It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was ugly. But in the end, Kansas came away with a victory in their Big 12 opener against West Virginia, 60-53. Early on, it actually looked like the Mountaineers might run away with it as they dominated KU on the offensive boards, jumping out to a double digit lead. Fortunately, West Virginia's poor shooting kept the Jayhawks around. KU scored the final four points of the half to close the lead and go into the locker room down 30-24.
Kansas got off to a strong start in the second half, quickly taking a small lead. However, they were never really able to pull away definitively as they badly struggled from behind the arc. Udoka Azubuike struggled with turnovers, but turned in a huge performance with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and was a huge factor in KU taking the win. Devon Dotson scored 16 with four steals, but had a rough day in terms of efficiency, shooting 5-15. Kansas heads to Ames Wednesday night to take on the Cyclones in game two of the conference slate.