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Notes & Numbers: KU-WVU

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Kansas guard Kevin McCullar Jr. hangs to release a jump shot during the Jayhawks' road loss at West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. [Kansas Athletics photo]

Here's a quick look back at some of the most noteworthy stats and milestones from the 3rd-ranked Jayhawks' 91-85 loss at West Virginia.

KU Starters (Starts at KU/career starts): Dajuan Harris Jr. (95/95) Johnny Furphy (4/4) Kevin McCullar Jr. (51/100) KJ Adams Jr. (54/54) Hunter Dickinson (18/107)

Series Info: The Kansas-West Virginia series moved to 19-7 in favor of the Jayhawks, including a 4-7 mark at WVU Coliseum.

The KU loss...

• Made Kansas 15-3 on the season, yet KU still has a 15-3 record or better for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons dating back to 2014-15.

• Made KU 3-2 in Big 12 play for only the second time in the Bill Self era (2005-06). • Snapped a Kansas six-game winning streak against West Virginia.

• Made Kansas 2-2 in true road games this season and 6-3 in games not played in Allen Fieldhouse.

• Made Bill Self 580-135 while at Kansas, 787-239 overall and 19-7 against West Virginia, all while at KU.

• Made Kansas 2,385-888 all-time.

Team notes

• Kansas shot a 32-of-60 (53.3 percent) clip for the game, marking the 11th time this season the team has shot 50.0 percent or better, holding a 9-2 record in those contests.

• Kansas went 19-of-31 (61.3 percent) from the floor in the first half. Kansas has shot 60.0 percent or better from the field in the first half of three-straight road games, marking the longest stretch in at least 10 years.

• Kansas finished with 22 assists. The Jayhawks have at least 20 assists in 10 of the first 18 games this season.

• Kansas had five players score in double figures (McCullar - 24, Dickinson - 19, Furphy - 13, Timberlake - 12, and Adams - 11) for the third time this season.

• Of Kansas’ 85 points, 44 of them came in the paint. Kansas has outscored its opponent in the paint in 14 of the team’s 18 games played.

Individual notes

• Graduate-senior Kevin McCullar Jr. dropped a game-high 24 points on 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) shooting, also dishing out five assists and pulling down four rebounds. McCullar notched his 13th career 20+ point game and his 10th this season.

• Senior Hunter Dickinson posted 19 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting and logged five rebounds. Dickinson also added two steals and a pair of blocks.

• Freshman Johnny Furphy made his third-straight start against West Virginia, scoring 13 points and grabbing a team-high seven boards. Nine of Furphy’s 13 points came in the first half. Furphy also knocked in three three-pointers for a secondstraight game.

• Graduate-senior Nicolas Timberlake posted 12 points in 13 minutes on 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from the floor. Timberlake knocked down two three-pointers and went a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

• Redshirt-senior Dajuan Harris Jr. swiped a game and season-high five steals and dished out five assists. The five dimes gave Harris 577 career assists, passing Tyshawn Taylor (575) and Frank Mason III (576) on the all-time career assists list and putting him at seventh. Harris also moved up a spot in the all-time steals category, passing Kevin Pritchard (190) and now sitting at eighth all-time with 194 career steals.

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