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Jayhawks Dismantle Omaha

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska Omaha at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After a shocking brush with disaster against North Dakota State six days ago, and a tough one point victory over Creighton three days ago, it was nice to see Kansas get to thoroughly destroy another team again Friday.

Omaha came in as heavy underdogs, and it was clear very early on that there would be no NDSU-style close call this time around. The Jayhawks started the game with a 17-0 (!) run over the first five minutes. Omaha made things slightly more competitive in answering with a 9-2 run, but it was clear that this would be a lopsided affair.

KU went into halftime with a 45-22 advantage and were predictably led in scoring by...Mitch Lightfoot? The redshirt senior hasn't been given a lot of playing time this year, but he made the most of his ten first half minutes by scoring 12 with four rebounds and two blocks at the halfway point.

Things never got any more stressful as the second half went on. There was an obvious talent disparity between the two teams, and the Jayhawks looked far fresher than they did in the near miss against NDSU, not only outscoring Omaha but annihilating them on the boards, winning that battle 54-31 in their 95-60 victory.

Ochai Agbaji would end up leading the team in scoring with 18, hitting four of six from deep. Lightfoot added two to his total, finishing with 14, plus seven boards and three blocks. David McCormack had the game's only double double by hitting 11 in points and rebounds (despite getting stuffed by the rim on an uncontested dunk). Marcus Garrett also had a very Marcus Garrett-esque game, scoring just five but adding five boards and eight assists. I'd also like to give a quick shootout to Latrell Jossell, who on top of scoring five also probably has the best hair of any Jayhawk in recent memory.

Kansas improves to 6-1 on the year. They were scheduled to play Tarleton State on Sunday, but during tonight's game it was announced that the matchup has been canceled. Barring any last minute schedule changes, the Jayhawks won't play again before they open Big 12 play at Texas Tech next Thursday night.