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Oklahoma State Shocks No. 2 Kansas at Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Peter Casey-USA Today Sports

Oklahoma State shocked the nation on Saturday afternoon, going into Phog Allen Fieldhouse and upsetting the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.

It’s a rarity when Kansas drops a game at home, but Saturday, Feb. 2 turned into the first such situation for the Jayhawks this season. Despite the loss, the initial reaction to the final score is shocking, but there shouldn’t be any worries for Kansas moving forward. The credit on Saturday goes directly to Oklahoma State and the production of both Marcus Smart and Markel Brown.

In Saturday’s upset victory, Smart finished the contest with 26 points, while Brown led the way with 28 in his own right. The Jayhawks seemingly had no answer for either of them, as the biggest statement of the day came in favor of the road team.

Kansas superstar Ben McLemore scored 23 points for the Jayhawks, but that might undoubtedly be the problem. We know the production that McLemore has contributed to Kansas this season, but at times, they’ve seemingly relied too much upon him. However, that’s not reason to bash the balance of this Jayhawks squad. They have been terrific all year and one hiccup to begin February is no reason to overreact to the problems that they had on Saturday.

At 19-2 overall and 7-1 within the conference, the loss for the Jayhawks marked their first league blemish of the season. It’s not easy to go undefeated in conference play and there’s no doubt that head coach Bill Self will have them ready to play and get back on track in their next contest on the road at TCU.

 

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