The Kansas Jayhawks losing skid is over with an impressive win against the Kansas State Wildcats tonight in Lawrence. This team looked so different than the team we have seen the past three games. They finally scored over 70 points and dominated the Wildcats.
The Wildcats came into this game with a one game lead over the Jayhawks in the Big 12, and now they leave tied. The Jayhawks were focused all the way from the tip off to the final buzzer. Even the walk-on players even got to play a few seconds at the end of the game.
On his birthday, Ben McLemore had a tremendous game, leading the Jayhawks in scoring with 30 points. McLemore played with tremendous focus and determination. He scored with ease, and looked like the number-one NBA draft pick this summer. McLemore was an offensive threat and finally showed more of his athleticism.
Jeff Withey was a force to be reckoned with inside the paint tonight. He brought the team together in meetings of three or four players, played with passion and fire, and was the floor leader making sure this team wouldn’t lose this game. Withey moved into first place on KU’s all-time blocks list all by himself with five blocks on the night, giving him 263 for his career, five ahead of Greg Ostertag’s old record of 258. He also produced on the offensive side of the ball, and had a thundering dunk that set the Phog on fire.
What a performance Naadir Tharpe had tonight. He was one of the reasons the Jayhawks looked like their old selves again. He was on fire tonight, and you could see it in his eyes. Tharpe looks like he is ready to take over the point guard reins next season, or even this season. He played a very impressive game, and made sure the losing streak ended tonight.
This win was an overall team performance. The Jayhawks were more aggressive, played with more energy and had the crowd behind them. No one gave up on these guys, and everyone still believed in them. The Wildcats didn’t see the freight train coming, and was met head on by a team focused to win.
Look out everyone the Kansas Jayhawks are back!
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