So that was pretty fun. We should definitely do this more often. In one of the silliest games I've seen in quite a while, Kansas went down to Austin and totally clowned Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns.
KU opened up the game on a 15-0 run. Texas wouldn't get any closer than 16-6 the rest of the way. KU opened up first half leads of 32-11 and 41-19 before cruising into halftime with a 47-23 lead.
Obviously, it never got any better in the second half - for Texas, that is. KU continued the Great Longhorn Butchering of 2016, streching the lead to 31 with 14:38 to play at 63-32. The Jayhawks then went on cruise control the rest of the way.
Final score: Kansas 86, Texas 56
Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 20 points on 9/11 shooting from the field.
Mason (14) and Graham (13) were the other Jayhawks scoring in double figures.
Mason dished out 6 assists; Ellis added 4.
Graham had 4 turnovers.
Kansas was actually outrebounded in this one, 37-36. Ellis led the Jayhawks with 8 boards.
As a team, Kansas hit 11/16 (68.8%) from behind the arc.
Mason was 3/3 from 3; Graham was 3/4.
Texas was 3/13 (23.1%) from behind the arc.
Kansas went 11/24 (45.8%) from the free throw line.
Texas was 15/25 (60.0%) from the line.
Great game by Perry. He shredded the Texas defense and got whatever shot he wanted. He was feeling it.
Who am I kidding, everyone wearing blue was having a great game.
That Jamari Traylor kid can DUNK.
But seriously, what up with all the missed free throws? If you want to nitpick on something from this game, that's definitely high on the list.
Why did Shaka wait until 1:32 left in the game to put in his seniors? They weren't coming back in this game. He should have put them in with like, 10 minutes left.
Similarly, Self kept his starters in until there were only five or six minutes left. Then we saw a heavy dose of Mickelson, Vick, etc.
Self then cleared the bench and put in the legacies with less than two minutes to go in the game.
Love hearing the Rock Chalk chant in opposing arenas.
On to Iowa State, and what should be a fun matchup of Perry vs Georges in their final regular-season matchup.
The Jayhawks return home to Allen Fieldhouse for the final regular season game of this season on Saturday, March 5. It will be senior night in Lawrence, and Perry Ellis' last home game as a Jayhawk. It is scheduled for a 3 PM tip (Jayhawk time) and will be televised on ESPN.