Jayhawks stunned at Sprint Center

Alicia Farmer
December 7, 2017

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All of the Huskies' wins going into the Kansas upset had been at home. 8 Kentucky. Kansas defeated Syracuse, Hopkins' previous assistant coaching post, 76-60 in its last showing. Self began his coaching career at Oral Roberts (1993-97) where he compiled a 55-54 record.

From there, the Jayhawks transitioned to more of what Self called a "stationary" zone offense, which led to a lot of standing and passing, shooting and passing over the top of the zone. Despite his success, Self's 2-5 mark in Elite Eight games is a sore spot among KU fans. Kansas is one of two teams in the Big 12 that have yet to lose this season. The Jayhawks received all nine possible first-place votes from conference coaches. OR claimed an Elite Eight win over Kansas in last year's NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center, where the Jayhawks have lost three of their last four.

Syracuse ranks 121st in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while CT ranks 268th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4). They held Syracuse to just five field goals and forced 12 turnovers in the first half. My shot just was falling the last two games. Deriece Parks scored 13 points for the Catamounts (3-7).

The Huskies rank 93rd in assists allowed per game (12.2) while the Orange rank 310th (17.0). The big Ukrainian has next-level skills as a stretch-3.

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Idaho 91, Washington State 64: Brayon Blake scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Victor Sanders added 19 points and the Vandals blew out the Cougars. He's projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick. Udoka Azubuike, a 7-0 sophomore center, is among the national leaders in field goal percentage (77.0) after draining all three attempts versus Syracuse and is averaging 14.6 points to go along with seven boards. He has 28 steals and 14 blocks and is a guard. We need Malik (11.9 points per game but just two against Syracuse on 1-of-8 shooting) to be more of a factor in what is going on. Graham also scored three points in last year's NCAA defeat to Oregon. The offense runs through Graham this season following Frank Mason graduating.

- Billy Preston, a 6-10 freshman forward and former five-star recruit, has been withheld from games while KU's compliance department determines his eligibility. That's why you come to these big schools and have those opportunities. He's not expected to play, but will be available Wednesday. "It's not like we're just playing against the walk-ons or something like that".

Kansas will play its second-straight Pac-12 opponent when it hosts Arizona State on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.

The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the top offensive teams in all of College Basketball. They're off to their best start since 2010-11 when they began 18-0.

"I'm not sure if we've had anybody ever score the ball that well when the game was still in balance so to speak, even though the Toledo game wasn't, because a lot of times guys get points by being ahead late and they foul or being behind and then you have real short possessions", Self said. The Jayhawks are the only team in the country with five players averaging at least 11.9 points.

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