A little first-half scare seemed to do the Kansas basketball team good Saturday night at Sprint Center.
With Santa sitting courtside and holiday cheer floating throughout the arena, Kansas junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk received an early Christmas present from Kansas coach Bill Self on Saturday night — his seventh career start and first since his freshman season.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self already had used three post players, including freshman Mitch Lightfoot, when he put Carlton Bragg in the Davidson game with 11 minutes remaining in the first half Saturday in Sprint Center.
It’s debatable whether Davidson simply ran out of gas or the Kansas defense stiffened. What is not debatable is that the Jayhawks, who trailed at halftime for just the second time this season, out-played, out-toughed and outscored the Wildcats convincingly in the second half en route to a hard-fought, 89-71 victory Saturday night at Sprint Center.
In a Sprint Center rematch of sorts, the Kansas basketball team faces Davidson Saturday night, in Kansas City, Mo., in the same venue where the two programs last squared off in December of 2011. Coach Bob McKillop’s Wildcats prevailed, 80-74, against a Bill Self-coached KU team that went on to advance as far as the national championship game. At 5-3, Davidson will try and repeat that feat against the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks (9-1).