For the second consecutive game, the final outcome was about what you would expect in a matchup like this, but the way the game went was... not.
Kansas jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead, but by the under-12 timeout Louisiana had taken a 19-18 lead. Soon the Jayhawks would trail by 12 at 32-20. An intentional technical by Bill Self sparked a 10-0 run over the next two and a half minutes erased most of that lead, and Kansas would reclaim that lead just before the under-4 timeout. Kansas would take a slim 44-41 advantage into the break.
The Jayhawks would never trail again. A short 5-0 run to open the second half gave the Jayhawks an 8-point lead. Louisiana did close to within 65-64 with 8:43 to play, but KU responded with a 9-0 run in the next three minutes and cruised to the finish line, and an 89-74 final score.
Lagerald Vick led all scorers with 33 points (!!!) on 11-18 shooting, including 7-12 from behind the arc. He added 9 rebounds and 2 assists against 3 turnovers. Of note: Vick played all 40 minutes in the game.
Dedric Lawson added 19 points on 6-11 shooting, and Udoka Azubuike had 17 points on 8-10 shooting.
As a team, Kansas shot 8-22 (36.4%) from behind the arc but just 17-26 (65.4%) from the free throw line.
Louisiana took over 57% of their shots from 3-point range, but hit just 12-36 (33.3%) of them.
Kansas will head to New York City for the semi-finals of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off against #24 Marquette. The game is scheduled for a 6 PM (Jayhawk time) tip on Wednesday, Nov 21, on ESPN2.