Another game and another solid performance by Travis Releford. The three game stretch by the Kansas junior is really starting to turn some heads as his play has been a key component to the Jayhawks 3-0 start in conference play. With each game Releford seems to gain confidence and during Wednesday night's game Releford once again provided a lift when the usual suspects weren't quite hitting on all cylinders.
Heading into Lubbock there was a little concern because Tech has sometimes been a bit of a tricky matchup for Kansas on the road. The Red Raiders have had more than one notable upset over Kansas in West Texas and after another somewhat slow start some of those memories came flooding back.
Two technical fouls, one flagrant two and a 16-2 first half run led by Releford helped to catapult Kansas to a lead that left very little about this game in doubt by the intermission. It was a lead that continued to grow in the second half as Kansas seemed to settle into their normal routine as a team. Thomas Robinson kicked his game into gear after a slow start and Tech just couldn't recover the early first half intensity that made things just difficult enough for Kansas over the first eight or so minutes of the contest. No doubt about it, Billy Gillispie has some work to do.
The Kansas Jayhawks win this one on the road 81-46. The Jayhawks were led by Thomas Robinson who continues to make his case for player of the year. The junior started a bit slow but showed a tremendous amount of versatility in the second half even knocking down a three pointer en route to another double double. Robinson finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. After a strong first half Releford would take a bit of a back seat but he still finished with another solid line adding 12 points including 2 three pointers. Tyshawn Taylor would round out the notables with a 15 point, 5 assist night.
Next up for Kansas is a home game over an improving Iowa State Cyclone team that lost in a close game tonight against Missouri in Ames. Kansas now sits 3-0 in the conference, tied for 1st place with the still undefeated Baylor Bears.