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Kansas rallies, bests Florida with second half run

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Kansas put on a clinic in the second half to make up for a poor start

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Kansas started well, but quickly faded in a game that was frighteningly reminiscent of last year's matchup with Florida. The Jayhawks went cold offensively, turned the ball over, and surrendered far too many easy baskets, and would end up trailing by 15 at halftime in Allen Fieldhouse.

The second half was, fortunately, a different story. Kansas started out slow but steady, whittling down Florida's lead to single digits with about 10 minutes remaining. That's when the switch flipped for Kansas, who repeatedly forced the Gators to settle for poor shots, while going on a 13-0 run to take a 7 point lead.

KU eventually cooled, but played well enough down the stretch to hang on for the win. Several Jayhawks had noteworthy games, including Wayne Selden, who broke out of his recent slump, scoring 21. Cliff Alexander also posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Perry Ellis also continued his streak of double-digit scoring performances with a quiet 10.

Make no mistake, this team still has problems. They're susceptible to unforced turnovers, and the scoring can dry up for long periods of time. Still, they've played back to back games against well-coached teams with a lot of talent, and won both. This season seems destined to be a wild ride.