As many theorized would happen, with Kansas just two days removed from an exhausting, emotional win over Baylor, the team didn't get out to a quick start. Four minutes in, OSU had a 6-3 advantage as KU looked to be going through the motions offensively. We didn't actually get a media timeout until over seven minutes in, but Kansas held just a 9-8 lead, which quickly turned into a 10-9 deficit.
Kansas would answer with a Christian Braun three, which meant that KU's first four buckets were triples. KU ended up turning that into an 8-0 run, and started to slowly build up a respectable lead. They finally pushed the advantage to double digits at the 5:48 mark, up 27-17. They kept in that general range through halftime, at which point they were up 35-25. Udoka Azubuike wasn't quite as dominant as he was on Saturday, but even with the short turnaround, he still put up eight points and ten rebounds in the first half.
The beginning of the second was another slow start. Three minutes in, the lead was the same, at 40-30. OSU was double- and triple-teaming Dok to slow him down. After that, KU had scored six straight when Cameron McGriff was called for a flagrant foul after elbowing Devon Dotson in the face. Things really opened up after that. KU scored five more unanswered, and the route was on at 51-30.
In the end, the Jayhawks cruised to an 83-58 blowout victory. Azubuike was, once again, a monster, scoring 19 with 16 boards and three blocks. Dotson struggled, going 3-12 from the floor to end with just 11. I would be remiss not to bring up Ochai Agbaji, whose offensive struggles have led to a lot of recent criticism. Agbaji was the Jayhawks' second leading scorer tonight, putting up 15 on 5-9 shooting with only one turnover.
The Jayhawks will now get a much needed rest, as they prepare for a Saturday road trip to Manhattan, where they play the Kansas State Wildcats for the first time since the Sunflower Throwdown. Both teams are likely to be fired up for the game, which is sure to draw some extra attention with the potential for tempers to flare.