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Jayhawks Cruise By Washburn

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NCAA Basketball: Washburn at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

In a rare matchup with a Division II school that actually counts toward Kansas' regular season record, the Jayhawks did about what you would expect at home against the Washburn Ichabods.

KU was just two days removed from a physical battle against Kentucky, and it did show at times as Washburn was able to get some buckets and open looks in the first half. David McCormack, who really struggled in the first three contests of this year, did get a little confidence boost against an Ichabods squad that simply didn't have anyone able to contest his combination of size and athleticism. In the first half he led all scorers with 13 on 5-6 shooting, with three boards. Jalen Wilson also feasted with 12 and 4 as KU took a healthy 49-32 advantage into the locker room.

Bill Self spread the minutes around a bit more in the second half and Kansas seemed to take their foot off the gas a bit, which is totally understandable given the opponent and the quick turnaround after Kentucky, plus another game in two days. However, their defense actually improved as Washburn didn't hit 15 second half points until the six minute mark. With the eerie lack of a crowd at Allen Fieldhouse, it was tough to tell if the team lacked energy down the stretch, or if the lack of customary crowd noise just created that impression. Either way, KU was able to set the cruise control and come away with an 89-54 blowout.

As a team, Kansas scorched the nets by shooting 13-26 from deep, further solidifying that this year's squad is legitimately a high level perimeter shooting group. Ochai Agbaji continued to show his improvement from last year, hitting 4 of 6 from deep on his way to 16 points. McCormack led all scorers with 17. Braun bounced back from a rough shooting night Tuesday by hitting 3 of 5 from deep. Wilson did the same. Marcus Garrett also hit one of his three attempts from downtown, as he did a little bit of everything by scoring 7, with 4 boards, 4 assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

KU now faces another two day turnaround, but fortunately shouldn't be tested too much as they host North Dakota State, KenPom's 198th ranked team, on Saturday before a big Tuesday matchup with Creighton.