Kansas didn't start slow this time. The Jayhawks opened up the game on a 7-0 run, and before you knew it, it was 29-13 Jayhawks and the game was all but over well before halftime. Kansas took a 38-20 advantage into the break.
It never got any better for TCU as the closest they could get to the Jayhawks was 15 points in the second half.
Final score: Kansas 75, TCU 56
Perry Ellis led all scorers with 23 points on 11/14 shooting.
Graham (15) and Mason (12) were the other Jayhawks scoring in double figures.
Mason, Graham, and Selden combined for 14 assists.
Lucas, Ellis, and Mason each had 3 turnovers.
Kansas absolutely dominated the boards, 46-25. Ellis led the Jayhawks with 10 boards.
As a team, Kansas hit 6/22 (27.3%) from behind the arc.
Basically, everyone sucked on 3s except for Graham, who was 3/6.
TCU was 5/18 (27.8%) from behind the arc.
Kansas went 11/13 (84.6%) from the free throw line.
TCU was 23/33 (69.7%) from the line.
Today was the third aninversary of the now-infamous "Topeka YMCA" game.
Yes, that's a photo of Perry Ellis dunking. I know, right?
Kansas finally came out and beat down an inferior opponent for the first in... well, it's been a while.
The focus the Jayhawks started the game with was good to see. I'm interested to see if this was some kind of so-called "turning point" or if TCU is just really, really bad.
Bill Self does not like Brannen Greene.
This would have been the perfect game to get Diallo, Bragg, and even Greene major minutes, especially in the second half - and to sit Mason for a spell.
So of course Mason turns his ankle with two minutes left in the game.
The guys had fun out there, you could tell, especially in the first half.
I think we even saw a smile from Perry Ellis!
Heard the Rock Chalk chant VERY clearly on TV at the end of the game.
On to West Virginia - huge game that we can't afford to drop in AFH. No looking ahead to Oklahoma.
The Jayhawks come back home to host West Virginia Tuesday night, February 9, at 6 PM in Allen Fieldhouse. The game is scheduled for a 6 PM tip (Jayhawk time) and will be televised on ESPN2.