The Jayhawks showed off two of their greatest recent strengths yesterday against Kansas State, getting a big lead and then taking their foot off the gas and coasting almost the entire second half for an 11 point win. The worst part was no doubt the people who got their cover ruined by a banked in three and another three by Stephen Hurt, who has now made four career three pointers, with two of them coming in the final minute of yesterday's game. Don't gamble.
As far as the rest of the game goes, Kansas put on a defensive clinic, holding the Wildcats to just .89 points per possession. In addition, Kansas allowed K State to shoot just 32.6 percent on twos and while K State did shoot 35.7 percent on threes, if you take out Hurt's threes when the game was essentially over, K State shot just 3-12 from deep. Kansas especially did a really good job on Marcus Foster, who was 4-8 on twos and just 3-10 from three, with only a couple shots being even a little open. Kansas did really well on the glass as well, allowing the Wildcats to rebound just 29.5 percent of their misses. The lone bad job by the Jayhawks was only forcing turnovers on 10.9 percent of Wildcats possessions, but those were all steals and 10.9 percent is an acceptable steal rate, so even that comes with good news.
Offensively the Jayhawks scored just 1.06 points per possession, but that included a lot of easy looks they missed: multiple layups, a dunk, an uncalled goaltend, etc. Kansas still managed to shoot 48.8 percent on twos (and 54.8 percent in close), and the Jayhawks shot 35.3 percent on threes. Where they gave some points away was at the line, where they shot just 58.8 percent (and had fewer free throw attempts than Kansas State even including the intentional fouling at the end of the game). Kansas grabbed just 31.4 percent of its misses on the glass, but made up for it by committing turnovers on just 12.5 percent of their possessions against the second most frequent turnover forcing team in the conference.