Kansas Jayhawks Have Mixed Bag in First Home Win in a Month
November 22 — that is the last time the Kansas Jayhawks played a home contest. Their nearly month long absence from Allen Fieldhouse was not as fruitful as the Kansas faithful would have hoped as the Jayhawks lost three games in that span. Either it is purely coincidental or Kansas head coach Bill Self intentionally scheduled to test his young team early. Regardless of the reasoning, the stretch away from home was the longest in Self’s tenure at Kansas.
Even with finals being over, the students packed Allen Fieldhouse to cheer on their Jayhawks Saturday afternoon against Georgetown. The Hoyas were no match for the rejuvenated Jayhawks as Kansas cruised to a 86-64 victory. There was some good, some bad and some ugly from Kansas throughout the day. The good was the Jayhawk front court. Tarik Black had his best game in a Kansas uniform, providing 17 points off the bench. Joel Embiid also supplied 17 points for the Jayhawks.
The bad belongs to Perry Ellis, who suffered a blow to the head in the second half that caused him to severely air ball a free throw wide left. He would not return to the game after signalling to the bench that he was having issues with his head. Naadir Tharpe suffered an apparent knee injury in the first half attempting to block a fast break layup. He would stay in the game and appeared to be fine moving forward in the contest.
The ugly part came in the first 10 minutes for the Jayhawks. The defensive effort was fine, but offense was a different story. Georgetown was able to double down on Andrew Wiggins on the baseline corner and force a couple of early turnovers. This shattered the young freshman’s confidence, and he never really got going after that. This is not necessarily a bad thing as Kansas has had little offensive identity besides Wiggins, and his struggles forced players like Black and Embiid to step up and deliver.