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Notes & Numbers: KU-Samford

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KU big man threw up 19 points and 20 rebounds in KU's Round 1 NCAA Tournament win over Samford on Thursday, March 21, 2024 in Salt Lake City. [Kansas Athletics photo]

Here's a quick look back at some of the most noteworthy stats and milestones from 4th-seeded Kansas' 93-89 win over No. 13 seed Samford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

KU Starters (starts at KU/career starts): Dajuan Harris (110/110); Nicolas Timberlake (7/97); Johnny Furphy (18/18); KJ Adams (68/68); Hunter Dickinson (32/121).

Series Info: After meeting for the first time in men’s basketball, Kansas leads the series 1-0.


• Made Kansas 23-10, giving Kansas 23 wins in 19 of Bill Self’s 21 seasons at Kansas.

• Made Kansas 5-2 in neutral site games this season.

• Improved Kansas to 113-49 in the NCAA Tournament.

• Made KU 37-2 in its last 39 NCAA Tournament round-of-64 games, beginning in 1981.

• Made Kansas 7-1 against the No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and 9-5 as the No. 4 seed.

• Made Bill Self 588-142 while at Kansas, 795-247 overall and 53-22 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (43-17 while at Kansas).

• Made Kansas 2,393-895 all-time.


• Kansas shot 35-of-58 (60.3 percent) from the floor. Kansas shot at least 60.0 percent from the field in an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since March 21, 2014 vs. Eastern Kentucky (60.4 percent).

• Kansas dished out 25 assists on 35 FGM. The 25 assists were the team’s most in an NCAA Tournament game since March 16, 2007 vs. Niagara (29 assists).

• Kansas outscored Samford in the paint 54-24. The 54 points in the paint are the second-most of the season (58 vs. Chaminade). Kansas scored 54 points in the paint against Howard last year in its first round NCAA Tournament victory.

• Kansas scored 93 points, which is its third-most of the season. The Jayhawks scored 99 points each against NC Central and Manhattan in the first two games of the season. Kansas has scored 90+ points in five games this season and is 5-0 in those games.


• Senior Hunter Dickinson posted a 19-point, 20-rebound double-double and added five assists, four blocks and two steals. Dickinson’s 20 boards tie for the third-most by a Jayhawk in an NCAA Tournament game (Cole Aldrich, 2009 and Drew Gooden, 2002). Dickinson recorded his fourth 20-rebound game of the season, moving him to third all-time in 20-plus rebound games in Kansas history.

• Dickinson became the first NCAA player since at least 1996-97 to have 20 rebounds, 5 assists and multiple blocks in an NCAA Tournament game.

• Junior KJ Adams posted a team-high 20 points on 10-13 (76.9 percent) shooting, while dishing out six assists and pulling down four rebounds. Adams recorded back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career. Adams’ 10 made field goals are a new career high.

• Graduate Nicolas Timberlake posted a season-high 19 points and went 3-of-6 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc.

• Freshman Johnny Furphy added 16 points and eight boards. It marks the fourth time this season Furphy has had at least 16 points and eight rebounds in a game.

• Senior Dajuan Harris Jr. scored 13 points and dished out seven assists. Harris went 6-of-6 from the free throw line, marking the first time this season he has been perfect from the stripe with at least five attempts.

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