I don't generally just admit this up front, but I did not watch a second of this game. I unwittingly set up my grocery pickup time for the same time as tipoff, other things came up and, well, I also had no interest in it. I've made my thoughts on this season and this team very clear, and my prediction should pretty much tell you what I expected. (And, my prediction even ended up too optimistic!)
The fact that this was not even a conference game softens blow, but it's still frustrating that, in the end, the 80-61 final score did nothing to make me regret missing this one, or give me any newfound hope for this team becoming good.
At any rate, through one half, Kansas was right about on target to hit my predicted point total of 50, down 40-26. Given Tennessee's defensive prowess, it was no surprise the Jayhawks were getting nothing in the paint. Also unsurprisingly (though it should be a surprise with these players!) they shot a horrific 1-12 from three. No shock they were down double digits.
Early in the second, their shooting numbers improved immediately. Sadly, so did Tennessee's. The game was out of hand by the under-16, with Kansas down 56-35. Things never got further out of hand, but nothing resembling a comeback ever took place either. The Vols had far too little difficulty in handing the Jayhawks their fourth loss in five games, and their third blowout loss of the season.
In terms of individual performance, McCormack had a good game offensively (though his defense continues to hurt the team). He scored 17 on 7-11 shooting. Marcus Garrett had 15 points with four assists, hitting both his attempted threes (improving to 39% for the season). Jalen Wilson also scored ten, with team highs in rebounds (9) and assists (6).
As a team, the offensively-challenged Jayhawks shot just 38% from the field and 27% from three, while being outrebounded 38-22. The slow, miserable trek toward the end of this hapless season continues Tuesday as Kansas hosts in-state rival KSU, in what should but very likely will not be an easy game.
Kansas drops to 11-6 for the year, remaining in 5th place in the conference at 5-4.