There was some reason for concern after the Tennessee game that David McCormack's absence could be a problem as KU had to play through one more game of his suspension. That concern briefly looked like it would rear its ugly head in the first half tonight in Stillwater. After a great start for the Jayhawks, Udoka Azubuike picked up a second foul, and a 27-11 advantage turned into a shaky three point lead. A late Christian Braun bucket gave KU just a 29-24 advantage at the half.
The Jayhawks opened the floodgates in the second half, and the game was never particularly close after that. The half court offense never really did get going, but Kansas put the clamps on Oklahoma State and never let up. KU would cruise to a 65-50 victory despite shooting just 39% from the floor. Oklahoma State managed just 28%, and attempted fewer threes than usual, which is not something Kansas typically sees from their opponents.
Braun got his first career start tonight, and the freshman did not disappoint. He led the team in both points and rebounds with 16 and nine, going 4-8 from deep. Azubuike racked up five blocks but was quiet elsewhere, scoring just six and grabbing seven boards. Marcus Garrett did a little bit of everything, putting together an impressive statline of seven points, eight rebounds, and a career high nine assists.
KU gets to rest until Saturday, when they get David McCormack back in time for a tough home battle against Texas Tech. Tipoff will be 3:00 Jayhawk Time and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.