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Kansas defeats Towson, 88-58

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 22, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Final: Kansas 88, Towson 58

By Matt Tait

They scheduled a basketball game and a dunk fest broke out.

Behind a fast and furious first half in which the Jayhawks pushed the ball in transition better than at any point during this young season, the Kansas men's hoops squad buried Towson, 88-58, at Allen Fieldhouse and improved to 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Battle 4 Atlantis classic.

Andrew Wiggins, who scored 14 first-half points on 6-of-7 shooting, led the Jayhawks with 16 points and 7 rebounds (4 offensive) in what turned out to be a very efficient night. No question Wiggins could have scored much more, but given the way the Jayhawks ran in transition and the talent of the opponent, he simply did not need to.

Andrew White III (13), Perry Ellis (10) and Wayne Selden (12) all reached double figures, as well, and the Jayhawks turned the lights out on this one early in the first half, taking a 49-16 lead into the locker room, after closing the half on an 18-0 run.

Many of the Jayhawks first-half points came via the slam dunk as Tarik Black, Joel Embiid, Ellis, Selden and Wiggins each threw down multiple dunks of all varieties.

KU shot 60 percent for the game (44 percent from three-point range) and held Towson to 37 percent while outrebounding Towson, 40-28.

Second-ranked Kansas improved to 4-0. Towson fell to 3-2.

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

The game turned when: It started... Towson was overmatched from the jump and the Jayhawks jumped out to first-half leads of 17-7, 27-12 and 31-16 before leading 49-16 at halftime.

Offensive highlight: It really isn't fair to pick just one, so we'll go with all three monster dunks that came in a span of 1:34 to kick this one off. The first came from Tarik Black, who picked up a steal near mid-court and then punished the rim with a one-hand rattler over a defender who refused to commit. Seconds later, Wayne Selden hit the rim even harder with a two-handed flush in transition that ended with him raising his head above the rim as he landed. On the next KU possession, Naadir Tharpe found Black for an alley-oop which he caught with one hand and flushed it after fully extending his arm over a Towson defender. The impressive stretch put KU up 11-5 but Towson probably felt like it was 40-5.

Defensive highlight: Let's keep the theme of a three-for alive, with a series of first-half swats from Joel Embiid taking this category. All three came in different manners. The first was the result of Embiid stepping up to meet a driving Towson player at the free throw line. The second was off of help defense that started the break. And the third came when his man tried to beat him with a baseline drop step that Embiid was having nothing to do with. All three were clean, full-hand swats that merely fueled KU's first-half onslaught.

Key stat: Transition points. From start to finish, the Jayhawks sprinted up the floor on offense whenever possible and that led to Kansas outscoring Towson 29-8 in fastbreak points (at one time it was 29-2). Much of the relentless pushing of the pace led to dunks, but even when it didn't KU typically got to the free throw line or got a good look at the rim. If these guys can comfortably play like that night in and night out, they're going to be scary for nearly everyone they face.

Up next: The Jayhawks head for paradise and continue play in the Battle 4 Atlantis challenge when they face Wake Forest at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) in Nassau, Bahamas.

Box score

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Live coverage (Ended November 22, 2013 at 9:06 p.m.)

Jaycon11 in reply to David Leathers

"gambling only pays when you're winning."

Lawkan

The Nets: paying $78 million in luxury tax to get in the lottery

David Leathers

Im so pissed. Apparently I took the line on the Oklahoma game (-2) and not them straight up. WTF

Melrank

Like every year, t I disagree with this perception that upperclassman get the benefit and can screw up without penalty yet young guys get yanked at every time during the first mistake. Old guys that play get the benefit of the doubt because they are better. Young guys that aren't quite that good, get hooked when they screw up. It's simple. You're good enough, you get the benefit - see Wiggins, see Ben, See X. Not quite there yet - see EJ, see Tharpe (last year), see Mason now. It's not rocket science.

Kevin Woods in reply to Ben Schwartz

3rd best team in the big12

Jaycon11

Next!

Lajayhawk

Rock Chalk

FINAL
Towson 58
Kansas 88

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

D_bradley27

Rock Chalk!

Ben Schwartz

Our bench is probably a Sweet 16 team.

Lajayhawk

Landon Lucas, a kid that will likely be all-Big 12 by his junior or senior year is your mop-up guy. Unreal.

Lawkan

Lucas is the best 12th man in the country.

D_bradley27

Time to clear the bench. Was hoping they'd hit 100.

Lajayhawk in reply to Benton Smith

Love that you included suffixes.

Hawk90 in reply to Daniel Kennamore

I see, I missed that that segment of the debate. I apologize. I think it's just that thing Self does. He doesn't pull his upper class men. I don't know if that's what you said, but usually he lets his older guys hang through mistakes. I guess normally because they are less inclined to let the mistakes build.

Lajayhawk

Greene has slow feet on D.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU scoring leaders so far: Wiggins 16, White III 13, Selden Jr. 12, Ellis 10.

Brian Powell in reply to Daniel Kennamore

I'll say it a third time and then finish my cookies and enjoy the game:

because we're 3 deep at other positions, and because he likes to play them both at the same time.

Lajayhawk

Mason has some quick hands on D, too.

Melrank

0 FROM III

Lajayhawk

Holy crap!! White missed from 3!!!!

03:02 left in Second Half
Towson 48
Kansas 84

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Brian Powell in reply to Hawk90

good point; plus, we're not playing for November games -- we're looking to spring, and you bet coach is depending more on his 3rd year player to lead the offense.

D_bradley27

LL with a good and 1.

Kevin Woods

I'd like to get a running 'WOW' calls by Dave Armstrong this year.

Lajayhawk in reply to Hawk90

I agree with you, but Tharpe also has 20 assists against 6 turnovers in 3 games. His stats are also very good.

Jaycon11 in reply to Don Burgundy

As long as no one gets a coma or amnesia.

Daniel Kennamore in reply to Hawk90

"I'll jump in on this. How about last game where Tharpe had for more assists?"

Then you leave him in. I really don't understand why 'pull a player that is doing poorly' is such a controversial statement here. Self does it with every position EXCEPT the PG.

Jaycon11 in reply to Hawk90

Yeah, Tarpe can ease up on the throttle, when needed. One of the things that I like abt him.

Don Burgundy

It's like a soap opera when you guys talk about Tharpe and Mason and who should start over who....I think I'll call it " As the Point Guard turns"

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

I bet if I ask this as first question: "Has Stanley Redwine been working with your team?" Self would answer, "Not in the second half he wasn't." He always is mindful of keeping them humble.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Pts in paint: Kansas 44, Towson 26.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Nice job by the students in the stands who hold up the letters... Just flashed up "LOBRENCE, KS" -- Very nice.

Hawk90 in reply to Daniel Kennamore

I'll jump in on this. How about last game where Tharpe had for more assists? The point guard isn't a stat heavy position. You can't determine how good a point guard is by looking at stats. Why? The point guards job is to get the offense in a flow. While Mason has been great, he isn't the guy to get our offense in set and make it move. He is very good at driving, but sometimes he is just to over aggressive. Tharpe does a much better job at establishing the flow of the team. He might not get an assist or the points but his decisions lead to easier decisions for the other guys and that's what a point guard needs to be able to do above all else.

Jaycon11 in reply to Brian Powell

Right--by "emotion," I meant "confidence," so it was sloppy. But, yeah, it's freaking November. Mistakes will be made. This is not last year's team.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Fast-break points: Kansas 29, Towson 2.

Lajayhawk

That wasn't even a very good lob from Tharpe. BEAD didn't miss a step, though.

D_bradley27

Not sure Joel won't be the #1 pick in the draft. You just can't teach that at 7 ft.

03:59 left in Second Half
Towson 45
Kansas 81

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Embiid really does make everything he does look so easy and not awkward. You know, like the exact opposite of most 7-footers.

Lajayhawk

LOL

Ben Schwartz

SHUT IT DOWN, SHUT THE FIELD HOUSE DOWN!!!!! HE DIDN'T EVEN STRECH DOE!

Brian Powell in reply to Jaycon11

yep - I tried to say something like that :) intangibles/psychology/etc

Jaycon11

Venerable.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Wiggins picks up fourth offensive rebound, which prolongs possession ended by Embiid yet another graceful move at the hoop. ... Embiid receives alley-oop from Tharpe.

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaycon11

Don't know. But ESPN hype does, and I think that plays a part.

Bwag

Nice pass by Greene

D_bradley27

Nice pass

Lajayhawk

NICE PASS

Melrank

Russell Robinson started in front of Sherron in 2008. Stats would argue against that move. I'm willing to give HCBS the benefit that maybe he has a much more introspective look at what works for our team.

Jaycon11

Nice. Just...nice.

Brian Powell in reply to Daniel Kennamore

the case with Self, though, has always been that seniority trumps everything at the PG spot. He's loyal to the player in that spot until they leave, regardless of whether someone better shows up.

I thought the same of Tharpe when Tyshawn was still here :) We all know he was brilliant then horrible, and when he was horrible everyone wanted him benched.

Same story, same result. Mason will develop into a stud just like every other Self PG, but he will not jump over Tharpe.

Jaycon11 in reply to Lajayhawk

Do modern scouts give a fig abt ppg?

D_bradley27

Going big. Joel and Landon in together.

Jaycon11 in reply to Brian Powell

You must, MUST consider intangibles, like emotions. Tharpe is a more than capable PG. Pulling him because Mason looks hot for a few times in the beginning of the season is not wise.

Lajayhawk

This team will regularly have the '08 team's spread out scoring. Might end up hurting Wiggins NBA stock, because he's not going to average 20+. or even close to it.

Brian Powell

funny story, we were on the baseline corner first row at the Purdue women's game (with my 7 yr. old daughter).

Band chants "BLOCK THAT SHIT, BLOCK THAT SHIT..."

And my daughter and her friend couldn't decide if they were saying 'block that chip' or 'block that chick'.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Andrew Wiggins 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. 6 for 8, 1 for 1 from three, 3 for 4 from line, three offensive rebounds.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU, thus far, shooting 29/46. That's 63 percent, the live stat page tells me.

Daniel Kennamore in reply to Brian Powell

Mason, despite playing far less minutes, has more points and more assists than Tharpe.

It's really an open and shut case...

Melrank in reply to Lajayhawk

Funny - I have Comcast so I can't comment on that.

Lajayhawk in reply to Melrank

Can we also upgrade their business model to not sucky?

Melrank in reply to Brian Powell

Here we go . . .

Jaycon11 in reply to D_bradley27

you beat me to the draw, cowboy.

06:39 left in Second Half
Towson 43
Kansas 77

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

D_bradley27

What Jaycon said

Jaycon11

Nice open opportunity for Greene.

Brian Powell in reply to Daniel Kennamore

PG mistakes will always be to the detriment of the team, but I really don't see where he has much choice in the matter...

But I have seen him pull Tharpe and Mason after consecutive plays though, and that's reasonable. But there's a lot of value in making them play through some errors too. I'm just always against the knee-jerk coaching when it comes game time. It's detrimental to games when you're in-game to jerk players around like that. What do they learn? They get punished, but the psychology of when you go back out on the floor after that is not positive motivation -- it's hindering to you playing like you can/should. You're playing not to make mistakes, not to take risks, not to lose. You don't take the good confident risks you should.

Jaycon11 in reply to Duane Rice

Twitter will let you know.

D_bradley27 in reply to Duane Rice

He's active on twitter so it'll come from him. He's a big time talent.

Melrank in reply to Benton Smith

Can we upgrade their logo?

Duane Rice

When do start the Greene is transferring rumor.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Brannen Greene checking in as is Landen Lucas.

Lindhawk

Benton, what is the deal with Greene

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

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Jaycon11 in reply to Lajayhawk

Man, like I mentioned this summer, transition with this group of recruits + Tharpe is gonna be amazing.

D_bradley27

Perry lost where he was at :)

Daniel Kennamore in reply to Brian Powell

Agree to disagree;

I just think Self treats the PG position differently than the rest of the team to our detriment.

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaycon11

Still LOLing.

Lindhawk

Bout time for monster slam from wig

Lajayhawk

TRANSITION

Jaycon11

Pull him!

07:50 left in Second Half
Towson 40
Kansas 77

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Lajayhawk

Quiet second half from the Wig.

Brian Powell in reply to Daniel Kennamore

no, you still missed it.. I said [we don't have the depth at that position] to just pull them all the time. Self plays BOTH Mason and Tharpe at the same time! Are you watching the games?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas forward Perry Ellis hooks a shot around Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon during the first half on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis hooks a shot around Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon during the first half on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaycon11

LOL

Kevin Woods

Block out?

Ben Schwartz in reply to Jaycon11

Frankenstein? because he is a monster?

Lindhawk

Matt, any word on what's going on with Greene

Jaycon11 in reply to Daniel Kennamore

"Reps." Investigate the concept.

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaycon11

Agree. Nothing coming to me yet.

Jaycon11 in reply to Lajayhawk

Connor is dying for a nickname.

Daniel Kennamore in reply to Jaycon11

Starting and being pulled when they are playing poorly are too different things.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas guard Frank Mason hangs for a shot as he is fouled by Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon during the first half on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason hangs for a shot as he is fouled by Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon during the first half on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

D_bradley27

Gotta catch it before you can run

Picklefuzz

Daniel Kennamore we get the point u don't like tharp!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

If Frankamp is going to drain 3's off the dribble, too, it will be hard to keep him on the bench — even with the talent of all those guys in front of him.

Lajayhawk

Conner. That's what you like to see.

D_bradley27

I'd trust HCBS assessment of who should be starting at PG

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