Josh Campos, KC SportsNation
NORMAN, OK – Call it lack of motivation in the first half for the Jayhawks (12-3, 2-0 Big 12.) against Oklahoma (10-4, 0-2). Call it a hangover from the big K-State win on Wednesday. Call it Kansas being Kansas. Call it what you want. One thing is for certain — Oklahoma was in the game 20 minutes longer than what it should have been. Thanks to the Sooners ability to knockdown jump shots (48%) and get offensive rebounds, they were able to lead 34-33 at half.
Then Kansas decided to play. Kansas opened the second half on a 29-4 run to lead 62-40. Amazingly, the Jayhawks still shot a terrible 4-19 from the 3 and was out rebounded 31-29 and still was able dominate the game and second half. The Jayhawk defense of late has been exactly what Bill Self had envisioned back in October: Outstanding. Kansas held Oklahoma to 38% shooting and Kansas St. to 31%. The offense is still a work in progress. Junior forward Thomas Robinson was able to register 18 points and 9 rebounds. He was one of two Jayhawks to score in double digits. The bench was only able to produce 6 points.
Oklahoma put together a couple of runs but nothing too serious as the Jayhawks were able to clear the bench en route to a 72-61 victory. In the end, the box score made the game closer than what it was, but it was an easy win for the Jayhawks and an important road win.
Player of the Game: Coming off a career night where he recorded his first career double-double and career high 16 points and 11 rebounds, Junior swingman Travis Releford matched his career scoring high of 16 at the half. He finished with a game-high 28 points to go along with 3 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals. These last 2 games earned him Big 12 player of the week. If Releford has turned a corner and can be relied on as a third scoring option, then the Jayhawks may be the team to beat for the Big 12 Title.
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I don’t even know what this is, but…
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