Kansas Basketball: A (semi) Statistical Recap of Oklahoma State

For some reason there were no pictures of the game. So I used this instead. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After Saturday's epic come from behind overtime victory, no one could have blamed Kansas for being tired both physically and mentally and dropping a game in a very tough environment, and a place where Kansas had struggled in recent years. Is there something about this team? Or does the fact that they're less talented than teams in seasons' past make them realize they need to bring it every single game?

Either way, Kansas put on another offensive clinic, posting 1.17 points per possession in a 12 point win over Oklahoma State. While they were great defensively early, the effort understandably lapsed a bit in the second half (and Keiton Page was fantastic) and Kansas allowed Okie State to score .97 points per trip.

Once again Kansas was fantastic at taking care of the ball, but per usual that was as much to do with Oklahoma State generally being terrible at it vs. any ability to take care of the ball Kansas may or may not have learned recently.

Likewise, Oklahoma Sate is a disaster at offensive rebounding, but holding the Cowboys to just a 13.8% offensive rebounding rate is fantastic.

This game was pretty ho hum for the most part, which is honestly the best thing we could have hoped for. Other than a mini heart attack when Thomas Robinson tweaked his knee there was no point in the game where I was really worried about anything. Thank god too, because after Saturday I think we all needed a break.

  • Tyshawn Taylor, man. Not too much to say about him anymore. I have always been in his camp and been the driver of his bandwagon, but even I didn't think he would be this good this year. He shot 6-8 from two and 4-7 from three, finishing with 27 points. And in perfect Tyshawn fashion, here's him posing with the Big 12 trophy.
  • Thomas Robinson didn't have a fantastic game, but still finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Jeff Withey had more of a get back in the flow of the game type of performance, but also had a monster dunk in the first half, showing that his foot is likely just fine. Sadly he only blocked one shot. What a slacker.
  • Elijah Johnson had another game where he didn't score a lot, but did a lot of other things well, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists.
  • Kevin Young provided some energy again, including a reverse dunk on a breakaway. Poll: how much would he have had to run if he would have missed that shot?
  • THARPE WATCH! Tharpe played 5 minutes and didn't get into the boxscore.
  • Next up is Senior day, and I imagine I'll have posts on each of the Seniors. I would encourage you though, if you have anything special to share about any one of them, that you write a fanpost.
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