Shane is a sports writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com
On its first Big Monday of the season, No. 7 Kansas was tested by Texas in a game that came down to the wire. Despite being in control for much of the night, the Jayhawks surrendered multiple 3-pointers down the stretch to make things close at the end. In the end, KU made enough plays to secure a 80-78 victory over UT Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win marked KU’s 31st consecutive victory at home on Big Monday.
No. 7 Kansas put its recent road woes to bed at last. The result was basically never in doubt, as KU cruised to a 73-68 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks took a 3-2 advantage at the 18:25 mark and never looked back en route to their second consecutive win since suffering 17-point loss at Iowa State a week ago.
Few things are as automatic as a Bill Self-led Kansas team bouncing back from a loss. Following its first conference defeat of the season, No. 7 Kansas got back in the win column with a 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 87-11 in games following a loss over the last 16 years, which is the best win percentage in the nation in such contests.
Winning inside a hostile Hilton Coliseum is no easy task. No. 5 Kansas did itself no favors, though, during Saturday’s 77-60 loss to Iowa State. The Jayhawks struggled to take care of the ball on the offensive end, and they gave up to many open looks on the defensive side as well.
Death, taxes, and Kansas winning the Big 12 opener. KU has rattled off 14 consecutive conference titles, which is an NCAA Division 1 record. But the program’s most remarkable streak may just be its mind-boggling run of winning the first game of Big 12 play.
One. That’s the number of losses the University of Kansas women’s basketball team suffered during nonconference play in 2018. The Jayhawks went 10-1 in their 11-game nonconference slate, outscoring opponents by 177 points in the process. Yet, in many ways, KU still has plenty to prove as it heads into the start of Big 12 play by playing host to Iowa State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A flurry of late buckets by Vermont spoiled Kansas’ chances of setting a record, but it did not take away from what was a dominating defensive performance. KU closed out an impressive run through the nonconference with 77-36 route of Vermont Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were suffocating on defense and overwhelming on offense to wrap up a 10-1 record in the nonconference portion of its schedule.
The Jayhawks could not have asked for a better way to close out 2018. No. 5 Kansas (11-1) responded from its first loss of the season by dominating Eastern Michigan from the jump during an 87-63 victory Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. KU, which led for over 37 minutes of its last game before the start of Big 12 play, never trailed by more than three points.
Another day, same result. Kansas won another basketball game, even if it wasn’t always the prettiest performance.
Despite losing a first-place vote, Kansas remains No. 1 in the latest poll by the Associated Press. Kansas (9-0) defeated Villanova, which fell out the AP Top 25, Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse in a rematch of last season’s Final four. The 74-71 victory was the lone game for the Jayhawks since moving back to the top spot in college basketball.