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Notes & Numbers: KU-Tennessee

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Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. brings the ball up the floor during the Jayhawks' win over Tennessee in Honolulu on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 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’ 69-60 win over No. 7 Tennessee in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

Next up, Kansas (5-1) will return home to take on Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28 before starting a stretch of three games against big time foes in a 4-game span on Dec. 1 against defending national champion Connecticut at Allen Fieldhouse.

In addition to Kansas City on Dec. 5, the Jayhawks will play host to Missouri on Dec. 9 and travel to Indiana on Dec. 16 as the other marquee games in that stretch.

KU Starters (starts at KU/career starts): Dajuan Harris Jr. (83/83), Elmarko Jackson (6/6), Kevin McCullar Jr. (39/88), KJ Adams (42/42), Hunter Dickinson (6/95)

Series Info: Wednesday's victory moved KU's edge in the series with the Vols to 5-3. The win also snapped a two-game KU losing streak in the series.


• Made Kansas 5-1 to start the season. Starting in 2012-13, the Jayhawks have been 5-1 or better in each of the last 12 seasons.

• Made Kansas 2-1 against ranked foes in 2023-24

• Made Kansas 20-7 all-time in the Maui Invitational, 17-7 in games played in Hawaii

• Gave Kansas its eighth win in the last nine games played in the Maui Invitational, which includes the 2015 and 2019 Maui titles

• Made Bill Self 570-133 while at Kansas and 777-238 overall

• Made Kansas 2,375-886 all-time


• Kansas went 27-of-52 (51.9 percent) from the floor, which included 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Kansas has shot above 50 percent as a team in four if its six games so far, each resulting in a win.

• Kansas held Tennessee to 60 points on 22-of-71 (31.0 percent) shooting.

• Kansas outscored Tennessee in the paint 40-26 and had 16 points off the bench.

• Through six games, Kansas is averaging 47.3 points in the paint per game, while its opponents are at 23, giving KU a +24.3 per-game average.


• Senior Hunter Dickinson recorded 17 points and 20 rebounds on 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) shooting. Dickinson posted a double-double In the first half, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. It is the second time this season Dickinson has had a double-double in the first half. It is Dickinson’s 34th double-double of his career.

• Dickinson became the first Kansas player with multiple 20-rebound games in a season since 2008-09 (Cole Aldrich).

• Dickinson played in his 100th college game on Wednesday.

• Graduate-senior Kevin McCullar Jr. had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. It is McCullar’s 68th game in double-digit scoring.

• Redshirt-senior Dajuan Harris Jr. played 39 minutes and led both teams with eight assists to go along with five points. He has eight or more assists in three games this season and is averaging 7.2 assists per game through six games.

• Harris dished out his 498th career assist, which ranks 13th on Kansas’ career assists list. He is two shy from becoming the 12th player in KU history to record 500 career assists.

• With his 13 points, junior KJ Adams Jr. has scored in double figures in four games this season and 23 times for his career.

• Freshman Jamari McDowell recorded a career-high seven points on 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) shooting in a career-high 27 minutes, with both of his buckets coming from beyond the three-point line. McDowell’s four rebounds were two shy of his season-high of six versus North Carolina Central in the season opener (Nov. 6).

• Freshman Johnny Furphy was perfect from the floor, scoring five points on 2-of-2 shooting in 11 minutes.

• After shooting 4-for-4 from the free throw line on Wednesday, freshman Elmarko Jackson is now 15-for-16 from the charity stripe through six games this season.

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