Does Kansas officially have an offense problem? They scored just 1.03 points per trip against a mediocre defense, and also shot under 45% from two.
The defense, however, is a different story: they held the Sooners to just .83 points per trip, and they shot just 38% from two. Jeff Withey helped push Romero Osby farther and farther outside and as a result the Sooners' leading scorer shot just 4-16 from the field. That helped the Jayhawks' rebounding effort as well, as they held the conference's second best offensive rebounding team to just a 27.5% rebounding percentage.
Again though, the turnover issue seems to be a problem. With Withey down low I would think the perimeter defenders could be more aggressive and force some more turnovers, but it is not really working that way. The Jayhawks forced turnovers on just 16.9% of Oklahoma's possessions. That puts them at 19.1% for the season, just 242nd in the nation. But while Kansas doesn't force many turnovers, they don't let the opponent get a good look at the basket and they don't (often) let them get a second crack at it if they miss.
In all, this was a pretty boring drag out game, which if I have learned anything as a Kansas fan is just fine with Bill Self, especially this year.
- Jeff Withey played excellent defense yesterday as we covered above, and he had 13 points, 5 offensive rebounds (9 total) and 4 blocks. He also starred in an excellent promo video during a timeout.
- Ben McLemore had 18 points on just 10 shots, and it was one of the quietest near 20 point efforts I can remember. He was 3-5 from three and 5-5 from the line and also had 7 rebounds.
- Travis Releford was 3-6 from two but just 1-4 from three for 10 points, and was also your KU assist leader with 5.
- Elijah Johnson continues to struggle, scoring just 8 points and committing 4 turnovers.
- Naadir Tharpe struggled handling the ball at times, but did a good job at getting to the rim (he needs to finish a lot better though) and had 4 assists.