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Kansas Cruises Past ETSU

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NCAA Basketball: East Tennessee State at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

While East Tennessee State offered more resistance than Monmouth, they weren't able to take down the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse. Devon Dotson led the way early as he scored nine of the Jayhawks' first 17 points, putting them up 17-8 at the under-12. The lead only expanded from there as the Jayhawks pushed it to 27-10 by the nine minute mark. ETSU drew slightly closer by the half, heading into the locker room down just 43-31, with Dotson clocking in at 13 points and five assists.

KU kept the Buccaneers at arm's length through the second half, and ultimately won it 75-63. Udoka Azubuike would lead the team in scoring with 21, plus seven boards, three seals and four blocks. Dotson and his 19 points weren't far behind, along with six assists. Marcus Garrett also played a good all-around game, scoring 13 and adding five boards, three assists and three steals.

It's noteworthy that Isaiah Moss, still battling a nagging hamstring injury, played very little, and as a team KU shot 1-14 from deep. There's no reason to think this was anything but a cold night for the team, but it does help demonstrate how badly Kansas needs Moss to get healthy and able to play bigger minutes.

The Jayhawks now get nearly a week off, as they don't play again until Monday, when they open the Maui Invitational with D2's Chaminade, kicking off what could be a very challenging week as they play three games in as many days. That could include a potential matchup with Michigan State, if both were to advance to the tournament title game.