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Notes & Numbers: KU-Chaminade in Hawaii

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Kansas big man Hunter Dickinson lets a jump shot fly during KU's win in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. [Kansas Athletics photo]

Throughout each season, there are interesting notes and nuggets of information that come out of every game, win or lose.

Here’s a quick look at some of the more interesting and noteworthy facts and stats from top-ranked Kansas’ 83-56 win over Chaminade in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night.

Next up, No. 1 Kansas will take on No. 4 Marquette, which stormed back and hung on to knock off UCLA, 71-69 in Monday's final game.

Kansas and Marquette will tip off Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. (central) in the Maui Invitational semifinals.

KU Starters (starts at KU/career starts)

Dajuan Harris Jr. (81/81)
Elmarko Jackson (4/4)
Kevin McCullar Jr. (37/86)
Johnny Furphy (1/1)
Hunter Dickinson (4/93)

Series info

Kansas moves to 5-0 in the series against Chaminade and 19-6 all-time in the Maui Invitational (16-6 in games played in Hawaii).

The KU win…

• Made Kansas 4-0 for the 10th time in head coach Bill Self’s 21 seasons at KU.

• Improved Kansas to 19-6 in the Maui Invitational (16-6 in games played in Hawaii)

• Extended Kansas’ win streak in the Maui Invitational to seven games.

• Made Self 569-132 all-time at Kansas and 776-237 overall.

• Made Kansas 2,374-885 all-time.

Team notes

• Kansas has now made 141 field goals on 110 assists. Kansas dished out 29 assists and with 110 through the first four games, it is the most by a team in its first four contests since 1996-97 and most in the Bill Self era.

• Kansas shot 36-of-60 (60.0 percent) for the game. Kansas shot 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) from the floor in the first half and is 3-0 when shooting above 50.0 percent in the first half.

• Kansas’ defense held Chaminade to 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half.

• Kansas logged a season-high 58 points in the paint and converted on 27 fastbreak points.

• Kansas out-rebounded Chaminade 41-26 and never trailed during the contest.

Individual notes

• Graduate-senior Kevin McCullar Jr. recorded a triple-double (22 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) for a second-consecutive game, making him the first player in Kansas men’s basketball history to achieve that feat. It marks the seventh time in NCAA history that a player has recorded consecutive triple-doubles, with the last being Tony Lee of Robert Morris on Feb. 9, 2008 and Feb. 14, 2008.

• Senior center Hunter Dickinson posted a KU-career-high 31 points on 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and 2 steals. Dickinson has now scored 20 or more points in three of four games this season and 37 times for his career. In the first half, Dickinson posted 15 points on 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) shooting. In each of Dickinson’s four games with Kansas he has scored in double figures in the first half.

• Redshirt senior Dajuan Harris Jr. dished out eight assists, tying him for 13th on Kansas’ all-time career assists list with Ryan Robertson (1996-99 at KU) at 485. Harris also posted 7 points and pulled down 4 rebounds.

• Junior KJ Adams logged eight points on 4-of-5 (80%) shooting and also dished out 4 assists. Adams has shot 80% or better in two of four games this season. He has shot 72.7 percent or better in all four games this season.

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