Kansas talks about having second place in the Big 12 as a goal. That’s both disappointing for a team that holds the longest conference championship streak in NCAA history and a little surprising for a team that has played as poorly as the Jayhawks at times this season. This game reflects who Kansas played tonight and not some great reversal for the Jayhawks. But you take what you can get and hope the success continues.
Under 16: Kansas can’t make shots. Not only can they not make shots, but they also aren’t even close! There is absolutely no excuse for being this bad at shooting the ball. And yet, Kansas leads 5-2.
Under 12: Bruce Thompson returned after missing seven games and scored on a nice spin move. And the Jayhawks apparently got their awful shooting out of the way in the first four minutes. They hit a couple of three-point shots in the second segment. Iowa State also picked up the offense. Kansas leads 17-10.
Under 8: Thompson is more aggressive than I have seen him before. He might be a very much needed offensive piece, but he cannot be selfish. That won’t work. The concern is his defense as he saw a Cyclones player drive by him easily to the basket. Kansas leads 23-17.
Under 4: Kansas has switched to posting up guards in the lane to take advantage of their height. And Marcus Garrett continues to make good drives to the basket, similar to what he started in the last game. But let’s be realistic. This is all happening against Iowa State. Iowa State is missing a great opportunity to beat Kansas. Their talent level is down at the wrong time. Some of their better teams would sweep this Kansas team. Kansas leads 31-23.
End of Half: The argument that says Kansas needs to shoot a lot more three-point shots to increase the chances of scoring more points and cutting down on turnovers is compelling. The problem is that they have to actually make shots. Kansas leads 39-27.
Under 16: I just saw Kansas score in transition. Did you see that? I’m not lying. They actually scored in transition. Wow. I wasn’t sure that was even legal for them to do. They don’t do it at all these days. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks are taking advantage of Iowa State’s poor defense and are driving all the way to the basket. Kansas leads 54-36.
Under 12: Ochai Agbaji hit three three-point shots in that segment. He is a terrific outside shooter. Kansas leads 69-45.
Under 8: Kansas’ passing was terrific in this segment. They set each other up for open shots and dunks, and Kansas leads 74-49.
Under 4: Why am I still watching this game? Yes, Kansas is playing better, but how much is it because they are playing Iowa State? I think a lot of it is Iowa State. Kansas isn’t beating Baylor. The Jayhawks are getting scoring opportunities they would never get against Baylor. Kansas is supposedly trying to make a push to finish second in the Big 12. I will be shocked if they can do that. That would be quite an impressive finish. Kansas leads 87-53.
End of Game: How different will it be on Saturday when these two teams play in Ames, Iowa. I’m pretty sure it won’t be this bad. Kansas wins 97-64.