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Christian Braun sets tone for Border War blowout in 102-65 win over Missouri

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Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) weaves through Missouri guard Amari Davis (1) and Missouri guard Anton Brookshire (0) to pass to the wing during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) weaves through Missouri guard Amari Davis (1) and Missouri guard Anton Brookshire (0) to pass to the wing during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Christian Braun – CB hates Missouri and he showed it with every single thing he did in this one. All with a smirk, of course. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes.

2 – Ochai Agbaji – Another 20-point game for Agbaji, who scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.

3 – Dajuan Harris Jr. – Missouri seemed more than happy to let Harris shoot. And he did, knocking down 3 of 4 from 3-point range to finish with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 25 minutes.

4 – Remy Martin – Only attempted three shots (making two) but got to the free throw line six times and dished five assists in 28 minutes. He also clearly enjoyed himself in his first taste of the Border War showdown with Mizzou.

5 – Mitch Lightfoot – Aside from his fouling frenzy midway through the second half, when he picked up three quick fouls and earned a seat on the bench with 5 for the rest of the game, Lightfoot was solid in this one. He posted hard, competed on the glass, blocked a couple of shots and showed just how much he loved the chance to compete against the Tigers before his career expired.

6 – David McCormack – Played hard, but still was a little too sped up in the post. Got to the free throw line 7 times and added 7 rebounds to his 11 points in 21 minutes.

7 – Jalen Coleman-Lands – One of his best games as a Jayhawk. He competed, defended and even knocked in a rhythm 3-pointer in front of the Kansas bench and another from the opposite wing later in the game.

8 – Jalen Wilson – With the starters out early in this one, Wilson, who played a lot with them, received the opportunity to play the lead role with the second unit for the game’s final 8 or so minutes. He wasn’t outstanding, but it gave him the chance to crack the seal on being a little more aggressive and that might pay dividends down the road.

9 – Joseph Yesufu – Was KU’s primary point guard to close out the game and that helped him look a tad more aggressive. He still played just 8 minutes and did not get in until the outcome was long decided.

10 – KJ Adams – Showed up again on the offensive glass, a spot that is quickly becoming his top role and one he looks incredibly comfortable

11 – Zach Clemence – Missed all three shots he took and struggled down low. But he grabbed 3 boards and got to the free throw line four times in his 7 minutes.

Season standings

1 – Ochai Agbaji, 98

2 – Christian Braun, 92

T3 – Remy Martin, 74

T3 – Dajuan Harris Jr., 74

5 – Mitch Lightfoot, 60

6 – David McCormack, 54

7 – Joseph Yesufu, 38

8 – Jalen Wilson, 37*

T9 – Bobby Pettiford, 33

T9 – Zach Clemence, 33

11 – Jalen Coleman-Lands, 27

12 – KJ Adams, 22

  • Missed first 3 games to serve a suspension

Comments

Dirk Medema 5 months, 1 week ago

It’s nice to realize we can play this well and still have a latent JWIL in the green room. His shot will eventually drop and in the meantime gets to work on all the other things the team needs.

Dirk Medema 5 months, 1 week ago

CB also had 3 blocks in that crazy start that might be one of the most important parts.

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