The Jayhawks brought Mr. Hyde along with them on their trip to Morgantown, who, despite getting the start, was yanked midway through the first half. Unfortunately as you'll see, Dr. Jekyll never showed up, and Mr. Hyde was reinserted back into the game with approximately 8 seconds remaining.
West Virginia began the game with leads of 8-0, 10-2, and 19-8, but the Jayhawks slowly battled back over the final nine minutes of the first half to trim WVU's lead to three by halftime, 33-30.
After the break, it took KU a grand total of 38 seconds to claim their first lead of the game. From that point on, the rest of the game would be back and forth, up and down, exchanging leads, turnovers, and eventually, West Virginia would find themselves trailing by a point, 61-60, with 8 seconds remaining. Juwan Staten would take the inbounds pass and dribble straight to the rim for the easiest layup I have ever seen in my life. I almost feel like we can no longer make fun of Missouruh for Tyus Edney, but then I remember, that was an NCAA tournament game, and this was just a regular season game.
Anyway, KU had three seconds left to answer, and a baseball pass to Perry Ellis led to the second-easiest layup I've ever seen in my life. And of course Perry missed it. Mountaineers take the game, 62-61.
Much ado has been made here at RCT of Kansas' inability to finish at the rim, and this game was no exception. If anything, I would guess our field goal percentage went down even further. This HAS to get corrected if the Jayhawks have any plans on playing past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Cliff Alexander started the game but was practically a no-show, and was quickly replaced by the surprisingly steady Landen Lucas.
Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 19 points on 7/15 shooting. Frank Mason added 18 and Kelly Oubre had 14 points.
Kansas was embarrassingly outrebounded by West Virginia 38 to 32. Oubre pulled down seven boards and Lucas added six.
As a team, Kansas shot 6/11 (64%) from 3-pt range while WVU went 8/21 (38%). Neither team did a good job of getting to the free throw line. Kansas hit 7/11 (64%) free throws to the WVU's 6/11 (55%).
Up next, Kansas will host TCU in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb 21 at 3 PM Jayhawk time.