There were a lot of questions headed into tonight's game against West Virginia. The Mountaineers presented an interesting challenge for Kansas, with two talented big men going up against a KU team with arguably none. Fortunately, David McCormack and the Jayhawks came through in a big way, leading the team to victory amidst a barrage of the perimeter shooting.
The first half was tight, as expected in a game between two top-10 conference opponents. The Jayhawks entered the locker room facing a slim deficit, down 36-35.
The Mountaineers extended the lead to three coming out of the break, but things steadily worked in KU's in favor as the half went on. West Virginia's shooting fell off as KU's improved, and the frontcourt advantage didn't prove as overwhelming as it appeared on paper. Ultimately, the Jayhawks cruised to a 79-65 victory.
Despite West Virginia's defensive prowess, all five Kansas starters scored in double digits. Christian Braun led the charge with 22 points and a game high seven assists. Ochai Agbaji was just 4-14 from the field, but managed a double double with 11 points and 10 boards. David McCormack also filled the statsheet with 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, in arguably his best performance of the season.
Jalen Wilson and Marcus Garrett contributed 17 and 15, respectively.
As a team, Kansas shot 38 of their 63 field goal attempts from three point range, far and away their highest 3-point rate of the season at 60.3%, and hit 42% of them in the process. They also made up for allowing WVU to grab 48% of their own misses by gathering 51% of their own.
The Jayhawks improve to 2-0 in conference play with yet another rough matchup ahead. They get a break for the holidays, but face 10th-ranked Texas immediately afterward on January 2 of the new year.