes two Class of 2018 recruits who verbally committed but did not sign letters of intent. Also the number is likely to be smaller by the time the 2018 season starts, and in fact likely already is smaller. KU, however, has not updated its roster. The 77 figure includes offensive tackle Charles Baldwin, who did not practice with the team for most of the season as a disciplinary measure. Is he still in the program? He's still listed on the roster. It also includes a couple of players with concussion histories who might or might not be able to continue their football careers.

Having 77 original scholarship players isn't a bad number, but the class balance is not ideal. At the moment, the 2018 roster projects as having 15 freshmen, 14 sophomores, 27 juniors and 21 seniors.

Freshmen (15): Kenny Bastida, Mac Copeland, Jay Dineen, Miles Emery (committed but didn’t sign), Joey Gilbertson, Corione Harris, Travis Jordan, Torry Locklin (committed but didn’t sign), Jacobi Lott, Ryan Malbrough, Kenyon Tabor, Robert Topps III, Pooka Williams, Nick Williams, Takulve Williams.

Sophomores (14): Shola Ayinde, Earl Bostick Jr., Davon Ferguson, Joey Gilbertson, Quan Hampton, Chris Hughes, Kyron Johnson, Liam Jones, Miles Kendrick, Ian Peterson, Dru Prox, Stephon Robinson, Kyle Thompson, Dominic Williams.

Juniors (27): Hakeem Adeniji, Isaiah Bean, Julian Chandler, Daylon Charlot, Malik Clark, Charles Cole, Hasan Defense, Foster Dixson, Cam Durley, Evan Fairs, Antione Frazier, Chase Harrell, Elmore Hempstead, Khalil Herbert, Elijah Jones, Azur Kamura, Mike Lee, Reuben Lewis, Kyle Mayberry, Clyde McCauley, Jeremiah McCullough, Najee Stevens-McKenzie, Shaquille Richmond, Carter Stanley, Bryce Torneden, Andru Tovi, Justin Williams.

Seniors (21): Charles Baldwin, Peyton Bender, Jeremiah Booker, Jacob Bragg, Joe Dineen, Josh Ehambe, Denzel Feaster, Isi Holani, J.J. Holmes, Kerr Johnson, Taylor Martin, Willie McCaleb, Tyrone Miller, Emmanuel Moore, Osaze Ogbebor, Tyler Patrick, Mavin Saunders, Keyshawn Simmons, Steven Sims, Shakial Taylor, Daniel Wise.

Identifying six or so players from the junior class to spend this coming season as redshirts would result in better balance, with a breakdown of 14, 21, 21, 21.

You never want to redshirt a player unless you think he can make his way onto the depth chart as a first-string or second-string player because there is no point of keeping a non-contributor on scholarship an extra year. It wouldn't be tough to find a half dozen juniors who have the potential to benefit the team by preserving a year of eligibility to develop their skills and physiques. Six defensive backs who have not yet used a redshirt season are in the class, so three could come from the secondary. Combining offensive and defensive linemen, nine candidates are available, from which three could be earmarked for redshirts.

Reply 21 comments from Dirk Medema Titus Canby Bryson  Stricker Robert  Brock Mlbenn35 Brian_leslie Hawkfanatic John Brazelton Len Shaffer Spk15

Talented Iowa State freshmen Lindell Wigginton, Cameron Lard await Kansas in Hilton Coliseum

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) has a shot stuffed by Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) has a shot stuffed by Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

It's a terrific year for freshmen in the Big 12 and two very talented ones await Kansas tonight in Hilton Coliseum.

Point guard Lindell Wigginton and post player Cameron Lard combined for 41 points in leading Iowa State to an 88-80 victory Saturday against Oklahoma. Wigginton, the best Canadian prospect in his class, totaled 26 points, five rebounds and five assists, compared to 22 points, five rebounds and 11 assists for Sooners sensation Trae Young. Lard, a 6-9, 225-pound native of Louisiana, was every bit as instrumental in the victory, dropping 19 points and 17 rebounds on OU.

Wigginton, a strong, confident, 6-2, 188-pound athlete armed with a soft shooting touch, and Lard had big hands in ISU hanging tough against Kansas in an 83-78 loss in Allen Fieldhouse. Wigginton made 4 of 8 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Lard produced 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Nothing about the way Wigginton plays reveals his youth. Lard plays like a typical freshman big man in one respect. He has trouble staying out of foul trouble and has fouled out of three games.

It's a game Kansas should win. The oddsmakers favor the Jayhawks by 6.5 points, but thanks to two very talented freshmen, it won't be an easy stop on schedule that doesn't have any of those. Wigginton and Lard won't be the last tough freshmen Kansas faces. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas also have talented freshman duos.

A look at the Big 12's best freshmen, listed in order of their scoring averages in conference games:

Freshman PTS REB
AST STL BLK
Trae Young (OU)
31.3 4.8 8.7 2.0 0.3
Lindell Wigginton (ISU)
17.7 3.8 3.2 1.0 0.5
Cameron Lard* (ISU)
15.7 9.7 0.5 0.8 2.8
Mohamed Bamba (UT)
15.2 11.3 0.6 0.8 3.8
Jarrett Culver (TT)
12.3 3.6 1.7 0.9 0.7
Brady Manek (OU)
11.5 5.7 0.2 0.4 0.6
Zhaire Smith (TT)
10.8 5.3 1.6 1.2 1.3
Matt Coleman (UT)
10.5 2.9
5.0 1.1 0.0
Cartier Diarra* (KSU)
9.9 2.7 2.2
0.9 0.1
*Redshirt Freshman
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