Kansas opened the 2016-17 exhibition season with an 18-point win over Topeka’s Washburn Ichabods Tuesday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Frank Mason led the way with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Svi Mykhailiuk was the top three-point shooter on the evening, going 4-6 from deep and finishing with 16 points.
Freshman Josh Jackson started the game, but waited until the second half to score all of his 14 points on 6-12 shooting (1-3 3-pt).
The rest of the starters were Carlton Bragg, Landen Lucas, Frank Mason, and Devote Graham.
LaGerald Vick was the first guard off the bench; he would end up playing 29 minutes (more than anyone else besides Mason) and displayed some of the athleticism that we’ve been hearing about all summer.
Udoka Azubuike was the first big off the bench; he picked up 3 first half fouls in his 3 first half minutes, eventually fouling out of the game after playing just 8 total minutes.
There’s not really a lot to take from an exhibition game against a D2 school. Of note, Washburn did have 19 offensive rebounds in the contest, 12 in the first half, and ended up out-rebounding the Jayhawks 45-44. Also possibly concerning could be KU’s free throw shooting, at 18-34 (52.9%).
Overall, KU shot 54.2% from the floor, 10-22 (45.5%) from deep while holding Washburn to 34.8% overall, 10-26 (38.5%) from deep.
What are you takeaways? The comments section is yours.