The Kansas Jayhawks have had a stroke of bad luck against the top 25, as all three of their losses have come against top 25 opponents (Villanova cracked into the top 25 shortly after defeating Kansas). Kansas would have a golden opportunity to overcome their troubles against the top teams in the country Monday night with a home matchup against undefeated Toledo.
The Toledo Rockets are the only unranked undefeated team in the country. Many did not expect a marque matchup at the beginning of the season between these two opponents, as the game was unavailable on television. Rock Chalk nation was subject to online streaming, but for those that were patient enough with the buffering were well rewarded.
There were two key positives from the Jayhawks Monday night matchup with the Rockets. The two positives were directly tied to sophomore forward Perry Ellis. Nine days ago, in their last contest against Georgetown, Ellis was forced to leave the game early after a blow to the head left him dazed. After a poorly missed free throw, Ellis motioned towards the trainer and never returned.
Monday night, Ellis returned and had himself a whale of a game. Ellis had a game high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his successful return to the hardwood. The Jayhawks again struggled with protecting the basketball, having 18 turnovers on the night. Ellis was the only starter not to turn the ball over. With Ellis playing lights out, the Jayhawks were able to power past the Rocket by a score of 93-83.