Kansas had a couple of rough patches, but it was generally smooth sailing at Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night for the Jayhawks. Kansas hit eight of their first ten attempts from three point range, including two from Brannen Greene, who was released from his six game suspension a game early. This helped them race out to a 50-33 lead.
Holy Cross would end up making things a little scary, cutting the lead down to just six after a hot start to the second half, but the Jayhawks responded in a big way, exerting their dominance over their overpowered foes. Kansas built a sufficient lead to afford some extra playing time to freshmen Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg, who played 18 minutes apiece. They filled in admirably as Landen Lucas got a night off due to a nagging injury.
Diallo would end up with 12 points, four rebounds and a block, but continued to look sped up at times, finishing with four turnovers. Bragg ended up with four points and five rebounds, all offensive (!). Wayne Selden was once again the leading scorer with 15, but six Jayhawks would end up in double figures. Especially impressive was Brannen Greene, who showed no rust, going 3-4 from three and scoring 14, including a smooth and surprising drive and finish that started from the perimeter (though it was preceded by a couple of awkward ballhandling mishaps).
All in all, Kansas ultimately did what they were supposed to do, and overwhelmed a smaller and weaker opponent. They face a stiffer test on Saturday as they play Ken Pomeroy's 47th ranked team in Oregon State at the Sprint Center, where they always seem to make things interesting.