Well that was fun! Kansas ran up and down the floor on Long Beach State en route to a 91-61 victory.
This game was eerily similar to the UNC-Asheville game, with Kansas actually starting off a little slowly, trailing Long Beach 5-2 in the early minutes of the game. With KU clinging to a 14-13 lead with 11:45 left in the first half, Josh Jackson ignited a 13-0 KU run and that was pretty much the game. Kansas would extend its lead to 48-25 by halftime, and it was curtains for the 49ers.
The second half was more of the same, with Long Beach never getting closer to the Jayhawks than 22 points. The bench cleared with about two and half minutes left in the game. When Tyler Self nailed a 3-pointer at the 1:04 mark, the Rock Chalk chant began echoing through the halls of Allen Fieldhouse.
This and That
Bill Self went with the same starting five he had vs UNC-Asheville: Udoka, Jackson, Mason, Graham, and Vick.
Vick nearly tied a Kansas record tonight with a perfect 9-9 shooting from the floor. The record is 10-10. This came from Brian Hanni on the postgame radio show; I think it was two Jayhawks that have gone 10-10. One was Danny Manning, and I don’t remember the other name.
Obviously, Vick led all scorers in this one with 23 points, 9-9 from the floor including 4-4 from 3-pt range.
Tarik Black is the only other player in the Bill Self era to go 9-9 shooting in a game (Texas Tech, 3/5/14).
This was the first game this season that Frank Mason didn’t reach double figures in points, but he had 6 rebounds and 8 assists.
Landen Lucas did not play. Bill Self indicated in postgame interviews that he is dealing with a strained oblique.
As a team, KU shot 14-26 (53.8%) from behind the arc.
Once again, KU struggled from the charity stripe, hitting only 9-19 (47.7%).
Svi provided quite the spark off the bench, hitting four of his first five 3-point attempts. (He finished 4-8 from 3 for the game.)
Kansas will host Stanford on Saturday, Dec 3, at 2:30 PM (Jayhawk time) inside Allen Fieldhouse.
We’ll have more on the Long Beach State game in the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.