Udoka Azubuike was the main storyline entering Senior Night for the Jayhawks. More specifically, his right ankle was the main storyline, after hurting it in the KSU game and spending time in a walking boot earlier this week. And fortunately for Kansas, the big man was not only able to start, but was able to dominate.
Doke (yes, Doke) racked up 18 points and six boards with a block in the first half alone. So, Kansas must have dominated the first half, right? Not exactly. In fact, not at all. Desmond Bane and Edric Dennis Jr were also lighting it up on TCU's behalf, going 9-11 from deep as the Horned Frogs as a team shot 60% from three in the first. And it was a good thing they did, because they couldn't get anything going inside, shooting just 3-10 from two. However, the threes were enough to carry the team to a 37-35 halftime lead for the road team in Allen Fieldhouse.
For the first ten minutes or so of the second half, it looked like this one may come down to the wire. TCU simply wouldn't go away, keeping the game within a possession one way or another. But the shots stopped falling and KU found a little rhythm, and started to pull away. In the end, Kansas sent off their two seniors, Udoka Azubuike and Isaiah Moss, with a 75-66 victory over the plucky Horned Frogs.
Azubuike, especially for a man who was questionable for tonight's game, was able to put on a show in his final performance in Lawrence. Doke piled up 31 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Oh, and he did it on 13-14 shooting. Moss' senior night performance was a bit less memorable, scoring five and shooting just 1-7 from deep. Devon Dotson, who was likely also playing in his last college home game, filled up the statsheet with 18 points, six boards, two assists and four steals.
With the win, Kansas clinched at least a share of the Big 12 title, improving to 16-1 in conference play. The Jayhawks wrap up regular season play Saturday at 2pm Jayhawk Time, with a tough road matchup at Texas Tech.