So that happened. Like when Kansas plays a bad game and it's not as bad as it looks, Kansas isn't as good as they showed last night, mostly because no one is that good. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back as they blitzed the Longhorns, scoring 1.23 points per possession and allowing just .8 points per trip.
What immediately jumped out is obviously Kansas going 11-16 (69 percent) behind the arc. While that won't happen often, a lot of those threes were in rhythm, open, catch and shoot threes. If Kansas gets that many open, in rhythm, catch and shoot threes in March, they won't lose. Even without the threes, however, Kansas did a good job offensively. The Jayhawks shot 62 percent inside the arc against what had been one of the better defenses in the league (and somehow still were able to shoot worse from 2 than 3).
Bill Self said what he was most proud of was Kansas's first shot defense, and he probably should be. Although Texas isn't a great offense, the Longhorns shot just 32 percent from two (and 23 percent from three). With those shooting numbers, it doesn't really matter what happened elsewhere. Kansas didn't do great on the glass (allowing Texas to get 36.7 percent of their misses) and didn't force a ton of turnovers (18.6 percent of Longhorn possessions) but it doesn't matter when you're making 60+ percent of your shots and your opponents are making 30ish percent.
Devonte Graham struggled from an assist/turnover standpoint with just 1 assist and 4 turnovers, but he did a great job defensively and was 3-4 from three.
Frank Mason continued his hot streak, going 2-3 from two, 3-3 from three, dishing 6 assists next to just 1 turnover, and for the most part playing pretty good defense.
Perry Ellis abused Texas for the second time this season. Perry was 8-10 on twos, made his only three, and grabbed 4 rebounds. He also had 4 assists.
Wayne Selden was 1-2 from two and 2-5 from three, grabbed 3 rebounds, and had an assist. He did turn it over twice but all in all it was a nice bounce back game from him.
Landen Lucas continues to grow into a legitimate piece of one of the better frontcourts in the country. He was 3-6 on twos, had 8 rebounds, 5 blocked shots, and several more nice plays where he was able to jump straight up and not commit a foul.
Jamari Traylor was 4-6 from two, had a steal, and didn't commit a turnover. He also had maybe the dunk of the year.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was 1-2 from two, had 2 assists, and did a really good job defensively.
Brannen Greene had a three, 4 rebounds, an assist, and a steal in just 11 minutes.
Carlton Bragg had 2 rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Hunter Mickelson played 4 minutes, grabbed 2 rebounds, and had a nice dunk at the end of the game.
Lagerald Vick played 3 minutes and made a three.
Cheick Diallo played 3 minutes and went 2-4 from the line.