The game started off with TCU playing the Jayhawks tough. Case in point, after KU jumped out to a 12-6 lead, TCU fought back to take a 19-15 lead of their own. KU quickly responded, however, going on a run and taking a 33-23 lead before going into halftime up 37-28.
TCU closed to 41-35 shortly after the break, but Kansas was relentless and slowly pushed the lead back into double digits. The Frogs never threatened after that, and Kansas won the game by a comfortable margin - comfortable enough that the building emptied out rather early, presumably due to the Chiefs game starting up shortly after the final buzzer.
Final score - Kansas 70, TCU 63.
Scoring for Kansas was extremely balanced in this game: Wayne Selden led the Jayhawks with 11 points.
Ellis (10), Mason (10), Graham (10), and Bragg (10) were the other Jayhawks scoring in double figures, while Diallo almost got there with 9 points.
Graham, Mason and Selden combined for 13 assists against 5 turnovers.
Kansas outrebounded by TCU 44-37. Ellis led the way with 9.
As a team, Kansas hit 5/20 (25.0%) from behind the arc. Graham had the best day, shooting 2/4, while Svi and Selden combined for a 2/9 effort.
TCU was 7/17 (41.2%) from behind the arc.
Kansas went 13/19 (68.4%) from the free throw line.
TCU was 8/11 (72.7%) from the line.
Bill Self is now 199-9 in Allen Fieldhouse.
What is it about TCU?
I was never worried about the outcome, but games against them are just slugfests.
I'm getting awfully tired of Landen Lucas.
Dunk. The. Ball.
Why are we fouling so much? At one point in the first half the foul discrepancy was Kansas 8, TCU 3.
Ellis picked up two early fouls in the game, which allowed some court time for Diallo and Bragg - both of whom played well, I thought.
Bragg knocked down some shots, while Diallo got several rather impressive blocks.
The way TCU plays, it's hard to tell if we played well, but, I'm gonna say we did.
The Jayhawks will hit the road to take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Tuesday, January 19. The game is scheduled for a 6 PM tip (Jayhawk time) and will be televised on ESPN2.