The Jayhawks followed up their big win at Baylor on Saturday with a dominant performance at home Monday in a 25-point win over Oklahoma State to take the lead in the Big 12 conference race for the first time in a long time. The Royals beat the Padres and we saw a couple of nice outings on the mound.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
KANSAS (83) VS OKLAHOMA STATE (58)
All of the talk early on the broadcast was about Kansas being tired from its tough game at Baylor on Saturday and it was an excuse for their slow start. It shouldn’t be that way. Kansas, like most teams, often takes time to get a feel for the game and figure things out on the offensive end. Once they got things rolling though they didn’t look back.
Udoka Azubuike was outstanding once again as were most of the rest of the Jayhawks. Azubuike finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Azubuike has played well all season but it seems like he has taken a step forward in the past few weeks. Remember a couple of years ago when Silvio De Sousa took off in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments? He was terrific. Well, it feels like Azubuike is doing the same thing and his impact would be much larger than what De Sousa was able to make.
Devon Dotson shot poorly and the Jayhawks still scored 83 points.
Probably the most interesting performance for me in this game was Ochai Agbaji’s. Agbaji failed to score Saturday at Baylor. Kansas needs to get something from him on the offensive end. He was aggressive in this game. Agbaji scored 15 on 5-for-9 shooting. He drove to the basket and pulled up from the elbow with success. Agbaji doesn’t have to hit three-point shots. If he can step inside the arc and make shots that helps as well.
Kansas next plays at Kansas State on Saturday.
There were two positive pitching performances for the Royals on Monday. Josh Staumont had a perfect inning with a strikeout on a 99 mph fastball to Fernando Tatis Jr. Staumont is likely to make the bullpen if he pitches well. He has the stuff to be a quality arm in the bullpen for the Royals.
Greg Holland also pitched well on Monday. He threw a perfect inning like Staumont but without the strikeout. Holland threw a few curveballs but didn’t show his slider. If Holland can have a good spring he is going to make the bullpen competition very interesting.
Brad Keller got the start in the game and was roughed up a little. However, Keller is a lock for the rotation so he’s just working on getting ready for opening day. He allowed two runs on two hits and a home run to Manny Machado in his one inning. Keller said that the Machado home run came on a sinker that he wanted to get a little more inside. Keller was pleased with his ability to get ground balls when he needed them. He was scheduled for just an inning regardless of how it went.
TODAY: Kansas State and Baylor play today. The Wildcats will have a difficult time keeping up with Baylor. Baylor is playing to keep pace with Kansas for the Big 12 conference title.
PODCAST: In Sunday’s podcast I talked a lot about the Kansas win over Baylor on Saturday. I also looked at the rest of the regular season for all three local colleges, the conference tournaments, and the NCAA tournament.
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