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Kansas defeats Toledo, 93-83

  • 7 p.m., Dec. 30, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL from Allen Fieldhouse: KU tops Toledo, 93-83

By Matt Tait — mtait@ljworld.com

It took a half for the Kansas University men's basketball team to gain the upper hand, but once it did there was no turning back in a 93-83 victory against previously unbeaten Toledo at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks and Rockets battled back and forth for much of the first half but a late surge by Kansas put the Jayhawks up 43-36 at halftime and the Jayhawks added to that lead throughout the second half, despite the Rockets' refusal to quit.

Perry Ellis led Kansas with 21 points and 11 rebounds on a night in which four Jayhawks reached double figures in scoring. Andrew Wiggins added 20, Naadir Tharpe 20 and Joel Embiid added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The victory improved KU to 9-3 and dropped Toledo to 12-1.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks went inside. KU out-rebounded the Rockets 25-12 in the first half and outscored Toledo 28-12 in the paint. Those numbers evened out a bit as the game went on, but the Jayhawks were clearly the superior team around the rim.

• Offensive highlight: There were a few monster dunks (an alley-oop to Wiggins and a one-handed rim-rattler by Embiid come to mind), but there wasn't a better offensive play in this game than the and-one, finger roll by Wiggins midway through the first half that put KU up for the first time. After driving hard to the rim and absorbing a foul, Wiggins flicked the fingers on his left hand and that sent the ball up to the rim, where it rolled around and fell through. After the timeout, Wiggins hit the free throw to complete the three-point play and send Kansas on its way.

• Defensive highlight: With a little more than 14 minutes left in the second half, Toledo's Julius Brown drove to the rim and saw Joel Embiid closing in on him. Rather than go up on the front side of the rim, where Embiid surely would've blocked it, Brown tucked it, slipped under the rim and tried to put it up on the other side, but Embiid blocked it there anyway. That's a move that's as old as time and still works a lot. But Embiid made sure it didn't on this one.

• Key stat: The Jayhawks may have dominated the paint but they were red hot from the outside, too, finishing 7 of 14 from three-point range for 50 percent. Had KU been just average, Toledo's 9-of-16 shooting night from three-point range might have made things a little more uncomfortable for the home team.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will wrap up their non-conference schedule at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at home against San Diego State.

Box Score

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended December 30, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.)

Bryce Landon

Toledo is scary good. They can make some noise in the NCAAs. That said, Kansas' D was terrible. They have not done anything to demonstrate to me that they have it in them to win the Big 12, to say nothing of the national title.

Bwag

Tx a disgrace to big 12. Too many schol offers to great 8th graders

Kent Richardson

Look out Aztecs

Kent Richardson in reply to Bwag

Can't remember

Rodney Crain

its a W, but man we have to start out better. 18 total TO's mercy that is just not going to cut in conference play.

Bwag

3 20 PT scorers, when has that happened?

Kent Richardson

Three w/20. Nice.

Rodney Crain

its a W, but man we have to start out better.

Eric TheCapn

Jayhawk, Go KU!

Melrank

Cameroon Flag

Melrank

Rock Chalk

Eric TheCapn

Rock Chalk...

Stupidmichael

Entertaining game at least.

Melrank

There's still 33 seconds left?

00:00 left in Second Half
Toledo 83
Kansas 93

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Final. KU improves to 9-3 and Toledo drops its first game of the season and falls to 12-1.

Kim Staples

One less unbeaten!! Rock chalk!

Eric TheCapn

I was breathing just fine, thanks.

Melrank

The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

Rodney Crain

Run some clock?

Kent Richardson

Terminated

Melrank

Gettin Wiggy Wit It

01:45 left in Second Half
Toledo 78
Kansas 88

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

KU with a little showtime, razzle-dazzle on the fastbreak to go back up by 10. Tharpe to Mason who tossed the lob to Wiggins. You know what happened from there.

Eric TheCapn

$$$

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Tharpe with 16 now... Embiid 13, Ellis 21 and Wiggins 18.

Rodney Crain

That was Perry's miss

Melrank

Jo Jo is really forcing it. This is actually a good thing.

Rodney Crain

NO block out again

Bryce Landon in reply to Melrank

I'm not saying Toledo isn't good, I'm just saying that Kansas can do better on defense than they are.

Kent Richardson in reply to Bryce Landon

On the perimeter for sure.

Rodney Crain

playing a veteran team this game is far from over

Melrank in reply to Bryce Landon

Maybe . . . but maybe these guys are pretty good?

Bryce Landon

Disappointed with the Jayhawks' effort on defense.

Melrank

Downtown Julius Brown is keeping them in it.

Eric TheCapn in reply to Lance Topeka

Yawning means you aren't taking in enough oxygen. It's not contagious; it just means you're breathing lazily or there's not enough oxygen in the room... in which case... go get some oxygen, brah.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff in reply to Rodney Crain

The coaches liked it. I'm sure they appreciated the aggressive attitude and Frank forcing the issue.

Stupidmichael

Perry was open. Just put a bit too much air on it. A better catch and finish by Perry than a pass by Mason, though, yes.

Lance Topeka

Seeing those students yawn made me yawn. Yawning is contagious for sure.

Kent Richardson

Toledo defeato

03:55 left in Second Half
Toledo 70
Kansas 81

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

A long pass from Frank Mason to Perry Ellis led to an easy bucket and KU goes back up by double digits after Toledo had two cracks to trim the lead to less than nine.

Rodney Crain

that was not a good pass Frank, Perry bailed you out

Eric TheCapn

Scary pass

Kent Richardson

DDDDD

Bwag

2 charges in the same game? Did these refs not get a memo

Melrank

That's not a good call.

Lawkan

Post up

Eric TheCapn

sooooooObvious

06:46 left in Second Half
Toledo 70
Kansas 79

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Toledo trying to make one last push.

Melrank

Pass it out my butt . . . shoot it over them!

Rodney Crain

What about any starter with a 21, 22, 23 on their jersey gets a touch every trip?

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

The Kansas Jayhawks huddle up before tipoff against Toledo on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas Jayhawks huddle up before tipoff against Toledo on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Rodney Crain in reply to Kent Richardson

as long as we do not foul them, they won't!

Melrank in reply to Rodney Crain

If the kid develops a consistent J, watch out! He'll be a consistent all-pro.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe lines up a three before Toledo guard Julius Brown during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe lines up a three before Toledo guard Julius Brown during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Kent Richardson

Toledo will have to go above their season average of 86 pts and I don't see it happening

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Kansas guard Frank Mason puts up a layup against Toledo defender J.D. Weatherspoon (24) and Justin Drummond (4) during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason puts up a layup against Toledo defender J.D. Weatherspoon (24) and Justin Drummond (4) during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Kansas head coach Bill Self encourages his defense against Toledo during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self encourages his defense against Toledo during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Bryce Landon in reply to Matt Tait

Refresh my memory: What is Wiggins' ppg?

07:51 left in Second Half
Toledo 64
Kansas 78

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Wiggins with a three-point play to put KU up 14. Wiggins now with 16. One of four players in double figures for KU.

Rodney Crain

I am going to go out on limb here but Wiggins is going to be a great pro

Kent Richardson

No s^^^

Melrank

I'm a 3 in the league!

Melrank

The book is out on AW - drive right, spin left.

Eric TheCapn

Sports!

Melrank

I think Tharpe was about to do a Nate Robinson.

Melrank

I wish Jamari was 6'9".

10:10 left in Second Half
Toledo 58
Kansas 70

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Toledo hasn't quit.

Melrank

AW needs to find a consistent J. I hope he does it this year :)

Kent Richardson in reply to Eric TheCapn

We are the worst lobbers

Rodney Crain

Let's keep the pressure up! These guys will not quit

Kent Richardson in reply to Eric TheCapn

Nice

Eric TheCapn in reply to Kent Richardson

As long as he doesn't talk like Bill Walton...

Kent Richardson

looked like Bill Walton in the no dunk years.

Lance Topeka

Rockets are getting blasted out of AFH!

Melrank

That's just silly

Melrank

Cameroon Flag

12:00 left in Second Half
Toledo 52
Kansas 68

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain

that guys socks are still on the floor

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Tharpe 4-for-4 from three-point range with 7 assists tonight (also four turnovers).

Melrank

Thank goodness he made that or we would've been blasting him.

Kent Richardson

The threes have removed the freeze.

Melrank

Who is that #10 guy?

Bryce Landon

Tharpe is 5/5 shooting, but his defense still leaves something to be desired.

Rodney Crain

that was not the best shot... lucky that went in

Melrank

Cameroon Flag

Rodney Crain

pretty lion killer

Brian Powell

wow, the FOOTWORK

13:33 left in Second Half
Toledo 50
Kansas 62

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Tharpe with a huge three-pointer out of the KU timeout to push KU's lead back to 10 after a 7-0 run by Toledo cut it to seven.

Eric TheCapn

$

Rodney Crain in reply to Brian Powell

to me that comes from Tharpe, he acts like it is time to coast, lazy passes, and focus.

Kent Richardson in reply to Brian Powell

Exactly said.

Brian Powell

every time we get a lead, we let up a little and let teams back in the game

Bryce Landon

The thing about this team that bothers me is that they lack the killer instinct of some the greatest Bill Self-coached teams.

Kent Richardson

Clear Loose Boothe out of there!

Rodney Crain

What was bill mad about with the official?

Melrank

OK, Joel - just go up over him. You're 7' tall dude!

Melrank

Booth is going to dominate at the Y for the next 30 years.

Rodney Crain

no block out again.

Eric TheCapn

Selpe.

Rodney Crain

I hope Tharpe is mad at himself Matt...

Melrank in reply to Melrank

Or was that Selden?

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