Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story
It got a bit shaky in the second half, but when the dust settled Kansas had won by yet another comfortably large margin over their I-70 opponents. Kansas has now won 43 of the last 46 meetings in the series, and it puts Kansas State in the position of possibly starting 0-3 in conference play (though I expect them to be favored against Baylor).
I had predicted that this game would be a rock fight, and boy was it: Kansas struggled to score 1.05 points per possession, relying a lot on second chance points, and Kansas State scored only .77 points per trip. The Wildcats don't exactly light it up offensively, but put up just a 36% eFG, which is an absolute disaster no matter where you go, much less Allen Fieldhouse. But what really got Frank Martin was the rebounding: K State really relies on crashing the boards, grabbing 40.6% of their misses, which ranks 9th in the country. I think they probably tried to get back on defense and slow the game up a bit, but they still only grabbed 27.9% of their misses. Even more impressive is that Kansas, who isn't a great offensive rebounding team, pulled down 57.6% of their misses. (though to be fair Kansas State is actually a horrible defensive rebounding team, currently ranking 235th. So take those numbers with a block of salt.)
Speaking of offense, let's all spend a moment giving thanks to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that Kansas grabbed so many offensive rebounds. They had a 50% eFG, but turned it over on 31.2% of their possessions. And that was with Kansas State, who normally pressures the perimeter a ton, having to play off a bit because a player of the year candidate mans the post for Kansas. Without that, it could have gotten ugly.
Kansas now has three games that should be (crosses fingers) wins before hosting Baylor on January 16th in a game that could be an early swing game in the Big 12 title race.