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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Quick recap: No. 11 Kansas trounces No. 16 Texas Tech to end two-game skid

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) fades back for a shot over Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) fades back for a shot over Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Saturday served as a nice reminder that the Big 12 conference still runs through Lawrence.

Despite all the recent distractions, Kansas ended a two-game skid by trouncing one of its biggest threats to the throne. No. 11 KU led the for the duration of its 79-63 victory over No. 16 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks (17-5, 6-3 Big 12) halted a two-game win streak by the Red Raiders (17-5, 5-4), and gained some ground on them in an intense league race. Entering Saturday, both squads were one-half game behind conference leaders Kansas State and Baylor.

Kansas was in control from the start, jumping out to a 10-2 lead, and stretched its advantage to double-digits soon after. KU connected on 13 3-pointers against one of the best defensive teams in college basketball, connecting on nine triples in the first half alone.

Four players scored in double figures for the Jayhawks, including a game-high 25 points from Dedric Lawson. Devon Dotson poured in a career-high 20 points, while Lagerald Vick registered 13 points. Ochai Agbaji scored 10 points — recording a pair of powerful dunks — in the lopsided win.

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

• The game turned when: Let’s be honest, this game turned when the official launched the ball in the air for the opening tip.

The last 24 hours have not been ideal for the Jayhawks, as Silvio De Sousa was officially suspended by the NCAA and sophomore starter Marcus Garrett sustained an ankle sprain the night before Saturday’s game against Texas Tech.

And that is why the first few minutes were so essential for a team that has struggled out of the gate at home this year. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 10-2 lead in a matter of minutes. Dedric Lawson netted a pair of quick buckets, while Lagerald Vick and Ochai Agbaji each drilled a 3-pointer to get the fans involved early.

KU put a two-game losing streak to bed by being in control of the entire contest, and that was never more evident than in the first few minutes of the game.

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• Offensive highlight: There were plenty to choose from on a day where KU made scoring look easy against one of the best defensive teams in all of college basketball.

Still, as always is the case, the crowd erupted the loudest for a dunk. With 4:47 left in the first half, Charlie Moore threw a back-side lob to Agbaji, who flushed the ball down in one smooth motion. The sequence gave the Jayhawks a 36-22 advantage at the time.

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Yet, Agbaji one-upped himself with an even better slam midway through the second half, in which he dunked on his own teammate.

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• Defensive highlight: We can argue over the technicalities of the call, but arguably the best defensive play by Kansas removed Texas Tech’s most-talented player from the game for a moment in the first half.

With 11:38 left in the first half, TTU sophomore Jarrett Culver went for statement dunk to silence the crowd. Agbaji slid over, and was ultimately granted the charge call, when Culver threw down an emphatic dunk.

It was reminiscent of another dunk that never was by a former Missouri Tiger in 2000. Culver, who leads TTU in scoring, was forced to sit for an extended stretch, and Kansas took advantage of his absence.

•Up next: Kansas travels to Kansas State at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Comments

Stuart Corder 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Pity the non-believers!

We’ll win the Big XII with two star “bigs” tied behind our back AGAIN! 😎

...crosses fingers...

Great win, fellas! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!! Go KU!

Steve Zimmerman 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I have to admit that was the best game this team has ever played. And the strange thing is, we won decisively without our best defensive player. I thought TTech would shut us down, but the new look on offense seemed to work. Lots of nice passes inside, lobs, and most importantly, great 3s shot selection and that's a madness showcase from downtown!! What an incredible win. TTech couldn't capitalize on their offensive rebound advantage, our defense has improved, plus Tech doesn't have good 3pt shooters other than the Italian. The sky looks a bit clearer, the cloud is gone now. Let's win some more! Rock chalk!

Mike Greer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Amazing what happens when a team has to guard all five guys on the court.

Bryce Landon 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with Steve Zimmerman above - that was the first time the Jayhawks played a full 40 minutes of solid basketball from start to finish all season long. They punched Texas Tech in the mouth early, they were white-hot from 3-point range most of the way, and they did enough to thwart any hopes the Red Raiders had of making a comeback. Sure, the Red Raiders outscored us in the second half, but that had to do with the play of the walk-ons after Dedric fouled out of the game.

I felt like Kansas played with the mentality of a wounded animal. They were coming off three losses in their last four games, the NCAA kicked them in the nuts with their ruling on Silvio, and then Marcus Garrett was unavailable to play. And Kansas responded well to all of it, playing with ferocity such as I hadn't seen in awhile, if at all this season.

Most importantly, Kansas played with a sense of purpose that I hadn't seen the last two games, and they looked like they were having fun and enjoying playing again. I said after the loss at Texas that they looked like they were having no fun playing and that Coach Self needed to get them back to that. He did, and they did, if you get my meaning. At least for one game, they have their confidence back.

But we can't rest on our laurels for long. We need to get a win on the road in the worst way possible, and we have to go to KSU to get one. Sure, we own them in Bramlage, but we've lost a few times in there in recent years, and we need to learn how to keep our [bleep] together in a hostile environment. If we want to get to #15, we have to win some away games, pure and simple.

By the way, I was live-streaming the CBS broadcast of the game on my laptop, and for awhile, there was no sound from the commentators. They were talking, but their microphones weren't working until just before the first media timeout. For those who watched the game on an actual TV set, did anyone else notice the lack of commentary?

Jim Keen 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with Bryce... “I felt like Kansas played with the mentality of a wounded animal.” The governing body of college basketball just issued an unbelievable and unjust ruling against their friend and teammate. They are livid, incensed, and really pissed! This created the laser beam focus and determination that we saw on the court today. An un-elected bunch of bureaucrats, without due process, just issued a totally unfair and unwarranted ruling that could most probably be the end of their teammate and friend’s very promising basketball career. I suspect we have not seen the end of the Jayhawks' renewed energy and resolve. Look out K-State.

Barry Weiss 6 months, 2 weeks ago

nice win, balanced scoring. Beat K-State!

Brad Watson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We did not play well and it was a blowout....this team mystifies me.

Bryce Landon 6 months, 2 weeks ago

What's the matter with you, dude? Did you watch the same game the rest of us watched? We played awesome! Come on, put down the bong and get back to the real world with the rest of us.

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