Chaminade hung with the ‘Hawks for a bit, trailing by only two, 18-16, at the 12:54 mark of the first half. But then Kansas went on a 28-6 run up to the under-4 minute timeout, and KU coasted to a 20-point, 53-33 halftime lead. The Silverswords wouldn't get any closer than 17 points the rest of the way; it was the worst margin of defeat ever for Chaminade in the Maui Invitational.
Tyler Self and Evan Manning entered the game with 3:17 left - Kansas 123, Chaminade 72.
Wayne Selden and Svi Mykhailiuk led the Jayhawks with 18 points apiece. Five other Jayhawks scored in double figures: Ellis (11), Mason (14), Graham (15), Lucas (13), and Mickelson (11).
Mason and Selden led the Jayhawks with 7 assists each. However, Selden was also charged with four turnovers.
Landen Lucas led the way on the boards with 12 rebounds.
Kansas dominated on the boards, 51-27.
As a team, Kansas hit 15/29 (51.7%) from behind the arc. Svi hit 6/11 while Selden aced 4/6.
Evan Manning hit a three (1/1).
Tyler Self did not (0/1).
The only tie in the game was 0-0, which lasted for 20 seconds.
Kansas only trailed for 1:37 of gametime. That means KU played with a lead for 38:03.
It's hard to glean much from this game, much more so than even the Northern Colorado game a few weeks ago. Kansas looked good, but, they were playing a Division 2 school. Of course, Pitt State and Fort Hays State are D2 schools as well, and the Jayhawks didn't do this to either of them.
For what it's worth, Lucas had a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds).
Thirteen Jayhawks recorded minutes, including walk-on Clay Young, who hit a free throw, grabbed a rebound, and committed a foul in his three minutes.
Svi got lots of PT (19 minutes) and really let it fly from behind the arc tonight. A couple missed pretty badly in the first half, but he got it straightened out pretty quickly.
When asked what he would take away from this game, Bill Self said he hoped it gave some of his guys some confidence. That's pretty much an impossible question for any coach to answer very well, so I'm not gonna look too much into it.
Self also noted that "almost everyone" who made the trip got in the game tonight - a clear reference to Diallo.
KU gets the winner of UCLA/UNLV in the winner's bracket, which is the late game in Maui tonight. The Jayhawks will meet their opponent at 9 PM (Central Time).