Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kansas Basketball: Monday night is a must-win for Jayhawks

Kansas Basketball: Monday night is a must-win for Jayhawks

Since then, the Sooners are 0-3 with road losses to Texas Tech and Kansas and a home loss to Texas.

Meanwhile, the Jayhawks brought the sellout Allen Fieldhouse crowd to its feet from the start, hitting four of its first six shots in the game, and leaving the whiplashed Sooners seeking shelter from the oncoming tornado on the Kansas plains. The Jayhawks lost to the Red Raiders earlier this season in Lubbock, Texas, but have them on the docket on Saturday. And, yeah, Azubuike still is a sub-50-percent free-throw shooter for the season. The Sooners must make some changes on defense if they hope to make a deep tournament run.

Just 7 of 26 (26.9%) in his previous four games, a stretch during which he averaged just 5.5 points - nearly a full 10 points below his 15.4 average for the season - Mykhailiuk got back on track against OU's lackluster defense.

Monday's win pushed Kansas (22-6, 11-4 in the Big 12) into first place alone, at least temporarily.

Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a wild and insane win over West Virginia at home on Saturday.

Kansas scored 33 consecutive points with 16:35 left in the 2nd Half, making the game 61-48 in favor of Kansas. "We have to approach every one of them like it's a game we have to have for a postseason opportunity". And in those two terrific point guards, you're probably looking at the Big 12 player of the year and runner-up when the season is finished. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins was ejected in the waning seconds of the game.

The Longhorns expanded their lead to 13 before a layup and a 3-pointer by Young led to a Texas timeout, but the Longhorns were able to keep the Sooners at bay. The offense was the issue in that game, with just 66 points, which was well below their 87.5 points per game, which ranks 2nd in all of College Basketball.

The Sooners were the darlings of the NCAA, and freshman point guard Trae Young was the feel-good story of the season.

That's 12 more 3-point attempts than Young took all game.

F - Khadeem Lattin., 6-9, 220, Sr. Christian James and Brady Manek are second and third on the team, with a combined 23.2 points per game. "In these next four games that we're about to have, we can still turn it around and have a great stretch".

The last time a team scored 100 points on an Oklahoma men's team was in January 2016 in the epic triple-overtime game at KU's Allen Fieldhouse, won by the Jayhawks, 109-106, despite a 46-point performance by Buddy Hield, in a much closer encounter. You really think the Sooners want to go to a must-win game against their in-state rivals? I'm going with the Jayhawks this week based on their overall body of work, despite Michigan State's 26 wins compared to KU's 21.

The Jayhawks shot 60.9 percent for the game. Oklahoma vs Kansas live stream is on WatchESPN. Bet Oklahoma +8.5 over Kansas on Monday.

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