Coming into yesterday’s Kansas Jayhawks-TCU Horned Frogs game, all of the hype surrounded if TCU could go into Phog Allen Fieldhouse and stun the Jayhawks once again for a season sweep. It was TCU who handed the Jayhawks their second straight loss during their three game losing streak and was arguably the most shocking upset of the college basketball season.
Obviously, Kansas was not going to allow that embarrassment to happen once again. They had heard enough talk of the Topeka YMCA, how they only scored 13 points in the first half and how it was the worst half of Kansas basketball ever.
Kansas made a statement by scoring 13 points in the first 5:37 of the game. In addition, the Jayhawks opened the game with an 18-4 run with 11:36 left in the first half and never looked back. The Jayhawks defense was even more stifling as it allowed just nine first half points and held the Horned Frogs scoreless in the last 8:37 of the first half.
Needless to say, the Jayhawks destroyed the Horned Frogs yesterday by a score of 74-48.
Head Coach Bill Self knows this is the team that he envisioned, blowing through the Big 12 and earning a ninth conference regular season title.
The Jayhawks blowout of TCU comes after they eeked out a 68-67 double overtime win at the No. 14 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on Wednesday night.
Now the Jayhawks have won four straight conference games and have the confidence that they can respond in close games and still have the ability to blow teams out they are superior to.
In addition, their last two games came against teams that had previously beaten them, which proves they can learn from past failures. The wins also ensure that yet again no team will win a home and home against Self’s Jayhawks.
With four games left on their regular season schedule, the Jayhawks still control their own destiny as far as the Big 12 regular season title is concerned and that is what they are focused on now that their two “revenge” games are in the books.
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