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Friday, November 12, 2021

Quick Recap: No. 3 KU basketball cruises, 88-62, vs. Tarleton State

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) pulls back for a bucket and a foul from Tarleton State guard Tahj Small (4) during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) pulls back for a bucket and a foul from Tarleton State guard Tahj Small (4) during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas senior guard Ochai Agbaji continued to shine as the Jayhawks handled Tarleton State, 88-62, Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Agbaji followed up his 29-point explosion against Michigan State earlier this week by putting up 25 in KU’s home openr.

KU (2-0) had four players in double figures, as Christian Braun (15), Remy Martin (14) and Jalen Coleman-Lands (10) joined Agbaji.

The Jayhawks shot 59% from the field, went 9-for-20 on 3-pointers and outscored the Texans, 40-34, in the paint. KU also controlled the glass, 41-25, with Braun and senior big man David McCormack grabbing 8 boards apiece.

The Jayhawks took their biggest lead of the game up to that juncture (15) about 8 minutes into the second half, when graduate transfer Coleman-Lands leapt out of bounds to save the ball, then hustled back onto the court to catch a pass in the corner and bury a jumper. Coleman-Lands was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor in 12 minutes off the bench.

KU took a 39-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Jayhawks led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Texans went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to four with less than seven minutes left.

The Jayhawks began to get back on track when freshman K.J. Adams came in off the bench and promptly energized the team with a put-back jam to ignite an 8-1 run.

With Agbaji (6-for-10, 13 points in the first half) leading the way, KU shot 50% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.

Agbaji also led the way on the glass in the first half, grabbing 6 boards and helping the Jayhawks out-rebound the Texans, 22-14.

KU’s 10 offensive rebounds boosted its energy, too. Braun had 3 offensive boards in the first half, while Adams and McCormack accounted for 2 apiece. But the Jayhawks only had 4 second-chance points in the first half.

The Jayhawks will have a six-day break before returning to action on Thursday vs. Stony Brook.

Comments

Rodney Crain 3 weeks, 1 day ago

We played an overmatched team that we beat by 26 at home.

Still, we have a lot of pieces. We are going to be quite a handful this season. I saw some growth from game 1. We are still flexing our younger wings, but we have a Wooden finalist, we were unselfish, showed some maturity when they would get close we would reset and widen the lead. No panic, just do your job and we will be fine.

Only one blemish for Remy, as soon I saw him fire the ball past the refs on his foul, I went oh oh. Just drop the ball and track back. He does not have to carry us. Team Team TEAM. Let coach yell at the refs. At home the crowd has your back too.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Good to see JCL get going.

13 TO's aren't bad against a pressure oriented team.

CB didn't light up the scoreboard again, but had a really solid blocks and rebounds game that Coach will love. At some point, the opposition is likely to overload to try and stop Ochai, which should start to open things up for the others.

Zach and Chris carried the team from deep.

Mallory Briggans 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Teahan sporting a mustache NIL in the works with Pornhub

Steve Zimmerman 3 weeks ago

23 assists. 41 rebounds, 11 blocks. Is that our best record numbers under coach BS? That's crazy good, against a not-so-Div2 Texans. So excited to watch Bobby, dude is a baller. KJ can dunk! That's a very good sign. He will play a lot, he can defend - coach BS' kind of guy.

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