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KU beats down Iowa State Hawkeyes

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After so many games that have turned out tougher than they needed to be, it was great to see Kansas thoroughly dominate a team start to finish. Sure, Iowa State came in 2-12 without a conference victory, but these are teams KU should expect to dismantle, and it hasn't always worked out that way this year.

Maybe the best aspect of the first half, which found the Jayhawks going up 39-29, was seeing Jalen Wilson play more like what we saw from him earlier in the year. Wilson has largely struggled down the stretch, but at the break had put up nine points with a game high eight rebounds, hitting four of seven shots including a three. As a team Kansas was shooting very poorly from behind the arc (4-13, 31%), but they had made up for it by dominating on the defensive glass and holding ISU to just 31% overall in the first.

The Jayhawks came out swinging in the second half, quickly extending the lead to 18 by the first media timeout. From there, Kansas only pulled further away, notching a true blowout victory, 97-64.

The Jayhawks were led in scoring by Ochai Agbaji with 19. Wilson would end up with 16 and 11 boards, while Christian Braun stuffed the statsheet with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Kansas improves to 14-7 and 8-5 in conference play. With this being a makeup game, they have an unusual quick turnaround, with a rematch against the Hawkeyes coming up on Saturday afternoon.