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Kansas defeats Colorado, 90-54

  • 1 p.m., Dec. 8, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Jayhawks steamroll Colorado, 90-54

By Matt Tait

It was a game many believed could be one of Kansas University's toughest non-conference tests of the season.

It turned out to be a laugher.

In facing Colorado for the first time since the Buffs bolted the Big 12 for the Pac-12 two years ago — and on the front end of a home-and-home series that will move to Boulder, Colo., in 2013 — the Jayhawks were anything but welcoming to their old conference foes, drubbing Colorado, 90-54, in front of a rocking crowd at Allen Fieldhouse.

Ben McLemore continued to shine, finishing with a game-high 24 points and added five rebounds and two assists. The red-shirt freshman from St. Louis scored half of his points in the game's first 10 minutes.

KU senior Kevin Young also turned in an impressive stat line finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-9 shooting in just 20 minutes. Young started and was a huge catalyst for KU's incredible surge of energy from which the Buffs were unable to recover.

Elijah Johnson chipped in 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Travis Releford scored 10 points and dished six assists and Jeff Withey finished with eight points and seven rebounds as No. 9 KU improved to 7-1.

Here's a quick look back at some of the action.

The game turned when: The official threw the opening tip in the air. KU opened the game on a 10-1 run, pushed that to 18-3 and cruised from there. The Jayhawks led 43-22 at halftime and then started the second half the way they began the first, ripping off a 9-0 run to push the lead to 30. Before it was all finished, KU recorded a largest lead of 42 points, which came with 9:31 to play in the second half.

Offensive highlight: With just over a minute left in the first half and the Jayhawks refusing to let up, Jamari Traylor picked up a steal near midcourt, gathered the loose ball and tossed it ahead to a streaking Travis Releford, who took a couple of hard dribbles, rose toward the rim and dunked the ball in the face of Colorado junior Jeremy Adams. After the flush, somewhat instinctively, Releford flexed, scowled and stared into the camera underneath the basket. Naturally, Allen Fieldhouse went nuts, one of many times the old barn exploded on Saturday.

Defensive highlight: It's hard to say if this was the offensive highlight or the defensive highlight, but since the dunk was merely average (for him), we'll call it defense. With just under 17 minutes to play in the first half and KU leading 10-3, red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore jumped into the passing lane, picked up a steal, tossed the ball over the head of the Colorado player to himself and slipped past him for an easy breakaway slam.

Key stat: Pick one. KU was terrific in just about every area in this one and, perhaps more importantly, forced the Buffs to be bad. KU shot 55 percent from the floor, (compared to 37 percent for CU), 82 percent from the free throw line (57 percent for CU) and 40 percent from three-point range (15 for CU). The Jayhawks recorded 12 steals, forced 18 turnovers and dished 23 assists in a game they dominated from start to finish.

Up next: The Jayhawks will be off next week for finals and return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 against Belmont at Allen Fieldhouse.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended December 8, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.)

Buffalobillsfan in reply to Gman06

Goin' into Allen Fieldhouse? Don't bring it weak! My first home game KU played CU in December '91: same result.

Lajayhawk in reply to Kent Wells

Nicely done.

Kent Wells

See what I did there, LA?

Kent Wells

Don't stop believing. Just hold on to that feeling!

And that's the end of this blog.....

Lajayhawk in reply to Kent Wells

Just wait. I'll have one for you eventually... :-)

Buffalobillsfan

Very nice win. The first half was great to watch. Missed most pf 2nd half: hard to get KU games stationed here in Germany.

Jaybate

Anyone notice the XTReme Lameness of the Temple floor in the Meadowlands being named the Izod Court?

Sawman3333

and that's a wrap

Kent Wells in reply to Kent Wells

Why can't there be a program for us brilliant folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Duane Rice in reply to Lajayhawk

Yea. LIke what happend to the girls at Badda Bing.

Lajayhawk

Pleasure chatting with you all again. See you all in a few days!!

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

I totally agree!

Lajayhawk

Rock Chalk

Maxjay in reply to Jesse Newell

ROCH CHALK!!

Lajayhawk

Nice finish, Tyler.

Wissoxfan83

SELF!!!

FINAL
Colorado 54
Kansas 90

Jesse Newell

Tyler Self caps off the win with a two.

Brian Powell

wow, great finish LOL

Kent Wells

Fear the 'stache!!!

Brian Haase

SELF

Jaybate

Well, no wonder KU is kicking butt. Self is in bankers stripe tie and a solid suit. It does it everytime.

Lajayhawk in reply to Kent Wells

Yeah, a lot of people take issue with having to examine a show in hindsight like that. But, to me, that's what brilliant art is all about.

Gman06

Hey Colorado, welcome back to the Allen Fieldhouse

Kent Wells in reply to Wissoxfan83

Interesting. I am actually a clock and they symbol for alchemy. But I'm more blue than red...

Buffalobillsfan in reply to Danr

Waste of good $$$.

Jaybate in reply to Wissoxfan83

Oh, you would. I am enormously funny looking.

Kent Wells in reply to Jaybate

Maybe. I am thinking not just yet. But it would be nice...

Duane Rice

Roberts asulting the backboard

Jaybate in reply to Jesse Newell

They used to say that was a catepillar in a biology experiment.

Wissoxfan83 in reply to Jaybate

Was hoping to have some fun with that one

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

I totally get that. And I think Breaking Bad is headed for a very similar ending. Then you have too much to drink and a moment of enlightenment and say, Oh, I see what they did there... But, for the most part, that is when people are waaaaay smarter than the masses and only just a few get it and the explanation is very confusing....

Rolland Remmert in reply to Jesse Newell

Doesn't have much else to keep him busy

Lajayhawk in reply to Kent Wells

That's what seems great about it. It pulls no punches with his bad life choices.

Jaybate in reply to Wissoxfan83

Fortunately, I am not subject to your policy!!! :-)

Danr

Tyler needs some ink.

Jesse Newell

Tyler Self growing a mustache?

Jaybate in reply to Kent Wells

The meetings between Huggy and Self are going to be epic!!!

Wissoxfan83 in reply to Jaybate

My policy on commenting on the way people look is it's fair game as long as you post a picture of yourself so we can comment on how you look.

Jaybate

Our current team appears to be running an offense designed to stop itself.

Kent Wells in reply to Jaybate

Wow. That was mean! And yes, I thought that...

Jaybate in reply to Kent Wells

Hey, did you see that clip of Huggy Bear. His color looks better and I believe he has gone down from a D to a C cub in his man bra.

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

LA: The train wreck just continues. Hide yo kidz though.... Season two is just fantastic.

Lajayhawk

I'm one of the few people who thought the Sopranos ending was brilliant. Hated it at first for the same reason as most... seemed like a technical malfunction. But then, after thinking about it, I thought it was fantastic. Played with audience expectation, and made you realize how empty and unfulfilling Tony's life was. And the question about what his future contained is much more powerful, IMO, than giving an actual answer.

Parishawk

Thank you both.

Jesse Newell in reply to Parishawk

Adams was so bad Self checked him out. White made a three, missed a three, turned it over, missed a layup.

Wissoxfan83 in reply to Parishawk

They're basically messing up our awesome team stats for this game

Kent Wells in reply to Maxjay

Yo Yo Yo.

Maxjay

White missed a layup

Kent Wells in reply to Jaybate

Spaceballs was funny. But Blazing Saddles is Top 5...

Wissoxfan83

Anyone still watching the game?

Parishawk

Had to leave for a few minutes. How are White and Rio doing?

Maxjay

My bad Jesse. Meant for the group.

Jaybate in reply to Kent Wells

You're waaaay underrating Spaceballs by Mel Brooks.

Maxjay in reply to Jesse Newell

Breaking Bad the best. Yo Mr. White.

03:18 left in Second Half
Colorado 49
Kansas 82

Jesse Newell

Tharpe with his fourth turnover.

Wissoxfan83

These freshmen are not the Fab five

Lajayhawk in reply to Kent Wells

I'm behind on Breaking Bad. Just watched the first season on DVD. Fantastic show.

Duane Rice

Dexter is better.

Jaybate in reply to Jaybate

Excuse me there Jesse, that was for Kuwells.

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

That is a sad pathetic way to say "look at me, I'm a high roller in Hollywood". Everyone I know hates it.

Didn't ever see it. But for my money, Breaking Bad is the most amazing everything. Writing, Directing, Editing, Acting, Cinematography....

Duane Rice in reply to Lajayhawk

Hated it. I put to much of my life into that show with no return but, we are still talking about the ending.

Jaybate in reply to Jesse Newell

Used to sing with Jackson Five. Was involved with closure of steel mills. Co-wrote Sirens of Titan with fellow Hoosier Kurt Vonnegutt. Once visited Niles Michigan to channel the ghost of Ring Lardner. Etc.

Kent Wells

Charge...

Jesse Newell

Not a good decision there by Adams. You shouldn't throw ahead to White on the break, as he's not a ball-handler.

Kent Wells

7 points in 5 minutes. I guess I'll take the OVER LA...

Lajayhawk

Okay, quick poll, b/c I was having this discussion with some film editors the other day...

Sopranos ending... Love it? Hate it? Indifferent?

Danr

pancakes!

Brian Haase

hittine the century mark today?!

Jaybate in reply to Jesse Newell

That is the most important thing of all. Just be healthy EJ.

Jesse Newell in reply to Rolland Remmert

11 to 5.

Kent Wells in reply to Sawman3333

Indeed!

Rolland Remmert

What was Traylor's min to foul ratio today?

Jesse Newell in reply to Jaybate

Much better ups today. Sliding better defensively. Just looks healthier.

Kent Wells in reply to Jaybate

He's Number 15. Originally from Indiana. Wore a KU jersey in Rupp Arena. Good ball handler. Very athletic.

Jesse Newell in reply to Maxjay

Loudest it's been all year. And that was in pregame.

Lajayhawk in reply to Duane Rice

Ha.

Sawman3333 in reply to Kent Wells

Please Lord, let me coach here someday!!!!

Jesse Newell

Traylor just fouled out.

Kent Wells in reply to Joe Satterwhite

So, lets see, just some thoughts: Larry used to go pickup cheerleaders at the wheel. Hummm. What to do after the game? Oh, go punch Self in the face. I like pie. Did you see that dunk by Releford? I miss Lawrence. I hate this gym.

Jaybate

How about an EJ report?

Sawman3333 in reply to Duane Rice

I'll bet it's a chance...

Duane Rice

So does texas tech hire mangino?

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaybate

Buzz saw will do that to you.

Jaybate

Tad can't accuse Self of running up the score, just running down the score. :-)

39 points!!!

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

He still has 80s hai. Cause that is where he left it!

Maxjay in reply to Jesse Newell

How loud did it get in there today?

Sawman3333 in reply to Joe Satterwhite

$$$$$

Lajayhawk

Tad had some 80s hair!!

Joe Satterwhite

What do you guys think is going through Tad Boyle's mind right now?

Sawman3333

Mizery tied near the half...

Kent Wells

PSST - Jesse... What happened to Ellis????

Maxjay in reply to Jesse Newell

I am really want to see him get more minutes.

Jesse Newell

CU has a few hundred folks here, which is good. But they tried to start all sorts of chants before the game, which just ticked off the AFH crowd, which worked itself into a frenzy.

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

I think our walkons are better!

Jaybate

Boyle seems to have lost some hair in this game.

Lajayhawk in reply to Kent Wells

We'll be running some walkons before too long. Buffs are likely to get some points before it's over.

Jaybate in reply to Sawman3333

Two. Next.

Sawman3333 in reply to Jaybate

Need a cigarette?

Kent Wells in reply to Sawman3333

Of the mouth.

07:55 left in Second Half
Colorado 37
Kansas 78

Jesse Newell

KU has made 25 of 39 twos.

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