If Kansas showed its Big 12 opponents one thing this week, it’s this: the team will not be dethroned from its Big 12 title perch.
The Kansas men’s basketball team finished arguably one of their toughest weeks in the remaining schedule with two huge wins. One of those victories was an important road win in Norman, OK. The Jayhawks (21-4) sit in first place in the conference, but the Oklahoma Sooners (20-4) and West Virginia Mountaineers (19-5) lurk in the shadows.
Below is what gave Kansas the edge on the road Saturday. If Kansas can continue to do these things to win games, the team should have no problem finishing the season atop the leader board.
- Forcing the opponent to take quick, forced shots. Oklahoma started slow out of the gate because the Kansas defense wasn’t allowing easy shots. Oklahoma was forcing outside shots and quickly became 1-10 from the 3-point line. Kansas’ largest lead was 14 points.
- Stump the star. Buddy Hield has had the limelight all basketball season. He’s an incredible basketball player who became the story of Kansas’ last meeting with Oklahoma (despite the Sooners’ loss). The Sooners shooting woes were one in the same with Hield’s.
- Earn free throws. At halftime, coach Bill Self noted that the Jayhawks hadn’t been to the FT line in the first half. When you don’t force the other team to foul, you give up easy points. (Kind of a no-brainer.) Self’s halftime adjustments worked, as they went to the foul-line more often in the second half.
While this week might be an “easier” schedule, — as KU’s opponents are at the bottom of the standings — but Kansas still has to come prepared. There are six games left in the season before the Big 12 Tournament starts in March.
Monday Feb. 15, 8pm
No 6. Kansas vs Oklahoma State; ESPN/watchESPN
Saturday Feb. 20, 5pm
No. 6 Kansas @ Kansas State; ESPN2/watchESPN
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