The first few minutes of this one went about as poorly as they could have. ISU came out firing early and often, nailing three threes to take an 11-4 advantage just over two minutes in. However, that was just about the last of the good vibes for the Hawkeyes, as KU was able to score 11 straight and take a 15-11 lead just under the 14 minute mark.
ISU did keep battling. They hit six of their first eight threes, and KU was only able to go 2-7 in that same time. That kept things neck and neck for a while, but after the ten minute mark, KU slowly started to develop a consistent advantage. Despite the Hawkeyes' hot shooting, they had no answers for KU on the other end of the floor. The Jayhawks kept their lead between three and seven, even as ISU's perimeter shooting reached a scorching 9 of 11. Things finally started to open up when Kansas started raining down some triples of their own in the final three minutes of the half. Kansas would take a 50-40 advantage into halftime.
The two teams played fairly even through the start of the second half. After five minutes, they were able to push the lead to 13, the biggest advantage of the game to that point, thanks to Devon Dotson continuing to scorch the nets from outside (a welcome sight). After a bit more back and forth, Kansas finally turned on the jets. By the ten minute mark, the lead was extended to 75-55 as the hot shooting continued. Ultimately, 20 would also be the margin of victory as KU won 91-71.
Dotson was fantastic in this one, putting up 29 points while going 6-8 from deep, and racking up three steals. Marcus Garrett couldn't duplicate Saturday's scoring explosion, but filled up the statsheet with five points, eight boards, six assists and three steals. Azubuike had a fairly quiet night by his standards, with 13 points and seven boards. Next up for Kansas (23-3, 12-1) is the biggest game of the season to date, as they head to Waco to try and avenge their only conference loss against #1 Baylor.