Billed as a battle between two heavyweight defenses, this game was far from the low-efficiency rock fight one might have expected.
Despite taking few threes in the first half (3-8) and Tech boasting an elite two point defense, KU found themselves with good scoring opportunities and developed a nice lead throughout the first 20 minutes. Defensively, they didn't shut Tech down, but they did enough to keep them at arm's length, entering halftime up 44-35.
Kansas held Tech at arm's length most of the second half, but gave up nearly all the lead with some poor execution late. After some tense moments in the final seconds, Ochai Agbaji hit two clutch free throws to push a one point lead to three. Tech seemed unaware that the deficit was three as they promptly attempted a pair of twos in the waning seconds. Neither went in, and the Jayhawks won 78-75.
Foul trouble meant Udoka Azubuike had a quiet afternoon with just five points and eight boards, but Devon Dotson came up big with 21 points and three steals, while Marcus Garrett was excellent on both ends, with 15 points, five boards and three blocks.
It's another quick turnaround coming up for Kansas, with a Big Monday matchup with Texas looming at Allen Fieldhouse in two days.