A good test and a good game for the Jayhawks. Tough first half, slowly wearing down the opponent and steadily increasing a lead in the second half until the result was certain. A nice job by the Jayhawks.
Kansas shot great, so did Cal...for a half. At one point this looked like Cal was going to really test Kansas' stretch of holding opponents under 40% shooting but the Bears came just shy. In terms of eFG% the Bears were over the 40% mark due to their effectiveness from behind the arc. Still Kansas overwhelmingly won one battle last night and that was the eFG%. Turnovers were plentiful from both sides, fouls and free throws were pretty even, Kansas had a slight rebounding edge but it was Kansas' ability to force opponents into tough shots that made the difference.
Top to bottom this thing was pretty even. Shots, rebounds, fouls, free throws, turnovers, steals...you name it Cal played it pretty even with two exceptions. Assists and FG%. I'd argue the two are closely related. Cal chooses to play one on one basketball against a Kansas team that prides itself on tough man defense and help underneath from Cole. Play the Jayhawks that way and chances are you are going to take some tough, low percentage shots. Kansas moves the ball, makes the extra pass and with 27 turnovers found itself in position for some very high percentage shots and they converted.
|3pt FG Att||18||17|
|3pt FG Made||6||7|
|3pt FG Pct||33.3||41.2|
Great balance in the contributions from the Jayhawks. 9 players contributed meaningful minutes and scoring, rebounding and assists were spread across the board.
Brady with 7 points 7 assists, solid game. Tyshawn steps up for 13 points and 7 assists, solid game. Sherron drops 17 in with 5 assists, another solid game. Cole Aldrich, despite leaving us all wanting more, double double. Xavier 12 points and more importantly 8 rebounds, solid game. Finally McMorris, 14 points and 7 boards. This was really a team effort with different players stepping up at different times.
Also in the OGT the question was how much the Cal starters were forced to play last night. Answer, a lot. Every one of them played over 30 minutes with their two key guards over 35 minutes. Kansas...only one player hit the 35 minute mark and that's Sherron. Fresh legs win in the end, it's good to have depth.