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Friday, December 11, 2020

Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas cruises to 95-50 win over Omaha

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) puts a three over Omaha guard Ayo Akinwole (10) during the first half on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) puts a three over Omaha guard Ayo Akinwole (10) during the first half on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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There was no drama in KU’s final game before the start of Big 12 play, as Kansas cruised to a 95-50 win over Omaha Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Coming off back-to-back narrow victories over North Dakota State and Creighton, the fifth-ranked Jayhawks (6-1) were in complete control from the opening tip. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead out of the gate and never trailed en route to the lopsided win.

It took Omaha (2-5) five minutes to even score a single point.

Moments before the start of Friday’s contest, KU announced that its matchup with Tarleton State had been canceled. The two teams were slated to square off in Lawrence on Sunday, but there was a positive COVID-19 case within the Tarleton State program. The game will not be rescheduled.

So unless KU adds another nonconference tilt within the next week, that means that this win over Omaha was the team’s last tuneup opportunity before the start of conference play. Kansas is slated to travel to Texas Tech next Thursday in the Big 12 opener.

Everybody got involved for the Jayhawks in a convincing victory over the Mavericks. Eight different players ended up scoring in the first half, helping Kansas jump out to a 45-22 lead at the intermission.

KU ended up having double-digit players score against Omaha. Ochai Agbaji led the way with 18 points, but was one of four KU players to reach double figures. Mitch Lightfoot finished with 14 points. Tyon Grant-Foster and David McCormack added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

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

• Offensive highlight: David McCormack did what he’s supposed to do against inferior opponents.

McCormack powered his way to a double-double in the win. While he missed a dunk — which was one of the few blunders of the night by the hosts — McCormack also delivered a strong slam early in the second half. It was a really nice move by him in transition to finish the play with authority.

He even had a strong flex in celebration, too.

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• Defensive highlight: KU’s other big man, Mitch Lightfoot, is worth highlighting in this quick recap as well.

Lightfoot made the most of his minutes on Friday, and actually probably made a case for an extended role during league action. Especially when Kansas is using smaller lineups, it is easy to make the argument that Lightfoot should get more playing time.

Lightfoot was strong on both ends of the floor, taking charges on the defensive end and reaching double figures on the offensive end. Lightfoot’s block late in the first half was perhaps the best defensive play of the game.

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• Up next: Kansas will travel to Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Comments

Brett McCabe 4 months ago

Here’s a way to raise money for KU Athletics. Have a bonfire for those idiotic men’s slowpitch all-star team uniforms.

Can this athletic department do anything right?

Bryce Landon 4 months ago

Finally, a post by Brett McCabe that's worth upvoting! I never thought I'd upvote you or agree with you on anything, but yeah, I'm not a fan of these jerseys with the team logo on the front instead of the team name. They look very childish.

Barry Weiss 4 months ago

This game served its purpose. We handled business as we should, and we got our second team to get alot of valuable reps. I'm feeling better about this team with each game. A post presence is a must and I think DMac and Mitch are coming on.

Bryce Landon 4 months ago

Seems to me that Omaha should have stayed in Division II.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months ago

TGF brings KU dunks alive again. He's so fun to watch. Keep on dunking like that every game and pretty soon he'll be in top-10 NBA draft! I like his bounciness. He's KU's lethal weapon. Just watch.. Rock Chalk!!!!!

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