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Jayhawks bury Mountaineers, 78-53

Kansas romps West Virginia in Lawrence.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas trailed 4-2 early on, and then... holy smokes. A 6-4 KU lead at the under-16 timeout ballooned to 23-9 by the under-8 timeout. West Virginia didn’t get into double figures until 5:53 remained before halftime. Kansas nearly 30-balled West Virginia in the first half en route to a 43-16 lead at the break.

The Mountaineers would never get closer than a 21-point deficit the rest of the way. WVU shot just 3-23 (13.0%) from behind the arc, and just 33.9% overall from the floor. They turned the ball over 24 times, but to be fair, KU turned it right back over 19 times.

However, Kansas shot over 52% from the floor, including 8-20 (40.0%) from three. Five Jayhawks were in double figures - Lawson, Lawson, McCormack, Dotson, and Agbaji.

I have no idea how this team lost to West Virginia in Morgantown.

With K-State’s loss to Iowa State today, the Jayhawks once again control their own destiny for 15-straight, but KU would have to win out to accomplish it. Losing in Morgantown this year is inexcusable, but here’s hoping Kansas can overcome it.

Up next, KU will have a week off in preparation for a trip to Lubbock to face off against Texas Tech on Saturday, February 23, at 7 PM.